Archive for the ‘Non-Fiction’ Category

If I Were a Major League Baseball Player by Eric Braun

May 4, 2011 - 1:24 pm No Comments

We are smack in the middle of baseball season around here, so it didn’t surprise me when I saw that our youngest had totally ransacked the baseball section of the library shelves. This was my absolute favorite of the bunch. The illustrations are adorable and the story is interlaced with baseball facts. Super cute and fun to read!

Journey, Easter Journey by Dandi Daley Mackall

April 18, 2011 - 8:56 am No Comments

This book is not just about Easter, it’s about the whole journey…his whole life. The books starts with his birth and concludes with his ascension. I like the illustrations in this book, as well as the story, of course. There is also an element to this book that makes it a fun one for families to read together, too. It has a repeating phrase, “journey, journey on” that pops up again and again. Children love books like this because, even though they may not be able to read, once they have heard the story they know there’s a repeating part and they can participate. Just stop reading when you get to that part and your child will know to chime in with the missing words.

Hooray! It’s Passover by Leslie Kimmelman

April 5, 2011 - 8:55 am No Comments

This is my last Passover book review for this year. Most of the books have touched on getting ready for Passover as well as the Seder dinner. This book focuses mostly on the Seder dinner, the food that is eaten and some of the history behind the Seder meal. This is a great book for introducing Passover to a young child. My youngest has enjoyed all of these books and he has learned a lot about what Passover is and some of the traditions that go along with it.

On Passover by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

March 31, 2011 - 2:29 pm No Comments

My youngest son loved this book. We found several books about Passover at the library and this is one of his favorites. We don’t celebrate Passover, but after reading this book he had a much better understanding of it. This book follows a family from preparing for Passover by getting everything out of the closet, to using a feather to sweep out the bits of leavened bread, to all of the food and cooking, to the stories and questions to the children looking for the afikommen. I love the illustrations in this book, too.

Birds and the Bees Books

March 30, 2011 - 2:42 pm No Comments

Bethany House Publishers recently sent me some books to review here on MommaReads. I was super excited to read them because I was hoping they would be a good stepping stone into “the birds and the bees” talk that is inevitable. What I really like about Jim Burns’ series in that there are different books for different ages. I have God Made Your Body for ages 3-5 and How God Makes Babies for ages 6-9. The first one talks about how everyone is made differently…different hair color, eye color, etc. It also talks about how boys have penises and girls have vaginas and introduces the concept of an egg and sperm and uses the term “making love”. The main message of this book is that each person is unique and special.

The second book talks about everything the first book talks about including safe touching and who should/shouldn’t be allowed to touch our “private parts”. As far as how babies are made, this book discusses how a husband and wife (note: not a man and a woman) make a baby is that the husband puts his penis inside the wife’s vagina. The book also goes on to say that “that might sound icky to you, but that’s okay” and goes on to assure kids that it’s a beautiful thing for married grown-ups.
This book also talks about how babies come out of a mom’s vagina and that babies are a lot of work. It also includes some pictures of cell’s dividing in the early stages of pregnancy and also a sonogram picture.
Both books are very well written.

Have we shared them with our kids yet? No, we haven’t made that leap yet, but I am glad to know that I will have a little help when we are ready.

The Tooth Fairy Tells All by Cynthia Copeland

February 28, 2011 - 12:56 pm No Comments

The Tooth Fairy, and her sidekick Wisdom Tooth, explain everything from shark teeth to baby teeth. They also explain why we big people need big teeth and why it’s important to brush.

Looking After Me: Teeth by Liz Gogerly and Mike Gordon

February 28, 2011 - 12:46 pm No Comments

A little girl learns more about how to take care of her own teeth after she discovers that her dog has a rotten tooth that needs to be taken out because she had been feeding him doggy treats and cookies.

A Pirate’s Quest by Laura Sams and Robert Sams

February 17, 2011 - 2:34 pm No Comments

My boys were so excited the day that these two fun and talented authors came to their school, I knew I wanted to review one of their books on MommaReads. I contacted them and they were gracious enough to send us not only the book A Pirate’s Quest, but also the video, The Riddle in a Bottle, that goes along with it.

The Riddle in a Bottle is a funny, witty and educational film that covers everything from currents, to the water cycle, to ocean and pond life. Your kids will not only love this movie, they will learn and laugh out loud at the cute and funny animal voices all while they are trying to solve a riddle.

The book, A Pirate’s Quest, is about a pirate who has lost his peg leg in a lake. He realizes that the same currents that took his leg could also help him find it, so he travels through lakes, streams and oceans vowing to never give up until he does find it. I would recommend watching the movie first since it does a great job of explaining how water moves on the earth and then reading the book. This movie and book are fantastic together. Two thumbs up!

Does a Lion Brush? by Fred Ehrlich, M.D.

February 2, 2011 - 10:17 pm No Comments

Such a fun way to discuss the importance of brushing with your little ones. Lions, bears and penguins don’t brush their teeth, but mommies, daddies and kids do.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

December 28, 2010 - 9:59 am No Comments

This story is SO interesting and has been a favorite in our house lately. It is the true story of Wilson Bentley who discovered that not all snowflakes are alike. Not only does is it a great story, but it has some of the pictures that he took of snowflakes and is also a great lesson in perseverance and believing in yourself when no one else does.