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”