Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

I love a good multi-generational story, especially when it is also a story about storytelling. I have really fond memories of my bubby (grandmother in Yiddish) telling the most outrageous stories. We thought about having her type them up, but we didn't get it done soon enough and we didn't help her do it, so … Continue reading Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

Let’s Talk About Banned Books

It is banned books week and that got me thinking about Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics. This book has never been on the banned book list, but it is a great way to get kids to understand the concept and to start up a conversation about banned books. J and I eagerly read Mr. Lemoncello's Library … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Banned Books

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

Roar Like a Lion – a fun yoga book

You know that a book is a hit when your child asks you to immediately read it again. There is also the sense of success when it also immediately turns itself into playtime. Today that book was You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses  by Taeeun Yoo. I picked up this book at … Continue reading Roar Like a Lion – a fun yoga book

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

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

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