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Music For Tigers- A Captivating Middle-Grade Read

Music For Tigers- A Captivating Middle-Grade Read

There is nothing better than getting so entranced by a book that you are able to finish it in one day. Music For Tigers completely captivated me from the very first pages. It was full of lovely and diverse characters, adventure, mystery, messages of conservation, […]

The Next President- Presidents Like You Have Never Seen Them!

The Next President- Presidents Like You Have Never Seen Them!

Have you ever stopped to think that right now there could be 10 future Presidents of the United States out there? Are they in school, or playing basketball, or planting a garden? The Next President by Kate Messner takes a peek at a side of […]

4 Beautiful Books to Celebrate Earth Day from Sourcebooks Kids!

4 Beautiful Books to Celebrate Earth Day from Sourcebooks Kids!

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!! Did you know? I was surprised that it has been around for 50 years! What a wonderful milestone! I want to celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing 4 beautiful books with you from my friends at Sourcebooks!

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon is a stunning new book that would be perfect for your Earth Day reading list

First up is an absolutely gorgeous book that we fell in love with! The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon is a stunningly illustrated book that discusses the importance of taking care of our Earth! The story is about a little girl named Sofia who makes friends with the Moon. One night he asks her to come and visit. When she arrives she notices how very sad the Moon is. The Moon asks her to look down at Earth with him and see what makes him so sad. The Earth is in trouble and it is up to people like Sofia to help make Earth a better place!

Such a beautiful and powerful story that is not only about taking care of our Earth but also shares a powerful message of friendship! You and your children will absolutely fall in love with the sweet rhyme and gorgeous illustrations. The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon is written by Land Wilson with illustrations by Sue Cornelison. You can purchase a copy of The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon by clicking here.

A Dolphin’s Wish

A Dolphin's Wish is a beautiful book to add to your Earth Day reading list!

A Dolphin’s Wish is the perfect example of why I love kids’ books so much! Author Trevor McCurdie tackles such an important subject…protecting our oceans…but he does it in such an easily accessible way. A Dolphin’s Wish is a beautiful book about what plastic is doing to our oceans. It is written in wonderful and fun rhyme but really hits home. As a family of ocean-loving beach bums, this is a really important topic for us.

We loved the addition of all of the tips and ways that kids can help that were included at the end! From a homeschool mama perspective, there are so many awesome teaching points too! Really great! I absolutely loved this one. Beautiful illustrations were provided by Cinzia Battistel. A Dolphin’s Wish is available now!

What Does it Mean to be Green?

What Does it Mean to Be Green is an amazing book to read on Earth Day!

What Does it Mean to be Green is a wonderful and simple introduction all about what we can do to help take care of the environment. Written in a funny and kid-friendly manner, this book shows how easy it is for each of us to make a difference! Author Rana DiOrio gives kids many easy and do-able things that they can do to help our planet. Simple things like shutting off the water when brushing your teeth, using both sides of your paper, and shutting off lights when they are not needed. These are all such easy things, yet if everyone were to do them…think of what a difference it would make!

We loved the fun illustrations by Chris Blair and the powerful message that each of us can make a difference! What Does it Mean to be Green is available now as well!

Trees Make Perfect Pets

Trees Make Perfect Pets is the perfect book to add to your Earth Day reading list!

Last, but certainly not least is Trees Make Perfect Pets by Paul Czajak. What a beautiful story this is. Abigail wants the perfect pet! She is determined that the perfect pet is a TREE. Everyone she meets seems to disagree with her and tells her that a tree most certainly can not be the perfect pet. My kiddos and I love Abigail’s determination…and we agree with her that a tree does make the most perfect pet!

This was such a sweet and beautiful story. We adored the lovely illustrations by Cathy Gendron. Trees Make Perfect Pets will absolutely make you want to hug a tree…and definitely want to plant one! Trees Make Perfect Pets is available now!

For More Info

Thank you so much to our friends at Sourcebooks Kids for sending these beauties our way for review! What a wonderful addition to our Earth Day shelf! For more information on Sourcebooks Kids, you can check out their website here!

To read about some of our other favorite books to read on Earth Day you can check out this blog post.

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A Must-Have New Book for Your Little Insect Lover!

A Must-Have New Book for Your Little Insect Lover!

Did you know that some Dung Beetles are particular about the poo they eat? Yep…they only enjoy poo from a specific species! I mean, I have a favorite brand of coffee…but…poo? Who knew??? Facts abound in this gorgeous new book called Bugs Everywhere! I can’t […]

Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

I have a new go-to recommendation for Greek Mythology! Mythologica- An encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters, and Mortals from Ancient Greece is an absolutely stunning book. As soon as I saw the cover I knew it would be one that we had to have. I am […]

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 and the Ocean Cleanup is an amazing picture book all about the importance of taking care of our oceans.

Alba and the Ocean Cleanup

I am so excited to share this new picture book with you. Written and illustrated by Lara Hawthorne, Alba and the Ocean Cleanup is the story of Alba. Alba is a fish and it is her birthday. Every year for her birthday she likes to find a beautiful treasure to add to her collection. She has the most gorgeous array of shells and coral of all different sizes and colors. This year, however, Alba has noticed that it is getting more and more difficult to find beautiful objects. Her ocean has become so full of trash! Alba is finally able to discover a shiny pearl. It is just out of her reach so she has so squish and squeeze to get to it. The pearl was lodged in the bottom of a plastic bottle…and now, so is Alba.

Thankfully for Alba, she ends up near the shore and a sweet girl named Kaia helps her. Kaia is determined that this shouldn’t happen anymore so she organizes everyone to help clean up. Alba is finally able to return home to her beautiful ocean that is nice and clean!

Our Thoughts

We absolutely fell in love with this book. I will start by saying the illustrations are just gorgeous. Such bright and vivid colors throughout the pages just bring the story to life. Author/Illustrator Lara Hawthorne has created a beautiful story that really sends home a clear message that we need to work together to clean up our oceans and take care of all of the creatures that call it home.

With Earth Day coming up in April, I thought it was an important time to share this book…though it is a perfect read for any time of year! You and your children will fall in love with Alba. I love that the tone of the book is helpful. It isn’t written in a preachy manner, it is very loving and really emphasizes the power of working together, and how even one person can make a difference!

For More Information

Alba and the Ocean Cleanup is available now for purchase. You can find it by following this link or clicking the picture below.

For more information on Author/Illustrator Lara Hawthorne, you can visit her website here.

Sending a huge thank you to my friends at Candlewick Press for sending a copy to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

For more book recommendations for Earth Day, you can find my blog post from last year right here.

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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 […]

4 Beautiful New Picture Books for Spring!

4 Beautiful New Picture Books for Spring!

Springtime is here in Florida! Hopefully, it is on its way where you live as well!! I have 4 absolutely beautiful books to share with you that will make perfect additions to your springtime reading! My friends at Sleeping Bear Press sent these my way […]

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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SHOES- Blog Tour and Book Review!

SHOES- Blog Tour and Book Review!

One of my very favorite memories of childhood was spending time with my aunts. The highlight of our time together was me getting lost in their closets in piles and piles of shoes!! I can still picture my favorite ones…the ones that I would likely […]


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