Books for Valentine’s Day 2019

Books for Valentine’s Day 2019

Ok, something you’ll learn about me over time is that while I love a good themed bookshelf, I really love when the books I choose for said bookshelf can serve multiple purposes throughout the year. So, when it comes to holiday books, I get pretty excited when I find books that work for a given holiday, but can also be read anytime over the course of the year (like this list of my favorite Halloween-y, but not Halloween, books, or some great books to read at the beginning of the school year that aren’t specifically about the first day of school). So, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, our shelf has a few Valentine’s Day books (only 2 out of 15 featured here, to be specific), but we read mostly love and kindness stories with wonderful year-round lessons. Continue reading “Books for Valentine’s Day 2019”

Winter Books We’re Loving

Winter Books We’re Loving

Given that we live in a climate so mild that our girls talk about “going to winter” rather than winter being an actual season they experience at home, we tend to wait till after the holiday season to bust out winter books. It’s not like we need to read snow books while we celebrate the first snow or anything like that… But, since today is the first official day of winter, I figured I’d celebrate by sharing some of our favorite books about winter and snow with you! Continue reading “Winter Books We’re Loving”

Our 25(ish) Favorite Christmas Books

Our 25(ish) Favorite Christmas Books

I just spent a LONG time sitting in the middle of a big pile of Christmas books, trying to pick our very favorites… And it turns out that narrowing down our beloved Christmas books into a reasonable recommendation list was a really hard task (the picture above shows the many books that survived the first round of cuts)! There are classic Christmas books that should belong in every collection, like The Polar Express or The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, but you probably already know or own them. They’re not on this list. My girls also have Christmas favorites featuring beloved characters, like Maple and Willow, Olivia, Bear, and the Construction Site team, but if you know and love the series, you probably already know and love the Christmas book. You also won’t see them on this list. Instead, I hope this list can help you find some Christmas books that you didn’t already know! So, without further ado, here is the Children’s Lit Love 2018 list of 25 favorite Christmas books (with a little cheating…)! Continue reading “Our 25(ish) Favorite Christmas Books”

Six Wonderful Hanukkah Books

Six Wonderful Hanukkah Books

Since Hanukkah starts this Sunday, December 2, I put together a list of recommended Hanukkah books! Some of these were favorite books of mine that I used to use in my classroom, and others came wonderfully recommended from my friend Lauren (from Happily Ever Elephants) or the wonderful reviewers at The Horn Book. So, here you go— 6 wonderful books to help you get ready for Hanukkah! Continue reading “Six Wonderful Hanukkah Books”

Books to Foster Thankfulness and Gratitude Year-Round

Books to Foster Thankfulness and Gratitude Year-Round

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States, which means many of us are spending time with our loved ones, reflecting on what we are thankful for and recognizing our gratitude. As you follow me more, you’ll learn quickly that I LOVE a good themed bookshelf, whether for a holiday (stay tuned for our favorite Christmas books coming after Thanksgiving!) or something we have going on in our lives (when we get ready for a week at the beach we read beach stories, and when we realized my oldest was terrified of dinosaurs we spent some time with dino books!).

And, these themed books are wonderful to check out from the library, but I really prefer to spend my money on books that we can enjoy year-round, not just for specific holidays. If you’re like me, and you want Thanksgiving books that can be read year-round, then this is the post for you! Continue reading “Books to Foster Thankfulness and Gratitude Year-Round”

Books for Fostering Kindness and Empathy

Books for Fostering Kindness and Empathy

Today, November 13, 2018, is World Kindness Day! As Jamie C. Martin wrote in Give Your Child the World, “Books help your family grasp on a new level that what we have in common with our worldwide neighbors far outweighs what separates us… It naturally develops compassion… because we all have similar needs, hopes, and desires. Great stories build an empathic foundation that leads to a life of service and concern for others” (p. 26). Continue reading “Books for Fostering Kindness and Empathy”