Fun and Spooky Children’s Books for Halloween

The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell. I have long been a fan of McDonnell’s illustrations and stories. The Monsters’ Monster is about three very ferocious monsters (or so they think) that decide to build the monster of all monsters (Frankenstein). What they create though, isn’t quite what they were hoping for… Crankenstein by Samantha Berger […]

Review | Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Description: Annebelle finds a box filled with yarn of every color and starts knitting sweaters and hats for everyone in her town. Her knitting becomes so popular and desired that an archduke from a faraway land must have Annebelle’s box of yarn, no matter what the cost. Story: My daughter picked this one out from […]

Review | Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier

Description: This book contains a brief history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life from boyhood to his assassination; including quotations of some of the most powerful and famous words he said. Story: Rappaport does a great job of quickly telling the story of Dr. King’s life and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.I […]

Review | Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora

Description: On her way to see grandma, a young girl encounters people of all different ethnicity’s throughout her neighborhood and greets them in their respective languages. Story: I liked Say Hello! for multiple reasons. The first being the interactive part of learning how to say hello in different languages. I liked even more that there […]

Recommendations | Christ-Centered Christmas Picture Books

Despite the reason that we celebrate Christmas being Christ, there seems to me, to be a lack of good Christmas picture books on the subject. Here is a list of a few CHRIST-mas books I have found that I really like: This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten and Delana Bettoli – I love the […]

Review | Follow the Line Through the House by Laura Ljungkvist

Description: Open the front door and step inside a house full of surprises. Travel through each room of the house to discover hidden secrets in each room. Story: Simple story but very fun to read with little ones and find the different objects that are hidden, but easily found, in each room of the house. […]

Review | Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins and G. Brian Karas

Description: Pauline and John-John decide to have a lemonade stand in the middle of winter. Young readers can learn to count coins with Pauline and John-John as they count their coins, buy ingredients, and sell lemonade. Story: This book is a great concept book that teaches children about money, how to count it, spend it, […]

Review | How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Description: Little dinosaurs are questioned about and then taught what appropriate behavior is for celebrating Chanukah. Story Review: Jane Yolen’s collection of How Do Dinosaurs… (How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night, How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School, etc.) books have been a long time favorite of mine; so […]

Review | This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Description: A little fish, who thinks he’s very clever, steals a big fish’s hat. Story Review: This book follows the popular; I Want My Hat Back by Klassen. Both books have gotten a lot of national recognition. At first I didn’t understand why this book was being put in the circles of Best Picture Books for 2012, […]

Review | I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Description: A bear goes looking for his hat that went missing under mysterious circumstances. Story: It took me a few readings to warm up to this book, especially a reading with my daughter. It was put on many of the best picture book lists of 2011 and at first I was very underwhelmed. I just […]