This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

While I love funny, silly children’s books that are purely enjoyable, I am a sucker for books that help my children to become better people. Books that help them better understand themselves; books that equip them to deal with life in a more productive, positive, kind way. And books that help them better understand others; books that help bridge gaps and build relationships; books that help people understand and respect those who look or act differently. Books that make our large world a little smaller, a little more familiar, a little less scary. This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World by Matt Lamothe is one of those books. Continue reading “This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe”

My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko

My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko

I received My Papa is a Princess, by Doug Cenko, from Blue Manatee Press in exchange for an open and honest review before the holidays, and I knew immediately I’d share it soon into the new year… a picture book about a dad who is everything to his daughter? This book hits close to home in our 2-daughter house. Continue reading “My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko”

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead

Oh, Philip and Erin Stead… A duo that can do no wrong, in my opinion. Now, I love anything Philip C. Stead writes; they tend to be very sweet friendship stories that you want to turn to again and again. And Erin Stead’s illustrations? They are pleasant and easy on the eyes, yet full of so much detail that you can find something new and delightful with each reading! Put the two together and magic happens, such as with their Caldecott Medal winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee (see my Instagram recommendation here), and today’s book, Bear Has a Story to Tell. Continue reading “Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead”

Florette by Anna Walker

Florette by Anna Walker

Okay, so Florette by Anna Walker was listed on so many “Best of 2018” lists that I decided I needed to check it out myself… We’re now on our 3rd and final renewal of Florette from our local library, and this book will definitely go on our wish list for books we’d love to own. (I try to put books to buy into an Amazon wish list instead of directly into my Amazon cart… I like to think this helps me purchase fewer books and better utilize our public library, but the jury is still out!). But I digress… Continue reading “Florette by Anna Walker”

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

I have seen so many rave reviews of this book since it was published in September, but I hadn’t gotten my hands on it yet… So I was thrilled that one of my girls unwrapped Giraffe Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith, at our playgroup’s annual winter book exchange! We immediately read, reread, and reread again, and I knew I wanted to share this book with you after my social media holiday break. So, here you go! Continue reading “Giraffe Problems by Jory John”

Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro

Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro

Admittedly, it is rare for someone to gift us a book that is completely new to me… In fact, I’m often told we’re a pretty difficult family for whom to buy books. Every now and then, however, someone knocks it out of the park with a complete surprise of a book, which is always exciting. This year’s completely new-to-me book that we are THRILLED to have is Made by Maxine, by Ruth Spiro (you may already know her “Baby Loves Science” board books, such as Baby Loves Coding! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!) and illustrated by Holly Hatam (who illustrated Dear Girl, which we also received this holiday season and are thrilled to have!). Continue reading “Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro”

Escargot by Dashka Slater

Escargot by Dashka Slater

Do your kids love interactive stories? Can you do a mean French accent? Does everyone in your house enjoy read-alouds that make you giggle (or full-on laugh out loud…)? And, do you need one last gift idea for a special child in your life? Then Escargot by Dashka Slater might be the book for you! Continue reading “Escargot by Dashka Slater”