Gift Guide for Kids: Children’s Books 2013

Book Gift Guide 2013

I've found the best books to give your kids as gifts this year. Books for all ages from 2 to 18! Here are my final picks, books that my kids and I have read and recommend. Enjoy!!   Board Books 1. Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Fold and Play Book for ages 12 months+. Fold and flip for fun. This unique origami-inspired toy is both a folding book and a learning game in one. … [Read more...]

New Picture Books to Treasure

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As you know, I adore reading new picture books and sharing the best with you. Here are some new titles for your family to enjoy.   The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud We adore this oversized picture book for the fun follow-the-baby bear story and for the gorgeous and detailed illustrations. Little Bear wanders off and it's up to Papa Bear to find him. Can you find … [Read more...]

New Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

board books

I don't often review board books but I found some unique treasures I just had to share with you. When you're looking for a good book for your baby or toddler, consider interest, interactivity, and readability (not too many words). Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli A wonderful work of art art - this is also literally an alphabet book block. Each thick page is … [Read more...]

Get Excited to Read Halloween Books

Halloween books for kids

I'm not crazy about scary books but some kids love them. But often scary books can get some kids reading more than usual -- which is a good thing. So, here's a new list of scary and not-so-scary Halloween-themed books. New Picture Books Ten Orange Pumpkins A Counting Book by Stephen Savage A bold, graphic illustrations accompany rhyming text that counts down from 10 to … [Read more...]

5 Healthy Eating Strategies for Picky Eaters

healthy eating for picky eaters

Don't you feel frustrated reading how easy it's supposed to be to get your picky kids to like healthy foods? It's not easy. Not for some kids. With my first baby I slaved over the hot stove, cooking organic vegetables into a puree to freeze for baby food. And the kid ate everything. Until about age 2. When she became a cracker-itarian. It's been a challenge ever … [Read more...]

DIY a Cryoow! Doll for Play and Stories

Cryoow! doll story and giveaway

Cryoow! dolls start with a child’s 2D drawing, transforming it into a jaw-dropping, super-awesome hand-crafted 3D doll. It's so cool. Make a Cryoow! Doll To make a doll, your child draws a picture more than 4 inches tall. We recommend using the game Pick and Draw which taught us so many fun ways to draw faces. Draw your person -- my eight year old daughter drew herself. … [Read more...]

Picture Book Character Costumes for Halloween

picture book Halloween costumes

Would your child like a book-themed costume this Halloween? How about one of these picture book character costume ideas? If you're looking for chapter book costume ideas, you'll find lots of ideas for older kids here.  Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems buy elephant costume buy pig costume   Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold rent Fly Guy The Day the Crayons … [Read more...]