The Perfect Shelter by Clare Helen Welsh

The Perfect Shelter by Clare Helen Welsh

One of the hardest, but most important, booklists I’ve made to date is my list of children’s books about cancer. As I said when I wrote that post, I am a firm believer in the power of books to help our children process and understand the world around them, as well as their personal lives. After multiple requests from friends and followers for titles of good children’s books about cancer, I finally began to curate a formal list of children’s books about cancer, because, unfortunately, it’s an incredibly important list that more people than I’d hope really need. Today, I’ve got an addition to that list — The Perfect Shelter by Clare Helen Welsh, illustrated by Asa Gilland.

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The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan

The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan

Our family goes to the same little beach each summer. In fact, I’ve been coming here with my family since I was a baby, my husband and I were married here, and our dog is named after it! Needless to say, it’s an important place in my heart and a part of who I am. When I first saw The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, I knew we were going to need to give this book a permanent spot in our home library…

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The William Hoy Story (and Our Other Favorite Baseball Books)

The William Hoy Story (and Our Other Favorite Baseball Books)

One of my favorite things about reading so many books with my girls is that I often learn about people I would otherwise never know. Today’s picture book biography taught me about one such person, and I am so excited to share him with you!

When researching new picture books about baseball, I came across The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya. I had never heard of William Hoy but was definitely intrigued by the title of this book, and fortunately, I requested it from our library just before it closed in March. This story is so good! Read on to learn a little bit about William Hoy and how he changed baseball.

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What If by Samantha Berger

What If by Samantha Berger

What if you woke up one day and the pencil you’d always used to tell your stories had disappeared? That by itself is likely an easy problem to solve, as you’d have other ways to express yourself. But what if all of your creative outlets had disappeared? Would that stop you from creating? What If by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato, addresses just this conundrum.

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The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Up today, I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite books about creativity —  and the beauty of this one is that it also encompasses so many more important life lessons that you can read this multiple times and have completely different conversations with your children each time. Read on to see why we love The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater.

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Room on Our Rock by Kate and Jol Temple

Room on Our Rock by Kate and Jol Temple

Room on Our Rock by Kate and Jol Temple, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton, is one of the more cleverly didactic picture books our family has ever read. We all know the saying “There are two sides to every story,” and many of us have said this very thing to our children or students. Room on Our Rock provides adults with a concrete way to bring meaning to these words, as well as illustrate the benefits of sharing and welcoming others to your space. Read on to see what makes this book so clever!

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Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

Are your kids in major need of escape from your apartment or house right now? If so, Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat (the same duo who brought us Drawn Together), might be the perfect inspiration for some much-needed imaginative adventures! Read on to see why we love this picture book (that is also a perfect bridge into reading graphic novels) that perfectly captures the ups and downs of sibling relationships AND will motivate children to transform their days with a simple push of a button.

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Two Powerful Juneteenth Books

Two Powerful Juneteenth Books

Do you know the historical importance of June 19th, or Juneteenth? I’ll be completely up front and honest and admit that until a few years ago, well into adulthood, I had never even heard of Juneteenth. Fortunately for me and my children, my work with children’s books led me to some amazing titles about Juneteenth, which led me to learn more about this nationally celebrated commemoration of the official ending of enslavement in the United States. As Maya Angelou has been wonderfully quoted over the years, and especially in these last few weeks, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you do know better, do better.” Now that I know about Juneteenth, I am doing better, and I wanted to spread the word so that you can, too.

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School’s Out For Summer!

School’s Out For Summer!

Our girls officially had their last days of school last week. Our older daughter wrapped up her first grade year playing virtual bingo with her classmates, while our younger daughter had a chance to visit her preschool classroom, say goodbye to her teacher, and bring home all the goodies that were left from the year. With such a strange end to the school year and a lack of obvious demarcations from school to summer that we’ve always had, I wanted to be sure to welcome in summer break in a fun, celebratory way, so that the first day of summer indeed seemed different from today…

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