Picture books are a favorite tool for teaching life lessons. Parents will want to add this one to your child's home library to learn about compassion and empathy in today's world Sharing is also a life lesson learned from this charming picture book.
Art, horses, and a trip to an art museum are all part of this new book by Dr. Seuss. The book was discovered in the home of Dr. Seuss and now published as a new treasure to be loved. The Cat in the Hat makes a special appearance in the book and visits the art museum with the children.
Parents who have a terminal diagnosis will want to pick up this touching picture book to read to their children. Lasting Love provides a sweet story from Caroline Wright who wrote this for her son. A friendly little fuzzy creature comes along beside a little boy to comfort him as his mom is dying.
Mio and Nao set out on a journey to discover what is threatening the river in their village in India. The Seekers has a life lesson for young readers in taking care of our environment and also introduces the literature form of mythology and legends to young readers.
A young girl tells her story with connections to the ocean that she loves in this new release from Melissa Sarno. Summer was found as a toddler and lived with Lindy who raised her. An accident with a riptide brings strange memories back to Summer and she is determined to find out about her past.
Introduce your young child to history with the history of Shakespeare, rock music characters, and an artist from Mexico with these three delightful boardbooks. It is never too early to read about famous people from our world and these creative stories are a great choice.
Fans of the Lost Kitties reading series will want to add these two to their collection. Both are recommended for children in the first grade-third grade. Each book has longer sentences and more difficult vocabulary to challenge early readers. New vocabulary words are color-coded in each adventure
Notable author Alan Katz introduces young readers to some historical contributors to the world of science and technology in his series of entertaining books. His Awesome Achievers books will introduce contributors to science and technology with fun facts and biographies.
Moon Babies travel out into space in this beautiful picture book written in fun rhynming text. This is the perfect read aloud to send your little ones off to sleep when read a bedtime. It is also a great choice to introduce young children to the amazing things that they can see in the sky.
Young entrepreneurs will want to read the history of Nike and Disney in these two cool business books from the Lowey Bundy School. The beginnings of these two companies, the ideas behind the founding of these companies, and fun facts are all written in easy text and short chapters.
BabyMouse is back with new adventures, a school field trip, a broken smartphone, and exploring a big city on her own. An art museum and BabyMouse's interest in art is a fun piece of this new adventure. A broken smartphone is an interesting twist to the story.
Eliza Carbone's sequel to her first historical novel with Poison in the Colony continues the story of the colony of Jamestown and the new life that the settlers made for themselves. This sequel is told through the eyes of a young girl who has a secret talent that must never be found out.
Books can take young children on many adventures. Foxy and Piggy go on a reading adventure and discover a wealth of interesting characters and places in the books that they choose to read. Sharing books with friends is also an adventure.
Cats are fun pets and sometimes the more the merrier might be applicable to some homes. But, what happens if one cat is bigger than the others? Surprise! This cat is a tiger! Read along to find out how the tiger is accepted into the home with all of the other cats.
Three new board books are available for preschoolers, toddlers, and infants to get a head start on learning. Leo Lionni is a notable children's author with colorful books that encourage fun early learning. His legacy lives on with the publication of these from Leo Lionni's Friends.
Father's Day is rapidly approaching and picture books for young children are always a fun choice for an activity to sit with Dad and read. Both picture books in this review show that dads are special and they love their children. Enjoy the animal dads and a classic Seuss book about loving your Pop.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing when Neil Armstrong took his first steps onto the moon with the famous words "the Eagle has landed". The important contribution of the special fabric for the astronauts' suits is noted in this special picture book to celebrate this event.
Fans of the fun-loving character Bea Garcia will be delighted with her new adventure to save an old oak tree on her school's campus. Bea and her friends must come up with ideas to save this tree before it is too late. Trees can be awesome and Bea sets out to prove the need for this special tree.
A giant pumpkin competition is the center of a popular activity at the end of summer on Madeline Island. Everyone wants to win this contest. Billie wants to win this year because her best friend won last year after he bumped her out of the race with her pumpkin just as she was at the finish line.
Do you have a young chef at your house? 20 Recipes Kids Should Know is a beautiful new cookbook with classic recipes that are simple and include healthy foods that kids will enjoy preparing and eating. This cookbook for kids makes a great gift for your young chef.
The first three of newly discovered books from Margaret Wise Brown, a beloved children's author that several generations have loved, are reviewed in my article. Fans of this beloved author will want to pick up copies for their children's bookshelf. All three are a delight to read.
1 in 4 children are on the the autism spectrum. Nova is a young girl on the spectrum who loves astronomy and all things associated with space. She is anxiously waiting for the launch of Challenger with the first teacher on board. Come along with Nova as she has hope for overcoming obstacles.
A talking doll takes young readers through a fairy-tale like novel that has amazing lessons of survival of the Holocaust during World War 2 in this creatively written story. History is mixed with the elements of a fairy tale to engage readers with the doll maker's story.
Dr. Seuss has been a favorite for several generations. These classics are in reprint now for parents of young children to scoop up and enjoy. Two of the books are Seuss classics and one is written in the style of Seuss. All three included in the article are books to add to your child's bookshelf.
How do you feel about the adjective "weird" to describe yourself? Being yourself is ok because everyone has some weird traits. Accepting each other is an important lesson for everyone to learn. Everyone can find something to help in standing out and winning friends.
A timely new release for young readers 8-12 with new adventures of a young Latina girl who immigrates from Puerto Rico to upstate New York. Carolina must learn to navigate her new life by meeting new friends and finding ways to fit in. A hidden cabin close to a farm is the beginning of a new life.
Eliza has a mystery to solve. Who or what is haunting the plant shop where she is helping her mom study plants? Read along and discover how to write your own mystery with tips from The Story Pirates. Can Eliza solve her mystery?
Every parent knows the problems that come with younger siblings that want to do everything that an older sibling is doing. "What are you doing" is a question that all older siblings are going to hear from the younger sibling. Read along with Benny to learn how to solve this sibling problem.
Sharks are fascinating creatures and young children will be fully engaged in this beautiful picture book to learn about these sea creatures. Sharks come in a variety of sizes and actually come in a variety of colors. They can also live in warm or cold water.
What better way to encourage young readers to use the library than to have library books come to life? The New York City Library's iconic lions visit a little boy and take him to the library to see the magic of books and reading. Come along to discover that reading is truly magical.
A favorite holiday for children is approaching with the coming of Easter. Parents always look for alternatives to all of that candy and small books for the little ones can be a great choice. Both little books included in this review/article are the perfect choice for your Easter baskets this year
The Easter Bunny might need some help, or so this kitty thinks. The cat decides that he might take over the Easter bunny's job and deliver all the yummy chocolate candy and eggs to the children this year. It all ends well and the Easter Bunny acquires a new friend.
Being the only deaf student in her class is a challenge for Iris. Iris does not let her disability stop her from being interested in all of the great technology that is available for learning to use. Iris creates a mission for herself to help a whale that cannot communicate with other whales.
Anne Frank is an important girl from the history books. Her story is one of learning about inclusion, political events of the past, and the love of a pet in her life. Young readers will be engaged in this beautiful picture book and story about Anne Frank and her life during the Nazi regime.
Sharing can be a rewarding experience if you get a friend from sharing. Not Your Nest is chock full of animals that learn to share after some try to take Bird's new nest. They all learn to live together after some hilarious actions. Young children will relate to the idea of sharing.
Oh my, rats have moved into the neighborhood! The bunnies must overcome their preconceived ideas about rats in order to accept them as neighbors. The little rats decide to invite the bunnies to their new apartment to have cake. A surprise ending lets everyone know that rats can be great neighbors
CJ has an interesting aunt who is a psychic medium. CJ lost her mom in childbirth and she wishes that she could talk with her mom. CJ thinks that her aunt can help her contact her mom and sets out to make that a reality. CJ encounters challenges but finally learns that reality can be good.
What animals make these sounds? Read along to guess which animal makes a sound and guess the guests that will attend the birthday party for Mouse.
Rabbit and Bear have a friendship that shares humor and fun. Readers will be reminded of Pooh Bear and his friends as they read about the adventures that Rabbit and Bear share in this easy reader.
The wonders of nature are always of interest to young children. The Home Builders with its engaging illustrations tell the story of animals of the forest and how they build their homes. Trees, underground tunnels, and caves are all featured as homes for the forest animals.
Young children like to explore everyday to find something interesting. The world around them holds a lot for future exploring. Read along to discover exciting activities such as climbing, exploring the forest to discover interesting creatures, and looking forward to every day in life.
All Aboard for a story and picture book for young readers to learn how the underground railroad brought a later dream of becoming a mechanical engineer to a little African-American boy. Elijah McCoy was the beneficiary of his parents' run for freedom and became a successful black inventor.
From the Heart of Africa is the perfect picture book to introduce young readers to African culture with the beautiful illustrations and favorite sayings that offer wisdom for solving problems in our world and in our community. The simple text is appropriate for young readers.
