When Will it Snow? by Kathryn White

February 22, 2013 - 5:18 pm No Comments

Little Bear does NOT want to sleep through the winter. He wants to stay with his friends, Mole and Squirrel, and play hide and seek in the snow and and throw snowballs and make snow angels. Plus, he is very worried that his friends will forget about him over the winter. Bears are bears though and Little Bear has to sleep through the winter…and guess who was waiting for him to play when he woke up?

Little Free Libraries

December 27, 2012 - 4:36 pm No Comments

So our oldest child has the sniffles and spent a big chunk of yesterday on the couch, but we needed to get out of the house for at least a little while today. I found the perfect answer…Little Free Libraries. You can go to this website and find some that are close to where you live.

I wrote down the addresses of three figuring we probably wouldn’t be able to find all of them, but hoping we would be able to find at least one. We lucked out and found two out of three. Unfortunately, neither one of the libraries we found had books for kids in them. They do now though, we left two books in each library. I don’t think you have to leave a book, but we treated this as you might a geocache. If you take something you should leave something as well. It’s cheap, it’s fun and you might get a book or two out of it as well. Give it a try!

The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom

November 9, 2012 - 5:44 pm No Comments

Do you have a perfect place to read? Do your kids? I know I usually read on the couch or while my kids are at tae kwon do lessons. Both of my kids do most of their reading in bed or in the car.

The little boy in this book is trying to find the perfect place to read his new book, but he can’t read in his dad’s chair because the ceiling fan is too cool and he can’t read at the kitchen table because the baby’s eating and getting food everywhere. His older sister’s music is too loud, so he can’t read in her room and he can’t read outside because the sprinkler is on. He does, eventually, find the perfect place to read though…on his momma’s lap in a comfortable chair.

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace

October 29, 2012 - 10:52 am No Comments

If you have a little aspiring dancer in your house, then they will love this story of an aspiring ballerina who also happens to be a vampire. There are a few challenges that come up when you are a vampire who wants to be a ballerina, but with a lot of work, Vampirina manages to overcome her differences and become the star she has always dreamed of being.

Meaner than Meanest by Kevin Somers

October 28, 2012 - 10:50 pm No Comments

An old hag who is the second meanest creature alive (her cat is the first meanest) decides to create a Halloween creature that will be even meaner. She uses just the right recipe to create this awful creature, but later realizes she has left out a key ingredient and ends up with something quite different than she expected. This is an adorable book that will leave you smiling.

Algernon Graeves is Scary Enough by Peter Bollinger

October 28, 2012 - 10:19 pm No Comments

Algernon Graeves is trying to figure out what to be for Halloween. He tries on all kinds of costumes from his attic. He tries a ghost and a vampire and a skeleton and a zombie and a mummy, but none of them seem scary enough. Luckily, he’s in the attic where there’s all kinds of things to choose from and he ends up with quite a costume.

Monster Mash by David Catrow

October 18, 2012 - 12:16 pm No Comments

This book is set to the words of the famous “Monster Mash” song, but with illustrations that your child will love. I don’t know if you’ll be able to just read the book though, you may end up singing it to your child instead. Lots of Halloween fun is wrapped up in this book. Enjoy!

Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer

October 17, 2012 - 1:53 pm No Comments

Brannon is terrified of storms and his family is trying to help him, but they are only making him more scared until one of his relatives mentions that thunder is like dinosaurs stomping around. Brannon loves dinosaurs and that makes the thunder a lot less frightening. This would be a great book for children who love dinosaurs and/or children who might need a little help getting through thunderstorms.

Let’s Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile

October 12, 2012 - 1:50 pm No Comments

This is an adorable story of two boys who have already done everything they can think of…they’ve painted, they’ve played every sport they can think of, they’ve read all of their comic books and just when they think they are going to dip into the never ending depths of boredom they figure out exactly what they are going to do…nothing!

They try to be as still as statues, but the imaginary pigeons become a problem. Then they try to be as still as redwoods, but an imaginary dog, well, you know what dogs do to trees. They try again and again. Super cute and I can see this turning into a fun game in your own home. What can your kids do while doing nothing?

Stay Close to Mama by Toni Buzzeo

October 12, 2012 - 1:20 pm No Comments

A curious baby giraffe, Twiga, explores the world around him. Twigga learns that no matter how much mischief he gets into that his momma will always keep him safe. This is a great book for toddler and preschoolers who are exploring their own worlds. Toddlers and preschoolers who love animals will also love this book set in the African savanna.