Balderdash!

One of the best things that has come out of blogging is being a part of the blogging community of amazing children's literature reviewers. Learning about new books and getting other takes on how to encourage a love of books in all children is why I do this. Since we don't live in a city … Continue reading Balderdash!

Adventures in Summer Reading

Summer is upon us and that means that it is time to find ways to keep kids engaged with their books and reading. Getting J to read isn't a problem, but I would like to find ways to spice it up for the summer. I also really want to encourage her to keep writing about … Continue reading Adventures in Summer Reading

in love with ladybug girl

My three year old is completely infatuated with Ladybug Girl. I don't really mind this, except when she gets upset when return books to the library. My seven year old never really got into the series. I know that we read a few of them, but I think some were even just board book versions … Continue reading in love with ladybug girl

Making the Civil War real

We stopped off at the library today before the roads got their first snow of the year. You must understand, we live in North Carolina and school was cancelled today when they thought that snow would be hitting us around noon or 1pm and they wouldn't be able to get the high schoolers home in … Continue reading Making the Civil War real

sitting in for change

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, I wanted to try and bring some books about civil rights into J's reading rotation. Since I also know that getting her to read anything other than Harry Potter and Land of Stories would be a challenge, I thought that I needed some kind of hook to … Continue reading sitting in for change

Picture Book Challenge Week #3 and a focus on multicultural books

It's Monday, so it is time for my weekly round-up of the picture books that we have read. We are starting to do a lot of repeating, but those that are new fall all over the place. We are currently at 61 of 300! Thank you Child-Led Chaos for creating such a great thread! Yesterday … Continue reading Picture Book Challenge Week #3 and a focus on multicultural books

a lucky find – the lion, the witch and the wardrobe

I went into one of our local used book stores the other day and made a great find - an illustrated abridged version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've wanted to bring J in to the world of Narnia for some time, but we started with The Magician's Nephew and I believe … Continue reading a lucky find – the lion, the witch and the wardrobe

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

Goldilocks – a tale of a chocolate-filled-little-girl-bonbon

What happens when you take Mo Willems and give him free reign on Goldilocks? The awesome book Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. "Once upon a time there were three hungry Dinosaurs. One day - for no particular reason, the three Dinosaurs made up their beds, positioned their chairs just so, and cooked up three bowls … Continue reading Goldilocks – a tale of a chocolate-filled-little-girl-bonbon

a tribute to the trees

The Jewish holiday Tu B'Shevat is coming up next week. Tu B'Shevat is the New Year or birthday of the trees and historically has to do with when you could eat the fruit off of a tree. In Israel, schoolchildren take to the hills and valleys and plant trees "as a response to and celebration … Continue reading a tribute to the trees