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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 […]

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 to share with you and I know you will love them as much as I did!! All of these beautiful books release on March 15th, 2020!

The Voice that Won the Vote- How One Woman’s Words Made History

First up we have The Voice that Won the Vote- How One Woman’s Words Made History by Elisa Boxer. I absolutely adore biographical picture books! If I had to choose one type of book to read for the rest of forever, I would choose biographical picture books! I especially love ones that introduce me to amazing people that I had never heard of before! The Voice that Won the Vote did just that!

The Voice that Won the Vote is the story of how women won the right to vote. Febb Burn was a woman from Tennessee who was determined to help women get the right to vote! She decided she would write a letter to the youngest lawmaker in Tennessee to urge him to “Vote for suffrage and don’t forget to be a good boy”. That lawmaker happened to be her son Harry! Well, like any wise young man, Harry Burn listened to his mother and changed his vote from NO to YES!

This is such a powerful story that really shows how 1 vote can make such a huge difference! It is also such an amazing way to show kiddos how much has changed in only 100 years! To think, that 100 years ago, women didn’t have this right that many take for granted!

We thought the book was beautifully written by Elisa Boxer and had absolutely lovely illustrations by Vivien Mildenberger! What a perfect read for election season as well!

Mae the Mayfly

The next book is absolutely charming. Mae the Mayfly is the story of little Mae. Mae has just hatched and like all other mayflies, she has a lot of life to live in just one day! Mae’s mother tells her how important it is to make the most of the time she has. With this, May sets out to do and see as much as she absolutely can.

This is such a special book that really highlights the importance of enjoying each moment, not taking life for granted, overcoming fears, and also helping those in need! Author Denise Brennan-Nelson not only created a beautiful story, but she wrote it in such wonderful rhyme. The book has a lyrical quality and was so fun to read aloud to my kids! The artwork was stunning! Artist Florence Weiser provided the illustrations and they were wonderful. They were so bright and warm and really fit perfectly with the story.

I love that the author included some information at the end about mayflies! This makes it such a wonderful addition to a homeschool lesson on life-cycles and insects!

Boats will Float

Do you have a boat lover at home? This is such a fun and lyrical book all about different types of boats. Boats will Float follows a day in the life of boats. We start in the morning with the early rising fishing boats and then wind down at the end of the day with a houseboat.

I really loved the rhyming in Boats will Float! It reminded me of the way the Llama Llama books read…and those were some of my favorites when my kids were little! Author Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum includes such a fun variety of boats and vessels throughout the pages that I know any kiddo who adores boats will fall in love with this! I love the inclusion of the back matter that explains the different types of watercraft.

Artist Brett Curzon illustrated Boats will Float so beautifully. The illustrations were so bright and whimsical. I especially loved all of the different colors used for the ocean water. The kiddos loved the undersea scenes as well because they were so bright and colorful!

Winged Wonders- Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery

Last up is Winged Wonders- Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery. Oh, this book is gorgeous. I love picture books that teach me something along the way and Winged Wonders certainly did that! For hundreds of years, people observed an amazing thing…swarms of monarchs would appear and depart like clockwork…but where did they go? Winged Wonders teaches us WHO made this amazing discovery and teaches us a lesson in working together in the process.

Winged Wonders is so beautifully and thoughtfully written by author Meeg Pincus. Gorgeous illustrations are by artist Yas Imamura and they just blew me away. I fell in love with everything about this book. I also loved the inclusion of more information about the migration discovery as well as info on HOW we can help! Such an important book!

Winged Wonders is going to be such a wonderful addition to any homeschool unit on butterflies or migration! I know some mamas who adore monarchs and this is going to be a homerun!

Sending a huge thank you to the team at Sleeping Bear Press for sharing these beauties with me!! All 4 books are available now!!

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Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Can you believe we are just days away from ringing in the New Year? I say it every year, but I honestly can’t believe another year has gone by! I have a gorgeous new book to share with you that would make a perfect read […]

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 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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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 […]

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. An entire week dedicated to celebrating children’s books…yeah, sign me up! Do you think they will have balloons? Cake?

Anyway, in honor of this most amazing of weeks, I have created a list of my Top 10, All Time FAVORITE Children’s Books! This was no easy task friends. This took time, may have caused a sleepless night or two, and most certainly ended up being way more difficult than anticipated. But, I did it. So, without further ado, my Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books EVER…disclaimer…there are so so so many more books that I want to add to this list…but I will behave…mostly.

MY TOP 10 ALL TIME FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

So, you might be wondering, what are the criteria for choosing an all-time-favorite children’s book? Well, in a nutshell…I have no idea. Why do we choose a favorite of anything? A favorite color, a favorite animal, a favorite sports team? It is just something that feels right…it brings joy…it makes you smile…it triggers memories. There is no one reason that I have chosen each of these books. I have chosen some books that I have loved since I was a kid…and some books that are brand new favorites. There may be no rhyme or reason, but that is ok, there doesn’t need to be. Right? We will just go on assuming that you agreed with me…so, let’s get to the books!

Where the Wild Things Are

Oh, good gravy do I love this book. This has been a favorite of mine for years and years. I mean, my son is named Max…soooo. Every time I pick up this book, which is frequently, I just get lost looking through the illustrations. It isn’t a complex book with a million words, but it is so beautifully done that I think it will always be a treasure! Where the Wild Things Are is a Caldecott winning book…and with good reason! I wish I had created a Where the Wild Things are themed nursery when my son was little…how awesome would that have been? I just love this book full of imagination!

