Picture Book Biographies of Literary Giants

One of my favorite books when I was younger was Little Women. I still have my beloved copy for my daughters to be able to read. J has read an abridged version, but hasn't yet delved into the meaty version of the classic yet. So finding a beautiful biography of Louisa May Alcott was like … Continue reading Picture Book Biographies of Literary Giants

Poetry for Kids

One of the most wonderful things that we can do for our children is to open them to the world of poetry. Poetry used to be a huge part of a child's life when nursery rhymes were still popular, but poetry has gotten lost in the shuffle of modern life. It isn't that poetry isn't … Continue reading Poetry for Kids

Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes & Princesses

My younger daughter's current favorite book is the Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes and Princesses. We are big fans of the Illuustrated Stories series in general because of their gorgeous illustrations and ability to take well known stories and bring them to younger audiences at an age appropriate level (Shakespeare for an 8 year old!). … Continue reading Usborne Illustrated Stories of Princes & Princesses

It’s all about Perspective

Last summer when the Battle of the Books list came out, I printed out a copy hoping to encourage J to read some of the books over the summer to expand her reading options even though she knew should wouldn't be allowed to be on the team this year. It was a nice thought on … Continue reading It’s all about Perspective

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

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 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

classic chapter books

I haven't been posting much recently because J has gotten sucked into the world of Harry Potter. I encouraged her to start reading book 1 with me just after Halloween to try something outside of her normal style and she just finished book 2 tonight. What started as me doing most of the reading, and … Continue reading classic chapter books