Don't forget! Star Fishing is launching on November 7th and I want YOU to celebrate with me! Come listen to me read Friday, November 17th at 6 pm at @visitthestoryshop in Monroe. Visit my Facebook page for more details. 🌟 Also, local friends--you can pre-order through me, just send me a DM! 💗 Looking forward to it!
The first thing about this book that captured me were the whimsical illustrations, they are stunning! And then, Ruby. She travels around making many different friends. This story demonstrates big concepts (difficult emotions, diverse friendships) in beautiful and simple ways. One of the newest additions to my bookshelf and already a favourite!
Ooh! We totally love how versatile our magazine is! While making breakfast this morning our EiC’s daughter got a chance to check out her first issue! Coloring and flash cards!? Super cool!
And thanks to @jaijaihooray for the awesome stickers! The kiddos are in love 😍
If you are looking for a fun Halloween story with the added benefit of counting practice, look for this picture book at your library! 🎃 The illustrations are perfect for exploring the ghoulish things we love about this holiday as well!
Hiccups are the worst but this story gets readers involved in trying to scare them out of a little penguin desperate for help. Beware of reading this one if you have already put other kids to bed.... it turns out you have to scare pretty loud to get rid of hiccups. 🤦🏻♀️ #worthyreading#hiccup#littlepenguin
Little Cub is such a sweetheart, and at only almost 2 years old, he already does such a great job at taking care of his momma! 💙 He loves cleaning up his toys, and picking stuff up off the ground for me... which is especially helpful these days as my obnoxious pregnant belly makes bending down nearly impossible. 😂
How To Raise A Mom is definitely a new favorite picture book because it’s just oh, so SUPER cute!!! It’s silly and serious all at the same time, and the illustrations make me giggle. These are just some of my favorite ways in this book that kid’s are told to take care of their momma’s, from morning until night:
💕”Fling open the curtains and say, ‘Rise and shine! Your breakfast is ready.’”
💕”If you’re lucky enough to run into a friend, right away plan a playdate for your mom.”
💕”When your mom’s all tired out, show her the best ways to relax.”
💕”Remind her it’s important to get to sleep on time.”
If you’re a mom, I recommend making this book part of your daily reading routine... because I imagine your child would be an expert at taking care of you in no time! 😉 (only joking, of course!)
FEATURE 🎃 It's Halloween month and I couldn't resist sharing a handful of holiday favorites. Truthfully, one of these stays in our year-round rotation because my daughter can't bear to put it away.
For more Halloween books, check out @bookbloom, who shared this colourful selection, and the following accounts… @fee_loves_ @bookskidslove_ @book.nerd.mommy @alittlebookhabit
If you have a favourite Halloween read, tag it with #kidlitpicks_halloween
It doesn’t feel like Fall right now where I live (high of 95 today 🔥😒), but we can at least talk about things we can do once the temps dip down a bit with this wordless picture book. What are your favorite activities for this season with your little ones?
A simple and beautiful book about the power of one. Kathryn Otoshi reminds us how important it is to stand up for ourselves and others. I could imagine this being a really powerful resource when bullying is occurring.
Monster needs to find a Halloween costume! 🎃👻🦇
Share your favorite stories with #kidlitpicks_halloween ! Check out @spiky_penelope, @homegrownreader, @kidlitcrafts, and @kidlitpicks for more amazing recommendations!
This has been a big hit in our house! Filled with spooky sounds & a surprise that cracks my 2 year old up every reading, you are guaranteed to have fun while reading this Halloween book at bedtime. 🎃
What’s your style? Do you save your Halloween books for closer to the holiday? Have them out all month? Or read them basically all year? 🙋🏻 Our collection of holiday books is out year-round which is why we love finding books from the library (like this cute one) to freshen things up once the holiday is actually here! 🎃
This is a bright, fun, interactive story about a crocodile who's trying to find his way home. Little readers are encouraged to trace the dotted lines to draw a door for the crocodile to go through. The tracing is great for their hand-eye co-ordination and the doors are different shapes, helping kids learn those too. Kids are asked to imagine the crocodile's habitat and jiggle, tip and push to help him through the doors. My little man loves telling me where the next door is going to take us. The illustrations are bright and colourful and funny - just wait til you see the crocodile at the beach!
What's Next Door is out this month. It's written and illustrated by #NicolaOByrne , published by #NosyCrow @nosycrow.
Inspired by trucks - "My Truck is Stuck!" by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk
This was another book that E snagged off the shelf in the library and it turned into a favourite. Even though we snuck it back to the library ages ago, he has been reciting parts of it and playing games involving trucks stuck in holes constantly. When they initiate play on their own, based on a book, you know it was a good one.
Although to be fair I wasn't blown away by the book myself. It is pretty simple. A truck gets stuck in a hole in the road and waves down help from passing cars. It is a nice opportunity to practice early numbers as they count up with each car/truck that helps to stop. They form a huge line and work together to try and rescue this poor truck but it isn't until the two truck arrives that they finally get out.
The silly part of it, that kids enjoy, is that there is a group of gophers slowly sneaking up and stealing all of the truck's cargo - bones (the driver is a dog after all). Once mine spotted the sneaky little guys hoarding food, they were in stitches every time they saw them again.
This book is so cool! First, we learn about the heart and its function in the body from a biology standpoint. Then, we learn about what the heart does in response to strong feelings like love, thanks to Henry's new best friend. I love all of the hilarious "side story" illustrations on each page. This would be a great resource for teaching about emotions and emotional regulation!
