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Most Perfect You Book Review

Most Perfect You Book Review

This lovely book offers an important message for little children -- or any girls, really -- who worry about their appearance. Here, a little black girl is upset about her hair and wishes it was like other girls. Her mother sits with her on the stairs and explains, "I...

Cute New Kid’s Books

Cute New Kid’s Books

This is a delightful and heartwarming tale of a homesick immigrant girl who decides to make her new school more like a "home" -- by starting a garden on the roof. It takes "more than ideas" -- and a lot of work -- to create a new garden (or home)! Along the way, she...

The Stack Review

The Stack Review

I love how this unconventionally "tall" book jumps into the deep end -- right off the bat. The single sentence and illustration on the front endpaper lays out the inciting incident's "cause" for all the "effects" to come, continuing right on through the end sheet. All...

Bubblecat vs. Dragonbear

Bubblecat vs. Dragonbear

This is a charmingly unusual children's book. The narration is provided by Bubblecat, an illustrated character who appears similar to a cat made out of balloons. The friendly character addresses the reader, directly, via speech bubbles, as he travels through a...

Children’s Classics  Now in Spanish

Children’s Classics Now in Spanish

"Corduroy" is one of the most beloved children's books ever published, now translated into Spanish for a sturdy board book. Otherwise, the wonderful story remains the same, where a teddy bear, on sale in a department store, is beloved by a little girl whose mother...

Fantastic New Children’s Books!

Fantastic New Children’s Books!

Check out these fun, new children's books! This delightful story, any colorful little book, is fun to read and would be enjoyed by anyone familiar with Roger Hargreaves' characters. The colorful illustrations are quite simple, as they always are, yet they focus on...

Over, Bear! Under, Where?

Over, Bear! Under, Where?

This is a delightful book of wordplay, revolving around forming compound words formed accidentally as the characters -- Over, Under, Dog, and Bear -- play together, have a misunderstanding, and reunite warmly. The compound words are quite fun, and there are over a...

The Tiny Star Review

The Tiny Star Review

This unusual and lovingly made picture book beautifully expresses longing and sadness yet, most powerfully, hope -- all while considering, in a clear metaphor, the lifespans we all live. The moving book describes the life of a little star who fell from the heavens to...

Dr. Plotka Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes

Dr. Plotka Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes

Sugary Holiday Sweets Are No Match for Doctor Plotka’s At this time of year, I have to really make sure my kids (and myself) brush regularly and well. I love having that “fresh from the dentist feeling” every time I brush, so we've been using Doctor Plotka’s Mouth...

New Children’s Book Reviews!

New Children’s Book Reviews!

My kids and I already loved the song by Raffi, so they were extra excited about this fun picture board book.  It goes through the song and illustrates it with colorful scenes that are as sweet as the song! Both the words and illustrations are perfect for kids and easy...

Monster Meditation Review

Monster Meditation Review

This board book offers simple illustrations with complex text and works for two ages. First, for young children, the board book side offers simple vector illustrations showing Cookie Monster making cookies. For older children, the text is both longer and surprisingly...

Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel Review

Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel Review

This is a colorful simple story of a boy and his sister who discover a magic tree house filled with books. After making some dinosaur friends -- and hiding from others -- they realize that when they point at an illustration in one of the books, they are swept away to...

Review: The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids

Review: The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids

As a girl, I was a huge fan of the Nancy Drew books, including The Nancy Drew cookbook. It included recipes that were more-or-less connected to the popular book series, simplified for young people. I found the recipes fun, easy to make, and delicious. I still have the...

Amazing New Kid’s Books!

Amazing New Kid’s Books!

Such a beautiful book! Striking, elegant images of a mouse playing with a goldfish friend, and then rescuing them both, when some enemies arrive, this eloquent book illustrates how even the smallest of us can become the greatest of heroes. The beautiful illustrations...

DNA & Traits Science Kit

DNA & Traits Science Kit

My dad says, during his childhood, his favorite toy was a chemistry set with dozens of chemicals -- until one day, his young sister found it, decided it was a "cooking" set, and set about making a "pie" on his bedroom carpet. It did not go well. So I was thrilled to...

Everything Grows Review

Everything Grows Review

This is such a lovely book. It is based on the delightful lyrics from Raffi, well-known as one of the most popular children’s entertainers in the world.The text explains how all of us grow -- plants, animals, siblings, parents, and each of us. This is such a lovely...

