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Alba and The Ocean Cleanup- A Beautiful Picture Book for Earth Day and Every Day!

Alba and The Ocean Cleanup- A Beautiful Picture Book for Earth Day and Every Day!

As you have probably guessed by now, my family and I have a *slight* obsession with the ocean and the beach. We spend as much time as possible there. We swim, play, build sandcastles, kayak, and sadly, we clean up a lot of trash. Alba […]

You’ve Got Dragons- The Perfect Book for Dealing with Big Feelings

You’ve Got Dragons- The Perfect Book for Dealing with Big Feelings

Fear, worry, and anxiety are things that many of us deal with on a daily basis! These feelings can creep up when you least expect them to and can really knock you for a loop! Now, imagine you are a child and these feelings start […]

Penguin Sets Sail- A Beautiful Wordless Picture Book

Penguin Sets Sail- A Beautiful Wordless Picture Book

There is something so magical about a wordless picture book. Being able to pore over the pages of the book with my kiddos and each share what is happening is just awesome. I was recently sent a copy of a beautiful new wordless book called Penguin Sets Sail by Jessica Linn Evans… and it is so charming! I can’t wait to share it with you!

Penguin Sets Sail

Penguin Sets Sail is the story of a little penguin who dreams of a life as a sea captain. He wears the sweetest little paper sailors hat and desperately wants to experience life on the sea. All of the other penguins are so wrapped up with thinking about fish that they don’t pay any attention to him! So, penguin decides he will fix up a little boat and he will set sail on the open ocean in search of friends and treasures!

On his journey he meets some new friends and has some adventures…but he realizes that the ocean can be a big and scary place! It makes him realize that he misses home and really wants to go back!

Our Thoughts…

Oh my goodness…we just loved this book. We are a family of penguin lovers so he won our hearts over from the very beginning. We absolutely adored the gorgeous illustrations. They are so bright and vivid. As a family of ocean lovers, we adored all of the gorgeous blues and aquas used throughout the pages.

We loved the themes of friendship, adventure, and home. Author/Illustrator Jessica Linn Evans creates a beautiful story through her gorgeous illustrations and use of thought bubbles throughout the pages. We absolutely fell in love with little penguin and loved following his journey!

The kids and I loved chatting about the story as we explored the pages. Wordless books are great for conversation starters and sharing ideas, aren’t they?

For More Information

If you would like to purchase your own copy of Penguin Sets Sail you can click here!

Penguin Sets Sail is published by Cannonball Books and Rainstorm Publishing!

For more information about author/illustrator Jessica Linn Evans, you can check out her website by clicking here!

Thank you so much, Jessica, for sending us a signed copy for review! It was such a hit and I can’t wait to share it with my nephew when he visits this summer!

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It’s Okay to be a Unicorn

It’s Okay to be a Unicorn

Have I ever mentioned how much I love picture books? Once or twice? Maybe? Ok…well, I really do love them. A picture book can tell a story, it can make you laugh, it can hit you right in the feels, and it can send a […]

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

I love it when a book inspires creativity! This happens A LOT at our house! So often we will be reading a book and all of a sudden an idea pops up for a craft, art project, or recipe! Well, I have just finished reading […]

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

Picture books are my go-to gift for nearly every occasion! There is something so special about giving someone a book! My favorite time to give books are at baby showers or to celebrate the arrival of a new baby! Books are such an incredible gift to give to new parents…building a library for their little one of books that they can enjoy with their child is just priceless!

I have a sweet new recommendation to add to your list of go-to books to give new parents! This Is BABY is a brand new book from Jimmy Fallon! Fallon has also authored Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and Everything is MAMA. Both books were New York Times #1 Bestsellers and I have no doubt that This Is BABY will join them!!

This Is BABY is a sweet book that illustrates all of the parts of baby. What is the most important part of baby? Is it their nose, their toes, or is it something else? This will be such a hit with little ones! Kiddos love to learn about their body and will love the rhyming words! Parents will absolutely love reading this to their little ones. The sweet illustrations are created by Miguel Ordonez who also illustrated Everything Is MAMA and Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA.

This Is BABY was gifted to us by our friends at Macmillan in exchange for our honest review! This will definitely be added to our list of favorite books to give as gifts!

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Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

I am a Halloween slacker! It has never been my favorite holiday! Christmas is my jam…I go all-out! But this year, I want to add a little Halloween fun to our homeschool day! I have decided to put together a fun and easy Halloween Morning […]

At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base is an absolutely breathtaking new picture book that celebrates love, bravery, and the unwavering support that family provides. This is a gorgeously illustrated poem that would make an incredible addition to a study on Native Americans or World War 2. At […]

2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

I am always on the lookout for amazing new resource books to add to our homeschool library. I was thrilled when Quarto Kids sent me 2 samples of new books they have coming out this fall. They are incredible!!! Quarto consistently knocks it out of the park when it comes to incredible nonfiction books, and these 2 titles are no exception!

Encyclopedia of Animals

First up is Encyclopedia of Animals. This is another gem from Wide-Eyed Editions, which is an imprint of Quarto that creates mind-blowing nonfiction! They know the key to creating nonfiction books that kids LOVE! This is a huge and beautiful book that is packed to the brim with crazy gorgeous illustrations and interesting animal info! This will be a wonderful addition to any zoology study in your homeschool. I also know my kids will love to use this book as inspiration for our nature journals!

Such a wide collection of animals are included…from the biggest to the smallest! In addition to the gorgeous illustrations, each entry includes information about the animal such as diet, size, where it is located, and it’s scientific name. This is a must-have for your home library!

Encyclopedia of Animals hits shelves October 1st, 2019! You can pre-order now!

 

Atlas of Ocean Adventures: A Collection of Natural Wonders, Marine Marvels, and Undersea Antics from Across the Globe

This book is in-cre-di-ble! Atlas of Ocean Adventures is the 5th book in the Atlas of Adventures series and it might be my favorite yet. It is absolutely stunning and the perfect book for an ocean-loving family. If you are familiar with the other books in this series, like Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World or Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures, then you know just how amazing these books are. There is so much information presented in such a fun way. The pages are a feast for your eyes. I notice something new every time I flip through these books! The scenes are deliciously illustrated and also present so much information.

Atlas of Ocean Adventures will take you on an adventure below the surface of the ocean. You will learn all about the diversity of life that lives in the ocean. You will visit the Man-O-War in the Atlantic Ocean, the Leatherback Turtles in the Pacific Ocean, Seahorses in the Indian Ocean, Elephant Seals in the Southern Ocean, and Walruses in the Arctic Ocean. There are more than 30 scenes throughout this book that will introduce you to some truly amazing creatures!

I can’t wait to incorporate this book in our next Oceanography unit. This is the perfect resource for your homeschool library if you have little ocean lovers or plan to study the ocean! Another home-run from Wide-Eyed Editions and Quarto! Atlas of Ocean Adventures arrives on November 5th, 2019!

 

I have a flip through of the samples saved in my story highlights on Instagram! You can check it out over at Homeschool by the Beach on Instagram!¬†Thank you so much Quarto for sharing a sneak peek at these books with us! We can’t wait until their book birthdays!

 

 

 

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My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

I have a new hobby. You might even call it a sport. It takes great skill, determination, and endurance…I stalk Amazon for upcoming new book releases. Oh, it’s a thing. So, instead of just stalking alone and creating beautifully long wishlists, I have decided to […]


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