Valentines' Day is a great time to encourage reading with all of the choices that are available in easy-to-read books and picture books. Children love Valentines' Day and books that celebrate this fun day encourage reading. These two with Llama Llama and Charlie Brown characters are just a few.
Tom and Leila Hirschfield's It's Up to You, Abe Lincoln is designed for young readers who are reluctant to pick up a historical biography. This creative biography of Lincoln is filled with humor and easy reading about all of the important decisions that he made during his presidency.
All parents who have a child in kindergarten or who have one who will soon enter kindergarten will relate to this story of a little boy and mom who do not like being left at the door when school starts. What if you could be a miniature mom and stay with your child for the entire day?
The medieval period is not often a subject that young readers read about. Max is a fun character from popular author Lincoln Peirce that will take middle-grade readers on some adventures through the medieval period to experience knights and a magical sorcerer. Life lessons come along with the fun.
Museums can be introduced to young children win some creative ways. How about having a birthday party at a museum? Explore a science museum with Mason as he has his birthday sleepover at the local museum. he and his friends participate in a scavenger hunt to explore the museum.
Soccer has become a sport that even three-year-old children are now learning to play. Size does not matter if there is a passion to learn the sport. Young readers will learn about being able to stick with the game and win in the end.
Would you like to be an awesome T-Rex? Sal decides that being just an ordinary person is not very exciting. Being a T-Rex has its benefits. They eat whatever they want. You can be courageous. Sal also discovers that being a T-Rex has downsides. Being a T-Rex only part-time might be acceptable.
Students and teachers can all appreciate the kinds of fads that can get started in classrooms. Friendships can form when a fad gets started or friendships can disappear over fights with a fad. Grace and Ellie must decide the worth of their long-time friendship when a button fad gets started.
Do you love chickens? Kelly Jones writes with hilarity about a young girl who loves to raise chickens. Sophie must navigate a new home and school with new friends and she wonders if her chickens will get lonely in the new home. A few special chickens arrive that might have superpowers to help.
Award-winning author Irene Latham tells the story of how a young boy in Alabama called attention to a civil rights issue in Birmingham with his love for elephants. Determination to visit the elephant in Avondale Park brings adventure and success for Frank to make his dream come true.
Times are hard for many families now and young children may relate to James Otis's struggles with poverty because of the loss of his dad. Mama does the best that she can to provide. One day they learn of a family who lost everything in a fire. Giving becomes a lesson in compassion for others.
How many times has a teen or "tween" wished to be someone else? Skylar is a girl who wants to be cool. Ruby is a 12-year-old superstar and Skylar is a huge fan. A magical meeting on the set of Ruby's new show allows the girls to switch places and live each other's life.
Romance and crushes are part of the teen experience. Teens and preteens always dream of meeting the object of their celebrity crush. Mouse, a typical thirteen-year-old girl, learns that diving into a new activity can bring about surprising changes and Jack discovers the same.
Would you be able to rescue baby dragons if they needed to be returned to their magical world in order to be safe? Jax and his friends must be the heroes to accomplish this task. Unbelievable that a witch would ask him to help with the dragons! Jax steps up and the adventures begin.
Growing up for girls can be difficult. Girls want to follow their dreams for having new friends, finding a great hobby, and wondering what career that they should choose. Find Your Rainbow by Jenipher Lyn is a creative self-discovery book for ages 8-12 with fun activities to use for new ideas.
Penelope's town is melting! Penelope knows that she must be the one to save her town when she embarks on her adventure with her brother. She does not want the iceberg to take her town away. Bookworms can be a hero.
Young children always want to feel that they belong. The little fox also wants to belong but he knows that he is not actually a dog. He does not look like a dog. He can do things like a dog does, but that is not the same. He finally discovers that being different is ok and finds a home with love
Each animal has a fun fact that begins with a letter of the alphabet. Young readers will have fun learning fun facts while learning the alphabet. Easy associations with each animal make learning the alphabet an engaging activity in this fun picture book.
How would you like an inkblot for a friend? Inkling comes to life from Dad's drawing tablet and brings hilarity and love into the family's life. Inkling helps with several problems that Ethan and Dad have and everything works out in the end because of an inkblot.
The final chapter in the exciting trilogy of The Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix is here. Fans of Haddix will find this a page-turner as Kiandra must find a way to save herself, her brothers, and her friends from the alien planet that they find themselves on as captives.
Holiday gifts can be challenging for young children when they do not have any money. Love and things that one does out of love can be gifts that do not cost any money. Stacy McAnulty's LOVE is a fun picture book that is a good choice to teach that love is free.
