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Superhero Instruction Manual

What makes someone into a hero? It turns out that it is not the super name, the super partner, or the super disguise. Instead, as the would-be hero of this delightful and humorous story finds out, you can save the world by learning to be kind and helpful to others,...

Ada’s Ideas

Ada Lovelace was a genuine genius, and in an important sense, she invented computer programming. However, she also faced a long illness which kept her more or less bed-ridden, so she used that time to study and learn, which eventually led to her discoveries. My...

Fun Science And Math Books

My kids are enjoying this fun science book which offers simple explanations of physics and related science topics. It encourages easy experiments to test out the quick and easy-to-read descriptions of principles of physics. There are basic examples as well, where kids...

Egg Carton And Cardboard Tube Crafts

When I was in college, we had a guest speaker, a well-known inventor, who said there were two reasons to invent things: Either there was a pressing need, or a surplus of something that you wanted to do something productive with. This egg carton craft book would...

Fantastic Picture Books

One of my children has taken on a comparative mindset lately, which isn't serving her well. Which is why I'm delighted to get "I'm the Happiest" for her. The story offers a clever story which helps kids acknowledge that often everyone's unique strengths are what's...

Ada Twist Scientist

Ada Twist Scientist would be a help to any family with an eager-to-learn child. Here, a family struggles with an inquisitive child, until they realize that she's really a miniature scientist, and everyone pitches in to answer life's questions -- and grow -- together....

Talulla Bear’s Bedtime Book

When my kids were younger, I'd read the classic "Goodnight, Moon," to them, in hopes that realizing everyone and everything is going to sleep would help them realize that they, could/should/would go to sleep, too. Now, they're a little too old for that book, but the...

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...

The Last Kids On Earth 

I’d actually love to see a movie version of The Last Kids on Earth, which tells a comic story about a team of friends facing off against zombies and monsters at the end(?) of the world. I enjoyed the first person narration as it describes the clever weapons and...

Max And Marla

Max and Marla is so darling! Max and his non-speaking friend, Marla the owl, have decided to become Winter Olympians. I love how Max cares for Marla, for example, carrying the little owl to bed when she falls asleep while waxing their sled’s runners. I like how the...

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...

The Twelve Days Of Christmas 

In The Twelve Days of Christmas, two sweet children walk us through all of the verses of the song and the illustrations are beautiful with a lovely vintage feel to them. It is interesting as the song advances into the verses that include people, how many nations are...

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...

Explore And Create

Below are three books from Frances Lincoln that will help children learn to create and explore the world around them! Even if you live in a crowded city, you can still find lots of amazing outdoor things to do. The Wild City Book has lots of fun ideas which allow for...

Review Of “Lauren Ipsum

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...

Nonna Tell Me a Story

Lidia Bastianich is a popular chef who has a long running show on PBS. (Scroll down for a video with Lidia making a quick and delicious meal.) In Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen, she has written the heartwarming tale of recounting her early Christmas...

I Am Amelia Earhart 

My daughters enjoy this cute, eye-opening biography, I am Amelia Earhart, about the famous aviator who set many records as a female pilot. It’s told in first person, by “Amelia” herself. The adorable illustrations are a delight, in this premium children’s book. My...

Princess Tales 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q88surbzO6k I think this is a wonderful gift for families with little girls! Princess Tales is more a theater playset than board book, and the playset is as cute as can be. The set includes a stage, backdrops, figurines, and the stories...

Flip Dolls & Other Toys

I’ve collected craft books from the 70’s at local thrift store for many years and I especially enjoy the crafts for children’s toys. I was happy to see a modern, fresh take on those vintage books in Flip Dolls & Other Toys. I loved how there were lots of simple...

Poetry For Kids: Emily Dickinson

This new series of fine poetry, for children of all ages, which features the charming and accessible poetry of the charming and talented Emily Dickinson. I love the illustrations, the fresh pen and watercolor paintings really bring each page and poem to life. The...

Made By Raffi

Years ago, I lived and taught in the South Pacific. One day, a male friend and I were once stripping the stems off of banana leaves in preparation for wrapping up food so it would steam while being cooked in an earthen oven. He kept making disgruntled remarks while we...

The Great Spruce

My family can really relate to this story! When some contractors removed a 100 year old oak from the property next door, for no apparent reason, it saddened us all. It was the best part of our neighborhood, but after decades, it was gone. Here, this story features a...

North Pole Ninjas

North Pole Ninjas is a fun way to remind children that the holidays are a time for caring and sharing. It offers a well-written, rhyming story, with charmingly engaging illustrations, which explain that some elves are good-deed-doing ninjas, secretly helping everyone...

Math Lab For Kids

I got this book to help my kids with their "math anxiety." They're enjoying the activities a great deal, especially the coloring, stitching, and toothpick gumdrop puzzles. I remember doing some of the book's many activities in school -- and enjoying them, too -- but...

Mitford At The Hollywood Zoo

My kids are enjoying this sequel book, as Mitford, the giraffe/fashion magazine assistant, heads to Hollywood to help some (very) big stars get ready for the red carpet at the upcoming "Academy Zoowards." Everyone could learn a lot to learn from Mitford about how to...

A Greyhound, a Groundhog

A Greyhound, a Groundhog is a delightful read-aloud picture book which follows a playful encounter between a greyhound and a groundhog, who share more in common than might first meets the eye. The spare text is limited to a small number of rhyming words, which are...

Vet (Busy People)

This book tells of a vet's fairly typical day, going from office to farm, to help with some animals in trouble. Dr. Mike is willing to do anything to help the wounded animals, including kneeling down in the mud! My daughter has read through it repeatedly, and really...

NOPE!

My kids giggle while looking through this delightful, almost-wordless picture book. Nope is a wonderfully drawn and painted book showing a little bird's escalating fears about leaving the nest, located very high up in a tree, for its first flight. The mother bird...

Find Your Way In Space

This is a super fun book about mapping and coordinates, with a lot of hiding-and-seeking activities, too. Children can follow pathways -- through OUTER SPAAAACCEE!! -- from page to page, as well as doing various activities on each page. There are also various math...

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"...