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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 […]

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 […]

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 share with you guys! Every month I am going to share my most anticipated new releases for the following month! There are so many amazing titles coming up for the fall…like really, really good. It wouldn’t be fair to keep all of the goodness to myself…so let’s see what is heading our way for August!

August New Releases

August is just the tip of the iceberg for new releases. September and October might even be more delicious. So, this list will be comprised mostly of picture books and several non-fiction resources that we desperately want to add to our collection. I will hopefully have a post put together soon with some Middle-Grade books we are anxiously awaiting!

Manhattan: Mapping The Story Of An Island

This looks like a gorgeous book. The combination of history and picture books is irresistible to me! I can’t get enough. There is something about the way history is presented in a picture book that just makes it so captivating and accessible. Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island is full of history, timelines, and stories of what made it the place it is today! Definitely adding this to our collection! Manhattan is due to arrive on August 6th.

 

You Are My Friend: The Story Of Mister Rogers And His Neighborhood

I grew up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on our local PBS station. He was the sweetest man who always shared such a wonderful message. You are my Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and his Neighborhood is the story of Fred Rogers long before the world knew him as Mr.Rogers. He struggled to make friends as a child and was often sick, but he pushed past everything to share a message of kindness and compassion. As a picture book biography addict, I have to say I am so excited to see this book! I think it will be another great one! You Are My Friend releases on August 6th.

 

Mary Blair’s Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One Of The Disney Legends

Disney lovers, you’d better hold on to your Dole Whips because this one is going to be fantastic. Mary Blair’s Unique Flair is a biographical picture book all about the life of Mary Blair who is extremely well known for her work as an artist, animator, and designer for Disney! Mary worked on such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella…and if you have ever ridden It’s a Small World…that is the work of Mary! To say I am excited about this book would be an understatement. Biographical picture books are my VERY favorite books…and when you add in some Disney…yep…excited! You can find Mary Blair’s Unique Flair on August 13th…or pre-order like I did!

 

Miep And The Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary

Another amazing biographical picture book coming your way. This is the story of Miep Gies. While we have all heard the story of Anne Frank, not many have heard of Miep Gies…I know I hadn’t. Miep is the woman who sheltered Anne and her family for many years…and is one of the only reasons why we have heard Anne’s story. I am so excited to read this book. Books like this are why biographical picture books are so amazing…they introduce you to so many amazing people. I already know I will love this one! This lovely book arrives on August 15th.


A Taste Of The World: What People Eat And How They Celebrate Around The Globe

Well, this book just ties in perfectly to our around the world unit that begins in the fall. We are planning to travel the globe and learn all about other countries…including food and celebrations! This is going to be such an incredible addition! My kids love learning about other countries and cultures and especially love cooking and eating new foods! I have seen snippets of the inside of this book and it is absolutely gorgeous! I have pre-ordered this as well! (Man I hope my husband doesn’t read my blog…) A Taste of the World arrives in the US on August 15th.

 

Dancing Hands: How Theresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln

I hope you aren’t tired of picture book biography recommendations because here comes another one. They have introduced me to SO many amazing people I have never heard of. Dancing Hands: How Theresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln is the story of Theresa Carreno who was a child prodigy piano player. She lived and breathed piano and often wrote her own songs. Theresa and her family had to leave their native Venezuela because of the revolution and ended up coming to the United States. They arrived at a place that was so strange and unfamiliar and where no one spoke Spanish. They also arrived in the middle of the Civil War. Theresa never stopped playing though and was eventually asked by President Lincoln himself to come and play at the White House! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds like an incredible story and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! Dancing Hands arrives on August 27th.

There are so many more books arriving in August, but for now, I just wanted to share my tip-top favorites! What are your most anticipated reads for August?

 

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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 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 occasion, or celebration arises I feel the need to compile a collection of our favorite books on that subject!

Since my kiddos are so into learning about the Earth, recycling, and conservation, we have a long list of favorites already! I wanted to share the list with you! These are great books not only for Earth Day, but for any time you want to learn about how to take care of our planet and the creatures on it!

Our Top 10 Favorites for Earth Day

1.) It will probably come as no surprise that my first book is a Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet Book. I have talked at length about my love for them! To read all about how we use them in our homeschool click here.

S if for Save The Planet: A How-to-be Green Alphabet is a must have in your home library! It is written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Linda Holt Ayriss. Learn all about environmental issues from A to Z in this beautifully illustrated and informative book. Learn all about the 3 R’s…reduce, reuse, and recycle as well as many different ways we can help our environment! Don’t forget to head over to Sleeping Bear Press’s website to grab their free teacher guide to go along with the book. You can grab it here.

2.) Up next is  Wild World written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Hvass and Hannibal. This is an absolutely breathtaking book that shares lovely poetry relating to 13 endangered habitats. The illustrations are stunning…you will feel like you are a part of each habitat that is mentioned. Not only is this a great book for Earth Day but it would be a wonderful addition to Poetry Teatime and a study on habitats! This is another gem from Wide Eyed Editions!