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I adore Eric Carle. Truly a gift to children’s books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969 and is still as beloved today as it was back then. I chose this book because I absolutely love Eric Carle’s unique and beautiful art style. This is a book that I read again and again and again with my kiddos…but I never grew tired of it because it was so beautiful! I was very tempted to cheat and add all of my favorite Eric Carle books, but I will behave. Just incase you were wondering though, I also LOVE The Tiny Seed, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, The Mixed-Up Chameleon…ok…all of them.

 

The Napping House

I have read The Napping House approximately 6, 473 times…and I still love it. The Napping House is by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood. It is an absolutely beautifully illustrated book that is so cleverly written. We love the repetition and sequencing of the story. This is a book I love not just because it is beautifully written and illustrated, but also because it is full of so many memories of reading to my kiddos!

Cordelia

Sigh. I love this book. Cordelia is written and illustrated by the absolutely fantastic Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. I had the pleasure of hearing Michelle read this book aloud at an Usborne Books & More National Convention in Tulsa, OK. The book wasn’t even available to purchase yet but we all received a signed copy. We knew that Michelle was going to be revealing her new book and we were so excited to be able to hear her read it aloud. Y’all, the room was silent. There were tears. Ooohs and ahhs. This book hits you right in the feels. Cordelia is all about a little girl who can fly. She loves to fly. Until one day, people question her and tell her that she can’t. Cordelia is heartbroken…until she realizes…who is anyone else to say what she can and cannot do! Such an inspiring book about believing in yourself! Cordelia is available through your Usborne Books & More Consultant…here is a link to my page if you don’t have one! We also have the SWEETEST Cordelia plush doll! https://l4353.myubam.com/p/5956/cordelia

Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse is the winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal…and for good reason. This book is breathtaking. The illustrations make you feel like you are a part of the story. This is not only a book full of some of the most gorgeous illustrations I have ever seen, but it is a wonderful story. Author/Illustrator Sophie Blackall’s words and illustrations will make you feel like you are standing on the coast looking at the lighthouse. You can imagine the sea breezes and waves crashing. It is just a spectacular book and absolutely deserving of the Caldecott!

 

Ocean Meets Sky

Ocean Meets Sky has quickly become one of my very favorite books of all time. This is a newer book, just published in 2018…but it is stunning. Written and illustrated by the amazingly talented Fan Brothers, Terry and Eric, this book will be an amazing addition to your home library. This book sits on my picture ledge bookshelf so that I can always see it. It is breathtaking from cover to cover. You will join Finn as he sets sail in search of the place where the ocean meets the sky. Together, you will visit the Library Islands and see 100 bookish birds. You will take an adventure full of imagination and love. I just can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend it. I also adore The Night Gardener which is also written and illustrated by The Fan Brothers.

 

Mary Wears What She Wants

Another new title. Mary Wears What She Wants is the story of Mary Edwards Walker who was a pioneer in womens rights…years ahead of her time! Mary is known for wearing pants…which is something that was quite unheard of at that point in history. This book is about what Mary might have been like as a child. Such bright vivid illustrations, this book encourages children (and adults) to be themselves and not to care what others or society says they should do! The message is delivered in such a wonderful way and I love that I was introduced to Mary Edwards Walker. Biographical Picture Books have become some of my very favorite books because I have been introduced to so many people that I have never heard of! This is definitely one you will want to read. Mary Wears What She Wants is written and illustrated by Keith Negley! You can read a little bit more about Mary Wears What She Wants in a previous blog post right here.

The Bluest of Blues

Another brand new release, The Bluest of Blues is one of the most gorgeous books I have ever seen. I was immediately drawn in by the incredible illustrations. In fact, I purchased this book solely based on the stunning cover. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I couldn’t help it. Let me tell you, the inside is just as beautiful as the outside. This book quickly became a favorite because not only were the illustrations intoxicating, but it is a biographical story as well. The Bluest of Blues is about the life of Anna Atkins. Anna was a botanist and the creator of one of the first books of photographs. She was also a pioneer for her time, much like Mary Edwards Walker. Anna entered the field of science when it was practically unheard of for women to do so. Anna is known for her gorgeous cyanotype prints. This book is a keeper for sure. It not only is gorgeous to look through but it serves as a great introduction to a wonderful woman! The Bluest of Blues is written and illustrated by the amazingly talented Fiona Robinson. You can read my full review of The Bluest of Blues right here.

Matilda

Oh, Matilda. I have read this gem by Roald Dahl at least 20 times. When I first started my favorite book list I was only thinking in terms of picture books…but there are so many amazing chapter books for kids (ahem…and adults) that I couldn’t leave them out! Matilda is the sweet story of a little bookworm. I think that is part of the reason I love the story so much…because I relate so much to sweet Matilda! She is such a special girl but stuck with the worst couple of parents a kid could have. This story is so heartwarming, but in true Dahl fashion, is also hilarious! This is a book that I enjoyed as a child and also got to enjoy again as an adult when I read it to my kids. This is definitely one to read with your kiddos!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is pure magic. This is a chapter book but it is also filled with the most delicate and gorgeous illustrations. What an amazing storyteller Grace Lin is…it was truly a mesmerizing book for me. I read it in one sitting…and have since read it again. My oldest daughter has also read it and fallen in love. I plan to read this aloud to my kids when we learn about China next year. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is the story of Minli who sets off on a journey to find the Man on the Moon to change her families fortune. The story is woven with Chinese folktales and is absolutely beautiful. I am already looking forward to reading this one again.

 

There are so many amazing books that I want to add to this list…in fact, I have already thought of 5 more that I really should add, ahem…Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein. But, I promised 10, so 10 it is. I have a feeling there will be several more of these posts in the days and weeks to come!

What are your favorite children’s books of all time??

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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, […]


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