The Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker

The Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker

If you’ve followed along for a while, you might remember that it took our older daughter a long time to be interested in chapter book read alouds. Thought she LOVED cuddling up to listen to a picture book, and she’d sit and listen to audiobook chapter books for hours, she had a harder time with chapter book read alouds. Recently, though, both girls changed almost overnight to requesting almost only chapter books when it is time to read together. While we still read lots of lots of picture books (because, remember, they’re great for kids of all ages!), we’ve had a lot of fun exploring chapter books together. Most recently, the girls have been laughing their way through the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee. Read on for a little information about these books, as well as why we love them! Continue reading “The Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker”

The “What Do You Do With…” Series by Kobi Yamada AND an Instagram Giveaway

The “What Do You Do With…” Series by Kobi Yamada AND an Instagram Giveaway

Do you know the “What Do You Do With…?” series from Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom? Two members of this fantastic trilogy made their way onto our growth mindset booklist, and for very good reason. They’re beautifully illustrated, fantastically told, and tangibly inspiring to both children and adults alike! Continue reading “The “What Do You Do With…” Series by Kobi Yamada AND an Instagram Giveaway”

The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord

The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord

Do you know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? More importantly, do your kids know about it? Children are so refreshing in their approach to pretty serious world problems, as they often genuinely believe that they can help (And, in the case of Greta Thunburg, sometimes children are indeed working to make worldwide headway on these problems!). When they learn that smoking is bad or that bees are important, they’re likely to tell anyone who will listen or make fliers to hang up around school or town. Teach them about pollution and just watch as they go crazy picking up trash! So what does this have to do with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Continue reading “The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord”

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Have you ever watched someone perform and been inspired to learn a new skill yourselves? Perhaps it was watching an Olympic gymnast fly through the air, or following a pastry chef on the Great British Baking Show to create a masterpiece cake, or viewing Monet’s masterpieces in an art museum? Or maybe your inspiration came closer to home… In the form of a neighbor who learned to ride her bike without training wheels, a teacher who demonstrated a love of reading, or a grandparent who knit scarves?

In Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng, Hana’s inspiration came from her grandfather, Ojiichan, who played Second Violin in a symphony orchestra in Kyoto. Continue reading “Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki”

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

In the last few years, authors, illustrators, and publishers have given us so many delightful books that help children grow in comfort, and maybe even celebrate, their unique selves, gifts, and personalities. While many of my posts this month will center around growth mindset books or activities, I’m taking a brief break from that today to bring you a “new to us” book that celebrates being yourself: Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph. Continue reading “Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph”

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

So, it turns out that a LOT of very well-known picture books are perfect books to read when focusing on fostering a growth mindset in children (and adults!). And, many of these happen to be books that are favorites in our house, too — I’m looking at you, Rosie Revere, After the Fall, The Most Magnificent Thing, The Bad Seed, and more! (For my full list of 25+ books fostering growth mindets, be sure to check out this post.) So, over the course of Growth Mindset January, as I try to share more wonderful books with you, I’m going to try to highlight some delightful growth mindset picture books that you might not already know and love. Up first, I’ve got How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. Continue reading “How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers”

An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!

An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!

This fall, I had the honor of being a member of the third annual Bookstagram Choice Awards, where I was tasked with choosing the best wordless picture book published in 2019. And today, I’m wrapping up the Bookstagram Choice Award season with an amazing loop giveaway happening on Instagram! Pop over to my most recent post to see the collection of five awesome books you have a chance to win if you participate!

Then, continue reading to see which book I choose as the best wordless picture book of 2019! Continue reading “An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!”