 

 3.) Next up is The Wonderous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and it’s Ecosystems by Rachel Ignotofsky. This is a book that you will use over and over again. It is absolutely beautifully illustrated and stuffed full of amazing information about our planet, how it works, and how we can protect it. From the ecosystem of the Amazon Rainforest to the ecosystem of the Arctic Circle down to the smallest drop of water…this book covers it all!

 

 

4.) The next book that would be a perfect read for Earth day is Follow the Moon Home. Follow the Moon Home is written by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Meilo So. We originally got this book to go along with our lesson on Sea Turtles, but I quickly realized that this book was about so much more. This is the story Viv who moves to a new school on the coast and develops a passion for saving the baby turtles. This is such a powerful book that tells kids that it doesn’t matter how young they are, they can still make a difference if they work together and don’t give up.

 

5.) Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever is next up on my list! This book has some of the most lovely illustrations I have seen. Beautifully written by H.Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry, it is the story of Katherine Olivia Sessions and how she created a movement to turn San Diego from a dry desert to a lush garden oasis. I have a not-so-secret obsession with biographical picture books…and this book is another gem! Another wonderful book that shows the power a single person can have! Definitely, a must read!

6.) Wilderness: Earth’s Amazing Habitats is brand new…Just arrived in my mailbox TODAY. I pre-ordered it so that I would have it on its book birthday. I wasn’t even thinking of Earth Day when I ordered it. I was just thinking that it looked absolutely gorgeous and that it would be an amazing resource to have. It is all of those things…plus so much more. The illustrations are absolutely insanely gorgeous. The book is all about some little known habitats around the world that are home to SO many plants and animal species. These habitats are in danger and need protecting. Kiddos will be drawn into the bold and beautiful illustrations…and will love learning about some animals and places that they may have never heard of. This is a must buy! Wilderness: Earth’s Amazing Habitats is written by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Marcos Navarro.

7.) The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families is a beautiful book that shares a message that one person can make a huge difference. The people of Hargigo in the African country of Eritrea were so hungry. They didn’t have enough food for themselves or their animals. One day, a scientist named Dr. Gordon Sato came along and with the help of mangrove trees, turned their world around. Such amazing illustrations and a powerful story! We especially love this one because in Florida we are surrounded by mangrove trees…and they truly are so special! The Mangrove Tree is by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore.

 

8.) Next up is Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save our Feathered Friends. Oh my goodness is this book beautiful. So, we are a bunch of bird nerds at my house. Absolutely LOVE them. I come from a long line of bird nerds and have proudly raised 3 of them myself. Counting Birds teaches kids the importance of watching birds and counting birds. It teaches children how they are able to help the birds just by watching and counting. The book also teaches them about self-taught ornithologist Frank Chapman and how he began this bird-count. Such beautiful illustrations with tips on how we can help! Counting Birds is written by Heidi Stemple and illustrated by Clover Robin!

 

9.) This next book is another newcomer. The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng is written by Sophia Gholz and illustrated by Kayla Harren. This gorgeous book tells the story of Jadav Payeng, a boy from India who became devastated at the deforestation and erosion that was happening in his small village in India. He began his journey to help by simply planting a small area of bamboo. That area grew and grew and helped his people and the animals around it survive. It is a lovely story of how one small person can make such a huge difference. Such a heartwarming and inspirational book.

 

10.) Last, but certainly not least is a long time favorite of mine. The Lorax by the incredible Dr. Seuss is a must-read on Earth Day…or any day really. Though the Lorax was published in 1971, it carries with it a message that is still so pertinent. Taking care of our Earth and the things on it, because they might not always be here. The Lorax and Dr.Seuss seemed to be ahead of their time sending messages of the dangers of clearcutting and pollution. In true Dr.Seuss fashion, The Lorax is filled with whimsical illustrations and fun flowing rhymes, but the message is crystal clear. “Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…its not”

This is just the tip of the iceberg of amazing books to read on Earth Day. There are so many beautifully written and illustrated books that would be perfect to share with your children on Earth Day, or any day! Sharing beautiful books is such a fantastic way to share an important message with our kiddos. Even though these books are geared for children, I think all people, young and old, can benefit from reading them. I hope you found some new books to share with your family.

I would love to hear from YOU! What are some of your favorite reads for Earth Day?

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Friday Favorites- 3 Fantastic Books You Don’t Want to Miss

Friday Favorites- 3 Fantastic Books You Don’t Want to Miss

FRIDAY FAVORITES It is Friday again and that means it is time for another installment of my Friday Favorites! This week we have read some fantastic books! Featured this week are 2 picture books and 1 middle-grade novel that I read aloud to my kids. […]

Friday Favorites- Fabulous Picture Books

Friday Favorites- Fabulous Picture Books

  Happy Friday! Today is the first of what I hope to be MANY “Friday Favorites”. Every Friday I am hoping to share with you some of our very favorite books from the week. I always have so many books that I want to showcase, […]