• Halloween Books for Toddlers

    Board Books

    Halloween Books for Toddlers

    Halloween is right around the corner! With these non-scary Halloween board books, even the youngest members of the family can get excited about Halloween! For even more Halloween books the whole family will love, don’t forget to check out my favorite Halloween picture books. Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen […]

  • Eight Perfect Picture Books for Autumn

    Picture Books

    Eight Perfect Picture Books for Autumn

    From the cool weather and the beautiful changing colors to cuddling up under a blanket with a good book, there’s so much to love about fall. Just in time for autumn, I’m reviewing eight delightful picture books that celebrate all the joy and wonder that this season has to offer! […]

  • Picture Books for Halloween

    Picture Books

    Picture Books for Halloween

    As October draws near, families are thinking more and more about one of the most beloved autumn holidays, Halloween. Today I’m pleased to share eight of my favorite Halloween picture books! This list features a mix of funny, spooky, and sweet so there’s sure to be something the whole family […]

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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 ×

Chapter Books, Middle Grade (9-13)

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code)

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code)

The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch is the first book in the Girls Who Code series. This series, which is expected to have 13 books in all, is created in partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization focused on educating girls in computer sciences. Sixth-grader Lucy is excited to […]

September 28, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Pumpkins

Picture Books about Pumpkins

It’s pumpkin season! Whether you’re preparing for a trip to your local pumpkin patch or creating a pumpkin-themed classroom or homeschool unit, these 15 pumpkin-themed picture books are sure to be a hit! From silly stories to engaging nonfiction, this list has something for everyone! I’ve provided age recommendations for […]

September 25, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Gardening

Picture Books about Gardening

Getting my kids interested in gardening has always been important to me. I spent years of my childhood helping my father in the garden, tending flowers and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Following up on my list of gardening manuals for children and families, today I’m pleased to share a list […]

July 31, 2017 ×

Movies

Netflix Movies and Series Based on Children’s Books

Netflix Movies and Series Based on Children’s Books

Looking for a new movie or television series to stream on Netflix? I’ve compiled a list of the best Netflix movies and shows based on children’s books, from kid-friendly cartoons and family films to binge-worthy young adult shows. Want to discover more movies based on popular children’s literature? Check out […]

July 24, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Stirring Up Fun with Food

Stirring Up Fun with Food

Today I am so excited to share my review of the brand-new cookbook, Stirring Up Fun with Food (©2017) by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Gia Russo. The recipes and ideas in this book take a simple and healthy approach to food crafting, which Sarah Michelle defines as, “taking basic food […]

June 5, 2017 ×

Nonfiction

Gardening Books for Kids

Gardening Books for Kids

Summer has almost arrived! Even here in the frequently dreary Pacific Northwest, the sun is shining and we’ve been spending most of our days outside enjoying the backyard as much as possible. Helping in the garden is a great way for kids to spend more time outdoors exercising their minds […]

May 22, 2017 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

10 Children’s Books about Honeybees

10 Children’s Books about Honeybees

Bees are a keystone species, meaning they are a vital component of our ecosystem. Many people think that all bees do is make honey, but in fact, they are responsible for about one-third of the food that we eat, thanks to the pollination of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, […]

May 9, 2017 ×

Nonfiction, Young Adult (14-18)

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products (©2017) by Aubre Andrus is brand-new book from Switch Press, a young adult imprint of Capstone Publishing. I’ve been making handmade soaps, lotions, and scrubs since I was a teenager (and I briefly had my own Etsy business in my early […]

March 1, 2017 ×