Great things are happening at the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida. It has been a long road for this shelter to overcome major challenges and its reputation. The dream team staff along with countless volunteers have made the difference. It is truly a miracle on 25th St
Does your child want something for Christmas that may be somewhat challenging? A monster for Christmas is the wish in this fun holiday picture book. Santa grants the wish and children and parents learn to save both the friendship with the monster and family life.
Hanukkah is a special time during the holiday season. There are lots of fun surprises for families who celebrate this holiday. A giant menorah is part of the celebration in the village and the villagers want to thank the mayor. A small boy comes up with the perfect "thank you" for the mayor.
Who would settle for an ordinary pet for Christmas if Santa could actually bring a dinosaur? William Trundle loves all things connected with dinosaurs. He could never imagine that Santa could actually bring a real live dinosaur for Christmas. Believing is the key that unlocks the seasonal magic.
The question of believing in Santa always comes up at this time of the year. What if Santa stopped believing in children? Santa chooses a little boy named Harold to test the belief question and the problem is solved. There really is a Harold.
Assessment tests bring a lot of stress to students in middle school, and all students know that they must find ways to ace their tests. School should not be all about scores on tests. Students at Lake View Middle School must find a way to ace their tests and someone comes up with a great idea.
Everyone has secrets, but students are surprised that their teachers have secrets. Secrets of family arguments are common and even teachers have these in their family. Students decide that they must find a way to get their two favorite teachers to make up and be sisters again .
Finding friends in middle school can be tricky. Who knew that a bowling shoe could be the start of an unlikely friendship? Miles loves bowling and Amy loves to write. Amy discovers the bowling alley that Miles' family owns and the rest is history. Unexpected friendships can be the best ones.
Do you believe that there could be Martians that come to visit us here on earth? Mylo never believed until he and his best friends set out to explore a flying saucer that lands next to the ranch in New Mexico where he lives with his parents.
Fans of Carl Hiaasen have a new book to enjoy with Squirm, a hilarious adventuresome story with snakes, a grizzly bear, and a task to save Billy's missing dad. Squirm tells a story of families, learning what is important to families, and learning to let go of some things and keeping other things.
Bryan Stevenson's adapted version of his acclaimed Just Mercy for ages 12+ is an introduction for young readers to our justice system and the countless wrongly incarcerated African-Americans in our country. History and laws come together in stories for the YA audience to explore this topic.
Being homeless when you are growing up is an all-too-familiar story for children today. Felix is almost thirteen and is experiencing this with his family with all of the adventures that come with this problem. If only he could win the writing contest with the cash prize!
Jennifer Holm's sequel to her best-selling The Fourteenth Goldfish is here with a great story for middle grade readers. Science and exploring the world are themes presented with a touch of humor and a surprising lesson. The Third Mushroom will spike an interest in science for young readers.
Young children often hesitate to sleep in their own beds and rooms. The Peter Rabbit collection has added a great new bedtime story to help parents ease a little one into their own bed in their own room. The new book is in board book form which little ones might like to take to bed with them.
Early childhood caregivers and parents know the importance of reading to even the youngest children. Infants and toddlers really enjoy having their own books and now another classic book has been created in board book form. Llama Llama Red Pajama is a favorite that is now in board book form.
Most families will face the time when a new baby sister or brother will arrive and the older sibling will be curious about what it takes to be a good big brother or sister to the new arrival. Come along with Big Brother Peanut Butter to learn about what it takes to be a great big brother or sister.
Has your school ever banned books that they do not want the students to read? Students want the freedom to read what they want and will do what they can to have this right. This fun read will empower young readers to have the books that they want to read.
Some little ones are just different when they are a bit precocious. Albie Newton is one of these and must learn how to make friends at preschool. He must find ways to win friends without making everyone angry with his love of inventing things.
What kind of adventures do you have with your dog? Young readers will want to share these adventures with Sophie the dog that is Bea Garcia's best friend. Sophie is not a brave doggy and cats are definitely out of her comfort zone.
These two delightful characters, Moe and Peanut, will provide some fun lessons with opposite words for young readers. Too Much! Not Enough! Messy, Neat, Noisy, Quiet, and more opposites make this a fun read with a vocabulary lesson included.
A new school year is fast approaching and many children will experience school for the very first time. Hello School is a delightful picture book with all of the elements of a typical day at school. An excited group of children are ready to meet their new teacher and lots of new friends.
What do children want to be when they grow up? There are so many choices! Dogs might have the same thoughts as they grow from a puppy to an adult dog. Dogs want to know that they will be accepted and loved no matter what they choose to be in this delightful story of choosing a profession.
An explosion brings children to new adventures in a new location. They cannot remember their past, but two of the chldren may be the only ones to save their new adopted land from all evil. Jaleigh Johnson has created a magical story that teaches a lesson of tolerance for new refugees.
Sadie lives in both the real world and her own little world. She has a secret world that she is afraid for others to discover when she finds herself in the hospital. This is a timely topic for a lot of teens in our society today with mental illness.
Teaching math with picture books is always fun for young children. Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn is a creative book to use in teaching a variety of beginning math skills in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Sorting, counting, and categorization are all skills that Sam learns as he gets organized.
Thirteen is a difficult age and when you lose your dad at this age, grief makes it more difficult. Briana loved her dad as a dad and as a great storyteller. Briana navigates through her grief and discovers that her dad's words to her come through her own heart. "Be Your Own" has meaning for her.
Miss Petitfour bakes, takes her sixteen cats on magical adventures, and travels in the most wonderful way by using her tablecloth to fly. Five adventures are told in five chapters of fun. Miss Petitfour also reads to her beloved cats as a quiet activity. Come along for fun adventures.
Imagination has become a difficult concept for children today because of the immersion in technology. Grandpa's stories in The Magician's Secret help bring back the power of imagination to a little boy in this creative picture book.
Hugs are needed in our world even more now than before. Young children will see the value of a hug in this delightful picture book that teaches that hugs can make a friend's day better.
Homelessness is unfortunately a timely topic for many children now and Melissa Sarno's new novel for ages 8-12 teaches a middle school girl that belonging can happen even in the worst conditions. Cora lfollows her late father's advice about thinking in "threes".
Everyone loves Anne of Green Gables and Kelly Hill has two delightful board books for infants and toddlers that can help pass along this favorite character that older children have loved for many years. Anne celebrates colors and numbers with a walk in nature and her first friend at Green Gables.
Board books are popular with parents who have infants and toddlers. What parent has not heard the request of "just one more" when young toddlers want to avoid giving up something they like? Jennifer Hansen Rolli's Just One More is a fun read aloud that joins in the fun of this popular request.
Fans of Liesl Shurtliff will be delighted with her new book GRUMP. A fairy tale with a hilarious twist on some old favorite characters from childhood will engage readers age 8-12 with Grump, a dwarf who gets mixed up with Snow White and the mean queen. Let the adventures begin!
Jeanne Birdsall closes her popular series about the Penderwick family in this final story about reunions, family members, and an upcoming wedding. Young readers will enjoy the send-off story with fond memories of the previous books and perhaps remember their own family times with similar events.
Middle school can be daunting for our children. Being a math genius does not make it any easier. Lucy must now actually go to school after being homeschooled until the age of 12. Lucy discovers that Pi can be a friend and not just a math concept.
J.E. Morris's Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors is just in time for those summer doctor visits to prepare for the next school year with exams and those dreaded shots. Use your imagination along with Maud to make your doctor visit less scary.
Children love to cook and this fun read aloud picture book that introduces Julia Child to young chefs will be a hit with young readers. Julia Child as a childhood chef offers inspiration for young chefs with fun illustrations along with the story of her childhood with friends and family.
How many dog owners would love to have a nanny for their dog? Miss Moon gets her first position as a governess to 67 rambunctious dogs and soon learns that being a governess to dogs is second to none as a fun start to her career. Wise Words from a Dog Governess is a fun read for dog lovers.
College admissions are looming for this season's busy students and new technology is at the forefront again for helping students connect with their chosen schools. The new apps from these two companies are designed for students who are beginning to look at colleges and getting admitted.
Young children who immigrate to America with their parents must learn to make new friends while at the same time experiencing grief at leaving their old home and possibly other family members. Sakura is from Japan and comes to America with her parents to have new experiences.
Do you have a daughter who likes science? Girls who are "geeks" are coming to the head of the line now in our society. Girls can be inventors and contribute to the engineering profession along with their male partners. Join Magnolia Mudd in her adventure to teach this lesson.
Parents who have children who are home schooled often purchase extra curriculum materials to enhance learning. Adventures in Science from Silver Dolphin Books has published a learning kit about the human body with fun stickers and a small plastic skeleton to assemble. The kit includes a book.
Introduce young children to art with this story about collecting objects that one loves and creating art with the beloved objects. Imagination comes into play during the childhood of renowned artist Joseph Cornell and children will be inspired by what he collects and creates.
Color is a huge part of art and people who are interested in color will find this unique book about colors to be one that you will want to add to your bookshelf. The book is simple with fun illustrations about the colors of our world. New vocabulary about colors is also a part of this book.
