Picture Books with Big Feelings

Picture Books with Big Feelings

These last eighteen months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and I have ridden a few of them. Swept up in a terrible mood, tightness in your chest, a sadness that lingers longer than we want - these can be big yet normal feelings. Picture books can be a...

Books for an Endless Summer

Books for an Endless Summer

We are soaking in all the summer we can and yes, summer does feel different this year. We want to catch sunsets, swim in the clear lakes with our eyes open, have chlorinated tea parties with friends, and late-night sticky smores' with family. We want to fill our...

World Read Aloud Day 2021

World Read Aloud Day 2021

"If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent- and every adult caring for a child-read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in our lives, we could...

Books to spread joy and cheer

Books to spread joy and cheer

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - The HobbitBreathing in the brisk air, the smell of pine as we walk through our front door, baking cookies, and twinkling lights - the holiday season is palpable. A unique...

Bookshops

Bookshops

This year has been a big year for books! When the world shut down, we turned to books for comfort and the power of stories. This season when you are looking to buy books you can help our indie bookshops by buying from them directly or by using Bookshop. Bookshop...

Scary Stories to Share Together

Scary Stories to Share Together

Telling scary stories is something people have done for thousands of years, for most of us like being scared in that way. Since there isn't any danger, we think it is fun.”― Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkReading on your own in the warmth of your bed...

Vote in Kid Lit 2020

Vote in Kid Lit 2020

"There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter."  Barack ObamaThese newly published picture books are a great way to start the conversation on the reasons we vote and why it's so important. The election is just around the corner, kids love feeling involved. It's...

Banned Books

Banned Books

It's banned book week! Today looks different from the days when The Paper Bag Princess was challenged for being "anti-family". The banned books in our home arrived because we love reading. Most are considered classics, and as I placed them together for this photo, I...

Literary Moms to Inspire Your Mother’s Day

Literary Moms to Inspire Your Mother’s Day

Mothers come in all forms and while these inspirational ladies are from pages in books their unconditional love and imperfections remind us what motherhood is all about. I have included classic books with characters like Marmee, the gentle listener who isn't afraid to...

Read & Eat- The Food Edition

Read & Eat- The Food Edition

Presenting the Food Edition. Truthfully I don't have editions but I've always wanted to say that. Switching it from Read & Make to inspire you with Read & Eat through these delicious picture books.  image from Apple Cake A lot, but not all these books have...

Graphic Novels are books too!

Graphic Novels are books too!

New Kid by Jerry Craft made history by becoming the first graphic novel to recieve the Newbery Medal, picking up the Coretta Scott King Author Award along the way.One of the readers in our home has been a fan of graphic novels since early on. I never shied away from...

Gift Guide 2019

Gift Guide 2019

Couldn't let the year end without sharing these books of wonder and delight! Wee Society books are some of our very favorites. Smart, funny and engaging but mostly I like how special my kids feel when they are reflecting on what to write about. Great keepsakes, we...

Books on Death and Bereavement for Children

Books on Death and Bereavement for Children

When I was six years old my father became ill by the time I was seven he had passed away. Seeing his health decline was painful and tumultuous. He didn't live to see his 40th birthday, and we were the first family anyone knew who's parent had died of cancer.The day...

Five 2018 Halloween books to love

Five 2018 Halloween books to love

Stumpkin Recommended for ages: 2-6 Stumpkin, as you can guess, isn't the perfect pumpkin. He sits as all the other pumpkins are chosen and given places in the window. He recognizes his faults but gives himself a pep talk, because he would like to become a jack...

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