In a Garden by Tim McCanna

In a Garden by Tim McCanna

Do you know Tim McCanna’s books? If not, then you should! McCanna’s use of rhythm, language, and delightful storylines make all of his books huge hits in our house with both children and adults. And now he has a new book out! Read on to learn all about why we love In a Garden by Tim McCanna, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro. Continue reading “In a Garden by Tim McCanna”

Four New Favorite Rainbow and Color Books

Four New Favorite Rainbow and Color Books

Could your life use a little color and cheer right now? I’ve seen so many wonderful ideas shared about leaving happy sidewalk chalk messages, people pulling out their Christmas lights, and putting happy kid-drawn pictures in front windows as ways to spread joy around neighborhoods at a time when neighbors can’t be… well, neighborly. And, this felt like a terrific time to update our list of favorite rainbow and color books that I published last year! I was able to snag a few new rainbow and color books from our local library just before it closed, and added one from our collection, so I’ve got 4 new titles to add to my list! Continue reading “Four New Favorite Rainbow and Color Books”

The Power to Choose Series by Ganit and Adir Levy

The Power to Choose Series by Ganit and Adir Levy

I often say that books give children the opportunity to practice who they want to be in the world, and today’s recommended series gives them not only numerous opportunities to practice, but also a chance to “live” the effects of their choices! These books are picture book versions of those Choose Your Own Adventure books (which I LOVED as a child), and are also perfect for fostering positive character traits in your children. I’m talking about “The Power to Choose” series by Ganit and Adir Levy, illustrated by Doro Kaiser! And while these do loosely relate to teamwork and cooperation, each book in the series also loosely relates to just about any character trait that you might want to develop in your children.  Continue reading “The Power to Choose Series by Ganit and Adir Levy”

Unselfish Kids by Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson

Unselfish Kids by Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson

Have you heard of the “Unselfish” series by Paul Parkinson and Pamela Parkinson? I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of the first book in the series, Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Selfie until the authors reached out to ask if I’d like to receive a copy of the newest in the series, Unselfish Kids. And while my answer was my standard answer (“I’d love to receive your book, but I can’t promise to feature it until we’ve received it and read it a few times, as I’m committed to only featuring books we truly love.”), I was very excited about this book! And it did not disappoint upon arrival. Read on to see what makes this book uniquely inspiring!
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Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms, illustrated by Greg Abbott

Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms, illustrated by Greg Abbott

Okay, I had slated Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms, illustrated by Greg Abbott, to share today a few months ago… But now that most of us are mostly homebound for a while, it seems even more important to share today! Timms and Abbott give us a beautiful reminder to look inside our homes to see exactly what makes them so amazing, a reminder many of us might need over these next few weeks. Read on for a glimpse inside, and then remind yourself, “Whatever your home, it is happy indeed… If you love what you have… and you have what you need.” Continue reading “Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms, illustrated by Greg Abbott”

That Fruit Is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz

That Fruit Is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz

If Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey is my favorite book on our teamwork and cooperation booklist, then That Fruit Is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz comes in a very close second! Brightly illustrated and interspersed with lovely humor, That Fruit Is Mine! gives children very concrete examples of what results from groups that work with teamwork and cooperation for the benefit of the group, and groups that work, well, with their own individual ideas and interests in mind. And, does it get much better than silly illustrations of an elephant trying to fly in a homemade flying machine, or his friend trying to climb a tree? I think not! Continue reading “That Fruit Is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz”

The “Grace” Series by Kelly DiPucchio

The “Grace” Series by Kelly DiPucchio

Do you know Kelly DiPucchio’s Grace for President and Grace Goes to Washington (both illustrated by LeUyen Pham)? If not, then stick with me to hear all the reasons that you should, especially right now. Are you looking for books featuring strong female characters for Women’s History Month? Yes, Grace is fictional, but she breaks through a lot of barriers for women! How about books to read with your children during election madness between now and November? DiPucchio has you covered! Need a refresher on how the electoral college, the branches of government, and checks and balances work? Maybe read these more for yourself than for your children… A diverse main character and cast of supporting characters? Check! Wonderful messages of making good on promises and using teamwork and cooperation to find compromises that not only make everyone happy, but foster inclusivity? You betcha! Now that I’ve got you hooked, read on for a bit more about each of these wonderful titles. Continue reading “The “Grace” Series by Kelly DiPucchio”

Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker

Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker

Okay, all, I may have a new favorite book about cooperation and conflict resolution: Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker, illustrated by Freya Blackwood. This book, published in 2016 (first published in the United States in 2017), was a new-to-me book that I discovered when making our teamwork and cooperation booklist for our March Family Focus. While I generally try to check books out from the library or flip through them at our local bookstore in order to decide if I want to buy it for our home library, I broke my own rule with this one. It looked so good online and wasn’t available for me to see in person anywhere, so I bit the bullet and bought a copy… And I am so glad that we own this one! Read on to see what makes Molly and Mae such a delightful addition to our collection! Continue reading “Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker”

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

As you might remember, our Family Focus Traits for the month of February are compassion and empathy. And, of course, we’ve been reading lots of books highlighting characters that act with incredible compassion and empathy to those around them. Up today, one of our favorites that showcases using these traits to help not a peer, but a community member in a completely different generation: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas. Continue reading “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox”

The “Ordinary Mary” Series by Emily Pearson

The “Ordinary Mary” Series by Emily Pearson

Do you know the “Ordinary Mary” series by Emily Pearson, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka? I first discovered the original, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deeda few years ago, when searching for books similar to one of my favorites, Because Amelia Smiled. I was thrilled when a friend reached out last fall to make sure I knew about the second in the series, Ordinary Mary’s Postively Extraordinary Day. These books celebrate the good in all of us, and the power that our choices have to changes other’s days, too, not just our own. Read on for more information about each! Continue reading “The “Ordinary Mary” Series by Emily Pearson”