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”

Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, PLUS an Instagram Giveaway!

Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, PLUS an Instagram Giveaway!

Do you ever wish you had better strategies for helping your children when they’re sad, for supporting them through more difficult emotions? We all know it’s a whole lot easier to tell a child (or an adult, for that matter…), “Oh, don’t worry, it’ll be all right,” or “Oh, you’re okay,” and then assume that the child is ready to move on with us, but we also know that doesn’t usually help… at all. Fortunately, Glenys Nellist has given anyone who works with, loves, and supports children a gift and guide through Little Mole Finds Hope. Continue reading to see what makes this book stand out, as well as how you can enter to win your own copy! Continue reading “Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, PLUS an Instagram Giveaway!”

Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer

Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer

Though my learning goal for 2020 centers around adding yoga to my exercise life (my specific goal is to do one yoga class each week), my girls have long loved doing yoga. They love yoga books, yoga card games, and Cosmic Kids Yoga videos. When I saw the newest children’s yoga book advertised at our local children’s bookstore, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it for the girls. Fortunately for me, Abrams Kids reached out and offered to gift us one! Of course, all thoughts and opinions to follow are my own. Read on to see what makes Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer, illustrated by Bonnie Stephens, a unique contribution to the world of children’s yoga materials! Continue reading “Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer”

I am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde + An Instagram Giveaway!

I am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde + An Instagram Giveaway!

Do you know Verde’s and Reynolds’s “I Am…” series? If not, you should! The whole series, aimed at children of all ages (but maybe best for ages 4+) is meant to help children understand the world around them, and how they can be a positive light in the world. Following I am Yoga, I am Peaceand I am Human, this fourth installment in the series, I am Love: A Book of Compassion, is my favorite. A perfect story for both Valentine’s month as well as our family focus of empathy and compassion, read on to see why we love it so much, as well as how you can enter to win your own copy! Continue reading “I am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde + An Instagram Giveaway!”

The Boy With Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee

The Boy With Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee

When a friend with impeccable taste in children’s books comes to you and says, “Mary, you’ve got to read The Boy with Big, Big Feelings. This book sums my children up perfectly and would be so important for anyone raising boys… No, anyone raising children… to know that it’s okay, and maybe even essential, to both feel and show emotions,” you immediately ask her if you can borrow said book. Then, of course, you fall in love with it and add it to your posting calendar to ensure that you remember to share it with the world ASAP. Read on to see why The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee, illustrated by Jacob Souva, is important and worth sharing!

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