My Heart by Corinna Luyken

My Heart by Corinna Luyken

I waited to get this book from the library for a LONG time… Seriously, a really long time. I requested it before it was published in early January, hoping to get my hands on it before I made my Valentine’s/Love list, and I FINALLY got off the wait list for it last week. But, I’m here to tell you that My Heart, written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken, was worth the wait. It did not disappoint one bit. Continue reading “My Heart by Corinna Luyken”

Restaurant “Go” Bags

Restaurant “Go” Bags

When our oldest was about a year old, I saw a really cute tutorial (on Pinterest, I’m sure…) about turning a toiletry travel kit into a restaurant bag for small children. It would hold wipes, straws, kids-sized utensils, disposable bibs, and maybe some stickers, crayons, and paper… I tried to make that, though mine admittedly wasn’t nearly as cute as the one in the tutorial. The idea stuck, though, and almost 5 years later, and we still have a restaurant “Go” bag! Continue reading “Restaurant “Go” Bags”

The “Monster” series by Amanda Noll

The  “Monster” series by Amanda Noll

More than two years ago, a beloved babysitter gave our girls I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam, for Christmas. And oh my goodness, this book became a fast favorite! Fast forward two years, when my grandmother wanted to know what to get our 3-year-old for Christmas and I had just realized there’s a sequel… Now Hey, That’s My Monster! is also on repeat in our house! Yes, these books are older (published in 2009 and 2016), but they were completely new books to me, so hopefully you’ll discover a new favorite here, too. If you don’t know this series, read on to discover the delightful humor and terrifically fun characters, as these books make wonderful read-alouds! Continue reading “The “Monster” series by Amanda Noll”

Literacy Sensory Bins

Literacy Sensory Bins

If you know me well, you know that I don’t teach my own children to read before kindergarten (nor do I spend time teaching my kindergartener to read when she’s home from school). I believe in play, in exploration, and in a literacy-rich environment. So, my girls LOVE to “read” and to listen to books, but our oldest didn’t read independently before kindergarten. Our youngest might not either. And that’s just fine with me, as long as they’re excited about words, reading, and writing.

So, what do we do instead? We read aloud… a lot. We have books around for the girls to “read” on their own… a lot. And we play! We play for fun. We play to build social skills and to learn about the world. And we play with words and letters. Continue reading “Literacy Sensory Bins”

Books for Valentine’s Day 2019

Books for Valentine’s Day 2019

Ok, something you’ll learn about me over time is that while I love a good themed bookshelf, I really love when the books I choose for said bookshelf can serve multiple purposes throughout the year. So, when it comes to holiday books, I get pretty excited when I find books that work for a given holiday, but can also be read anytime over the course of the year (like this list of my favorite Halloween-y, but not Halloween, books, or some great books to read at the beginning of the school year that aren’t specifically about the first day of school). So, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, our shelf has a few Valentine’s Day books (only 2 out of 15 featured here, to be specific), but we read mostly love and kindness stories with wonderful year-round lessons. Continue reading “Books for Valentine’s Day 2019”

The Importance of Front-Facing Books– and How to Display Them

The Importance of Front-Facing Books– and How to Display Them

If you’ve followed me for any period of time at all, then you know by now that I LOVE our front-facing bookshelf. It was an investment we chose to make almost 4 years ago (see photo below), and it has been worth every single penny. Being able to see the cover of a book is so beneficial in so many ways to children! Continue reading “The Importance of Front-Facing Books– and How to Display Them”

Escargot by Dashka Slater

Escargot by Dashka Slater

Do your kids love interactive stories? Can you do a mean French accent? Does everyone in your house enjoy read-alouds that make you giggle (or full-on laugh out loud…)? And, do you need one last gift idea for a special child in your life? Then Escargot by Dashka Slater might be the book for you! Continue reading “Escargot by Dashka Slater”