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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 ×

Early Readers

Pete the Cat Phonics Box

Pete the Cat Phonics Box

The Pete the Cat Phonics Box (©2017) is a set of twelve early readers from Pete the Cat creator and illustrator James Dean. This cute little box comes complete with a handle for carrying and houses twelve miniature books. Each book has been reviewed by a phonics expert and features […]

January 16, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Round Is a Tortilla

Round Is a Tortilla

In honor of the upcoming 2017 Multicultural Children’s Book Day, today I’ll be sharing two bilingual picture books! Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes (©2013) written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra is a shapes primer that celebrates the beauty and vibrancy of Latino culture. The […]

January 4, 2017 ×

Picture Books

2016 Picture Books with Diverse Characters

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 […]

January 2, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Christmas around the World

Christmas around the World

Today I’m sharing ten picture books that feature Christmas celebrations from all across the globe! This book list was originally featured as a guest contribution on the fantastic blog Non-Toy Gifts. Each of these books will give readers an enchanting glimpse at how families in other countries celebrate the season, […]

December 19, 2016 ×

Picture Books

Christmas Picture Books That Will Make Your Kids Laugh

Christmas Picture Books That Will Make Your Kids Laugh

In my family, we can’t get enough Christmas books. I’ve probably read hundreds of them! Today I’m sharing a selection of funny Christmas picture books that you won’t be able to resist! These eight picture books are sure to leave your whole family in stitches! If you have a favorite […]

December 13, 2016 ×

Early Readers

Christmas Early Readers

Christmas Early Readers

Today I’ve put together a list of 10 Christmas-themed early readers! These short, illustrated books are suitable for beginning readers ages 5-8, and they are also excellent read-aloud stories for the whole family! These early readers are all available for under $5, so they make excellent stocking stuffers! Merry Christmas, […]

November 28, 2016 ×

Board Books

Board Books about Hanukkah

Board Books about Hanukkah

Today I’m sharing eight board books about Hanukkah! These sweet and simple books are perfect for sharing with a baby or toddler. To find more Hanukkah themed books, make sure to check out my list of Hanukkah Picture Books! My First Chanukah A fun and simple introduction to the holiday. […]

November 23, 2016 ×

Picture Books

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-themed picture books. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah in your home or you simply want to expose your children to other cultures and traditions, these 15 books are worth […]

November 21, 2016 ×

Nonfiction

The Story of Inventions

The Story of Inventions

The Story of Inventions (©2007) by Anna Claybourne and Adam Larkum is a clever nonfiction book that curious kids will surely enjoy. This fun and fascinating book explores the real-life stories behind more than 70 well-known inventions, spanning all the way from centuries-old inventions to everyday essentials including light bulbs, […]

November 14, 2016 ×