September is looming. And it’s the sort-of-official milestone to the ending of yet another fun summer. So as your family scurries about gathering up school supplies and picking out new school clothes, just know that the Students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are doing the exact same thing! You see, 9/1 is the… Read More Back to Hogwarts Day is Coming!
**A huge “thank you” to Zonderkidz for partnering with me for this review!** Baby “anything” is always enough to melt someone’s heart. But baby hippos? Show-stoppers! That’s why I was so thrilled to receive a copy of the new picture book about Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with… Read More Fiona the Hippo and Fiona’s Pool Party!
I adore middle reader books that not only tell an amazing story but also shine the spotlight on a unique tradition, culture or religion. Aru Shah and the End of Time is one such diverse middle reader book! AND, if you enjoy books like Percy Jackson or Dasgupta’s Serpent Secret, then this is a series… Read More Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Diverse Middle Reader book that dives into Hindu Mythology
Remember the hilarious movie, the Goonies, came out in 1985? If you recall, the movie was about a band of misfit kids from a small town who, in order to save a pair of brothers’ home, were determined to find an ancient buried pirate treasure. Even three decades later, the movie is still a winner.… Read More An Action-Packed Middle Reader Book -Secret Scouts and the Lost Leonardo
A growing number of children’s books authors are using fiction to teach the fundamentals of coding, a trend that has coincided with a push by Silicon Valley to fund and expand technology training in schools. Coding is the little thing that makes software, apps, and websites possible. In the simplest terms, it’s very specific, step by… Read More 15 Coding Books for Inquisitive Young Minds
Teaching children about environmental awareness issues can be challenging, especially when dealing with complex issues. Three new children’s picture books from Happy Fox Box introduce important environmental issues in a gentle fashion. These books captured my heart immediately. Not because they are beautiful picture books, but because they share colorful stories of deforestation and how it affects… Read More Beautiful Picture Books that Address the Effects of Deforestation on Animals
Providing books and activities for kids that support STEM and STEAM is a big deal these days. But first, what is STEM and STEAM? STEM: STEM is an educational curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering, and math. It is meant to be a comprehensive approach; instead of teaching each subject separately, educators aim to incorporate some or… Read More Weekend Links: A round-up of STEM and STEAM Books for Kids!
Kids should be getting outside, exploring their world, reading books, and every else like that to live a balanced life. It’s a tough balance. We want them to be outside soaking up the sun’s vitamins, but we also want to keep their minds stimulated and active. And we all know, if given the choice, our… Read More Summer Reading with STEM Activity Books from QuartoKids
Ahhhh, I love summer reading. Even though it has been a hectic summer of book launches, travel and family time, I still make time to read. Currently, my desk is piled with lovely, charming and colorful children’s picture books that I can’t wait to review. So what do you do when you have accumulated too… Read More July Picture Book #Kidlit Book Bundle Giveaway
July 18 was Nelson Mandela International Day; a day launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, 2009, via the unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the… Read More Weekend Links: A Roundup of Nelson Mandela Booklists