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Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

You guys…have I got a hysterical book recommendation for you! What was the last laugh-out-loud hysterical book that you’ve read? I can’t remember the last book that had me cracking up as much as this one did. Llama Destroys the World is a brand new […]

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- Aesop   Friends, have I got a wonderful new book for you. Teachers, homeschool families, parents…this is a book you are going to want to read with your kiddos. Summer, is a new release […]

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

Children have an amazing gift of imagination. Have you ever listened to your children play and been completely amazed at some of the things they think up? 5 Cherries is a celebration of that imagination!  I was immediately drawn to this book because of the gorgeous illustrations on the cover. I soon learned that the book itself was not only filled with lovely artwork but also a beautiful story!

5 Cherries is a book that was originally written in Italian! Author/illustrator Vittoria Facchini has written several books, but this is the first one to be published in the U.S.  I am so glad that it was because I believe it is such a gem. I referred to this book as a “celebration of imagination” and it is just that. This is a book that parents and teachers will want to read to their kids to show them what a powerful tool the imagination is!

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is the story of 2 siblings. Their mother gives them each 5 cherries. One child can’t believe he has received so few…5 is not enough! The other child receives her 5 cherries and she can see oh so much more. We are then taken on a journey that shows the power of imagination. Surely there isn’t very much you can do with 5 cherries…right? Oh but there is…especially when imagination is involved! Maybe you will make a bouquet out of your cherries, maybe you can use them as lipstick to make your face look pretty, or perhaps you can balance them on your nose! There is no end to the possibilities if you only use your imagination.

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

5 cherries book page

 

5 Cherries is such a heartwarming book. Children and parents will absolutely love the illustrations…they are so special and different from any book I have seen! The brightly colored cherries stand out against the crisp white of the pages! I absolutely loved that it shows that there is no limitation to your imagination. My kids loved the book and definitely had a couple of laughs at some of the uses for the cherries! Something else that we noticed was that the children look nearly identical. The only real differences are in the shoes and the fact that one has a red bow and the other a blue. As the story goes on it becomes increasingly difficult to tell which child is which…by the end, there are no bows or shoes. Just a world full of imagination.

 

Book Info

As I mentioned above, the book is written and illustrated by Vittoria Facchini. It was translated into English by Anna Celada. 5 Cherries was published by Enchanted Lion Books in 2017. You can find 5 Cherries on the Enchanted Lion Books website here on or Amazon here. A very big thank you to Enchanted Lion Books for sending me this beautiful book to review and share!

To check out another of my favorite beautiful books, head to this post!

10 BEE-UTIFUL Picture Books about Bees

10 BEE-UTIFUL Picture Books about Bees

Spring has sprung…or in the case of Florida…spring has high-tailed it out of here and made way for summer! Spring always makes me think of gardens, flowers, and BEES! The kids and I have never done an in-depth study of bees, so I thought now […]

Celebrating Children’s Book Week with my Top 10 All Time Favorite Children’s Books!

Celebrating Children’s Book Week with my Top 10 All Time Favorite Children’s Books!

Did you know that this week is the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week? This year in honor of the 100th anniversary there will be two week-long celebrations…this week, April 29th-May 5th, 2019 and then again November 4th-10th, 2019. This is my kind of celebration. […]

10 Beautiful Children’s Books about Birds

10 Beautiful Children’s Books about Birds

We adore birds. We love learning about them, watching them, feeding them, and reading about them! There are so many amazing books available about birds that would be fantastic additions to your homeschool lessons! I went a little rogue with this booklist and didn’t include any of your standard non-fiction books. Those are absolutely wonderful as well, but for this post, I wanted to focus primarily on picture books! I am so excited to share this list with you because they are such wonderful books that I think you will love!

The Big Book of Birds

I am going to start things off with a book that still hasn’t been released. I know…that is kind of cheating…but I have a good reason. You see, The Big Book of Birds is written and illustrated by the AMAZING Yuval Zommer. You may be familiar with his other books; The Big Book of the Blue, The Big Book of Bugs, and The Big Book of Beasts? If you haven’t seen these books, you must. They are gorgeous and absolutely packed with wonderful information! You need them. For reals. So, I have chosen The Big Book of Birds because I KNOW it will also be amazing…and I have seen sneaks peeks inside…and it’s dreamy! The Big Book of Birds is published by the awesome Thames & Hudson and it is a big beautiful book! I cannot WAIT to get ours…I pre-ordered it so it will arrive on its release day, June 4th, 2019.

Counting Birds – The Idea that Helped Save our Feathered Friends

Next up is Counting Birds – The Idea that Helped Save our Feathered Friends by Heidi Stemple. I recently included Counting Birds in my blog post about the best books for Earth Day. I included it because it is a wonderful book that explains to children the importance of watching and studying birds. It discusses conservation and how just by counting and recording birds, you can help! Counting Birds is beautifully written by Heidi Stemple and the gorgeous illustrations are by Clover Robin. It is full of wonderful non-fiction information about birds as well as introducing kids to ornithologist Frank Chapman. Counting Birds is published by Seagrass Press.

 

Bird Watch

Next up is Bird Watch. Bird Watch is beautifully written and illustrated by Christie Matheson. You will immediately be captivated by the lovely artwork. There are birds to seek and find on each page and also involves an element of counting. Bird Watch will introduce you to many different types of birds and even discusses bird watching. The illustrations would be beautiful jumping off points for creating your own nature journals as well! Bird Watch is published by Greenwillow Books which is an imprint of Harper Collins.

Birds and Their Feathers

Next up is Birds and Their Feathers. It is breathtaking. I have only recently discovered this lovely book and I am so glad that I did. It is absolutely gorgeously illustrated and is packed with information about birds and their feathers. It goes into details about different types of feathers, their functions, and why birds have them. Author/Illustrator Britta Teckentrup has created not only a fact-filled book but also one that you can’t take your eyes off of. This one is wonderful for both children and their parents! Birds and Their Feathers is published by Prestel Junior.

 

The Egg

I am including The Egg closely behind Birds and Their Feathers because it is also written and illustrated by the amazing Britta Teckentrup. You will be blown away by all of the gorgeous illustrations of birds and their corresponding eggs. I do have to mention that The Egg is not only a book of birds eggs, you will also learn about different egg-producing creatures such as sea turtles and insects. This is another one that will be well loved by both adults and children. The Egg is also published by Prestel.

 

Feathers: Not Just For Flying

Feathers: Not Just For Flying is a book I have had for quite a while. I purchased this one back when we first began to learn about birds. This is another absolutely beautiful book that is also packed with information. Throughout the book, you will learn all about the function and importance of feathers. I have to tell you, I didn’t realize how much I DIDN’T know about feathers! This is the PERFECT addition to a nature study because you will not only get the elements of a non-fiction book but you will get it presented in an almost nature journal fashion with collections of lovely illustrations.  My kids and I used this book as inspiration for our nature journals and painted and labeled the parts of the feather. Feathers: Not Just For Flying is written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen, and published by Charlesbridge.

Sounds of Nature: World Of Birds

Oh my goodness, is this a gorgeous book. Now, I am not usually drawn to books that make noise. I think it goes back to my kids younger years where they had Dora the Explorer and Elmo books didn’t.ever.stop.talking. Anyway, never you fear, this is nothing like that. World of Birds is by Robert Hunter and it is a must-have. What I love about this book is that it explores 10 different habitats of birds. In each habitat, you have a chance to learn about the different birds…and HEAR them. The sounds make you feel like you are right there. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous as well. This is another amazing book published by Wide Eyed Editions!

 

A Nest is Noisy

Next up is a Nest is Noisy is written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. This is an incredibly illustrated book with very beautiful poetic words. Not only is it beautifully written, but the amount of information you are able to learn about nests is incredible! It is so detailed in both wording and illustrations that you come away with so much knowledge! As with The Egg, A Nest is Noisy will look at the nests of animals other than birds, but a great deal of information is shared about birds and their nests. A Nest is Noisy is published by Chronicle.

An Egg is Quiet

An Egg is Quiet is another lovely book written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. This book is gorgeous from endpaper to endpaper! SO many amazing types of eggs are introduced. Over 60 kinds of eggs! Kids will absolutely LOVE the illustrations and beautiful poetic words. In addition to bird eggs, you will also read about dinosaur eggs, ladybug eggs, and so much more. Absolutely wonderful. An Egg is Quiet is also published by Chronicle.

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon

The last book I have chosen is called The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon. I chose this book because not only is it lovely, but because John Audubon was such a pioneer in the study of birds! He also created some absolutely gorgeous paintings of birds. This book is so inspirational and will encourage children to want to watch and study the birds themselves. The Boy Who Drew Birds is written by Jacqueline Davies, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and published by HMH Books for Young Readers.

 

I hope that you have found some new books to add to your lists! Whether you are planning a unit on birds or just enjoy sharing beautiful books with your kiddos, I think these are some that you will love!

