• Picture Books about Hanukkah

    Picture Books about Hanukkah

    Hanukkah is right around the corner! In honor of the Festival of Lights, I’m delighted to share a list of my favorite Hanukkah picture books that your whole family is sure to love. These enchanting stories perfectly capture all of the joy and tradition of the holiday. Whether you celebrate […]

  • Balloons Over Broadway

    Balloons Over Broadway

    Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet is one of my favorite books to read around Thanksgiving. It delves into the fascinating history behind the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This biographical picture book tells […]

  • Picture Books about Thanksgiving

    Picture Books about Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, so creating this book list was so much fun! These Thanksgiving picture books are full of everything there is to love about this season: family, tradition, and gratitude. For this list I’ve decided to forgo the traditional “first Thanksgiving” stories, so you won’t […]

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Picture Books

Christmas Tree Picture Books

Christmas Tree Picture Books

I love Christmas trees. Without a doubt, one of my favorite things about this time of year is seeing beautifully decorated trees almost everywhere. Decorating our Christmas tree brings back so many warm memories from my childhood, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to create new memories with my own children. […]

November 4, 2018 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Monsters

Picture Books about Monsters

My oldest daughter loves monsters, from the scary and slimy to the cute and cuddly, and today I’m pleased to share 20 monster picture books that you are sure to love! These funny picture books are great for kids who love monsters and are also excellent for easing fears in […]

October 9, 2018 ×

Picture Books

Apple Books for Preschoolers

Apple Books for Preschoolers

It’s apple season! Today I’m sharing some apple books that are perfect for preschoolers. Last year I homeschooled my preschooler and we did a big unit on apples in early fall. I’m looking forward to reading these fantastic apple books again this autumn, hopefully before a day of apple-picking (we […]

August 27, 2018 ×

Picture Books

Mermaid School

Mermaid School

Sometimes you see a book and instantly know that it deserves a permanent spot in your collection. On a recent trip to our local bookstore I spotted Mermaid School (©2018) written by Joanne Stewart Wetzel and illustrated by Julianna Swaney, and I knew that I had to bring it home. […]

August 14, 2018 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

HOW TO COACH GIRLS + Picture Books about Girls in Sports

HOW TO COACH GIRLS + Picture Books about Girls in Sports

Did you know that about 70% of kids quit sports by age 13? Even more startling is the fact that girls drop out of sports at six times the rate of boys. Enter How to Coach Girls (©2018) by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley, a comprehensive guide to help parents […]

March 6, 2018 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Cooking

Picture Books about Cooking

Cooking with your children teaches them important life skills, boosts self-esteem and even increases math and reading comprehension ability. Picture books are an excellent way to gets kids interested in cooking (and eating!) new flavors. The books on this list will have children clamoring to get in the kitchen and […]

February 16, 2018 ×

Picture Books

30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

It’s January, and that means I am eagerly looking ahead and deciding what I’ll be reading in the upcoming year, both for this blog and to my own kids. If you’re doing the same, then hopefully this list of 2018 picture books will help you to fill up your library […]

January 11, 2018 ×

Chapter Books, Middle Grade (9-13)

Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

I could talk all day about my favorite Christmas picture books, but every year I hear from a lot of parents and teachers who have a hard time finding the perfect Christmas chapter books for their older readers. Today I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my favorite Christmas chapter […]

November 18, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

My 3-year-old is obsessed with pumpkins! She loves reading books about pumpkins, visiting the pumpkin patch, and eating tasty pumpkin pancakes and muffins. Another thing that we both love is arts and crafts projects. When I set out to create a pumpkin thematic unit for our homeschool preschool, I searched […]

October 9, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Free Printable Mad Libs from Brightly!

Free Printable Mad Libs from Brightly!

Remember Mad Libs? Those hilarious fill-in-the-blank word games were a big part of my childhood. Who would have thought that you could have so much fun practicing parts of speech? Even now that I’m all grown up I still love Mad Libs. They’re a great way to pass the time […]

October 2, 2017 ×