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Adventures In History

This European-centric version of world history features fun descriptions -- and Playmobil-based recreations -- of the famous characters, notable figures, major trends, and remarkable events we should all be familiar with. The book is surprisingly lengthy and the...

Librarian (Busy People)

The story follows librarian, Rita, as she celebrates the library's anniversary with reading time, a party, and more. I think this book will help children consider whether to become a librarian, and particular professions generally. Further, I suspect it would help...

An Alphabet

The charming watercolor and ink illustrations really make this the best alphabet book I've seen in years. Many of the paintings are offbeat and may require a little playful explanation to your youngest children, yet that is just part of the fun. Why is the "E"...

Charlotte And The Rock

My whole family loves Charlotte and the Rock, a charming, instant-classic children's book. When this little girl wants to get a pet, her parents surprise her with a pet (rock)! Still, she tries to look at the bright side: good listener, hypoallergenic, and obedient...

Alexander Hamilton

With the winning Broadway show, his restored $10 bill, and more, Alexander Hamilton is certainly having a moment right now. Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America is a well-written and engaging young-adult telling of his life's story helps make clear how this...

Unicorns, Goats, Origami + Book Reviews

With super high-quality printing and top-notch illustrations throughout this must be one of the the highest quality activity book I've ever seen. The activities and imagery revolve around both unicorns and Christmas, with about 100 pages of activities and fun. Inside...

Today I Feel

Today I Feel . . .: An Alphabet of Feelings This charming picture book is one of my children's favorites. It is a simple ABC, with each letter denoting various feelings -- rather than simple emotions. Some are quite complex. For instance, N is for Nervous, and shows a...

The Metropolitans

This historical fiction book for kids reminds me of the many classic books I most enjoyed as a young person. I don't see so many of those high-quality and high-adventure books being written lately, so this is a welcome shout-out, and may prove to be something of a...

Dad And The Dinosaur

This is an inspring story about bravery. A young boy wishes he was as brave as his father, and so he keeps a "brave" toy dinosaur with him as sort of a security blanket. When he loses the toy, his dad is the only one he can confide in, and together they go find the...

Big & Little Questions

This is a well-written book and seems especially appropriate for young girls who are dealing with their parents' divorce. Wren Jo Byrd has so many unresolved feelings and unanswered questions. She has little idea what to expect because she has no experience with...

Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book

When I was young, I was keen to make various inventions, like strings tied to the light switch which ran over to my bed, to turn off the lights when you're already in bed (which is fantastic when you're 8 years old and recently saw the original "Frankenstein.") But...

Atlas Of Miniature Adventures

While most of these Atlas/Adventures books are extra large (and my kids love them), this one is actually much smaller, and appropriately so, since it features the many amazing miniature things found in the world. Each is divided by the various continents. I remember...

Search And Find

This book really puts the "great" in The Great Big Search and Find Activity Book. It is super well done, printed as a large, thick, full-color book with full-page images throughout. The illustrations are so fun, well done, colorful, and really engaging in their many,...

Build a T-Rex & Butterfly

Build a... Butterfly is a large board book (for older children) which offers a punch out model of a "painted lady" butterfly, which helped my son understand their different body parts. he loved making the simple model, and explained the butterflies to me afterward. I...

Fun Kid’s Activity Books

Of all the various craft-making materials, paper must be the most abundant, inexpensive, and in many ways, fun to do. This well-designed book shows how to make a variety of greeting cards. My girls and I made several on a rainy afternoon together, talking and having a...

Jack And The Geniuses

Bill Nye remains a family favorite in our house, and we were all delighted to discover a new kids book series which includes him as an advisor in fun, science-y adventures. The writing is engaging, humorous, and enlightening, too. The characters are very intelligent...

If I Were A Kangaroo

Our littlest girl has trouble falling asleep each night. So we're delighted with If I Were A Kangaroo, which helps her to think about sleeping, as she prepares to rest each night. The watercolor illustrations are lovely. The different animals are all falling asleep in...

Daddy Honk Honk!

I got this for my grandchild whose mother is expecting her second -- and I'm so very glad I did! This fun and exciting story for young children is full of warmth and love. When a father fox "adopts" a baby (goose), he travels around the animal village, asking and...

Energy Lab for Kids

Every Einstein has to start somewhere. And I predict many of tomorrow's scientists will get their inspiration right here. Energy Lab for Kids offers 4 real-life experiments, not just for fun reactions (although those are included), but rather, to perform real science...

Fun Sticker Art Books

This is such a clever activity book idea! It's sort of like paint-by-numbers, but with stickers. My kids and I love the Modern design throughout. Each animal has a black and white, full-page image for the stickers, with an image of the finished in-color animal on the...

Clay Lab for Kids

I have a little sculptor in our house who loves to make little desktop artworks out of various kinds of clay. So, she was delighted to get Clay Lab for Kids for her birthday this year. The book introduces the different kinds of kid-friendly clays out there, and shows...

50 Wacky Inventions

Super clever book about some not-so-clever inventions, which are all nonetheless witty and fun. Some of the inventions were built but didn't really catch on, proposed but never built, or still in development. There are prism glasses so you can read a book opened on a...

Girling Up

I vividly remember the scene in the Disney film, "Big Hero Six," where a frazzled, adoptive mother rants to herself, wondering out-loud how to raise these kids, clearly frustrated over the past several years of ineffectiveness, before she finally asks herself, "Should...

My First Pompom Book

This is a fun and friendly craft book that's designed for kids, with clear steps and lots of photos and illustrations for each project. Some projects require lots of different supplies and techniques, and there are four different categories -- pompom creatures,...

Splat!

Splat! has lots of different things are sort of smashed together on each page, so children get to have an effect. It's a safe way for kids to try out different causes and see their occasionally messy effects. The book is more funny if you follow the patterns --...

Construction and Geology Books

We recently finished building our own house. It was a big, exciting, and sometimes fun (sometimes exhausting) process that everyone in the family got to help out with. Some of us got pretty excited about the whole process and are talking about becoming a contractor...

Earn It!

My kids are really enjoying this delightful book, which has darling illustrations and fun text throughout, while laying out the importance -- and necessity -- of working toward success, not just expecting it to magically befall us one day. It's kind of a tough concept...

Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures

The Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures is such a great book! It's very large in size and features two-page spreads of various dinosaurs approaching hunting, eating, and raising their young, each in their own unique ways, described in brief snippets all around the page. It's...

Fun Sticker Art Books

This is a clever, paint-by-numbers book -- but with stickers -- which features eight animals from the African grasslands as portrayed in a modern/tribal geometric style. I should note that while this isn't for very young children, the stickers themselves have thick...

Stitching with Jane Foster

This fun activity book comes with a range of easy to sew colorful cards, with holes already punched out, for young children to "sew" and "cross-stitch" themselves. The cards can be "sewn," undone, and re-sewn over and over. My daughters find them cute and fun to do,...

Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge

I remember how much fun I had in my cooking class back in middle school. I still use techniques and recipes I first learned in that class, and I've been a little sad for my own kids, since cooking has long since disappeared from the classes taught in our local...

A Is for Adam

Endearing illustrations, inspiring biographies, and fair dose of humor are all perfectly matched in A Is for Adam. Each letter of the alphabet offers a brief biography of someone in the Bible -- from Adam to Zacharias. Some of the letters are used ingeniously; for...