A chameleon who learns just to be himself

Any parent is well versed in the artistry and engaging stories of Eric Carle. There was a time that I could recite Brown Bear, Brown Bear by memory. What did the Very Hungry Caterpillar eat that gave him such a terrible tummy ache? Yeah, knew that one too. But every once in a while, I … Continue reading A chameleon who learns just to be himself

The Peanut-Free Cafe – a book about dealing with school lunch

In our present world of allergies, I'm actually rather surprised that I haven't seen more book like "The Peanut-Free Cafe." In this well written book we are presented with two dueling issues that more and more kids in elementary school are having to face - kids that can't eat peanuts and kids who are incredibly … Continue reading The Peanut-Free Cafe – a book about dealing with school lunch

A lesson from Mrs. Katz and Larnel

From time to time I read a book and just say "wow" when I am done. When my four year old requested that I read Mrs Katz & Tush for bedtime one night, I really wasn't sure that she would enjoy it. The story is pretty long and Ms. Polacco tends to write about some … Continue reading A lesson from Mrs. Katz and Larnel

Reading Ron Roy

I realized the other day that I have really been focusing on picture books and not giving any updates on the chapter books that J is reading. Granted, a big part of this is because she is so obsessed with Harry Potter that she reads them over and over and over again leaving little room … Continue reading Reading Ron Roy

Picture Book Challenge Week #2

We are finished with week #2 of the picture book challenge hosted by Child-Led Chaos. While we read a ton of books, I'm finding the process a tad challenging because my 6 year old is going through a phase where she refuses to read or listen to picture books. She only wants to read Land … Continue reading Picture Book Challenge Week #2

Picture Book Challenge Week #1

So we are done with week #1 of our 300 picture books in 2014 challenge hosted by Child Led Chaos. This week was pretty easy since all books read were considered "new," at least the first time we read them this week.  I'm only counting them if I've actually read them to one of the girls, … Continue reading Picture Book Challenge Week #1

Cinderella – The tale told around the world

You didn't think I could stop with Little Red Riding Hood, did you? When I was finding those books in the library, various Cinderella tales attracted my attention as well. In fact, I almost find Cinderella more amazing because it truly is a multicultural phenomenon. Every country seems to have its own take on the … Continue reading Cinderella – The tale told around the world

The Fourth Pig

Do you have books that you just love to read to your kids? Every once in a while I get to actually pick the book at night and tonight I picked out The Fourth Pig by Teresa Celsi. No matter how many times I read this, it always makes me smile. This is a great … Continue reading The Fourth Pig

Fascinated with Frozen

Both of my girls are obsessed with Frozen. We saw the movie over Thanksgiving weekend and it has been three weeks of non-stop Frozen in this house since then. I know this doesn't seem like something to discuss on a blog about books, but go with me on this. The story, if you somehow missed … Continue reading Fascinated with Frozen

The Various Tales of Little Red Riding Hood

We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood. A little girl is sent to deliver food to her sick grandma with the stern warning to stay on her path and not talk to strangers. On her way she meets a wolf who rushes to grandma's house, eats her, then tricks and eats Little … Continue reading The Various Tales of Little Red Riding Hood