Celebrate Big Imaginations in Picture Books!

picture books that celebrate a child's imagination

Books in themselves encourage our imaginations, don't they!? Today let's celebrate big imaginations and wild musings with beautiful new picture books. This list of picture books celebrates dreamers and possibilitarians. I hope they inspire you and your children! Of course there are many more books that the ones listed below. These are the most recently published. Do you have … [Read more...]

New Monster and Halloween Books Fall 2015

Halloween and monster books for kids

Celebrate Halloween by reading good monster and Halloween books with your children. New Monster and Halloween Books Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton Don't you just love Sandra Boynton board books? My kids ADORED her writing and illustrations when they were littler. This cute Halloween book shows how Pookie makes a decision about what to wear as a Halloween costume. You'll … [Read more...]

New Patricia Polacco Book! Miss Keller and the Thesaurus

Patricia Polacco book about her writing teacher

If you've been a fan of Patricia Polacco like me, you'll know that she loves to share the stories of marvelous teachers, many of which were her own growing up. Her newest book, An A from Miss Keller, is a story about the teacher who transformed Patricia into a writer. It's a beautiful, bittersweet story that you can use at home and in the classroom to teach about friendship … [Read more...]

Playful Early Reader Books

early reader books

Beginning readers need lots of books to practice those new reading skills. So, I'm always excited to discover new early reader books and new early reader book series -- like these! See what you think and then for all my easy reader reviews, go to my best books for 5- and 6-year olds page. Playful Early Reader Books Gran on a Fan by Kevin Bolger, illustrated by Ben Hodson … [Read more...]

8 New Awe Worthy Board Books

board books

What is a board book? It's a book sturdy enough for babies and toddlers to grab, chew, and read printed on thick paperboard. Board books make the BEST gifts for a baby shower or birthday or just-because. Children hear and learn new words, learn to appreciate the pictures and stories, and learn how we read a book front to back, right to left. Recently I read Malcolm … [Read more...]

8 Stellar Picture Book Biographies

nonfiction picture book biographies

I'm excited to share with you 8 recently published picture book biographies for your classroom (Common Core, anyone?) and for your home. These biographies pair first-rate writing with artwork with outstanding illustrations to engage and inform your children. Enjoy! 8 Picture Book Biographies Marvelous Cornelius Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil … [Read more...]

13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults)

13 places to look for children's and adult's book reviews

Recently a reader asked me where I find all the good books I read. What websites do I read? How do I find good books -- both for myself (an adult) and for kids. It's a good question so I thought I'd give you a behind the scenes peek at my process. And, I read a LOT -- so much that I sometimes have to stop myself and make sure I'm being present in my life. But that's another … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Happy Birthday Cupcake review and activities

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities The latest picture book from Terry Border, creator of the photography site Bent Objects is HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! and it's a mouth-watering adventure using everyday-object photography. (Also, don't miss his previous book, Peanut Butter & Cupcake!) Never Before Seen Photograph from Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Cupcake wants … [Read more...]

Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

mindfulness kids

I believe in the power of mindfulness and that's why I'm teaching mindfulness to my kids. What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is being aware of what's going on in the present moment. For kids, it helps focus attention, improve self-regulation (impulsivity and decision making,) build resiliency to stress and develop a positive mindset. "With mindfulness, we can preserve our … [Read more...]