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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. ๐ŸŒŸ Also, local friends--you can pre-order through me, just send me a DM! ๐Ÿ’— Looking forward to it!
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. ๐ŸŒŸ Also, local friends--you can pre-order through me, just send me a DM! ๐Ÿ’— Looking forward to it!
Halloween Mad Libs from @readbrightly thank you for all the Swag! Check out my blog for direct links to download some free mad libs #sponsored #readbrightlypartner #readbrightly
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!
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!
Tonight we are reading 'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This duo are definitely the most popular picture book duo who have written some lovely books. Some of our favs include 'The Gruffalo', 'The Gruffalo's Child', and 'Room on the broom' especially for their enchanting storyline and rhyming text. Did you know that Julia Donaldson originally wrote songs for children? #enchantedexistence  #idratherbereading #welovetoread #Avneilovestoread #readbrightly #avneisreadingchronicles #juliadonaldsonbooks #books #stories #raisingareader #lovetoread #bookstagram  #booklove  #babybooks #nolovelikebooklove #kidliterature #bookblogger #toddlerbooks #kidsbooks #raisingastoryteller #instalike #storytelling #readbrightly #bookworm #picoftheday #benefitsofstorytelling #bookblogger #kidliterature #bookstagram #childrenreading
Tonight we are reading 'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This duo are definitely the most popular picture book duo who have written some lovely books. Some of our favs include 'The Gruffalo', 'The Gruffalo's Child', and 'Room on the broom' especially for their enchanting storyline and rhyming text. Did you know that Julia Donaldson originally wrote songs for children? #enchantedexistence  #idratherbereading  #welovetoread  #Avneilovestoread  #readbrightly  #avneisreadingchronicles  #juliadonaldsonbooks  #books  #stories  #raisingareader  #lovetoread  #bookstagram  #booklove  #babybooks  #nolovelikebooklove  #kidliterature  #bookblogger  #toddlerbooks  #kidsbooks  #raisingastoryteller  #instalike  #storytelling  #readbrightly  #bookworm  #picoftheday  #benefitsofstorytelling  #bookblogger  #kidliterature  #bookstagram  #childrenreading 
Ooh! We totally love how versatile our magazine is! While making breakfast this morning our EiCโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜
Ooh! We totally love how versatile our magazine is! While making breakfast this morning our EiCโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜
If you are looking for a fun Halloween story with the added benefit of counting practice, look for this picture book at your library! ๐ŸŽƒ The illustrations are perfect for exploring the ghoulish things we love about this holiday as well! 
#worthyreading #halloweenbooks #halloween
If you are looking for a fun Halloween story with the added benefit of counting practice, look for this picture book at your library! ๐ŸŽƒ The illustrations are perfect for exploring the ghoulish things we love about this holiday as well! #worthyreading  #halloweenbooks  #halloween 
Ok we canโ€™t but love our CEOโ€™s daughter channeling some Harini in their family photo session!

Photo credit @summerstreetphotography
Ok we canโ€™t but love our CEOโ€™s daughter channeling some Harini in their family photo session! Photo credit @summerstreetphotography
Back home and in his happy place. And not remotely amused by my attempt to stealthily snap a photo ๐Ÿ˜‚
Back home and in his happy place. And not remotely amused by my attempt to stealthily snap a photo ๐Ÿ˜‚
Rain drops are boring! A little witch tries to make the rain more exciting! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿฆ‡โ˜”๏ธ
Rain drops are boring! A little witch tries to make the rain more exciting! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿฆ‡โ˜”๏ธ
Diwali is just a couple of days a way!!! Who is ready to celebrate with fireworks!? ๐ŸŽ‰
Diwali is just a couple of days a way!!! Who is ready to celebrate with fireworks!? ๐ŸŽ‰
You're never too young to care about making the world a better place! I really appreciate the sense of community that comes across in this book. I'll definitely be purchasing my own copy soon!
You're never too young to care about making the world a better place! I really appreciate the sense of community that comes across in this book. I'll definitely be purchasing my own copy soon!
Eeeps! Is that our Letโ€™s Celebrate Diwali that we see in @sanskritiboxโ€™s Diwali box! So exciting!
Eeeps! Is that our Letโ€™s Celebrate Diwali that we see in @sanskritiboxโ€™s Diwali box! So exciting!
Hurray! Our first issue is going out today!!! Who is ready to grab their first copy of this amazing magazine?

Cover photo by @fedaeid
Hurray! Our first issue is going out today!!! Who is ready to grab their first copy of this amazing magazine? Cover photo by @fedaeid
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. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ #worthyreading #hiccup #littlepenguin
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. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ #worthyreading  #hiccup  #littlepenguin 
When your little bookworm loves all forms of transportation, your bedtime stories tend to be on the move!
#worthyreading #planestrainsandautomobiles #trucks
Ooh weโ€™re just in love with this cover! Who here got their issue if @chotiandme? We want to see your little ones with it!
Ooh weโ€™re just in love with this cover! Who here got their issue if @chotiandme? We want to see your little ones with it!
Donโ€™t you love a picture book that informs your child just how awesome you are?? ๐Ÿ˜œ Daddies get to be goofy & silly & fun in childrenโ€™s books but at least moms get a shout out for working hard in this one. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #worthyreading #hardworkingmama #mamaonamission #momlife
Donโ€™t you love a picture book that informs your child just how awesome you are?? ๐Ÿ˜œ Daddies get to be goofy & silly & fun in childrenโ€™s books but at least moms get a shout out for working hard in this one. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #worthyreading  #hardworkingmama  #mamaonamission  #momlife 
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! ๐Ÿ’™ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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How To Raise A Mom is definitely a new favorite picture book because itโ€™s just oh, so SUPER cute!!! Itโ€™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 kidโ€™s are told to take care of their mommaโ€™s, from morning until night:
๐Ÿ’•โ€Fling open the curtains and say, โ€˜Rise and shine! Your breakfast is ready.โ€™โ€
๐Ÿ’•โ€If youโ€™re lucky enough to run into a friend, right away plan a playdate for your mom.โ€
๐Ÿ’•โ€When your momโ€™s all tired out, show her the best ways to relax.โ€
๐Ÿ’•โ€Remind her itโ€™s important to get to sleep on time.โ€
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If youโ€™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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (only joking, of course!)
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! ๐Ÿ’™ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ โ€ข How To Raise A Mom is definitely a new favorite picture book because itโ€™s just oh, so SUPER cute!!! Itโ€™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 kidโ€™s are told to take care of their mommaโ€™s, from morning until night: ๐Ÿ’•โ€Fling open the curtains and say, โ€˜Rise and shine! Your breakfast is ready.โ€™โ€ ๐Ÿ’•โ€If youโ€™re lucky enough to run into a friend, right away plan a playdate for your mom.โ€ ๐Ÿ’•โ€When your momโ€™s all tired out, show her the best ways to relax.โ€ ๐Ÿ’•โ€Remind her itโ€™s important to get to sleep on time.โ€ โ€ข If youโ€™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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (only joking, of course!)
We canโ€™t wait for Diwali! Just check out what our friends @sanskritibox have in store for our littlest ones!
We canโ€™t wait for Diwali! Just check out what our friends @sanskritibox have in store for our littlest ones!
We simply โค๏ธ a good book! What about you?
We simply โค๏ธ a good book! What about you?
Tulip and Rex both love to dance, and they both love being loved. They remind me how important it is to share what you love with someone you love! โค๏ธ
Tulip and Rex both love to dance, and they both love being loved. They remind me how important it is to share what you love with someone you love! โค๏ธ
Some of our cover outtakes. We canโ€™t get over that little ones pout! ๐Ÿ“ธ @fedaeid
Some of our cover outtakes. We canโ€™t get over that little ones pout! ๐Ÿ“ธ @fedaeid
FEATURE ๐ŸŽƒ 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.
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For more Halloween books, check out @bookbloom, who shared this colourful selection, and the following accountsโ€ฆ @fee_loves_ @bookskidslove_ @book.nerd.mommy @alittlebookhabit
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If you have a favourite Halloween read, tag it with #kidlitpicks_halloween
FEATURE ๐ŸŽƒ 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 accountsโ€ฆ @fee_loves_ @bookskidslove_ @book.nerd.mommy @alittlebookhabit . If you have a favourite Halloween read, tag it with #kidlitpicks_halloween 
It doesnโ€™t feel like Fall right now where I live (high of 95 today ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜’), 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?
#worthyreading #coolerweatherplease #readyforfall #itsfallyall
It doesnโ€™t feel like Fall right now where I live (high of 95 today ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜’), 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? #worthyreading  #coolerweatherplease  #readyforfall  #itsfallyall 
Say it loud say it proud
Say it loud say it proud
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.
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.
Did you know our words are meant to be a gift to one another? 
Words are powerful.  They can make someone's heart smile or make someone's heart frown.

Do you want to be someone who makes hearts smile or frown? 
Smile?  Me too.

Today let's make a choice to use words that will be a gift to those who hear them. Then let's make the same choice tomorrow, then the next day, and the next and the next...you get the idea๐Ÿ˜Š

And if you need a reminder, make a box like this and put it in your room, in your desk, or somewhere where you can see it and it can remind you to use your words as a gift to others.

I'm going to practice doing this and I hope you do too๐Ÿ’. Like anything we practice, we may not do it perfectly, but the more we practice it, the better we will get at it.

Together let's make hearts smile around the world by being wise with our words๐ŸŒ

Love,
Sam

#aplaceforsam #samsstory #actsoflove #beyourself #spreadlove #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #mustreads #goodreads #readbrightly @readbrightly #preschool #elementaryschool #bookstagram #bookshelf #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #giftsforkids #booksforkids #authorsofinstagram #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #liveoutlove @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs
Did you know our words are meant to be a gift to one another? Words are powerful. They can make someone's heart smile or make someone's heart frown. Do you want to be someone who makes hearts smile or frown? Smile? Me too. Today let's make a choice to use words that will be a gift to those who hear them. Then let's make the same choice tomorrow, then the next day, and the next and the next...you get the idea๐Ÿ˜Š And if you need a reminder, make a box like this and put it in your room, in your desk, or somewhere where you can see it and it can remind you to use your words as a gift to others. I'm going to practice doing this and I hope you do too๐Ÿ’. Like anything we practice, we may not do it perfectly, but the more we practice it, the better we will get at it. Together let's make hearts smile around the world by being wise with our words๐ŸŒ Love, Sam #aplaceforsam  #samsstory  #actsoflove  #beyourself  #spreadlove  #childrensbooks  #kidsbooks  #mustreads  #goodreads  #readbrightly  @readbrightly #preschool  #elementaryschool  #bookstagram  #bookshelf  #teachersfollowteachers  #teachersofinstagram  #giftsforkids  #booksforkids  #authorsofinstagram  #kindergarten  #firstgrade  #secondgrade  #thirdgrade  #fourthgrade  #fifthgrade  #liveoutlove  @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs
Monster needs to find a Halloween costume! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿฆ‡
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Share your favorite stories with #kidlitpicks_halloween! Check out @spiky_penelope, @homegrownreader, @kidlitcrafts, and @kidlitpicks for more amazing recommendations!
Monster needs to find a Halloween costume! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿฆ‡ . Share your favorite stories with #kidlitpicks_halloween ! Check out @spiky_penelope, @homegrownreader, @kidlitcrafts, and @kidlitpicks for more amazing recommendations!
We're in love ๐Ÿ˜ with this #shelfie! Let's see yours!
We're in love ๐Ÿ˜ with this #shelfie ! Let's see yours!
book so good, you gotta get up close ๐Ÿ“–
book so good, you gotta get up close ๐Ÿ“–
Self Portrait by Anya, age 6, a budding artist who loves picking fruits and veggies from the garden and searching for little critters in the water.
#diversityinchildrensbooks #weneeddiversebooks #raisingreaders #diversebooks #kidslit #picturebook #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #readbrightly #raisingreaders #brooklyn #iheartart #brooklynkids #childrenslit #indiankidlit #kidsart #sharewithCMA #selfie #selfportraits #littleaubergines
A beautiful and simple story by bell hooks about being in a bad mood. It's okay to be in a bad mood, just let those feelings be! What a great reminder.
A beautiful and simple story by bell hooks about being in a bad mood. It's okay to be in a bad mood, just let those feelings be! What a great reminder.
Fri-yay Friend day! It sure is pawsome ๐Ÿพto see all my lil hooman friends reading the story of how I was adopted ๐Ÿ˜ƒ brittanyandersonbooks.com๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“ @nelesage @stilesanderson @vanessa.wand @jenroselangeland
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 #ahomeforchewy #gsdofinstagram #petadoption #dogadoption #adoptadog #chewy #rescuedog #shelterdog #muttsofinstagram #rescuedogsrock #germanshepherd #rottweiler #gsd #childrensauthor #germanshepherdsofinstagram #labmix #adoptdontshop  #childrensbook #childrenbook #author #authors #kidsbook #kidsbooks #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram #read #reading #friday #friyay #readbrightly
Fri-yay Friend day! It sure is pawsome ๐Ÿพto see all my lil hooman friends reading the story of how I was adopted ๐Ÿ˜ƒ brittanyandersonbooks.com๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“ @nelesage @stilesanderson @vanessa.wand @jenroselangeland . . . #ahomeforchewy  #gsdofinstagram  #petadoption  #dogadoption  #adoptadog  #chewy  #rescuedog  #shelterdog  #muttsofinstagram  #rescuedogsrock  #germanshepherd  #rottweiler  #gsd  #childrensauthor  #germanshepherdsofinstagram  #labmix  #adoptdontshop  #childrensbook  #childrenbook  #author  #authors  #kidsbook  #kidsbooks  #bookstagram  #authorsofinstagram  #read  #reading  #friday  #friyay  #readbrightly 
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. ๐ŸŽƒ
#worthyreading #halloweenreads #halloween #mummy
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. ๐ŸŽƒ #worthyreading  #halloweenreads  #halloween  #mummy 
Itโ€™s that time of year! Make sure you celebrate #diwali with love, family, and a little bit of sparkle!
Itโ€™s that time of year! Make sure you celebrate #diwali  with love, family, and a little bit of sparkle!
Animal babies everywhere!
Animal babies everywhere!
New store alert!!! Make sure you check out Belmont Books for our latest books! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
New store alert!!! Make sure you check out Belmont Books for our latest books! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
We love seeing all our books on display! Thanks so much @indiangirl_americanworld
We love seeing all our books on display! Thanks so much @indiangirl_americanworld
Its #NewReleaseTuesday and MICE SKATING is officially on sale - thanks @anniesilvestro for sending us a cheesy feast (and mouse ears) to celebrate! ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿง€โ„๏ธโ›ธ
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Whatโ€™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? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป 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! ๐ŸŽƒ
#worthyreading #happyhalloween #pumpkin #holidayreading #halloweenbooks #spookyreads
Whatโ€™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? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป 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! ๐ŸŽƒ #worthyreading  #happyhalloween  #pumpkin  #holidayreading  #halloweenbooks  #spookyreads 
We all have good days.  We all have bad days.  We all have happy moments.  We all have sad moments. Sometimes in our sad moments we can feel frustrated, angry, mad.  Those are all normal emotions to feel. 
What matters is what we do with those emotions. 
You have a choice to use them use them for bad -OR- you can Pause. Breathe. And choose to live out love instead. 
Which do you think is the wiser choice?

