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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...

Gandhi and Sacagawea Books for Kids

I am Gandhi offers a first-person account of Gandhi's life just for kids, how he was often mistreated and imprisoned, yet his influence was never diminished. The binding and printing are first-rate, the illustrations are endearing (a Calvin-and-Hobbes influence?), and...

New Space Books!

We're loving this clever book! Most science experiment books, however well intended, require numerous other materials to complete each experiment, and depending upon how easy they are to get, the book is more or less of a success. That doesn't apply here! Inside This...

A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep)

I like how A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep) lays out all the wonderful and myriad options a kid gets to choose from each day. Choosing the path you'll take -- wisely -- is part of learning responsibility, and becoming successful, too. This delightful book...

Encourage Reading with Quackers!

The warm and charming artwork in Quackers matches its heart-warming story. A paper cut out cat grows up with ducks at a duck pond, and thus, assumes that it is a duck, too. When it meets another felt cutout cat, and visits her family in a farmer's barn, she thinks she...

My Little City Book Series

My Little Cities: San Francisco takes young children to the city by the bay. I love the stamping-style illustrations and a brief poem which leads your baby or toddler through a 22-page board book tour of San Francisco, highlight common landmarks, aspects, and...

Here We Are

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_7lkRYfjvY This book was written in honor of the birth of the author and illustrator's son being born. It offers a delightful, baby-sized introduction to astronomy, geography, biology, and more -- yet is, first and foremost, a...

Stitch Camp

I remember being at summer camp, and really enjoying the various weaving and stitching crafts we made one year. Now that I have an especially "crafty" daughter, who won't be going off to camp anywhere, I've wondered how to share those fun times -- and the lifelong...

Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender

This charming book offers absolutely darling illustrations paired with lyrics from Elvis Presley's timeless hit, "Love Me Tender." The simple yet sincere text matches wonderfully with the everyday joys of young families. There is a nice note from Elvis' wife,...

Girl & Guy Talk

These guides are handy and well thought-out handbooks for girls and guys, especially those entering puberty. They cover physical changes, just-the-basics sex info, hygiene, and a lot of helpful info about family dynamics, mental changes, moods, changes boys and girls...

A Song for Snow

I don't know if patience is the hardest lesson for my children to learn, but it has been a lesson I still need to learn -- and re-learn -- daily. And that's the beauty of this charmingly painted children's book. The younger of two owlets is asking their older sibling...

The King of Too Many Things

This is a delightful book, with fun and funny vintage-style illustrations throughout. The story teaches that "enough is as good as a feast," or as the story says, "Nice is nice enough." Yet to reach that conclusion the young king of the story finds that wishing for...

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2

I'm thrilled to share these stories of writers, warriors, artists, and queens with my own daughters. I hope their success will not only inspire them, but help them to realize the most problematic limits we face are those we place upon ourselves. There are many...

Fairy Mom

"Fairy Mom and Me" is told from the perspective of Ella, who will one day become like her mom, who is also a magical fairy when she needs to be -- or, just thinks she needs to be (even when she shouldn't!). Becoming a fairy runs in the family, so one day Ella will...

Humphrey’s Pet Show Panic

This is a charming installment in an award-winning series. It's an easy to read chapter book, with nice illustrations throughout. Overall, it's a delight! The story is told from the perspective of a classroom's pet hamster who is taken to a town pet show. The hamster...

50 Wacky Things Humans Do

This is a fun facts book all about human biology, with a focus on engaging and helping kids learn while having a great deal of fun. Yet, I think, it adds to regular learning to supplement and enlarge our understanding of the body and how it really works -- well beyond...

My Pillow Keeps Moving

This is a fun-to-read children's picture book, illustrated by the esteemed New Yorker illustrator, Christopher Weyant. The story is mostly told visually, with sight gags, tied to witty dialog. It subtly explains how misconceptions can lead to miscommunication,...

Slime, Gak & Goop

My husband *loved* his chemistry set when he was a child, and he laments how such things aren't available for children anymore. He has asked if we can come up with something like that to do with our own children, since it opens up a whole new world to them for...

A Chip Off the Old Block

This is a wonderfully illustrated(!) and imaginative and adventurous tale that helps to convey how we have to work and sacrifice to create something great. In the story, a rock decides to hitch rides from place to place, taking in great American monuments made of...

Islandborn

When I was a child, I had to move, in an untimely and difficult way. It was followed up by other moves and, all in all, it took a harsh toll on my perspective on life, which followed me well into adulthood. It was many years before I could fully set that upending of...

Natsumi

Charming illustrations match the delights of this impetuous and irrepressible little girl, as she confronts social expectations within her quieter family. It's especially fun for anyone with, or interested in, a Japanese background. If you have a daughter (like me)...

Llama Llama

Boy, are we late to the Llama Llama party! My kids picked up on the Netflix series, and now are going through the dozens of Llama Llama books. This is a really good start for any young Llama Llama aficionados. Great illustrations and very high quality printing and...

Fantastic New Kids’ Books!

We have kids who love all stories, the more fanciful, the better. But the rest will only read non-fiction. So I was delighted to get this book for them. It's written at a young-adult level, which is to say, it really is a book for all ages. The phrasing is direct and...

Asian Learning Books for Kids!

When I was a child, I was taught that those brief poems, haiku, were a certain number of syllables. Today, I learned that the syllable count applies only to the Japanese versions of the poems, and in English, it's more appropriate to simply keep them to three short...

Dr. Seuss’ 100 First Words

Dr. Seuss's 100 First Words True Story: After writing "The Cat in the Hat," which had only 225 words, Dr. Seuss' editor, bet him he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. So he wrote "Green Eggs and Ham." So, in this engaging word book we get twice as many...

Pet Dad

Pet Dad This is a fun and engaging picture book -- an instant classic -- which offers a delightful way for children to learn how to deal with their parents, and vice versa, including recalcitrant fathers. The little girl wants a pet, the dad says no, so she decides to...

Cute Gudetama Books

Eggsistential Thoughts by Gudetama the Lazy Egg Gudetama is the newest (and most depressed) member of the Sanrio team's cast of delightful characters. To me, he looks like an uncooked egg who really just wants to climb back into his shell because he... "just can't...

One of a Kind

Punk rock invades kids picture books in this insightful book that will be a welcome read for any child who finds themselves outside the norm, lonely, or otherwise isolated. It offers the same realization my adolescent punk rock self realized -- if you're not part of...

Fun New Kids Books!

This is a fantastic introduction to how basic coding works. It's a simple story of a little girl, Pe(a)rl, and her robot friend Pascal, going to the beach to make a sand castle. . The book is made very well, with high quality printing and binding. And I have to say...

Say Cheese! A Kid’s Guide to Cheese Making

Wow, this is a really well-made book! Thanks to this book, we now can and are making our own cheeses -- and pizza. It has great recipes for everything you can make with cheese. Our family also loves the recipes for ricotta pancakes and mac & cheese. The book includes...

Baby Code Books

As someone who learned Basic on a computer the size of a desk, I find this book to be really an amazing thing -- and a relief. Yes, it really is a toddler's board book about computer programming. I think everyone behind this series is correct, and it really helps to...

Niblet & Ralph

Instant classic! This is a simple tale, yet told so warmly and well, alongside such wonderful illustrations that it is really one of my favorite picture books in years. The painted illustrative style reminds me of one of my favorite series when I was a child, the...

Corduroy Takes a Bow

My kids and I have been huge fans of Corduroy for many years. We have lots of good memories of reading the books over and over again. We loved seeing Corduroy hiding under the blankets in the bed in the department store and we were so excited when he finally found a...

Eat Pete and Frankenstein Books

Okay, let's get this out of the way first. Spoiler Alert: The monster really does "eat pete" in this delightful tale. There isn't anything grotesque in the charming and simple story, but it does give a chance for the monster to learn that playing with friends is more...

