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Here We Are

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_7lkRYfjvY 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...

Stitch Camp

I remember being at summer camp, and really enjoying the various weaving and stitching crafts we made one year. Now that I have an especially "crafty" daughter, who won't be going off to camp anywhere, I've wondered how to share those fun times -- and the lifelong...

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,...

Girl & Guy Talk

These guides are handy and well thought-out handbooks for girls and guys, especially those entering puberty. They cover physical changes, just-the-basics sex info, hygiene, and a lot of helpful info about family dynamics, mental changes, moods, changes boys and girls...

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 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...

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2

I'm thrilled to share these stories of writers, warriors, artists, and queens with my own daughters. I hope their success will not only inspire them, but help them to realize the most problematic limits we face are those we place upon ourselves. There are many...

Fairy Mom

"Fairy Mom and Me" is told from the perspective of Ella, who will one day become like her mom, who is also a magical fairy when she needs to be -- or, just thinks she needs to be (even when she shouldn't!). Becoming a fairy runs in the family, so one day Ella will...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Islandborn

When I was a child, I had to move, in an untimely and difficult way. It was followed up by other moves and, all in all, it took a harsh toll on my perspective on life, which followed me well into adulthood. It was many years before I could fully set that upending of...

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)...

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...

Fantastic New Kids’ Books!

We have kids who love all stories, the more fanciful, the better. But the rest will only read non-fiction. So I was delighted to get this book for them. It's written at a young-adult level, which is to say, it really is a book for all ages. The phrasing is direct and...

Asian Learning Books for Kids!

When I was a child, I was taught that those brief poems, haiku, were a certain number of syllables. Today, I learned that the syllable count applies only to the Japanese versions of the poems, and in English, it's more appropriate to simply keep them to three short...

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...

Pet Dad

Pet Dad This is a fun and engaging picture book -- an instant classic -- which offers a delightful way for children to learn how to deal with their parents, and vice versa, including recalcitrant fathers. The little girl wants a pet, the dad says no, so she decides 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...

One of a Kind

Punk rock invades kids picture books in this insightful book that will be a welcome read for any child who finds themselves outside the norm, lonely, or otherwise isolated. It offers the same realization my adolescent punk rock self realized -- if you're not part of...

Fun New Kids Books!

This is a fantastic introduction to how basic coding works. It's a simple story of a little girl, Pe(a)rl, and her robot friend Pascal, going to the beach to make a sand castle. . The book is made very well, with high quality printing and binding. And I have to say...

Say Cheese! A Kid’s Guide to Cheese Making

Wow, this is a really well-made book! Thanks to this book, we now can and are making our own cheeses -- and pizza. It has great recipes for everything you can make with cheese. Our family also loves the recipes for ricotta pancakes and mac & cheese. The book...

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...

Niblet & Ralph

Instant classic! This is a simple tale, yet told so warmly and well, alongside such wonderful illustrations that it is really one of my favorite picture books in years. The painted illustrative style reminds me of one of my favorite series when I was a child, the...

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...

Eat Pete and Frankenstein Books

Okay, let's get this out of the way first. Spoiler Alert: The monster really does "eat pete" in this delightful tale. There isn't anything grotesque in the charming and simple story, but it does give a chance for the monster to learn that playing with friends is more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Yellow Owl’s Little Prints 

The first thing I thought when I saw Yellow Owl’s Little Prints, is how it reminded me of being at summer camp and cutting shapes into potatoes or slicing apples in half and then dipping them in paint and stamping shirts. The author has taken that time tested craft...