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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...

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...

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...

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 --...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Puppies, Kitties, Cars, And Planes

We recently adopted a new kitten, so my kids and I are really enjoying How to Look After Your Kitten. It has cute illustrations on every page, and it breaks up accurate and reliable information into kid-sized bits that are fun to read, and helpful. We’ve especially...

Favorite Crafts For Kids 

I was so excited to see that Martha Stewart had published a book filled with craft ideas for kids! I had been collecting her magazines that had ideas for children, but I was pretty sure that I had missed some of the issues, so I was thrilled to find Martha Stewart’s...

Robo-Sauce

Today I am sharing with you an amazing new book with a secret hidden in its cover! The illustrations are cute and the book is very well-made; I loved the silver and fluorescent printing, too. I found Robo-Sauce to be a simple, heart-warming story — with a big surprise...

Kid’s Drawing Books

Walter Foster Jr. has a great selection of art books for kids, including teaching them how to draw. Below I’m reviewing some of their titles that will help children learn and enjoy creating their own drawings. We have some little artists in our home, and I want to...