Two Empowering and Diverse Picture Books!

Two Empowering and Diverse Picture Books!

Though we’ve still got a lot of summer left in our house (hooray for not starting school till after Labor Day!), I know many of you are gearing up for back to school already… Be sure to check out these two gems, Who Do I See in the Mirror? and I Am Enough, to share with your children and remind them about what makes them special and unique before the new school year starts! Continue reading “Two Empowering and Diverse Picture Books!”

ICB Jesus Calling Children’s Bible Instagram Giveaway!

ICB Jesus Calling Children’s Bible Instagram Giveaway!

When HarperCollins Christian Publishing reached out to me last spring to see if I was interested in receiving a copy of their ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children for an honest review and a potential giveaway, I knew right away that I’d be interested! I worked my way through Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional a few years ago and loved the experience, so I was very excited to see how her work had been adapted to devotionals alongside a children’s Bible. Continue reading “ICB Jesus Calling Children’s Bible Instagram Giveaway!”

What We’re Doing to Combat the Summer Slide

What We’re Doing to Combat the Summer Slide

Parents, have you heard about summer learning loss, the summer slump, or the summer slide? Does what you’re hearing make you worry about what you need to do with your children over the summer to ensure they start a new school year fresh and ready to go? Are you trying to do ALL THE THINGS to make this happen? Read on for a little info about summer learning loss, as well as what we’re doing in our house to keep skills up in fun and natural ways! Continue reading “What We’re Doing to Combat the Summer Slide”

Two Favorite Goldilocks Books

Two Favorite Goldilocks Books

If you’ve followed me for a bit, then you know our wonderful neighborhood playgroup (which started when my oldest was about 3 months old and at one point consisted of 13 families) does a book exchange each holiday season. Every participating child brings one wrapped book, and then they take turns picking out a book and unwrapping it, “White Elephant” style (but without the stealing). Some of our very favorite books have come from this book exchange (see my post about Giraffe Problems for an example of another wonderful book we received here). Three or four years ago, we received another favorite, the fractured fairy tale Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears. Read on to see why we love it, as well as to hear about another fractured Goldilocks tale that we love. Continue reading “Two Favorite Goldilocks Books”

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

A few days ago, I posted about Stuck, one of our favorite silly picture books to read. Up today, I’ve got another laugh-inducing picture book for you– Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis. In Du Iz Tak? we meet a wonderful community of insects, bugs, and spiders that observe with awe and wonder a new plant shooting up in their area. Written in a completely made-up language and illustrated in delightful detail, you and your children will love reading and listening to this one over and over again! Continue reading “Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis”

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

As some of you may know, our girls have gone to a wonderful play-based preschool here in our neighborhood. One of the only teacher-driven times in their day is storytime, which takes place at the very end of the morning and focuses on repeated readings of the same book throughout the week. I’ve discovered many of our favorite books there (like Strictly No Elephants, which happened to be the first book I reviewed on Instagram!). One favorite that both girls got to experience during their time at this school was Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers… A book we’ve since checked out from the library multiple times (really, by now we should just buy it!) and appreciate so much that it made my list of 90 picture books to read in 90 days of summer! So, what makes Stuck so loved in our house? Continue reading “Stuck by Oliver Jeffers”

A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)

A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)

Do you love Owl Moon? Do you have kids who love all things space? Are you trying to teach your children about America’s first moon landing as we approach the 50th anniversary of that momentous accomplishment? Or maybe you remember exactly where you were on that magical day? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then be sure to get your hands on A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Matt Phelan, before July 20, 2019! Continue reading “A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)”