Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner, written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland, was released just last month (May 21, 2019, to be exact). I had read advance reviews of it throughout the spring and requested it from the library months ago, so that I could be first in line to read it when our library got it… Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to my hands before I published my 4th of July booklist, but I have it now, and it’s wonderful! Continue reading “Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland”

Books for the 4th of July

Books for the 4th of July

I love the 4th of July. I love spending the day with my family and friends, often spending the whole day outside. I love swimming, be it in a pool, lake, river, or ocean. I love baseball games and Cracker Jack boxes. I love grilling (or barbequing, depending what part of the country you’re in…), hot dogs, and apple pies. I love fireworks. And I love celebrating our country and our independence, because despite our historical and current mistakes, America is a pretty great place to live.

Now that I’m a parent, it’s important to me that my children understand the historical context for Independence Day as well as enjoy the celebrations and traditions that take place on the 4th of July. So, as usual, I turn to books! Below, you’ll find a mix of books to help your family or classrooms prepare to celebrate Independence Day. Some of these books are very July 4th-specific, other provide some historical context to Independence Day, and others are beautiful celebrations of America. Whatever you’re looking for, I hope you find some good seasonal and patriotic reading! Continue reading “Books for the 4th of July”

Our 8 Favorite Birthday Books

Our 8 Favorite Birthday Books

We’ve been reading lots of birthday books in our house lately, as our oldest turned 6 earlier this week! And, while there are some birthday picture books that we absolutely adore (in fact, we love The Seven Silly Eaters so much that the birthday girl requested that we make Mrs. Peters’ birthday cake for her celebration with family!), there are a lot of birthday books out there that, well, just don’t do it for me… So, I thought I should share our favorites with you, so that birthday excitement in your house can involve books, too! Continue reading “Our 8 Favorite Birthday Books”

Earth Day Books to Read Year-Round

Earth Day Books to Read Year-Round

Yes, I know that the first day of spring was almost a month ago, but given that we have a small space and only room for so many front-facing books, I chose to combine our spring- and Earth Day-themed bookshelves into one larger “earth-themed” shelf. As with most holidays, I’m always looking for good books that can be used to celebrate a specific holiday or season, but that are also impactful for year-round reading. I also believe one of the best ways to help our Earth is to help children learn about plants, animals, and the actual makeup of the earth around them– the more they understand about the environment around them, the more they will be inspired to take care of it. So, if you’re like us and spring seemed to come late to your area, or if you’re looking for wonderful books to teach children about our planet and how to care for it that you can read year-round, look no further than the list below! Continue reading “Earth Day Books to Read Year-Round”

Books about Bunnies and Eggs

Books about Bunnies and Eggs

For those of you who love to read books about bunnies, eggs, chicks, etc during springtime and the Easter season, this list is for you! Below are some of our very favorite books that generally relate to Easter festivities, but can easily be incorporated into your year-round library.

(If you’re looking for Easter-specific books, both secular or religious in nature, be sure to check out yesterday’s post!). Continue reading “Books about Bunnies and Eggs”

Easter Books 2019

Easter Books 2019

So, it turns out that you all were almost perfectly 50/50 on whether you wanted holiday-specific Easter books or more general books about bunnies and eggs, so… I’ve got two lists for you! Below, you’ll find Easter-specific titles for a variety of ages and holiday interests— little readers, bigger kids, Christian, secular… Hopefully there’s something in here for you!

If you were really hoping for my favorite non-Easter books about bunnies and eggs for your year-round reading pleasure, stay tuned tomorrow… I’ve got those for you, too! Continue reading “Easter Books 2019”

St. Patrick’s Day Books 2019

St. Patrick’s Day Books 2019

So, admittedly, we’re not super into St. Patrick’s Day as a family. We try to wear green, and we’ll happily attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party if invited, but all in all, we put lots more energy into other holidays. So, though I do have a few favorite St. Patrick’s Day books (of course!), I haven’t spent nearly as much time searching for this holiday’s best books as I have for other holidays. In fact, I wasn’t even going to share our St. Patrick’s Day theme shelf (which is predominantly color and rainbow books instead of holiday-specific books), but I’ve had a ton of requests for St. Patrick’s books, so here you go! Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Books 2019”