A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)

A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)

Do you love Owl Moon? Do you have kids who love all things space? Are you trying to teach your children about America’s first moon landing as we approach the 50th anniversary of that momentous accomplishment? Or maybe you remember exactly where you were on that magical day? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then be sure to get your hands on A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Matt Phelan, before July 20, 2019! Continue reading “A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)”

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner, written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland, was released just last month (May 21, 2019, to be exact). I had read advance reviews of it throughout the spring and requested it from the library months ago, so that I could be first in line to read it when our library got it… Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to my hands before I published my 4th of July booklist, but I have it now, and it’s wonderful! Continue reading “Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland”

Books for the 4th of July

Books for the 4th of July

I love the 4th of July. I love spending the day with my family and friends, often spending the whole day outside. I love swimming, be it in a pool, lake, river, or ocean. I love baseball games and Cracker Jack boxes. I love grilling (or barbequing, depending what part of the country you’re in…), hot dogs, and apple pies. I love fireworks. And I love celebrating our country and our independence, because despite our historical and current mistakes, America is a pretty great place to live.

Now that I’m a parent, it’s important to me that my children understand the historical context for Independence Day as well as enjoy the celebrations and traditions that take place on the 4th of July. So, as usual, I turn to books! Below, you’ll find a mix of books to help your family or classrooms prepare to celebrate Independence Day. Some of these books are very July 4th-specific, other provide some historical context to Independence Day, and others are beautiful celebrations of America. Whatever you’re looking for, I hope you find some good seasonal and patriotic reading! Continue reading “Books for the 4th of July”

Our Favorite Beach Books

Our Favorite Beach Books

One of my favorite things about the arrival of summer is pulling out my big box of beach books and activities. Some of my absolute favorite books center around the ocean (I’m looking at you, Flotsam and Hello, Lighthouse!), and ocean-themed sensory bins and sandpaper artwork are just the best. So, before we get too deep into summer, I wanted to share our favorite beach books. Take a look below, reserve them from the library (or use my Affiliate links to purchase if you love them, too!), and let me know which books you love! Continue reading “Our Favorite Beach Books”

90 Books for 90 Days of Summer!

90 Books for 90 Days of Summer!

I am extremely excited to bring you an amazing list of some of my favorite picture books to read to my girls– 90 of them, to be exact! I counted, and our girls are out of school for 90 days, so, I bring you 90 picture books to read with your children over 90 days of summer!

Click the links below to download and print PDF copies of

90 Books for 90 Days of Summer!

Click to download PDF list by title: Summer Book List 2019 by Title

Click to download PDF list by author: Summer Book List 2019 by Author

Read more for some information about what is on the list, images of most of the books, and tips and tricks to make taking little ones to the library easier!

Continue reading “90 Books for 90 Days of Summer!”

Our Favorite Birthday Books

Our Favorite Birthday Books

We’ve been reading lots of birthday books in our house lately, as our oldest turned 6 earlier this week! And, while there are some birthday picture books that we absolutely adore (in fact, we love The Seven Silly Eaters so much that the birthday girl requested that we make Mrs. Peters’ birthday cake for her celebration with family!), there are a lot of birthday books out there that, well, just don’t do it for me… So, I thought I should share our favorites with you, so that birthday excitement in your house can involve books, too! Continue reading “Our Favorite Birthday Books”

Books About Moving

Books About Moving

Last fall, a follower asked me to recommend some books to read with her children to help prepare them for an upcoming move. I gathered some ideas (with many recommendations from you all!) and passed along a small list. I continued to add to it, though, trying to read through some of your recommendations. Then, this spring, a few other friends asked me for the same list. So, I decided it was time to put some effort into it and create my official list of recommended books about moving! Continue reading “Books About Moving”