A gull, a little boy, and a starfish teach that nature is full of wonders and that nature takes care of the ecosystem in many ways. On Gull Beach is a beautifully crafted story with all of the exciting elements of a day at the beach and surprises in how nature works for the good of all creatures.
Sibling rivalry can become a reality with the arrival of a new baby sister or brother. Baby sisters or brothers can be downright annoying until they step up to help the older sibling.
Avery has special powers that she doesn't want anyone to know about. Adventures come when she has to decide to run or face her powers after causing an explosion at her dad's factory.
A secret admirer is leaving special pink gifts for Adele. Adele runs a cafe and loves all of her customers but sometimes when it rains they don't come. The secret pink gifts help when it rains.
Introduce colors to young readers with this picture book that celebrates both colors and equality. It is never too early to teach both boys and girls that both sexes can like the same thing.
Uncle Paul is missing and Samantha Spinner sets off with her brother to find him. Her mysterious gift of a rusty red umbrella left to her by her uncle is the key to his disappearance.
A village in Kenya is experiencing a severe drought. The orphanage is afraid that there will not be enough water for everyone. Kindness won over and a new well was dug to provide enough water.
Kelly McNelis' Your Messy Brilliance is right on target for the current topics that women are talking about. She writes with clarity about a multitude of ways to just be themselves.
Arlo the Armadillo is introduced to traveling by his grandfather through his travel journals. Arlo reads about Paris and travels there to explore the sights and sounds of this beloved city.
Personalized gifts are always appreciated. Valentines Day is approaching and this special company has a wonderful way to personalize a book for your loved ones. Valentines come with the book.
Fans of Alice in Wonderland will be drawn to Charis Cotter's The Painting, an engaging mystery that combines mystery with the angst of getting along with your mother as you grow up.
Richard Torrey writes with humor to teach the lesson that bossiness is no way to keep friends. Young readers will find this lesson to be valuable when facing a bully. It is more fun to play nicely.
Best friends do not have to be alike to be best friends. Differences make friendship interesting. Yak and Dove discover that they are more alike than they think as they explore their new friendship.
Young children often experience the problem of fitting in. Oliver learns the lesson that being oneself is the best way to fit in.
Justyce is an African-American boy who will soon attend an Ivy League college. His encounter with the police gives him a reason to look for how Dr. Martin Luther King would handle today's conflicts.
Young children sometimes use the "I can't" excuse when they have a task to do. Pirates in Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew will inspire the "I can" attitude.
Frankie, a little bear, is afraid of the dark at bedtime and doesn't want to be alone. Mom finds a solution with a surprising object and comfort is achieved at bedtime.
Doesn't an octopus belong in the ocean? Inky makes his great escape from the aquarium and succeeds in finding his real home in the sea forever.
Legos and creativity are part of all young boys' lives. Who would think that legos would help navigate the pain of losing a brother and finding one's way through adolescence?
What activities do your children like to participate in during the winter season? Little mice discover that doing things with friends is more fun than doing things alone.
Children of Refuge is high drama for the YA audience. Fast-paced and good read that young adults in today's society will relate to.
Would your child be sad to miss Christmas? Little Bear needs help from friends who don't want him to miss Christmas.
What do your children want for Christmas this year? Children always have surprising requests for Santa and this hilarious story will be a huge surprise to be fulfilled. Merry Christmas!
Busy people like quick and simple equipment to cook with. I have found a great cooking tool that is innovative and fun to use. Hot Logic cooking trays will make cooking on the go or at home fun.
Parents can relate to this fun read aloud that can make bedtime an easier time. Young children need a consistent routine to transition from a busy day to a relaxing night. Little Bot can help.
Who wants to cook with a fire-breathing dragon? He might burn the food. Saving a friendship comes into play when the little knight pairs baking with a friend to solve the problem 0f having an enemy.
This new picture book is not your grandmother's story of Cinderella. This girl learns that you cannot believe everything you see in ads when she finds her fairy godmother.
Having a ghost for a friend can be an awesome experience. You can share fun activities and grow together through the years. A lifelong friendship can be a valuable possession even with a ghost.
Children wait for the perfect ice when the moon is right to have their first hockey game of the season. When the Moon Comes will delight both young readers and adults who love picture books.
Mr. Lemoncello, everyone's favorite game maker, is back with a fun read by Chris Grabenstein. Fun fact-finding puzzles to solve in order to win a new game teaches research skills to young readers.
