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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Our Favorite Beach Books

Our Favorite Beach Books

One of my favorite things about the arrival of summer is pulling out my big box of beach books and activities. Some of my absolute favorite books center around the ocean (I’m looking at you, Flotsam and Hello, Lighthouse!), and ocean-themed sensory bins and sandpaper artwork are just the best. So, before we get too deep into summer, I wanted to share our favorite beach books. Take a look below, reserve them from the library (or use my Affiliate links to purchase if you love them, too!), and let me know which books you love!

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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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June Family Focus: Creativity

June Family Focus: Creativity

As I hope you saw a few weeks ago when I published the booklist, our Family Focus Trait for June is creativity! We officially wrapped up honesty and kicked off creativity on June 1 with a yummy family dinner and family meeting (because, by now, you all know that in our house, family meetings are much more successful when everyone’s tummies are satisfied and their hearts are happy!). For our creativity kickoff, I chose to read Windblown by Édouard Manceau, which led into a corresponding process art activity that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Read on to hear about the book and get some information about the process art!

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90 Books for 90 Days of Summer! (2020 Edition)

As you all know, I LOVE a good booklist. I always have! As a teacher, I constantly created random themed book baskets or gathered books about a specific topic to perch on the whiteboard ledge. As a mom, I’ve always loved filling our front-facing shelf with whatever holiday or theme was appropriate for a given chunk of weeks. And as a blogger, creating lists for you all is my favorite thing to do.

Today, not only do I have a list for you, but I have my favorite annual list for you — 90 Books for 90 Days of Summer! This is the list I dreamed of making for a few years before starting my Instagram page, and I was thrilled to finally be able to release my first summer booklist last summer. I’m back with 90 Books for 90 Days of Summer (2020 Edition), a completely different but just as fabulous collection of picture books for you to read with your family this summer.

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The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down by Margaret Wild

The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down by Margaret Wild

Though this book was published in 2017, I just discovered it, and it is incredibly applicable to our lives over the past few months: The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To. Over the past few months, we’ve been forced to slow down. Overnight, many of us found ourselves with clear calendars, no extracurriculars, no social outings, nowhere to go… Similarly, Amy’s family has to slow down abruptly when she brings a sloth home from the park. Read on to learn more about this adorable, yet impactful story!

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Picture Books to Inspire Wild Creativity

Picture Books to Inspire Wild Creativity

Okay, all, it’s almost June, which means it’s time to gather up (if you can… because your libraries are likely still closed…) books to inspire creativity! When my husband and I sat down to talk about traits we wanted to foster in our children in 2020, creativity was high on our list, and we knew a summer month would be a perfect month for creativity! So, up today, I’ve got a huge list of picture books to inspire creativity… Books that will inspire imagining, writing, crafting, creating, building, music, dancing, daydreaming, and more. Check out the list below, gather what you can from your bookshelves, hit up your library when it reopens, and get excited about a summer of creativity!

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Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Earlier this spring, we read the first two books in the Gooney Bird Greene series by Lois Lowry, and they were a HUGE hit! If you’re looking for a family read-aloud book that is bound to make your children laugh, inspire them to tell and write their own stories, teach them a bit about writing craft, AND is part of a 6-book series (so you’ve got lots of material once your kiddos are hooked, which they will be…), then look no further than Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Middy Thomas!

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