Elmo from Sesame Street introduces the dreidel game to his friends in adorable board book for preschoolers. Celebrate Hanukkah with little ones and bring out the dreidel to play along with Elmo and this fun book.
The favorite Night Before Christmas is always the chosen story to read during the holiday season. Revisit this favorite story with Mr. Bobbington and his delightfully creative illustrations this year. These illustrations give a wonderful update to this holiday story.
The American Doll collection is every little girl's favorite dolls and Random House has published two books that celebrate the Christmas holiday season with the dolls in great stories and fun reading. Several dolls are featured in Happy Holidays and Molly is featured in Molly's Christmas Surprise
The family Hanukkah celebration is here and this easy reader is perfect for children to read about Hanukkah with the family in the story. If your family will be celebrating Hanukkah, this easy reader is a great choice for children to sit and practice reading skills while learning about tradtions.
Hanukkah is here for Greta's family and all of her sisters are eager to help with preparations. Her mom thinks that Greta is too young to help and that does not make greta very happy. Papa has a great idea to let Greta help with the best job of all. Read along to find out what this job is.
The classic 12 Days of Christmas is always a holiday treat for reading. Two special editions of this classic are here for the holidays. The board book is delightful with award-winning illustrations. How about a different take on this classic with legos in another edition of this classic?
What do you think Santa was like as a boy? Come along with A Boy Called Christmas to have fantastic adventures, discover elves, and learn some important life lessons such as hope, goodness, and making your wishes come true.
Discover words that tell directions, language skills to use words, and a special friendship with Bear as he has hilarious adventures with using words. Which way should he go? Over? Under? Where is behind? Can you make compound words? Read along to learn a variety of word skills with Bear.
What does Santa look like? All children wonder about the appearance of Santa. The Real Santa by Nancy Redd will assure all children that Santa can look like them. A little African-America boy wonders what Santa looks like and discovers that Santa actually looks like him.
Christmas is coming with Christmas, Here I Come, a new picture book that will get your young young reader in the holiday spirit. This bauutifully illustrated book with all kinds of details about getting ready for Christmas will engage young readers and prepare them for their favorite holiday.
Can sisters become friends along with being rivals? Lara doesn't want her sister involved with her new venture but Caroline finds a way to become involved with her sister's company anyway. There is a mystery to be solved and Caroline is the mystery. Can the mystery be solved ?
Beautiful world atlases are always engaging for children who are learning geography and fun facts about the planet that we live on. National Geographic Kids introduces its newest world atlas for children with a wealth of information about countries, our oceans, and fun facts about the world.
History is easily taught when there are picture books such as this story of Nancy Pelosi and her rise to leadership in our country. This autobiography is beautifully illustrated along with the text that tells about her beginning in the political world. Young girls will be inspired after reading.
The American Girl dolls have been a favorite of little girls for many years. A birthday celebration book was published to celebrate this milestone birthday for the company, and a new line of books that bring the stories of some favorite American Girl characters to life was published .
Can monsters be funny? How about a scary bedtime story with monsters who think that they are scary, but not so much in reality? These little monsters in This Book Is Not a Bedtime Story try to be scary, but turn out to be very funny, the more they try to be scary. Giggle your way to falling asleep
Brian, a very long weiner dog, is a fun character to introduce your preschooler to the math skill of measurement. This creative board book will engage your little one by flipping the pages to find Brian's bottom. How long is Brian?
Cooking is a wonderful activity for kids to engage in. Simple recipes that are healthy for kids' bodies and healthy for the environment are creative and tasty. Cooking green gets kids interested in new foods and ways to care for our environment. Get your young chef into the kitchen to cook green.
Children love to cook and this delightful picture book about making a cake will engage young readers and inspire them to make their dreams come true. Making a cake together brings everyone together to create something delicious and encourages inclusivity.
Celebrate Halloween with your little ones by reading these 2 board books with trick-or-treating trucks, friends who stop by the witch's house, and more characters that we associate with Halloween like all of the black kitties.
Go on a safari with the Jouberts to see the amazing animals of Africa with this stunning edition of National Geographic Kids and the animals of Africa. The Jouberts are noted conservationists and have traveled extensively in Africa to produce this gorgeous book to showcase these amazing animals.
The colorful autumn season is finally here and parents can introduce their infants and toddlers to fall with these two board books. The colors of autumn are presented in the illustrations and the fun that goes along with fall is also seen in the text and illustrations.
Self-confidence and sharing love along the way are great lessons from these two picture books featured in this review article. Teaching young children to "sparkle" as they grow and learning to give love to everyone by sharing hugs are lessons learned in these two charming picture books.
Learning about space is always popular with children. Come and party with the members of our solar system as the Sun celebrates a birthday with all of the planets. Fun facts about the planets come together with the story to create this fun read for young readers along with education.
Read along to discover Clara's fate as she sets off to find her missing cousin Estoban. The traditional card game from Mexico holds Clara's fate. Clara is not aware that she has been targeted by the card game for an early death. Her only goal is to find her missing cousin.
Hurricanes will continue to be a huge part of our climate change now and many children will experience a hurricane at least once in some areas of the country. All Hands on Deck by Robert Neubecker features some history of Hurricane Katrina and the courageous rescue effort in beautiful picture book.
Vocabulary lessons for homeschooled children can be challenging. Young readers should learn how to use a thesaurus in order to improve vocabulary. Read along with this dinosaur to learn big words and introduce the idea of words that have similar meanings to increase vocabulary in young readers.
Building community relationships is a timely theme to teach children that their world needs friendship and family ties. Read along as this little boy builds his circle by starting with a pencil and choosing to make it bigger and bigger to add friends and family. Differences can be ok.
Kids sometimes can think of all kinds of reasons not to go to school, but calling new friends wild animals doesn't really work. Read along as one little boy discovers that a new school year can be great after all. Reasons for hating school turn into reasons for loving school.
Create self-confidence for your child with the KIng of Kindergarten and add the skill of being kind to everyone when you go to school with these two charming picture books for young readers. Going to kindergarten is a huge milestone and these two picture books will help with the coming challenges.
Getting young children ready for going to school is always a challenge. Learn about what the day will be like with Unicorn as he/she goes to school on the first day. Colorful illustrations portray a classroom with all of the activities that children will participate in.
Do you have a budding little geologist in your family? Do you teach some concepts of geology in your early childhood classrooms? Young children who are interested in rocks and shells will be engaged with this first big book of these treasures from the earth.
All pet parents who have cats will relate to this adorable picture book with the hilarious illustrations about all of the quirky behavior that we see in our cats. I am also a cat owner and I really relate to this cute book. Cat problems can be hilarious!!
This charming set of 2 books invites young learners to begin to count and to recognize rhyming words. 100 Cats and 100 Dogs offer young learners the opportunity to learn counting skills and the language skill of recognizing rhyming words.
National Geographic Kids Books are excellent resources for parents who are homeschooling and want to build an extensive curriculum full of interesting topics. Children always want to study animals and sea creatures. This review covers 3 wonderful books to add to your homeschooling collection.
We Think we can, we think we can is encouragement that children can really use in the world we are living in now. The three little engines that could re-tell the story in a new picture book with a life lesson that "yes, we can". Read along as they all work together to get over that hill.
How can Isobel get all of her math homework done with all of that noise coming from the neighbors? Isobel loves math, but prefers to work on her homework in a quiet room. Can she find out where all of noise is coming from and get her math homework done in time? Isobel tries all kinds of ideas.
Young children can either be taught racism or learn to be antiracist. Parents and teachers have this choice to teach either idea. Picture books can be a great tool to use and Antiracist Baby is a unique picture book to teach young to value all people. A unique picture book with a good lesson.
Historical kings and queens are subjects that children could be introduced to if teachers have the right books. National Geographic Kids Books about kings and queens have exactly the material that will draw students into learning about these interesting people from history.
Jack and Annie have a new adventure that includes dinosaurs in the new graphic novel in the Magic Tree House popular series. Time travel into the world of dinosaurs will have young readers eager to see how this new adventure works out. This adventure will be a page-turner.