Friendships between all kinds of animals helps our ecosystems in a variety of fascinating ways. This picture book with fun facts is a great teaching tool for science classrooms.
The Bald Eagle was removed from the endangered species list ten years ago. Beauty and the Beak is a timely release of this gorgeous picture book to remind us to take care of these incredible birds.
Teaching children about differences and teaching tolerance are hot topics in the classroom and in the home. Maurice the Unbeastly is a great choice for learning that different is a good thing.
The love of reading is shared with the beloved character Rufus the Pig in this delightful new picture book. Young readers will also enjoy the space concepts that come with Rufus's trip to Mars.
Family roots are important for teens. Lockhart's We Were Liars for the YA audience teaches young readers what the value of a family is and how to navigate the family roots that can be challenging.
Fans of the character Anne of Green Gables will appreciate this new fictional novel from Melanie J. Fishbane. She writes a fictional account of the life of the author of Anne of Green Gables.
Do you have a young bookworm in your family? Children often experience rejection by peers if they like reading, and this fun read will teach important lessons in handling this situation.
Gifts of food are always welcome. Illness, new parents, college students away from mom's cooking are all people who would love some prepared food. This is the perfect thing to send them.
Fans of Lucy and Andy Neanderthal are in for a fun read in Brown's second book that is filled with adventures in the Ice Age. Young readers will enjoy the new discoveries about the Stone Age.
Patterns are everywhere in daily life. Clothing is the perfect way to introduce patterns to your child. Explore patterns with Pepper as she chooses a new dress with the perfect pattern in the fabric
Everyone has heard the jokes about women drivers. But do you know the history of women and their cars? Motor Girls is a comprehensive guide to fascinating facts about women drivers in auto history
It's Open Mic Night at the Story Zoo. All dogs are encouraged to tell their own stories about their life from coming from a scary shelter into a loving home. Pet adoption is a central theme.
A little robot has a problem to solve. He must look for a replacement for his missing arm. Young readers will search along with him in this creative story and learn to use problem solving skills.
Coloring books are not just for children anymore. Adults also color to relieve stress and relax. Both children and adults will enjoy The Little Mermaid coloring book that includes the story.
Have you ever seen an alligator in ballet class? The girls accept it into the class and name it Tanya. Tanya gets a starring role with her own dance and the girls learn about diversity in our world.
Jennifer and Matthew Holm add another board book to their My First Comics series with I'm Silly. Toddlers and infants can relate to being silly and the tornado in this story will have them laughing.
Making a movie at your family's motel in Florida is a great idea to help bring in tourists. P.T. and Gloria have to come up with a good business plan to help the movie succeed.
Babymouse is beginning a new chapter in life and entering middle school. All sorts of adventures are waiting. Babymouse decides to make a movie and star in her own adventures in middle school.
It's moving day for a little girl and her family. She discovers a baby elephant that has escaped from an animal sanctuary hiding in the new house. Friendship begins until the elephant is returned.
Who knew that pizza could be a peacemaker? A sneeze turns the word "peace" into the word "pizza" in Mom's wish for peace, and everyone enjoys pizza from the sky instead of fighting and arguing.
Have you ever traveled to a magical land by way of a suitcase? Ivy Sparrow and her brother travel to the land of the uncommoners to solve the mystery of their grandma's family secrets.
It is never too early to introduce our environment to children. The care of our environment is a hot topic and children notice all kinds of changes. Has your child experienced foggy weather?
Parents face the difficulty of getting their child to sleep in their own bed at some point during the early-toddler years. Learning to sleep alone can be introduced to your child with this fun story.
Young children can get grouchy for a variety of reasons. Being bored is no fun. Beiser's new picture book is a fun read to help children find the bright side of any situation.
Cross-country road trips are always fun. Annie Magruder and her little dog Carson are traveling to Canada to visit her sister. Special sights are part of the trip and Carson has a surprise waiting.
Moore's updated edition of The Big Book of Canada is just in time for travelers to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Beautiful photographs and a wealth of facts make this book a collectible.
Is your child ready for a pet? This delightful read aloud teaches that pets need a lot of care. You probably aren't getting a lion, but this book teaches the general theme of pet care.
Local shelters have a multitude of ongoing needs. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is a shelter where needs are being met in a variety of ways. It takes a village.
What is that awful smell ? Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are off on their next adventure to solve the mystery of a terrible odor in the fridge. A lesson of compassion is part of the solution.
Times are changing for what families want in a circus performance. Seb must find a way to save his family's world-renowned circus and his search for solutions to help his family also saves others.
Clapping, jumping, singing, and shouting are all part of childhood poems, stories, and songs. African American literature in this collection will delight families for years to come.
