Tag: kidlit

I am Darn Tough – An Empowering Story of Determination and Perseverance

I am Darn Tough – An Empowering Story of Determination and Perseverance

Incredible book alert! I Am Darn Tough is a beautiful new picture book that I am so excited to share with you. Picture Books have such a magical way of tackling important subjects…and I am Darn Tough does it in such a powerful way. It 

50 Maps of the World- A Bookshelf Must-Have!

50 Maps of the World- A Bookshelf Must-Have!

There is a very good chance that I am the President of the Wide-Eyed Editions fan club…I should look into getting a trophy or something! My bookshelves are brimming with gorgeous non-fiction books…and a very large percentage of them are Wide-Eyed Editions from Quarto Kids! 

H is for Honey Bee- Another Home-Run from Sleeping Bear Press

H is for Honey Bee- Another Home-Run from Sleeping Bear Press

My love for the Alphabet book series from Sleeping Bear Press is no secret. I have been using them since the beginning of our homeschool journey and tie them into just about every subject. Today I want to share with you a brand new title that is bee-u-tiful! H is for Honey Bee- A Beekeeping Alphabet is a must-read! Not only is this the perfect book for a unit on bees and pollinators, but it is a wonderful lesson about nature, the environment, and conservation. This is an absolute Home-Run from Sleeping Bear Press. I can’t wait to show it to you!

H is for Honey Bee- A Beekeeping Alphabet

We are just starting our 5th year of homeschooling, and if I have learned 1 thing in those 5 years, it is this…homeschool mamas LOVE bees. They love teaching about bees, studying bees, drawing bees. All of the bee things. Well, this book is the perfect addition to ANY study on bees and pollinators!

First of all, keeping to true Sleeping Bear Press alphabet book format, the book is the perfect combination of rhyming verse and non-fiction goodness. Each page has a sidebar that is packed with information about bees, beekeeping, history, honey, pollination, conservation…you name it, it is here! I know I have”droned” (bee pun…not sorry) on and on about how much I adore these books…but it is true. They are such gems. Not only are they absolutely gorgeous books, but the amount of information that is packed into these pages is just fabulous. You could plan a complete unit around these pages of these books and I promise, you and your kids will learn a TON!

From the very first page of the book, you can tell that author Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen is passionate about bees and beekeeping. She has been keeping bees since 2012 and her knowledge shines through on the pages of this book! I learned SO much by reading it!!! The writing flowed so beautifully and tied in so wonderfully with the illustrations. Speaking of illustrations…these are absolutely stunning. Illustrator Eileen Ryan Ewen as created such warm and glorious illustrations. They are absolutely beautiful and eye-catching!

My thoughts

You may have guessed already, but this book was an absolute winner in my book. It has everything I want in a book…amazing illustrations, beautiful verses, and more info than you could ever want! So so great! Something I adore about the alphabet series is that they appeal to such a wide ranges of ages and levels. I have 3 kids, 13, 11, and 9…all of whom loved this book. I am slightly older than them…slightly…and I loved it as well. There is just something about a picture book that makes them ageless in my opinion. But, these books inparticular are just so well suited for every age. If you have a young child, you can easily just go through and read the rhyming verses and enjoy the pictures. If you have an older child, you will be blown away by just how much info is packed into a picture book. Truly awesome.

For More Info

H is for Honey Bee- A Beekeeping Alphabet is available to purchase now! To read more about my love of Sleeping Bear Press alphabet books, you can head over to my blog post here.

To pop on over and check out Sleeping Bear Press’ amazing website you can click this link. They have lesson plans and so much more. Such a great site with tons of info!

Huge thank you to my friends a Sleeping Bear Press for sending me a copy for review!

To grab a copy for yourself click the following link: https://amzn.to/33hZLHi

The Shadow Elephant- A Tender Story of Sadness and Friendship

The Shadow Elephant- A Tender Story of Sadness and Friendship

For anyone who has ever dealt with an overwhelming feeling of sadness or depression, The Shadow Elephant will really strike a chord with you. We will all be touched by depression at some point in our lives…whether it is our own or that of a 

A Ben Of All Trades- A Stunning Look into the Life of Young Benjamin Franklin

A Ben Of All Trades- A Stunning Look into the Life of Young Benjamin Franklin

We all know about the many accomplishments and contributions of Benjamin Franklin. He was such an important person in the history of the United States. But, what was Ben Franklin like as a child? A Ben Of All Trades- The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin 

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 the Presidents many of us have never seen before! Who were they before they were President?