Sharing what I'm reading right now for Day 1 of #mgbooktober : The Rogues by Aussie author #LianTanner @liantannerbooks, published by #Allen &Unwin @allenandunwin. It's being officially launched at the State Library in Hobart on Saturday and I'm reviewing it soon.
I've found since my girls, 9, started to read, they are continually looking for their next book. There's been such a rapid increase in their reading ability and their book choices are constantly maturing too. I'm always at the library, but it's hard to keep up! So I'm joining in this month's photo challenge, sharing my twins' favourites and checking out everyone else's middle grade recommendations for readers aged 8-12.
Join in too, tag your pics with #mgbooktober . Or just check out the tag to see what's added. 📚💖 #mglit#bookstagram#tween#bookstagram#bookchallenge#instabook
Mmm, pancakes! This book tells you all about where the ingredients for pancakes come from and, of course, how to make your very own pancakes. Tyler makes his pancakes as a surprise for his mom and dad. What a sweet story! 🥞
FEATURE 💜📚 Little masked readers sharing Books About Books, thanks to @homegrownreader and @gingerfoxstylings.
We absolutely adored this month’s @kidlitpicks theme: Books about Books. I had to sneak in another book we just recently discovered: WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie. Ralfy loves books so much that he starts stealing them. But he meets his match with fellow book lover, Arthur. After being caught red-handed, Ralfy is introduced to the wonder that is the library. A story every bibliophile can relate to.
This is Sadie, written by Sara O'Leary and illustrated by Julie Morstad, is one of our favorite #booksaboutbooks . It's about the impact of books and stories on an imaginative little girl. Through books, she's able to live a multitude of lives and experience never-ending magic. Love the book, and love this little fox mask, a perfect match for little Miss Sadie.
If you’re crazy about books, then you need to check out both of these reads, enchanting in their own way, and the accounts that recommended them @homegrownreader and @gingerfoxstylings. #kidlitpicks_books
This is the sequel to Oliver Jeffers' Lost & Found but can easily stand alone without having read the first. Two sweet friends have a fun adventure when one decides he wants to fly. A perfect story about friendship and being there for our friends even when they want to explore their own dreams. 💛
Before there were selfies there were self portraits...It official! Our new edition of I HEART ART is in hardcover - a colorful story about a girl who loves art and how she finds happiness through 'failure'. To celebrate, we are sharing the self-portraits of some amazing little artists who shared their works of art with us. First up, Dilyn, age almost 4, who loves waffles and chai for breakfast. ☕️
Whether you are a cat fan or not, you won't be able to resist this clever and adorable book about a Kitty who gets quite miffed when his sweet little owner fails to pick a proper name for him. 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For obvious reasons, he's not happy with Ethel, Tricia, Jane or Betty. But what's wrong with Rambo, Rocky, Arnie or Mr. Maestro? Well, they just don't cut it, and as far as he's concerned, if she can't give him a decent name, he's hittin' the road. 😁 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Find out how this very cute story with wonderful illustrations wraps up... (It may involve a little sneaking around and self-naming, and you won't be disappointed.) 👏🐱💙 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This picture book had me giggling right along with my little one as we read about one young cave boy's adventures in adding a "puppy" to his family! Our own family dog was not as thrilled were involvement, however. 😂🐶
I don't know about you, but I can always use more reminders to take my time. Something that I am taking away from this book is that "everyone has a rhythm that works". And the watercolour waves are incredible!
"The Mercury kids land rocket ships,
then hurry to their nightly dips.
They glide along on rocky paths
to steamy crater bubble baths.
Inside sleep chambers, warm and snug,
they squeeze together in a hug.
Click-CLICK go all the chamber lids.
It's bedtime for the Mercury kids."
Here’s one for your little space cadets. Alien kiddos race around the solar system to get to bed first in the great Outer Space Bedtime Race.
Written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Brian Won (@bwon1) and published by Random House Books for Young Readers (@randomhousekids).
The illustrations in this board book are so beautiful! Reading this reminds me of all of the wisdom inherent in nature, and all we can learn from turning our attention to the animal world. The raven is an animal that holds a lot of meaning for me-whenever I see a raven, I am reminded of the light inside of me and everyone who I interact with.
The Little Blue Truck is a favourite in our house.
This article, "Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good For Kids (Even If It Drives You Nuts)", is such a good read. Find the link in the bio: http://www.readbrightly.com/why-reading-the-same-book-repeatedly-is-good-for-kids/
What is currently a hit in your house?
True story: this morning we celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday with homemade apple cinnamon french toast casserole... even though my kids get store-bought doughnuts or from-a-can cinnamon rolls for their birthday breakfasts 😂 Also? My husband looked at me in the midst of our little celebration, totally straight-faced, and asked: "Do you seriously have 7 books just about apples??!" It's as if he doesn't even know me!! 😉😍📚🍎 #allthebooks#happybirthdayjohnnyappleseed
This was a sweet story to read about a young boy who wants nothing more than a star of his own. Try & try as he may, he can't seem to find a way to reach a star but does find something perhaps even better on land. 🌟
Today I am revisiting one of my all time favourite picture books from my childhood! Princess Smartypants reminds me that it's okay to follow your heart, live with a houseful of pets, and not get married. I appreciate this book for showing me an alternative princess narrative as I was growing up. Thank you Princess Smartypants!
A knight tames a dragon by reading him a story! 🐉📚💗
Share your favorite stories with #kidlitpicks_books ! Check out @spiky_penelope, @homegrownreader, @kidlitcrafts, and @kidlitpicks for more amazing recommendations!