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Here Comes Valentine Cat 

Part of a continuing series, Here Comes Valentine Cat is a cute and clever picture book with a fun and funny message about (mis)interpreting the messages others are trying to send. The illustrations are simple and darling, as the Cat and an off-page narrator converse...

Treasure Island And Emma For Babies

We love the BabyLit book series, which are aimed at babies, toddlers, and young children but instead of focusing merely on the basic concepts they teach, alone, they are based on literary classics, which makes them enjoyable (and illuminating) for children and adults...

In Over And On The Farm

I really like the cute and simple artwork in In, Over and On the Farm, which explains the concepts of in-versus-out, on-versus-off, etc. It’s a charming book and would work well for the very young, especially toddlers, and even last up through the joke-loving,...

Dark, Dark Cave

There's a lot of fun shining out from the Dark, Dark Cave. It shows how all you need is an imagination and a blanket tent in order to have a wonderful time. I've read it to my children, again and again. I also found the watercolor illustrations to be...

Pretty Minnie In Hollywood

We have three chihuahuas, each has their own distinct personality. So we've have been enjoying the stories that Danielle Steel is writing about her own dog, a white long-haired teacup Chihuahua, "Pretty" Minnie. On her blog, she says Minnie is “the owner of author...

The Paper Playhouse

I was excited to see The Paper Playhouse, as it reminded me of my favorite book as a child, Childcraft’s Things To Make and Do. Like that book, this one is filled with fun ideas that use items around the house that we would have either thrown away or recycled. I...

The LEGO Adventure Book 2 

The LEGO Adventure Book is such a clever and creative book! Instead of just text-based instructions on how to build with Lego blocks, the many projects within — from the delightfully ordinary (the retro kitchen is adorable!) to the fantastic (dragon trains, anyone?) —...

Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science 

When I was a child, I remember reading — and loving — “The Phantom Tollbooth.” I realized that it was trying to teach me something, but the story and characters were so imaginative and delightful that I kept reading (and learning) regardless. I believe that Lauren...

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...

Shh! Bears Sleeping 

My youngest and I are enjoying reading Shh! Bears Sleeping together as a favorite bedtime story. The simple, sing-song rhymes are easy and fun to read, and help my little one get ready to rest at night. The story is educational, too, explaining how a mama bear and her...

Planes, Trains, And More

Honk Honk! Hold Tight! is a funny folktale about the lengths a kind young man will go to help a grumpy princess laugh — and it’s helped my kids laugh, too! The illustrations appear to be made with painted paper cutouts (à la Henri Matisse), and includes crazier and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hamster Princess And More!

I really didn’t know what I was expecting going into Castle Hangnail. It's a wonderful story with a lot to think about when it comes to what good, evil, bad, nice, and even kind and unkind actually mean and how they relate to each other. I was also really impressed...

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...

20 Ways To Draw a Jellyfish

20 Ways to Draw a Jellyfish, by artist Trina Dalziel, is based on a winning proposition: The best way to learn to draw is by... drawing. I remember being disheartened when my earliest drawings were nowhere near as good as professionals' and assuming that I must not be...

Great Big Body Book

This is a friendly and inviting book which addresses the sorts of questions that many find difficult to talk about with their children. It talks about our bodies, and how people age and so forth. It is fairly brief and doesn't cover a lot of areas specifically, but it...

The Chameleon That Saved Noah’s Ark

My kids are sometimes concerned that that they are "just little," and wonder what impact they can have in this world. This charming version of the story of Noah's Ark focuses on their life within -- feeding the various animals from across the globe. But Noah's family...

Kid’s Craft Books

This delightful book shows how to engage primary and preschoolers in salt-dough projects. The dough they are using is intended to be baked into a lasting project. Adding trinket and paint is a big part of the projects. Instructions for different projects include...

Classics Unfolded

Pride and Prejudice Unfolded is one of a series of Classics Unfolded "books" concisely retold and beautifully illustrated, in this case, by Becca Stadtlander. The book simplifies the story, with key quotes, brief summaries, listing of characters, and more. Here, Pride...

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)...

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...

Doodle Lit

I love how Doodle Lit offers an all-ages approach to doodling, based on literary classics. The book is large, well-bound, printed on thick, quality drawing paper, and features an engaging yet simple drawing style of its own, stylish,  yet well-suited to a doodling art...

Craft Camp

I think Summer is the perfect time to hang out with my kids and cook or craft. We also like to go swimming and to the park, but some days are a little too hot and it's nice to stay inside and make things. For more messy creations, our backyard is our favorite place to...

20 Ways To Draw a Tree

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...

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...

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...

Survive! Inside The Human Body

I have been trying to review the three-book series, Survive! Inside the Human Body, for weeks, but my 11-year-old daughter took the books as soon as we got them and has been reading them over and over. She would share numerous facts and concepts about how and why our...

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,...

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