• 2016 Picture Books with Diverse Characters

    Picture Books

    2016 Picture Books with Diverse Characters

    The lack of ethnic diversity in children’s literature is an issue that has gained increased attention in recent years. In just three years the number of diverse characters in children’s books has doubled, moving from a paltry 7% in 2012 to over 14% in 2015. But with people of color […]

  • Art Appreciation for Kids

    Nonfiction

    Art Appreciation for Kids

    Hands down, one of my favorite children’s literature publishers is Usborne Books. Their selection of non-fiction is unparalleled; they have hundreds of books that make subjects like science and history accessible and fun. But nothing compares to their amazing selection of books about fine art! Today I’m going to review […]

  • Picture Books about Pets

    Picture Books

    Picture Books about Pets

    Pets are a very popular subject in children’s literature, so I’ve curated a list of my 15 favorite pet-themed picture books. This list includes a variety of different pets, from dogs, cats, and goldfish to much more unconventional animal companions. Each of these books exemplifies the joy of having a […]

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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 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

In August of 2016, I found myself constantly glued to my television watching the Summer Olympic Games. My favorite Olympic sport has always been gymnastics and the 2016 American women’s gymnastics team – known as the Final Five – were something special. I Got This: To Gold and Beyond (©2017) […]

February 20, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Presidents’ Day Books for Kids

Presidents’ Day Books for Kids

Presidents’ Day is an American federal holiday that is celebrated on the third Monday in February. While the holiday is still officially titled “Washington’s Birthday,” Presidents’ Day is also when we celebrate Abraham Lincoln (who was also born in February), and recently the holiday has become a time for Americans […]

February 13, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Save Me a Seat

Save Me a Seat

Today I am thrilled to share a new novel sent to be by Scholastic! Scholastic is a platinum sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and I am so excited to work with them. Save Me a Seat (©2016) by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan tells the story of two kids […]

January 25, 2017 ×

Chapter Books

Sofia Martinez!

Sofia Martinez!

The Sofia Martinez series, written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith, are junior chapter books for ages 5-8. Each story follows the everyday adventures of a spirited 7-year-old named Sofia. Sofia lives with her parents and two sisters and regularly visits her extended family, including her cousins and […]

January 23, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Three Years and Eight Months

Three Years and Eight Months

Today I’m pleased to share a historical picture book sent to me by East West Discovery Press, an independent publisher and proud supporter of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Three Years and Eight Months (©2013) written by Icy Smith and illustrated by Jennifer Kindert is based on the Japanese occupation of […]

January 18, 2017 ×