Fun New Kids Book Reviews

Fun New Kids Book Reviews

This is a wonderful book for children who have relocated from Puerto Rico to the mainland U.S., or other Spanish-speaking territories or countries. And it would help children who already live on the mainland to empathize -- and sympathize -- with others who've...

C Is for Country Book Review with Lil Nas

C Is for Country Book Review with Lil Nas

This is a fun alphabet book for children. It showcases a (somewhat idealized) rural childhood of Lil Nas X as a young child, whose real name is Montero Hill. Each letter expresses concepts and things he (and each of us) could appreciate, including trying to make the...

The Golden Winged Fairy Book Review

The Golden Winged Fairy Book Review

This is a beautiful picture book which reassures my children that we are fortunate to be different from others. The story is well-written and flows along nicely. The artwork is very well drawn and painted, and my daughters and I love the shiny foil printing found on...

Art Workshop For Children Review

Art Workshop For Children Review

This book spells out numerous arts and crafts projects for children, but it offers a great deal more than that. It is really espousing a philosophy, that I'd never heard of before, called the Reggio Emilia method, which encourages creative thinking and confidence in...

Plenty Of Love Book Review

Plenty Of Love Book Review

My family is delighted with Plenty of Love. It offers cute and endearing illustrations, and an engaging story that will be warmly welcomed in any home, with a moral -- there's plenty of love to go around -- especially appropriate for step- and blended-families. It's...

Atlas Of Animal Adventures Book Review

Atlas Of Animal Adventures Book Review

This is a very large, fully illustrated atlas of various ecosystems on each continent, showcasing the wide variety of life on our wonderful planet. Each ecosystem focuses on a certain animal's life cycle. The featured animals include: Africa: Wildebeest, Fruit Bats,...

My First Cat Book Review

My First Cat Book Review

With it's cute photos, illustrations, short sections and many sidebars, My First Cat Book is an ideal introduction for children to learn how to care for their new cats or kittens. It explains what and why cats do, which is truly illuminating, and will be a revelation...

Chapter Books For Kids Reviews

Chapter Books For Kids Reviews

My kids enjoyed reading this insightful book. The prose conveys the various tones and perspectives of different children who are all going on a field trip. The point of view shifts to a variety of first-person perspectives as each of the several main characters...

LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Review

LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Review

As a child, I enjoyed helping make ornaments, as much as I could, and it helped me really feel the holiday spirit decorating with crafts I'd helped make. It's a lot of fun and what's easier and more convenient than LEGO? We have lots of them which we've gathered over...

Animals Of The World Book Review

Animals Of The World Book Review

My kids really love playing with Playmobil toys and sets and it's great to see them in book form! This is really a first-rate book, with engaging Playmobil-based imagery, and delightful text, mostly describing some aspect or another of different habitats and the...

Fun Books For Kids

Fun Books For Kids

With lots of affection, detail, and wit, Snail’s Legs tells the tall tale of why snails hide their legs in shells — and for good reason, too, after a race between Snail and his old friend, Frog, goes awry, despite some good intentions. It’s a clever story with fun...

Farmers Market Create-and-Play Activity Book

Farmers Market Create-and-Play Activity Book is not just a delightfully fun book, but really an entire set of paper-punch-out "toys" of fruits, veggies, flowers, 3-d folded tractor, and much more. It offers four playful scenarios, taken from real-life, of a farm,...

Jumbo Sticker Books

I remember my first flight in a jet airliner -- not so much for the plane ride itself, but more for the fun Colorforms set my mom gave me to keep me quiet on the plane ride. I'm sure it worked! I really enjoyed playing with the clear vinyl stickers, which create a...

Kid’s Crafting Books

This is a cute origami set with a generous amount of folding papers, in a variety of colors. The papers all can be kept neatly in a pocket of the inside cover. The accompanying book offers suggestions of various folk and fairy tales, like the city mouse and the...

50 Things About Music

I sure wish I’d had this book when I was child! This captivating book is truly engaging, as it’s engaging and illuminating factoids (three per page, minimum) cover a wide range of concepts — simply and fun — while offering a similar amount of info one could gain from...

Build! A Knight’s Castle

Build! A Knight’s Castle would make a fun gift since it’s a book and toy in one. My kids — who have some interest in archaeology, history, the Middle Ages, knights & princesses, and so forth — really liked how they could build their own mini castle — and then...

Astronomy Lab For Kids

Astronomy Lab for Kids well-bound and very well-designed book offers a new physics experiment on each two-page spread. Although the household-level experiments are simple enough for a child to do, mostly, on their own, they are serious experiments with some serious...