Reading time with dads can be celebrated every day, but setting aside a story time session with Dad to celebrate Father's Day can be a special time. Here are two great choices for fun books to sit and read with Dad on his special day. I Love Dad and The Night Before Father's Day are fun reads.
Coding skills are a skill that may not be taught in some schools. Homeschooled children have an opportunity to learn the basics with this creative book from National Geographic Kids. Basic coding concepts with amazing photos will engage children of all levels.
National Geographic Kids Books are a great source for all kinds of educational activities that parents who are homeschooling their children can use for extra learning materials. Top Secret is a wealth of ideas to teach history, spy secrets, and special information about animals.
Technology for young children has continued to evolve and now can add podcasts to learning tools for all fans of Sesame Street. Parents will be delighted with the theme of getting kids to wind down before bedtime. It can be difficult to get our kids to go to bed. Sesame Street has the answer.
It is so important to teach young children about the diversity in our country. Our country is definitely a garden of people who live together. We Are a Garden is stunningly illustrated with a history of how our country came to be so diverse. Now more than ever, our children need this history.
Milo must reconnect with something that is missing from his life and it turns out to be his family. This theme is perfect for the times that we are emerging from now after the pandemic. Great choice for introducing this topic to young children when you are reconnecting with your family this summer
Multicultural stories are important to broaden children's reading. The Water Lady is a beautiful story from the Navajo Nation that tells of how a special Navajo woman serves her community with their need for water. Water is scarce in the Navajo living area and water tanks must be filled everyday.
The official Mother's Day will be here soon, but after reading this charming picture book and story with your little ones, we can celebrate moms every day. Moms are with their children 24/7 and this picture book celebrates all the ways the our moms are special. Reading with Mom is special too.
Art is an important part of life and children are never too young to begin learning about famous artists. Monet is a great choice to introduce children to art and painting. This stunning picture book and story will be a lovely addition to your child's bookshelf.
What better time than our current society problems to introduce the topic of same/different in people in our world today? Parents are always looking for tools to help children with the idea of prejudice. Sesame Street comes to the rescue with this cute board book to open the conversation.
Here comes summer 2021 and parents will need to get creative to keep the little ones busy. New from the Seuss Enterprises publishing is Dr. Seuss's Summer Things with Thing 1 and Thing 2. Great board book form for infants and toddlers describe things that you might do in the summer.
Reading to your infants and toddlers is an experience that all parents whould engage in. Board books are definitely the way to go when providing books to infants and toddlers. Diggersaurs Explore is a great choice to begin your collection of board books for your little one.
It is never too early to teach young children about going green and saving our earth resources. These two charming board books are a great way to introduce the topic of taking care of our earth. Earth Day will soon be here and how about a robot to help older readers celebrate in a new chapter book
Books are great for inclusion in Easter baskets. Picture books invite young children to read. Our Easter Adventure by Emma Randall is a fun choice for this year's Easter basket. The bunny visits and the egg hunt ends with a wonderful surprise.
Every child wants to grow bigger to find their place in the world. A little acorn's journey on the way to becoming a giant oak tree is a fun read for young children to learn that growing bigger takes time. The little acorn charts ist progress by months and years. Come along as it reaches its goal
All children experience first days when returning to school. One little Vietnamese boy has a particularly difficult journey to school when he is ready for his first day at school. There are many challenges as he makes his way to school and some scary events along the way. Can he get to school?
Whatever your politics are, dog lovers are very excited that there are dogs back in the White House. Read along to find out about Champ and Major as their dad is elected President and they move to the White House. Lots of training for the new surroundings is needed. Fun picture book and story.
Celebrate Black History in February with this delightful memoir of our newly elected Vice-President Kamala Harris. Young readers will be excited to read about her as a child and through her career as a lawyer and then senator. Photos of her life and colorful illustrations are included.
How would you like to turn into a rabbit? Come along with Albie as she must make a choice to stay a rabbit or go to be with her sisters as girls again after the adventure of wanting to save a sinking island is over. A lesson in family loyalty is part of The Last Rabbit. Adventures abound!
Fans of the classic Goodnight Moon will be delighted with the new bedtime story from astronaut Scott Kelly with his adventures as an astronaut and told in the genre of the favorite classic. Goodnight Astronaut will engage young readers as a new favorite bedtime story.
Healthy kids need exercise and yoga is becoming a popular exercise with many studios popping up for kids to practice yoga. How about learning some poses like the poses of some favorite animals? National Geographic Kids Books presents an intriguing picture book to introduce kids to yoga.
What better time is there for young readers of history to read Todd Hasak Lowy's We Are Power: How Nonviolent Acivism Changed the World? Teachers who teach history, social studies, or other subjects will want to add this book to their classroom library. Nonviolent activism is the key to peace.
Siblings do not always get along, and twins sometimes want to be different from each other. But losing a sibling and not knowing where they are can be a hard lesson to learn. Monty and Moose get separated at the airport and Moose feels very alone without his twin brother. He must find his brother
Technology can be a challenge for the Baby Boomers, but this former teacher and now grandma has found a way to stay connected to children by YouTube. Fun stories and even devotions are part of this adventure into the world of YouTube.
The count-down to Christmas has begun. Many people use creative Advent calendars to count the days. Winston has a great Advent Calendar along with his adventurous mission to get his letter to Santa delivered. Come along with Winston with fun activities for the countdown to Christmas.
Today's grandmas are different and contribute actively to a family's lifestyle. Share this delightful story of how this grandma demonstrates that she can do more than bake cookies. Adventures abound as she dances, played video games with the kids, and going to zumba classes.
Baby Santa has so many Christmas adventures in this delightful collection of holiday stories. Five fun books reviewed and the set makes a great holiday gift. Baby Santa discovers the magic of giving. Santa goes around the world with Baby Santa as helper. Santa must find missing letters.
National Geographic's Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture is a stunning edition that schools will want to add to their library. Educators celebrate November as a month to teach about Native Americans and this beautiful book will add a wealth of information to the curriculum.
Christmas 2020 will definitely be different for most families. This creative picture book is a great tool to introduce social distancing to young children. The use of Zoom will be a part of many celebrations this year. Family traditions in all kinds of families are celebrated.
Hanukkah is fast approaching and Rachel and Max cannot find several items that are needed for the holiday. Their family moved into a new apartment and there are several unpacked boxes. What if they cannot find their menorrah or dreidel? Mom is sure that they will find all of the items.
New York City at Christmas offers an adventure for Claris, an adorable little mouse. Fashion is an interesting side theme of this adorable picture book. Young girls will be enchanted with the fashion theme. A burgler and a surprise ending create a delightful Christmas adventure for Claris.
Our oceans are filled with awesome things. National Geographic Kids Extreme Ocean is a valuable source of information and extraordinary photographs for ocean lovers. Children will experience the wonder of our oceans with this special edition.
Delightful animals in this picture book share their differences and the idea that each is important in our world. No animal is better than another. Big, small, short, tall, hopes and dreams, are all differences to be embraced in the jungle.
Who knew that bananas could have feelings about their appearance? Lumpy has brown spots and a lump. He is not a perfect banana. He becomes a hero to his sisters who engaged in bullying him after he comes up with a way to save them from being made into banana bread.
This collection of United States Atlases for beginners and advanced students is a must-have for parents who are homeschooling this year. Geography is often left out as other basics are taught, but this collection is invaluable for introducing children to our United States with fun facts and maps.
How would you feel as a baby tooth if you had to leave your home and fall out? This baby tooth is fearful of all new things and must learn that new things and events can actually be a good thing. This baby tooth finally agrees to fall out and go to the happy land of the tooth fairy.
Two training guides published especially for kids to learn to train their pets from National Geographic Kids Books are great tools to introduce kids to animal training and care. Expert advice for all kinds of training with beautiful photos of dogs and cats are part of these two training guides.
Would you like it if everyone was the same in the town where you live? In Bobville, everyone likes exactly the same thing and wears the same clothes. Everyone is named Bob. One Bob decides to change his name and learns a lesson that some people do not like change. But there is a bright side.
High school drama is typical with all the ins and outs of friendship, activities, competition, and relationships. Add a mystery to be solved that involves one of the teachers and The Mysterious Icicle is a page turner for teens.
What would you think if a bear attacked you? Newt Gomez must navigate through this terrible event and learn to accept the dreams that come with this . Newt has a lot of things that he wishes for but as life goes on, his wishes change. There is a lesson of the magic that can happen in our lives.
Awesome Dog has a new villain to fight in some hilarious new adventures. Fans of this fun robot dog will find this to be a page-turner as they read to find out how Awesome Dog 5000 wins against Mayor Bossypants. There is a life lesson of facing challenges to be learned.
How would you like to have a dog that could help you solve a mystery? Penny and Pat love dogs and can never have too many. They discover a new dog in town and set out to get this one. But there is a problem with Pat and Penny and their collection of dogs. There is a fun surprise ending.
Come along with Kiki who must decide if she wants to be a witch like her mom or become human. Kiki chooses to become a witch on her coming-of-age day but she wants to be her own person. She leaves home to find her own town and the adventures begin. Her beloved black cat comes along for the fun.
What if the ocean could speak about the problem of trash? The ocean does speak to Meera and her mom and they decide to make an effort to help save the ocean by cleaning up the garbage from beaches. Fun read to introduce the subject of cleaning up our oceans.
Summer online learning is the norm now in our new normal. Story Pirates, an renowned advocate for arts education has the answer this year for kids to dive into creative writing. Check out the weekly workshops this month for interactive sessions with the celebrity guests.
The LGBTQ community is celebrating Pride Month and Trista Mateer's collection of poetry from the heart is a great gift for someone in your life. She writes inspirationally and each poem has a theme for healing. Relationships and coping are particularly powerful.
Fans of Oona and her friends in this 4th installment from Mark and Alexis Siegel will find this a page turner as they read to discover if Oona can find the amber colored beacon in time to save an overheated world. The beacon that must be found is to be found in an amber case.
Ruby Red Shoes is a delightful read aloud story for relaxing at home. The simplicity of Ruby the bunny's life will bring to families and children during this time we are living in the realization that the simple things really are the best.
Environmental care is always an interesting topic for young students. Annalise discovers that she must save her beloved Lake Renn from a gooey green algae. She is spending the summer at her beloved lake when she discovers this algae. Saving the lake and the fish create an interesting project.
Adorable characters Tood and Taboon share three adventures of faith in this charming chapter book. A family meal gone awry, Christmas gifts and the meaing of gifts, and a scary blizzard all provide lessons in how faith can change things for the better.
Astronaut Mike Massimino tells his story of achieving his dream career in new adaptation of his autobiography for young readers. Adults will also enjoy this new edition. Young readers will learn what it takes to become an astronaut and be inspired by Massimino's spirit of teamwork and optimism.
Introduce your infant/toddler to this favorite classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears in board book form. Board books make it easy for parents to introduce the world of reading to infants and toddlers. Classic stories are always a good choice for family reading time.
Looking at the miracles around us is especially important for children to do during this unprecedented time that we are living in. A mama dog teaches her puppy to look around and see all of the beautiful things that God has created in nature. Come along with Maggie and Dudley as they explore.
Who would think that a toad and a baboon would be best friends? Friends can come in all forms. Tood and Taboon form a wonderful friendship and share all kinds of wonderful adventures in this chapter book. Feelings are explored and the concept of faith comes along with the adventures.
How would you like a lunchbox with strange objects that come out when you open it? Finn Foley has such a luncbox and adventures abound when he goes out to explore the galaxy. A strange sparkly objects comes out of Finn's lunchbox and attaches itself to his chest. Let the adventures begin!
Parents who homeschool will want to add these two items to their math curriculum. Math can be cool and engaging with the activites that are featured in the book. The hands-on activity of building a castle with the second featured item can spark an interest in architecture.
In this unprecented time in our life when we are all in our home, this delightful picture book lets children know that creativity is alive and well and we can have a studio for art or music anywhere in our home. read along with the animals that show us that any space will do for art and music.
Revisit the old favorite Teddy Bears' Picnic with this delightful picture book. A little girl's teddy bear loves his job as her favorite toy to cuddle with. He is a tiny bear, but going to the annual Teddy Bears' picnic teaches him that being small is not a problem. Being small matters too.
Unicorns can bring a little magic into our lives during these unprecedented times that we are living in. Here are several to choose from to brighten reading time at home with young chidlren. Celebrate National Unicorn Day today on April 9 with some of these delightful books and stories.
This beautifully illlustrated picture book about the connection that we all have to our vast universe is particularly relevant to the unprecedented time of the coronovirus that we are now living in. Young children need to know their place is special in the world and know that they belong.
Teens who are learning to love their bodies will love Maisie, a plus-size teen who discovers that her body is actually cool. She must face her insecurities along the way and learns that humor might be the way to go. Maisie explores relationshps as she learns to love her body.
Saving Fable is a dream come true for English teachers who teach ages 8-12. Indira travels to Fable, a land filled with stories. Her dream of becoming a character does not always go as planned as she arrives in Fable. She wishes to become the hero in her own story. Adventures await her .
The emotion of grief can be a difficult emotion to handle in children. Beautiful stories such as The Memory Box can be a wonderful tool to open a discussion with your child about the loss of a loved one. The companion journal can also help children with using words and drawings to express grief.
Fans of the world of Tolkien books will be delighted with this two-set collection from David Day. The books contain amazing descriptions of the characters of Tolkein fame along with illustrations. Both books are comprehensive with page-turning facts and interesting connections to architecture.
Everyone loves the story of the old lady who swallowed the fly. Now a dragon is here in a new version to swallow a knight and most of the kingdom. Hilarious rhymes will delight preschoolers. Counting the things swallowed by the dragon is an engaging activity for young readers.
Pippa Park is a young Korean girl who just wants to fit in with her peers in seventh grade. She has a chance to shine when she receives a basketball scholarship to a private school. She wants to keep her family's laundrymat business a secret in order to fit in at this prestigious school.
Mama Bunny must learn to let go when Lawrence wants to make his own decision about clothing. Young Lawrence is trying to develop his individual preferences in this hilarious picture book for young children. Mama Bunny is having difficulty with this new show of independence. Letting go is hard!
The popular Samantha Spinner has returned in this third book from Russell Ginns. Samantha has finally found her missing uncle and she has tons of questions about his disappearance and all kinds of scientific questions. But now her little brother has gone missing. Come along and solve new puzzles.
Truth or Dare? A new game is part of Bayview High and students are challenged to find a new gossip king or queen to follow Simon who has passed away. The game becomes serious and students are caught up in a somewhat dangerous atmosphere. High school gossip is alive and well in this new thriller.
A road trip to the South with his grandma introduces eleven-year-old Scoob to a past with disturbing attitudes about blacks that he had no knowledge of in his present life. Adventures are to be had when they travel to Memphis, Jackson, New orleans, Houston, and Dallas in Grandma's cool van.
Fans of Bill Doyle will have fun with his latest activity book for young readers that combines history with creative activities and interesting facts about Egypt. Young readers can use their artistic talents throughout the book. Pyramids, mummies, and ancient tombs are all part of the adventures.
A house in Barcelona is the inspiration for this imaginative tale of a dragon on the roof. Cecile Alix and Fred Sochard draw on their interest in the architect Gaudi and the intriguing house in Barcelona that he loved to tell this creative tale of a little girl and a dragon who visits her home.
Into the Deep with gorgeous coffee table book is one to be enjoyed by ocean lovers. Stunning photographs from under the sea will amaze readers with all of the odd creatures that live in our oceans. Explore our oceans as you turn each page and learn amazing facts about the ocean creature.
All Around Bustletown through all four seasons is a fun set of picture books to engage young chidlren in learning about the changes in our environment through the year. Creative illustrations will keep readers busy in finding all of the activities that each season brings.
The new year will bring new babies to a lot of parents. Board books for your infant are a great tool to begin bonding with a baby by cuddling for some reading time. These two board books in review are adorable. You will enjoy the interview with the author that is included.
What happens if you don't believe in Santa and Santa doesn't believe in you either? This is a major question in homes every season. Read along to discover what happens when belief is the question. Santa also has a problem with believing in Harold in this hilarious pecture book.