The Next President

This was such a fun and interesting book! I had honestly never given much thought to who these presidents were before they were in charge of our country! Did you know that when George Washington became president there were already NINE future presidents alive? We know that 4 of those men were working alongside Washington in the Nations capital…but what about the others? Well, John Quincy Adams was about to open his legal practice in Boston, Andrew Jackson was at a boarding house in Nashville, Martin Van Buren was only 7 and doing chores on his family farm, William Henry Harrison was studying medicine, and 4-year-old Zachary Taylor was living on a farm in Kentucky!

Isn’t that so crazy to think about! It really makes you stop and think! How many of them already had aspirations to become president? How many didn’t ever think that would be the path they would take? So interesting! Author Kate Messner really found an amazingly fun spin on studying the presidents! With so many books available about Presidents and the Presidency, I loved seeing this approach!

In addition to the absolutely awesome and creative writing, the book is absolutely beautifully illustrated. Adam Rex has created such a stunning array of artwork for the book. My kids and I were completely drawn into the pages!

Perfect for Election Season

We are in the midst of an election season and I think this would make a fantastic read aloud to share with your kids or students! It is not your typical look into the presidency and I think the kids in your life will really love how innovative it is!!

From a homeschool perspective, The Next President is packed with info! Not only are we learning about the Presidents, but we are learning about what is going on in the world. At the back of the book is a map of presidential birthplaces which is fascinating to look at! We also really loved the inclusion of the Presidential Requirements! What a perfect addition to any lesson you may be teaching on elections!

For More Information

Huge thank you to my friends at Chronicle Kids for sending this my way for review. It was such a hit with the whole family.

The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents is available now.

For more information on author Kate Messner, you can click here. Kate is the author of several of our favorite books, including Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt as well as Over and Under the Pond!

For more information on illustrator Adam Rex, you can click here! Adam is the author of several amazing books including Nothing Rhymes with Orange…a fave of ours!

The Next President is available for purchase now. You can click this link or the picture below!

Beast- An Action-Packed Page Turner

Beast- An Action-Packed Page Turner

If you love getting sucked into an action-packed story, then look no further! Beast: Face-To-Face with the Florida Bigfoot is non-stop action, adventure, and mystery…with a touch of the paranormal thrown in there! Fans of middle-grade adventure books will absolutely love this new release from 

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! 

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 wait to tell you about this beauty!

Bugs Everywhere

Bugs Everywhere is a stunningly beautiful new book written by Lily Murray and illustrated by one of my favorites, Britta Teckentrup! If you have a kiddo who is fascinated by bugs then you will want to add this one to your shelves. It is jam-packed with fun facts and information…and the illustrations are absolutely ah-mazing!

In Bugs Everywhere you will learn what a bug is, where they are found, how long they have been around and so much more! You will get a peek at some record-breaking bugs…like who is the strongest and who is the loudest! Spoiler alert…our friend the Dung Beetle is mighty strong!

The little entomologists in your life will absolutely love discovering all of the weird, wacky, and fascinating facts there are to learn about BUGS!

Our Thoughts

As a homeschool mama, this book was a home run. Non-fiction is a huge favorite in our house…especially gorgeous non-fiction like this. Bugs Everywhere is presented in such a kid-friendly manner! The illustrations will absolutely draw your kids in. Britta Teckentrup has such an amazing ability to create artwork that keeps your eyes darting around the page. Speaking of pages…we loved the combination of both vertical and horizontal layouts!

I absolutely loved the inclusion of the diagrams of the body parts! Such great visuals to help kids understand how insects bodies are made up. I was so impressed that there was such a huge variety of different bugs mentioned! Bugs from all over…of all different shapes and sizes. I have to be honest…there were bugs that I have never heard of! Your kids will be fascinated!

I also really loved that the book discussed why bugs are so important. So awesome especially for kids who might be a little scared of bugs. It was also a great touch to add in ways that kids can help! So wonderful! It makes for such a fantastic learning tool!

For More Info

Bugs Everywhere is published by Big Picture Press which is an imprint of Candlewick Press.

For more information about Britta Teckentrup, you can check out her website! To see some of our other favorite books illustrated by Britta Teckentrup you can click here to read my post about my favorite books about BIRDS!

Sending a huge thank you to my friends Candlewick Press for sending this my way for review! It was such a family favorite and I know my other homeschool mama friends will love it as well! Mamas, if you have an insect unit coming up…this is not to be missed!!

To grab a copy of Bugs Everywhere you can click the photo below or follow this link.

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