No one is perfect at this but choosing love will create a more peaceful heart for you, and for me.

I hope you will join me today in choosing to live out love...even when it's hard.

Love,
Sam

#aplaceforsam #samsstory #actsoflove #beyourself #spreadlove #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #mustreads #goodreads #readbrightly @readbrightly #preschool #elementaryschool #bookstagram #bookshelf #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #giftsforkids #booksforkids #authorsofinstagram #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #liveoutlove @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs
We all have good days. We all have bad days. We all have happy moments. We all have sad moments. Sometimes in our sad moments we can feel frustrated, angry, mad. Those are all normal emotions to feel. What matters is what we do with those emotions. You have a choice to use them use them for bad -OR- you can Pause. Breathe. And choose to live out love instead. Which do you think is the wiser choice? No one is perfect at this but choosing love will create a more peaceful heart for you, and for me. I hope you will join me today in choosing to live out love...even when it's hard. Love, Sam #aplaceforsam  #samsstory  #actsoflove  #beyourself  #spreadlove  #childrensbooks  #kidsbooks  #mustreads  #goodreads  #readbrightly  @readbrightly #preschool  #elementaryschool  #bookstagram  #bookshelf  #teachersfollowteachers  #teachersofinstagram  #giftsforkids  #booksforkids  #authorsofinstagram  #kindergarten  #firstgrade  #secondgrade  #thirdgrade  #fourthgrade  #fifthgrade  #liveoutlove  @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs
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.