Korean and English Nursery Rhymes

This book offers a way to read and listen (via CD and digital download) to English and Korean versions of selected nursery rhymes in Korean. The text includes English and Korean versions with phonetic versions and in the original script. It's a great way to help...

Dr. Seuss’s You Are Kind

Like so many, I learned to read with delight and amazement at Dr. Seuss's books. And it wasn't just the clever and imaginative poetry and artworks -- in many of his books, it was the strong moral backbone the characters often showed in difficult circumstances. It was...

How We Got to Now

This is a wonderful revision for young readers of the best-selling non fiction book, How We Got to Now, based upon research gathered during production of the BBC and PBS TV series of the same name. This book is very well designed, bound, and printed, with welcome...

Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave

Every day is an adventure -- or it should be. The goals we focus on impact our lives, abilities, and character, especially over the long term. Too seldom do we (and our children) hear of our more noble virtues. Only rarely do we hear people speaking openly of their...

Yellow Owl’s Little Prints 

The first thing I thought when I saw Yellow Owl’s Little Prints, is how it reminded me of being at summer camp and cutting shapes into potatoes or slicing apples in half and then dipping them in paint and stamping shirts. The author has taken that time tested craft...

Book Reviews: 50 Things About Space, Inventions and the Environment

The 50 Things You Should Know About series is, in my opinion, on of the very best children's nonfiction book series ever, and perhaps the best in the past 20 years. It's really an outstanding way to present what some children could view as dry subjects. Here, the...

Princess Party – A Scratch & Sketch Adventure

My family goes through lots of activity books every year -- all ages coloring, dots, doodling, puzzles, and more. It's something all of us seem to enjoy, and it affords some family togetherness time, as well as nice learning activities, too. I have to say that this...

The LEGO Neighborhood Book

Our family just loves The Lego Movie, and they are excited about the upcoming sequel starring Lego Batman. We're such fans, that we've have decided to work towards the coveted title of Master Builder and create our own secret Lego worlds in our basement. The LEGO...

LEGO Book Reviews

This is a great book that helps you add movement to your LEGO creations. It is designed to help those with the "LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox" set (#17101) take their creations to the next level. That set includes 847 pieces, and is designed to be a fun robot building...

20 Ways To Draw a Tree – Book Review

20 Ways to Draw a Tree has ideas for drawing items from nature, like ferns, acorns, flowers, shells and more and lots of space is given to practice and have fun. Each natural object has twenty variations of different styles and amount of detail. I enjoyed looking at...

Loving Family Books

I hesitate to use the words "Instant Classic" -- but not when a children's book is as wonderful as this! Nowadays, it seems like our children (and grandchildren) are away from us more and more often. The demands of work, and distance we all seem to have to move away...

The Thing About Yetis 

There is so much to love about The Thing About Yetis. The story describes the different sides that people (and yetis) have — loving winter AND summer — and why that’s a good thing. It has some really good messages, like learning to be flexible and the limits of...

The New Neighbors Review

Years ago, I remember seeing a study which found prejudices increased as the size of a group increased. That is a big part of what this endearing "children's" book is about. It is a fast-paced story of an apartment building filled with different kinds of animal-people...

Mario and the Aliens

What a charming book this is! I found the story to be truly delightful and well written. It tells a compelling story that will go further convincing your children to play outside more often than endless threats of device-time-outs or stern lectures about how things...

Spend It! (Moneybunny)

My family loved the earlier book in this series, "Earn It," which helped children learn about cause-and-effect in earning and saving money. This delightful book takes that further and looks at prioritizing our resources which, like cause-and-effect can be a little...

Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon! Review

I don't know about every child, but some of ours have had such a difficult time getting to sleep. Their fear-of-missing-out was just too much, and they'd fight to stay awake no matter how tired. So I'm delighted with this charming book which, among other things, shows...

