Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler

Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler

About a month and a half ago, I recommended the book How to Be a Lion (be sure to find that post if you missed it, as that is an amazing book!). Upon reading that recommendation, a friend suggested that I check out Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler (this was her first book!) and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (we love his work in Building Our House and The Apple Pie that Papa Baked). I finally got it from the library, and it is indeed wonderful as well! Hoefler and Bean take often-idolized, though not always role model-worthy figures, and break those characters down to prove that we might want our children to grow up to be cowboys after all. Continue reading “Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler”

To the Sea by Cale Atkinson

To the Sea by Cale Atkinson

If you’ve been following me for any bit of time at all, you have probably picked up on the fact that we LOVE a good friendship story in this house… Especially a good friendship story with a repeated refrain that children can grasp and apply to their own lives! We fell in love with To the Sea by Cale Atkinson a year and a half ago, when it was recommended summer reading for my oldest’s class, and it’s been requested at least weekly, if not more, ever since then. Continue reading “To the Sea by Cale Atkinson”

Brave Enough for Two by Jonathan D. Voss

Brave Enough for Two by Jonathan D. Voss

Do your kids have a special stuffed animal or blanket? One they adventure with? One that keeps them safe when they feel scared or nervous? Both of our girls do (while they loved the stuffed animals pictured above, their very special “loveys” are napping blankets from Angel Dear— the giraffe and hippo!). So, when our youngest received the book Brave Enough for Two for her 3rd birthday, it touched a special place in my heart. Continue reading “Brave Enough for Two by Jonathan D. Voss”

Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen

Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen

Have you all read Chris Van Dusen’s Hattie & Hudson yet? It had been on my Amazon wishlist for the girls since it came out, and luckily for us, a year and a half later, my 3 year old got it for her birthday in September! And it didn’t disappoint— she LOVES this book! Continue reading “Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen”

In November by Cynthia Rylant

In November by Cynthia Rylant

It’s November 20 and almost Thanksgiving, but it finally feels like fall here in California!  Anyway… in the spirit of November, I thought I’d share a (hopefully… depending where you live, apparently!) wonderful seasonal read— Cynthia Rylant’s In November. Written by Rylant and illustrated by Jill Kastner, In November beautifully welcomes the new scenery, changing weather, and slower pace of life that comes with November. Continue reading “In November by Cynthia Rylant”

Quiet by Tomie dePaola

Quiet by Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola’s newest book, Quiet, released in October, and it lives up to expectations set by his many, many wonderful books that came before.

Illustrated in dePaola’s signature style, Quiet takes readers on a walk with what we assume is a grandfather (who looks remarkably like dePaola…) and his two grandchildren. The grandfather pauses to point out how everything around them, not the people but even the animals, seems to be in a hurry. From there, the trio stops to sit, to be still, to be quiet, and to be with each other. Continue reading “Quiet by Tomie dePaola”

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

Up next in the birthday book reviews is The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman. Now, this book is not new (published in 1997, to be exact), but it was new to us when our youngest got it as a gift, and it has been on constant repeat since September 26th! Hoberman has contributed many wonderful books to children’s literature (A House is a House for Me, All Kinds of Families, Strawberry Hill, the You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series, among others!), and Marla Frazee has illustrated some of our favorites (All the World, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, Everywhere Babies…), so I’m not sure how I missed this one before! Continue reading “The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman”