The Gift Inside the Box by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant

The Gift Inside the Box by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant

Though we try to avoid all things Christmas until after Thanksgiving in our house, our girls are definitely already feeling the Christmas fever… They’ve even already written letters to Santa Claus! I feel like no matter how hard parents might try to keep the focus of the holiday season on the holidays themselves and on kindness and giving to others, children work really hard to divert that focus towards the gifts they’re hoping to receive. So, I was thrilled to receive The Gift Inside the Box by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant, illustrated by Diana Schoenbrun, from Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House). Because it’s not a Christmas book, we’ve been reading it already, and I’m loving the emphasis on giving and thinking of others. Continue reading “The Gift Inside the Box by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant”

Books as Party Favors!

Books as Party Favors!

How do you feel about birthday party favors for kids? This may be an unpopular opinion, but I was very anti party favors for a bit… Until I realized how truly excited children get about them. That said, I still had a hard time justifying buying something small and affordable (i.e. cheap) for every child who might come to a birthday party that we had, knowing that in our own house, those favors often go almost directly into the Goodwill bag. And then I had one of the more brilliant ideas I’ve had lately, if I do say so myself… Continue reading “Books as Party Favors!”

Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon

Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon

So, I need to start this review by saying that I’ve never read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. But, I am a pretty frequent purger around our house, which allows me to keep things *fairly* clutter- and mess-free… My children, however… not so much! We’ve got one who is just plain messy, and another who is a collector. So, I’m excited to read her Kiki and Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, co-written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, with them (I’m sure we’ll revisit it a few times over the years) as I work to teach them about cleaning, tidying, and purging. It’ll be a long process, I know, but I’m always glad to have a book to go with something I’m attempting to teach! Continue reading “Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon”

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards

So, you know I love a good themed bookshelf… But I love even more books that can be used for one theme, but might also be used for another theme or read throughout the year, regardless of season, holiday, or lesson. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is one of those books! Read on to see why this book is so wonderful and applicable for many themes and seasons. Continue reading “A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards”

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Books

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Books

Every year, I hear from many of you that you feel like you’ve got TONS of wonderful Halloween and Christmas books, but your Thanksgiving collections leave much to be desired… So, here goes— my huge list of Thanksgiving recommendations (specific to the Thanksgiving holiday —  be sure to check out yesterday’s post for wonderful books about gratitude and thankfulness that can be read year-round). You’ll find it broken down by general category, and age recommendations are given as well, so hopefully you can find something to read with your children this month! Continue reading “Our Favorite Thanksgiving Books”

The Lola and Leo series by Anna McQuinn

The Lola and Leo series by Anna McQuinn

Do you know the Lola books by Anna McQuinn? Or her newer series about Lola’s little brother, Leo? We first discovered Lola a handful of years ago, when I was trying to diversify our bookshelves. She’s such a delight that over the years, we’ve added 4 Lola books to our permanent home library and often check others out from our local public library. I must admit, though, that I didn’t even know McQuinn had done a few books featuring Leo until I was prepping for this post and noticed them in our library catalogue! Read on to hear all about Lola, Leo, and their charming books. Continue reading “The Lola and Leo series by Anna McQuinn”

Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (and Mister G’s songs, too!)

Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (and Mister G’s songs, too!)

I don’t know about you all, but my husband and I always get really excited when we find children’s music that doesn’t quite sound like, well, children’s music… Anyone else feel the same way? Some of our old favorites have been Elizabeth Mitchell and Hullabaloo, and I was thrilled when Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) sent me two of his cds along with his new bilingual book, Señorita Mariposa, this summer. Read on for a little bit about both his music and his book! Continue reading “Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (and Mister G’s songs, too!)”