Lemonade Liberty Witt experiences the loss of her mom at the age of eleven and must learn resilience to navigate this loss. The elusive Bigfoot plays a part in her new adventures after loss.
Brashares' new book The Whole Thing Together brings the themes of step-families, first love, and new relationships to life for great summertime reading for the YA audience.
Ben Clanton is back with his characters Narwhal and Jelly in this fun read aloud that teaches the power of a superhero who brings out the best in his friends.
Lesley Gorin's Elly and the Smelly Sneaker is an inspiring story for young girls who are looking for their "girl power." If you have a girl ages 6-10, this fun read aloud is for them.
It is never too early to introduce classic fairy tales to young children. Publishers are adding classics in board book form now to introduce infants and toddlers to the joy of reading.
Getting little ones to sleep in their own beds is a common problem that every parent will face at one time or another. Let Hoot and Honk help with this fun read-aloud picture book.
If you have a young child who has an older sibling, you know the problems that arise when the little one feels left out because he/she is the youngest.
Chickens having fun are everywhere in this colorful counting book for young children. "Count Your Chickens" by Jo Ellen Bogart will have your children engaged in counting skills while they read.
The popular Okee Dokee brothers are back with a fun picture book that parents will find useful in teaching the important lesson about the topic of wants vs. needs. What do your children wish for?
Manatee County Animal Services Shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is on the move again to help its animals live their best lives while waiting for their forever homes. Volunteer, donate, and adopt.
Moving can be stressful for children. Tammi Sauer's fun read aloud, "Your Alien Returns," is a great choice for young children to learn a lesson in fitting into a new community.
Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is enjoying increased community support for animals that are in need of forever homes. Awareness of needs is increasing for precious lives.
Madeline is everyone's favorite little girl from France, and she also celebrates Christmas. Her Christmas book is a fun way to combine reading and a cultural experience in baking for Christmas.
Christmas brings magical thinking to all children and Jennifer L. Holm's "Little BabyMouse and the Christmas Cupcakes" is the perfect book to begin the holiday season with its own magic that inspires.
Reading "The Night Before Christmas" is a tradition in many families. Add a personalized version to your collection this year to create a feeling of belonging and interest in this beloved story.
Parents who were children in the late 50's and early 60's will remember the classic folk tale of the teeny tiny woman and her bone. "A Teeny Tiny Halloween" brings back memories with this new book.
Pit Bulls, AKA the bully breeds, are making inroads into finally being accepted as loving pets, thanks in part to both community and worldwide activism to save these dogs from discrimination and being euthanized.
Do you have a future architect in your family? This engaging set with a book and included accessories will inspire little builders.
What does your young child love? Oskar the raven invites you into his world to share what he loves and to think about the things that the reader loves as you read along.
Young children often experience separation anxiety when attending childcare or school. An engaging story of a pup's mom that returns is a great tool for talking with your child about their fears.
A new adaptation of the successful "Da Vinci Code" is out that will intrigue young readers from the age of 12 and up. Young readers will find this adaptation filled with mystery and history.
Peer pressure can begin as early as the preschool and kindergarten years. Choosing fun read aloud books to discuss this concept can benefit your child when they encounter their first social groups.
Popular cartoon characters are often a fun way for girls to relate to when looking for a feeling of empowerment. Kathryn Lasky brings a cartoon character to life in this story of friendship.
Teaching young children to dress themselves can be a challenge. A fun read aloud with Rebecca Van Slyke's new book can help with the task. Young children can be hilarious with learning to dress.
A new series of fantasy will be welcomed by fans of the mystical worlds of Potter and the popular "Game of Thrones". "Impyrium" by Henry Neff will have readers eager to dive in to new magic.
What do your children know about money? Jamie Kyle McGillian's new book "The Kids' Money Book" has all the latest information in an entertaining read that teaches that money is not just for spending.
A book that gives back to society is a valuable tool in teaching children to contribute to worthy causes. The theme of giving back combined with animals makes this story a lovely reading experience.
Hard lessons can be easily taught to young children when choosing the right book. Teaching stranger danger to young children is one of those lessons. A fun story can help with this lesson.
How is your child's self-esteem? A little blue penguin in a great read aloud book will teach that how one looks on the outside is not as important as what is on the inside.
Can your child build a robot? Science Day at school brings the chance for children to create all sorts of things. This fun read aloud can inspire young children to invent something of their own.
Dinosaurs and birthday parties are always a favorite topic with young children. This fun read aloud combines both topics along with a life lesson in patience.