Carl and the Meaning of Life

Beautiful watercolor painting illustrations, along with a truly important moral, elevate this charming and thoughtful book. It follows a lowly earthworm on its journey to find a purpose and motivation to his life. On his simple journey, he eventually realizes how...

Great Job, Mom! Book Review

What a wonderfully designed book -- and with such an important message, too. I worry a bit that today's children may take their parents for granted more than ever, even while parents feel constrained to do more and more for their families. At the same time, I don't...

Just Like Brother Book Review

Almost since birth, our littlest has found her older sister the most fascinating thing/person in the world. She spends much of every day watching and copying her. That's all good, and her older sister is (usually) patient enough that it isn't a problem between them....

High Five Book Review

My kids LOVE this book. It's a simple premise, presented cleverly with a witty and interactive element that my children find continually fun and engaging. The basic concept is that there is a high-5 contest that the reader is encouraged to compete in. So they get to...

You’re Missing It! – Book Review

I recently saw a study reported which said that, more and more, children resent their parent's smartphone use. And, voila, here is a wonderful children's book which illustrates the frustration of children and all of life's enjoyments that their parents are missing out...

Children’s Book Reviews

What a delight! It is very well written with a warm and engaging story, driven by a central question of what would a village of snowmen would do for fun on Halloween? As revealed in the charming illustrations, filled with wonderful scenarios, is they'd make an ideal...

Don’t Let Them Disappear Review

I thought I knew all the facts about all the exciting animals the world has to offer. You probably do, too. But quick, what is the world's largest cat? Are you sure? This simple fact had me stumped, just like so many of the facts -- featuring endangered animals --...

Amazing Asian Kids Book Reviews

Sometimes, kids have a tough time reconciling what they can do, or are expected to do, with what they actually want to do. This book addresses those issues very well. In a society that is, rather than being very conservative or something, are instead, a village of...

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! Book Review

What a delightful book! An instant classic, "Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!" is a warm and loving introduction to letting go of the past to embrace the possibilities of the future, or as the narrator tells explains, "Goodbye to today... is hello to tomorrow. Because...

An Evil Princess and a Brave Knight Book Review

They say that play is the "work" of children and from those experiences they can learn a great deal -- including "resilience." Yet I remember, during my education coursework, that the way we were told to distinguish between fighting and friendly roughhousing was to...

Max’s Box: Letting Go of Negative Feelings Review

What a wonderful, eye-opening book! It helps young children to learn about not carrying their feelings, emotions, and memories around as a burden. Instead it helps them to think positive thoughts and let go of the negative. Here, Max is given a box by his parents. He...

To the Moon and Back for You Review

For some of us, having a baby was almost an accident. But for others, it's been... a struggle. And yet, those struggles leave us more in love with our precious children than we can hardly describe. yet that's what this beautiful book does. It describes a variety of...

Fun New Kids’ Book Reviews

This is a lovely book. The illustrations are a delight, drawn and watercolored around each cream-colored page. The gentle text is less a story than a character description. Actually, its really a listing of what Ruby likes -- red shoes, gardening, quilts, and her...

My Lantern and the Fairy Book Review

Although this illustrated children's book is directed at bilingual homes, or those trying to be, it is as charming a picture book as I've reviewed in years. It is very well done, and a real accomplishment for children's literature. The writing is warm, fun, and...

The Gift Inside the Box Review

This is an enlightening children's book on generosity. With my own children, some seem to grasp the concept so well, and easily share with others, almost from day one. Yet for others, it's a concept that always seems to elude them. Even when they learn, by rote, that...

Bad Dog Book Review

Bad Dog Book R In about 250 words, and many visual gags, this simple -- and simply delightful -- book offers so much to love. The hand-written typeface tells a first-person story where a little girl -- expecting a dog for a present, is given a cat, instead. Yet she...

Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells

I'm no statistician, but I'm pretty sure that 60 million Junie B. Jones fans can't be wrong! This is a deluxe re-print of the 25th book in the series. It's all presented in a high-quality, hardback binding. There are 10 new, full-color illustrations featuring the...