Celebrate Christmas in Camelot with Jack and Annie when they receive in invitation to spend Christmas in this magical place. Adventures for the holiday season are on the horizon for these two when they realize that they have the assignment to save Camelot from its fate.
Have you ever thought of Santa as a baby and growing up just like you? Yes, Santa was a baby and grew up in a wonderful way to become the jolly old elf as we know him. Read along to see all of the things Santa did as a child just like all children. Fun read for the holiday season.
Three adorable board books are fun to add to a collection of board books for your infant or toddler. The three in this collection are large with large illustrations and fun texts. Check out the review and these would be great for gifts.
The idea of being a taxi driver has always intrigued Victor. Being a taxi driver in space and riding around the galaxy is even better. He had a hard time with directions but he trived very hard with each ride. Victor had many passengers who wanted a variety of destinations. Surprise ending.
Everyone loves the Christmas markets that spring up during the holiday season. Have you ever picked up a reindeer in a Christmas market? Mia finds a magical reindeer at the holiday market and the adventures are amazing. Come along and experience some Christmas magic.
Introduce your kids to cooking dishes from around the world with this delightful story and picture book. Recipes for each dish are featured side-by-side the illustration of each person who is preparing the dish. Each recipe is illustrated with large and colorful ingredients and easy to follow.
Parents now have two collections of Disney stories to introduce little ones to these classics. The two collections have simplified versions of classic Disney stories for 2 and 3-year-olds in beautiful publications. Tradiitional Disney illustrations are engaging and stories are easy to read.
Our memories from childhood definitely play a part in the kind of adults we become. Jake is a 12-year-old who experiences some spooky events and discovers that our brain is a powerful tool to store our memories. Growing up can have unexpected results. A page-turner in reliving memories for Jake.
Monsters, noises, and wild imagination can be present at bedtime. What's a guy to do? Frankie is awake and imagining all kinds of things and trying to get to sleep. Mom comes to the rescue and Frankie learns that things are not as they seem. Interview with author included in review.
What's a princess to do when she has a knight to contend with? Can't we get along? This brother and sister take on the challenge of getting along with hilarious ending to the brother and sister difficulties that every family has.
How would you like to have a zombie in your life that is causing a small problem? How would you like to have a relative who stole a recipe? August DuPont must figure out a way to solve both problems in this fun read.
Give the magic of Christmas to a reader with this gorgeous storybook and ornament set. A Christmas ornament is found in the snow one year by a little boy. Now Dad is sharing the story with his children. Could this special ornament actually show Santa's workshop?
What would you do if you could take a magical ship to a land of ghosts where no one has ever gone? Oscar discovers that he can visit the city of ghosts while he is still alive. There is also a life lesson in being different and standing up to being bullied.
Every parent knows that babies and toddlers put everything in their mouth. Picture books offer great tools for teaching concepts and this adorable picture book teaches the concept of what goes in the mouth and what does not go in the mouth. This board book is sturdy enough to survive teething.
Everyone has something to overcome and the scars from life events people have can be either visible or invisible. A teen girl loses everything in a fire and has physical scars to remind her of the tragedy. Life becomes good again with perserverance. An interview with the author is included .
Families can have variety in its members. Do you think a kid is a child? A fairy godmother grants a wish for a child to the king and queen and they do get a kid, but not the kid they wished for. Read along to see how they cope with the new kid and have fun with the surprise ending.
This recently released collection of short stories from beloved author Margaret Wise Brown is a charming collection of bedtime and anytime stories for young children. A variety of subjects and characters will engage young children at bedtime and anytime reading periods.
A timely new novel with a compelling story of the experiences of refugee children in today's society. A new school year finds a new refugee boy from Syria in a new classroom and his new classmates learn of his experiences in fleeing the war. They want to help him reunite with his loved ones.
Hey Grandude is Paul McCartney's debut picture book with tons of adventures about a grandpa with a magical compass. The compass carries Grandpa and his four grandchildren all around the world to experience magical places. McCartney was inspired to write because of his own adventures as a grandpa.
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.