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#blogbookaday: Escargot

21 Jan

29102801.jpgSummary:  “Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:

1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it’s not so bad after all” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: With his distinct voice, adorable French outfit and his staunch stand on no carrots, kids will love Escargot! All Escargot wants is a nice salad, with croutons and a light vinaigrette and absolutely no carrots – it’s a long way across the table to the salad bowl, but there’s just enough time to really get to know Escargot and have a little fun. This is a great story for kids who are having trouble trying new food on their plate, or a little shy about new experiences. And if you have a particularly horrible French accent – all the better!

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this story with a unexpected star – a snail! Escargot is sassy, knows what he wants, but is also willing to try something new (which is a great lesson for all kids)! I really loved Escargot’s very French outfit, his French words and how the author breaks down the fourth wall to interact with the readers. The illustrations are absolutely adorable with watercolor washes of reds, blues, yellows and greens – perfect for a summer picnic. This is the perfect story to talk with kids about new experiences and be brave enough to try something new!

Title: Escargot
Author: Dashka Slater
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 11, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: Dough Knights and Dragons

18 Jan

34525408.jpgSummary:  “In a mythical kingdom, a knight and a dragon cook up a delicious plan to save their friendship!

In Dough Knights and Dragons, a curious knight and an amiable dragon meet serendipitously, and instantly bond over their shared love of baking. But the friends are filled with sadness when, according to the law, the two must duel one another. Can the unlikely pair find a way to evade the law, save their friendship, and spread good throughout the land? Kids will devour this scrumptiously clever tale!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Two best friends get creative to save themselves and their friendship in this baking story of knights and dragons. I enjoyed this story, specifically how the knight and dragon chose not to fight and instead thought of way to still follow the rules, but change them at the same time! Plus, as a reader who loves to spend time in the kitchen, all I want to do now is bake some delicious desserts! This is also a rhyming story and does a great job of keeping the rhythm throughout the story, making it an easy story to read aloud. This would be a great start to a storytime before decorating sugar cookies or baking in your own home.

Personal Reaction: Our library hosts an Edible Book Contest each year as kids (or adults) can create something completely edible inspired by a book and I think this would be the perfect story to use – a unicorn cake, knight and dragon cookies, what could be better! I loved that these characters had something in common and that it shows people in the “kitchen” as I feel many people are unsure in the kitchen or feel they aren’t good cooks. Kids love to experiment and explore and this book would be a great introduction to helping in the kitchen with meals or just decorating some yummy sugar cookies too!

Title: Dough Knights and Dragons
Author: Dee Leone
Illustrator: George Ermos
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: Goodnight, Little Bot

17 Jan

34525426.jpgSummary:  “Little Bot, it’s time for bed. Let’s get ready, sleepyhead.” 

A sweet goodnight story with a unique hero.
Even little robots need their rest—and their parents tuck them in just like human mommies and daddies do. It doesn’t matter if young bots slip on their pjs over power packs and enjoy batteries for their pre-sleep snack; just like children, they love bedtime stories, hugs, a cuddly toy, and lullabies. This charming picture book is perfect for winding kids (and robots) down for the night.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: An adorable goodnight, getting ready for bed book that will sure to make your little one’s eyes droop. This little robot must get ready for bed and he does everything a human child does, just with a robot twist. The rhyming text is simple enough for toddlers, but preschoolers will enjoy this robot story as well. With bright, digitally created illustrations filled with colors, your kids will pour over these pictures as they recognize their own bedtime routines in the storyline.

Personal Reaction: I’m a sucker for good rhyming text – text that doesn’t make you stumble or pronounce a word a specific way to make it work. And Karen is able to pull it off with a great rhythm, but also very simple for an easy read with little ones. And the Little Bot is just adorable as he gets ready for bed with his mama (and his pet – a robot cat). There are more bedtime books than I can count, but this one is definitely one I’d read as kids power down for the night.

Title: Goodnight, Little Bot
Author: Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrator: Kim Smith
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

36 Titles for Babies & Toddlers: Social Justice, Equality and Diversity

17 Jan

I just recently had someone reach out to me on Facebook asking for titles for a new baby/toddler about social justice, equality, and diversity. Basically, a way to flood her child’s bookshelf with books that make them a better citizen of the world. Now, there aren’t a ton of titles for your woke toddler (or baby) for that matter, but it’s important to showcase a variety of races, cultures, religions, disabilities and more on your bookshelves because it’s likely that your child will see people that will look/dress/act/speak differently than they do and what better way to first explore the world than cuddling with your family in a safe, happy environment? And if you live in a community that is very similar, then why not teach your child to respect and accept differences in people to be educated about the world them live so that whenever they do meet someone who is different they know what to do – treat them like a human being. So check out these (few) but great titles about social justice, equality, diversity and celebrating the differences that make us all unique!

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Board Book Titles

  1. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  2. All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler and Hiroe Nakata
  3. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  4. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee
  5. Fast and Slow by Britta Teckentrup
  6. Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children
  7. More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
  8. My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett
  9. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  10. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  11. Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
  12. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
  13. Tinyville Town series by Brian Biggs
  14. We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers by Julie Flett
  15. Welcome Song for Baby by Richard Van Camp
  16. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub

Picture Book Titles

  1. All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
  2. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
  3. Come With Me by Holly McGahey, illustrated by Pascal Lemaître
  4. Families by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
  5. Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang
  6. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  7. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  8. Golden Domes, Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  9. Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by John Parra
  10. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
  11. Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade
  12. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  13. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
  14. Most People by Michael Leannah and Jennifer E. Morris
  15. One Family by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez
  16. Over the Hills and Far Away edited by Elizabeth Hammill
  17. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  18. Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin
  19. Say Hello! By Rachel Isadora
  20. We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio

#blogbookaday: This House, Once

10 Jan

34430239.jpgSummary:  “Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree—
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I love this book – it is quiet and whimsical and simple and beautiful in all the best ways. The words conjure up such specific pictures in my mind, while the hazy, soft illustrations are gorgeous. I loved this perspective of what a house was before it became something so important – how each piece was gathered together to create something safe and warm. Plus, with an adorable little cat that you follow throughout the simple text, how can you go wrong?

Personal Reaction: I can picture the author’s house in my mind as she explains how each piece fits together so perfectly. I have fond memories of my childhood home with it wraparound front porch, its’ warm, cozy sunroom and the way it creaked and groaned as it said good night. This book would work well for a variety of ages from preschool through middle school even – you could definitely use this title to talk about habitat, natural resources and looking at an inanimate object in a new way. You could also pair this title with Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to look at trees in a whole new way!

Title: This House, Once
Author: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 28, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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