#bookstagram #kids #instabook #cute #bookworm
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. #bookstagram  #kids  #instabook  #cute  #bookworm 
We love it when new friends discover our books! Thanks so much @addisonreads for the love โค๏ธ
We love it when new friends discover our books! Thanks so much @addisonreads for the love โค๏ธ
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.
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!
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!
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพto all the loving art teachers @bpcparks for the colorful projects you bring to us every Thursday! The self-portrait collage was one of our favorites this summer. This self portrait is by Vir, Age 3 and a half, who loves walking backwards and chewing bubble gum๐Ÿฌ  #diversityinchildrensbooks #weneeddiversebooks #raisingreaders #diversebooks #kidslit #picturebook #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #readbrightly #raisingreaders #brookfieldplace #jcfamilies #fidifamilies #hobokenfamilies #littleartist #kidsart #sharewithCMA #collage #kidcrafts #iheartart #littleaubergines
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพto all the loving art teachers @bpcparks for the colorful projects you bring to us every Thursday! The self-portrait collage was one of our favorites this summer. This self portrait is by Vir, Age 3 and a half, who loves walking backwards and chewing bubble gum๐Ÿฌ #diversityinchildrensbooks  #weneeddiversebooks  #raisingreaders  #diversebooks  #kidslit  #picturebook  #bookstagram  #kidsbookstagram  #readbrightly  #raisingreaders  #brookfieldplace  #jcfamilies  #fidifamilies  #hobokenfamilies  #littleartist  #kidsart  #sharewithCMA  #collage  #kidcrafts  #iheartart  #littleaubergines 
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. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’– #mglit #bookstagram #tween #bookstagram #bookchallenge #instabook
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. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’– #mglit  #bookstagram  #tween  #bookstagram  #bookchallenge  #instabook 
The news is out!!! Our book Letโ€™s Celebrate Diwali will be available in paperback this week!!! We canโ€™t wait to share these stories with you! Now, who wants a copy? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ
The news is out!!! Our book Letโ€™s Celebrate Diwali will be available in paperback this week!!! We canโ€™t wait to share these stories with you! Now, who wants a copy? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ
Which is your favorite on this shelf? We know ours ๐Ÿ’•
Which is your favorite on this shelf? We know ours ๐Ÿ’•
A fisherman helps a bird find his way home! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ 
A fisherman helps a bird find his way home! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ 
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! ๐Ÿฅž
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! ๐Ÿฅž
Our yoga book is hitting the shelves! Who here has a copy? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ
Our yoga book is hitting the shelves! Who here has a copy? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ
FEATURE ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ“š Little masked readers sharing Books About Books, thanks to @homegrownreader and @gingerfoxstylings.
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We absolutely adored this monthโ€™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.
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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.
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If youโ€™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
FEATURE ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ“š Little masked readers sharing Books About Books, thanks to @homegrownreader and @gingerfoxstylings. . We absolutely adored this monthโ€™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 youโ€™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. ๐Ÿ’›
#worthyreading #penguins #friendshipgoals #oliverjeffers
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. ๐Ÿ’› #worthyreading  #penguins  #friendshipgoals  #oliverjeffers 
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. โ˜•๏ธ
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. โ˜•๏ธ
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.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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. ๐Ÿ˜ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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.) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ’™ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € 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. ๐Ÿ˜ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € 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.) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ’™ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
Weโ€™re gearing up for Diwali folks! Weโ€™ve got something cool up our sleeves, whoโ€™s ready!?
Weโ€™re gearing up for Diwali folks! Weโ€™ve got something cool up our sleeves, whoโ€™s ready!?
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. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿถ
#worthyreading #puppy #puppylove
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. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿถ #worthyreading  #puppy  #puppylove 
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!
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!
We love these tales of Hanuman! What other tales would you like to see?
We love these tales of Hanuman! What other tales would you like to see?
One more thing I forgot to share from my trip from Vermont... I went to the @benandjerrys  factory.  Yum!  They do some much not only to be sure we get delicious, quality ice cream but did you know they come from humble beginnings and are a socially conscious company.  Do you know what that means?  If not, ask a parent or teacher about it so you can learn more!

