If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

It’s no secret that we LOVE Chris Van Dusen around here! In fact, we love him so much that I pre-ordered If I Built a School the day I heard it was being published, and I try really, really hard not to buy books until I’ve seen them in person. But, I believed it wouldn’t disappoint, and I was right! Continue reading “If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen”

Three Wonderful Books Highlighting Socio-Economic Diversity and Kindness

Three Wonderful Books Highlighting Socio-Economic Diversity and Kindness

Last week, I posted lists of our favorite first day of school books, as well as our favorite school stories for building empathy, kindness, awareness, and self-love. Today, I thought I’d highlight three of those favorite stories: The Hundred Dresses, Each Kindnessand Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse. All three of these stories build around similar themes (socioeconomic diversity, inclusion, and kindness among others!) but can target different ages or interests, and all three are absolutely worth reading! Continue reading “Three Wonderful Books Highlighting Socio-Economic Diversity and Kindness”

Three Hugely Impactful Books in Our House This Week

Three Hugely Impactful Books in Our House This Week

These three books made a HUGE difference in our oldest daughter’s last 24 hours. No, we’re not moving, and fortunately our first day of school is still a month away…

Rather, the last day of camp was making my oldest anxious! She had attended a wonderful camp this week with two friends, but they were both not attending the last day… And she was incredibly unsure about going without them. Unsure enough that she cried many big, fat tears about it between pickup yesterday afternoon and bedtime last night.

And trust me, I contemplated letting her skip today and spend the morning with me. That would have been a lot easier and made her much happier much more quickly. But, my husband and I both agreed that one of our jobs is to gently push her to work through new and uncomfortable situations. So, we did! Of course, I grabbed some books I thought would be helpful (Mae’s First Day of School and The Kissing Hand happened to be on my desk because I’m updating my back-to-school lists, and I scrambled to get my hands on When You Are Brave quickly!), and we read a lot while dissecting what today was going to be like for her. Continue reading “Three Hugely Impactful Books in Our House This Week”

Two Empowering and Diverse Picture Books!

Two Empowering and Diverse Picture Books!

Though we’ve still got a lot of summer left in our house (hooray for not starting school till after Labor Day!), I know many of you are gearing up for back to school already… Be sure to check out these two gems, Who Do I See in the Mirror? and I Am Enough, to share with your children and remind them about what makes them special and unique before the new school year starts! Continue reading “Two Empowering and Diverse Picture Books!”

Two Favorite Goldilocks Books

Two Favorite Goldilocks Books

If you’ve followed me for a bit, then you know our wonderful neighborhood playgroup (which started when my oldest was about 3 months old and at one point consisted of 13 families) does a book exchange each holiday season. Every participating child brings one wrapped book, and then they take turns picking out a book and unwrapping it, “White Elephant” style (but without the stealing). Some of our very favorite books have come from this book exchange (see my post about Giraffe Problems for an example of another wonderful book we received here). Three or four years ago, we received another favorite, the fractured fairy tale Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears. Read on to see why we love it, as well as to hear about another fractured Goldilocks tale that we love. Continue reading “Two Favorite Goldilocks Books”

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

A few days ago, I posted about Stuck, one of our favorite silly picture books to read. Up today, I’ve got another laugh-inducing picture book for you– Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis. In Du Iz Tak? we meet a wonderful community of insects, bugs, and spiders that observe with awe and wonder a new plant shooting up in their area. Written in a completely made-up language and illustrated in delightful detail, you and your children will love reading and listening to this one over and over again! Continue reading “Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis”

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

As some of you may know, our girls have gone to a wonderful play-based preschool here in our neighborhood. One of the only teacher-driven times in their day is storytime, which takes place at the very end of the morning and focuses on repeated readings of the same book throughout the week. I’ve discovered many of our favorite books there (like Strictly No Elephants, which happened to be the first book I reviewed on Instagram!). One favorite that both girls got to experience during their time at this school was Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers… A book we’ve since checked out from the library multiple times (really, by now we should just buy it!) and appreciate so much that it made my list of 90 picture books to read in 90 days of summer! So, what makes Stuck so loved in our house? Continue reading “Stuck by Oliver Jeffers”