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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,...

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...

The Book With No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures is a witty and playful book which my children love to have me read to them. It first explains that once you start ready a book out loud, the reader has to read every word, even if the words are silly or sound funny. And at the end, it points...

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...

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 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...

Mouse Scouts

Mouse Scouts, a charming chapter book, tells the story of how a group of young girl mice become Acorn Scouts and work toward their first badge, which requires them to successfully grow a garden. That can be tough for anyone, but especially for mice. Dealing with...

Here We Are

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...

50 Things To Know About The Tudors

I love how this book is designed! The deluxe soft-cover wraps around a fun and accessible book which breaks what could seem heavy or remote into bite-size bits of fascination. Each page includes 4-8 brief notes, in a visually dynamic way. The text describes the...

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,...

Girls Night In

Girls Night In is a delightful book designed in a scrapbook style with lots of full-page photos, hand-drawn notes and illustrations, all in a fun and dynamic layout. It describes activities, recipes, crafts, and more for the ultimate girls' party and/or sleep-over....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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