 

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

Evan-Moor Daily 6-Trait Writing Review

I am so excited to be sharing another amazing resource from Evan-Moor with you! At this point, you may have guessed that I adore Evan-Moor products. They are so educational, reasonably priced, and my kids LOVE them! These are all amazing things, right? So I […]

10 Amazing Books to Read to Your Kids on Earth Day!

10 Amazing Books to Read to Your Kids on Earth Day!

  Earth Day is right around the corner! My kiddos are so excited to celebrate by heading to the beach to pick up some trash! In addition to helping clean up the beach, we will be reading a LOT of books! Whenever a holiday, special […]

My Go-To Books for Homeschooling

My Go-To Books for Homeschooling

Have you ever found an amazing shirt and you love it SO much that you have to buy it in every single color? You know that it is the perfect shirt for you and you must have all of them? Well, I am about to share a series of books that I feel the very same way about. What started as one book has spiraled into a complete obsession. Not just a little obsession…a full-on-book-hoarding-till-you-need-another-bookcase-obsession!

I was first introduced to Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet Books when I was planning our homeschool unit on Florida. While researching books to buy I stumbled across a book called S is for Sunshine. It looked beautiful and the price was right…so I ordered it! Not to be dramatic…but I may have heard an angel or two singing when I opened the pages! I was completely blown away! The book was better than I had hoped for AND was the perfect addition to our unit.

WHY Alphabet Books Rock

We are extremely eclectic homeschoolers. I pick and choose and create all different types of curriculum. One thing I do a lot of is Unit Studies. I love unit studies because it gives us a chance to really dig into a topic that the kids are interested in.

One of the first things I do when creating a unit study is to select books. This is always my first step because frankly I have a book addiction and can’t help but fill our shelves with awesome books. Without fail,I will always look to see if there is an Alphabet Book available to go with the topic we are studying. Sleeping Bear Press has an amazing website with a ginormous booklist. The vast array of topics is impressive. I originally thought that the Alphabet Books were only related to U.S. States…but I quickly learned that they have books covering a multitude of subject areas. Whether you are planning a unit on Dinosaurs, Poetry, or the Ocean…they have you covered!

So, why do I love them so much! Well, here are just a few reasons! I will go into greater detail on each one later in the post!

  1. Amazing for unit planning
  2. Great for readers of all ages
  3. Gorgeous illustrations
  4. FREE Teacher Guides/Activities

Amazing for Unit Planning

Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet Books walk you through the alphabet from A to Z. Each letter represents an area related to the topic of the book. This is such an amazing resource for planning a unit. Planning a homeschool unit can be so overwhelming…there are so many ideas to cover that it is hard to narrow your focus. I take each letter of the alphabet almost like a bullet point. It helps me to visually see the areas that I want to cover! For example, when we were learning about our home state of Florida I selected S is for Sunshine as one of our main “spines” for the unit. I planned nearly everything from this one book. Throughout the book, you will find pages such as A is for Alligator…we learned that our state reptile is an alligator and learned some neat facts about alligators. E is for Everglades, we learned about the Florida Everglades and some of the inhabitants including our state animal the panther. J is for Juan Ponce de Leon…we learned all about him and how he discovered Florida for Spain.

 

Perfect for Numerous Age Groups

Second, they are wonderful for readers of all ages. The Alphabet books are a combination of verse/poetry and also non-fiction factual information. If you have a younger child who is just learning to read or doesn’t have a long attention span to be read to you can stick to just the smaller verses. The often rhyming text is appealing to even the youngest of kiddos…and their book-loving Mama! If you have an older child you can also have them read the information included on each side-bar. Each page is PACKED with tons of interesting and educational material!

Gorgeous Illustrations

Third, the illustrations are stunning. Each and every book I have read is so beautifully illustrated. The pictures are such a wonderful complement to the stories. I am a sucker for a beautifully illustrated picture book and these definitely deliver! My kiddos love to include art projects with each of our units and they love to use our Alphabet books as inspiration!

FREE Teacher Guides/Activities

Lastly, and you might want to brace yourself for this, Sleeping Bear Press’s website has an entire section of Teacher Guides/Activities. You simply click on the book you are using, say, for example, B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet, and you are taken to an amazing guide! I have used these guides on more than one occasion and they are such a time saver for a busy Mama! They would be fantastic for a school teacher as well! You will find recipes, fill in the blanks, crossword puzzles, letter writing, and so much more included in the guides. Such an amazing resource…I wish I had discovered them sooner!

To take a peek at some of the Teacher Guides click here.

For a catalog of books available from Sleeping Bear Press head on over to their online catalog here.

This is not a sponsored post at all…just a mama sharing some of her favorite books! They have been such an amazing addition to our homeschool and I think you will love them too!

 

 

 

The Bluest of Blues- A Book Review

The Bluest of Blues- A Book Review

I have been completely smitten with biographical picture books lately. I have always found it fascinating to learn about someone from history, but there is something so special about reading about it in picture book form. Picture books add a certain element of magic to […]