Love,
Sam

P.S.  Can you find me in the picture?! #aplaceforsam #samsstory #actsoflove #beyourself #spreadlove #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #mustreads #goodreads #readbrightly @readbrightly #preschool #elementaryschool #bookstagram #bookshelf #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #giftsforkids #booksforkids #authorsofinstagram #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #liveoutlove @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs
One more thing I forgot to share from my trip from Vermont... I went to the @benandjerrys factory. Yum! They do some much not only to be sure we get delicious, quality ice cream but did you know they come from humble beginnings and are a socially conscious company. Do you know what that means? If not, ask a parent or teacher about it so you can learn more! Love, Sam P.S. Can you find me in the picture?! #aplaceforsam  #samsstory  #actsoflove  #beyourself  #spreadlove  #childrensbooks  #kidsbooks  #mustreads  #goodreads  #readbrightly  @readbrightly #preschool  #elementaryschool  #bookstagram  #bookshelf  #teachersfollowteachers  #teachersofinstagram  #giftsforkids  #booksforkids  #authorsofinstagram  #kindergarten  #firstgrade  #secondgrade  #thirdgrade  #fourthgrade  #fifthgrade  #liveoutlove  @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs
A lovely bedtime story about a sleepover with friends & being thankful for what we have! ๐Ÿ’›
#worthyreading #bedtime #patrickmcdonnell #thankful #thankyouandgoodnight
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"The Mercury kids land rocket ships,
then hurry to their nightly dips.
They glide along on rocky pathsย 
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."
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Hereโ€™s one for your little space cadets.ย  Alien kiddos race around the solar system to get to bed first in the great Outer Space Bedtime Race.
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Written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Brian Won (@bwon1) and published by Random House Books for Young Readers (@randomhousekids).
. "The Mercury kids land rocket ships, then hurry to their nightly dips. They glide along on rocky pathsย  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." . Hereโ€™s one for your little space cadets.ย  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 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?

@readbrightly #readbrightly #littlebluetruck
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? @readbrightly #readbrightly  #littlebluetruck 
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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ #allthebooks #happybirthdayjohnnyappleseed
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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ #allthebooks  #happybirthdayjohnnyappleseed 
Happy #NationalPancakeDay! We're celebrating with the lovely Lady Pancake and @joshfunkbooks ๐Ÿฅž
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#kidlit #childrensbooks #picturebooks #ladypancake #sirfrenchtoast #pancakes #food #foodfriends #earlyliteracy #lovetoread #readbrightly #kidsbooks #childrensliterature #sterling #sterlingkids
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. ๐ŸŒŸ
#worthyreading #oliverjeffers #starrynight
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. ๐ŸŒŸ #worthyreading  #oliverjeffers  #starrynight 
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!
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!
I had a wonderful road trip.  Curious where I went?  Here are a couple hints:

The state capital is Montpelier. The state is known for Cabot cheese and its beautiful green mountains๐Ÿ˜Š

Any guesses? (Answer is below)

I look forward to sharing with you my next adventure!

Love,
Sam

#aplaceforsam #samsstory  #beyourself  #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #mustreads #goodreads #readbrightly @readbrightly #preschool #elementaryschool #bookstagram #bookshelf #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #giftsforkids #booksforkids #authorsofinstagram #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #liveoutlove @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs @goodreads @cabotcheese 
Answer: Vermont
I had a wonderful road trip. Curious where I went? Here are a couple hints: The state capital is Montpelier. The state is known for Cabot cheese and its beautiful green mountains๐Ÿ˜Š Any guesses? (Answer is below) I look forward to sharing with you my next adventure! Love, Sam #aplaceforsam  #samsstory  #beyourself  #childrensbooks  #kidsbooks  #mustreads  #goodreads  #readbrightly  @readbrightly #preschool  #elementaryschool  #bookstagram  #bookshelf  #teachersfollowteachers  #teachersofinstagram  #giftsforkids  #booksforkids  #authorsofinstagram  #kindergarten  #firstgrade  #secondgrade  #thirdgrade  #fourthgrade  #fifthgrade  #liveoutlove  @scholasticinc @scholasticbookclubs @goodreads @cabotcheese Answer: Vermont
A Wonderful review from The Child and Adolescent Services Research Center for The Second Tanglelows book, โ€œThe Trampling Trembling Tanglelow Tale.โ€ Thank you! #tanglelows #tanglelows2 #tanglelowstwo #kidlit #kidbooks #kidbook #childrensbooks #childrensbook #picturebook #picturebooks #pyschology #insideout #emotions #kidsreading #emotinalwellness #readingrainbow #readbrightly #kidsbookstagram #bookstagram #ilovebooks
A knight tames a dragon by reading him a story! ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’—
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Share your favorite stories with #kidlitpicks_books! Check out @spiky_penelope, @homegrownreader, @kidlitcrafts, and @kidlitpicks for more amazing recommendations!
A knight tames a dragon by reading him a story! ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’— . Share your favorite stories with #kidlitpicks_books ! Check out @spiky_penelope, @homegrownreader, @kidlitcrafts, and @kidlitpicks for more amazing recommendations!