If you have a young daughter, this book is a great way to enlighten them to some of history’s most powerful women. Spanning various parts of history, this book illuminates twenty women who have left their mark past, present and for the future. Their obstacles, achievements, and triumphs are individually featured with historical background and personal insight to give us a glimpse of who they were. Kudos to the illustrator for gorgeous pictures of these women because they really stand out and not only do we read about them but see how naturally beautiful they were as well. This would be such a great resource not only for kids but for educators who want to get young kids to learn about women in history. Loved the book and would recommend this to help young girls learn about women in history.
What a fun book for the young reader to escape the cold for the summer! Ellie’s Best Beach Ever chronicles best friends, Ellie and Pudgy, as they go on their beach vacation. This is such a cute read as we get to experience another adventure with this cute duo. We tag along as they do everything from playing in the sand, having fun in the water, build sand castles, riding their bikes and so much more. This is such a great introduction to the kids for heading out on those family vacations and making memories with each other. In an age where all the young kids are connected to the ipads and tablets, I loved how the story showed how much fun it could be not connected and just having a great time. I loved how beyond the fun, it taught a valuable lesson on friendship and the joy spending time together with your best friend. Two highlights for me are the fact that these characters are stuffed animals which I know they will instantaneously fall in love and unlike other children’s books, this collection uses real photographs which makes you feel like you are right there. Overall, this was a good read and if you haven’t read the preceding ones in the collection, go back and experiences the adventures.
If you haven't got a chance to check out Corine's other #BabyLove book, than I'd recommend grabbing a copy. What I love about #BabyLove is how her beautiful illustrations compliment the story being told. She does such a great job using teachable moments and bringing them to a level that is comprehensive to your child.
What I loved about My Toddler Life is how it brought to light a topic that many people forget is so important. The story centered around a child who does all these fun things with his mom that gets posted to social media for their friends. It wasn't until the child was left unattended, when he discovers her phone, she reacted with a takeaway that provided life lessons for both.
With cell phones dominating the lives of so many moms, you tend to forget it's not about capturing every moment to post to social media. It's the time you spend in the actual moments that you absorb and enjoy. Kids see your phone and automatically are curious because that's what they see you doing all the time. We get lost in trying to capture it rather than just enjoying the moment as it is happening naturally. Sometimes you just have to power off so that your child can enjoy the best moments with you as well.
It was a cute, fun book that was enjoyable and had a nice lesson to takeaway. You'll love the beautiful illustrations and it has a sweet story to accompany. It was just the right length with a good pace. So, if you are one of those parents that post every moment, just remember it might be rewarding to power of sometimes.
So many kids go through so many emotions and have a hard time decompressing. For those of you who are open to meditation, this is a great introduction and lesson in meditation for kids that help them manage their emotions, stress and deal with obstacles that come their way. This is such an insightful book that explains different techniques to use in different situations whether emotionally or physically. The back of the book has a nice Q&A about meditation and what to do when you feel certain emotions. The illustrations were wonderful and complement the different states of emotions that will connect the reader to lesson. The author does a great job with articulating a peaceful, calming experience in the book that can be a useful tool in helping kids learn a tangible way to cope with life's challenges.
Who doesn't love a fun bedtime story? My Favorite Place to Be is a fun, engaging story that centers around a kid whose favorite place to be is in his bed. We follow along on this adventure that takes him everywhere in his bed. The book features colorful illustrations along with an engaging story that is easy to follow along. My only issue is with the rhyming pattern at times. I know that it meant to make things fun and light but at times it seems the rhythm was a little off. Overall, that doesn't take away from the story the book sets out to showcase. This surely shows how fun going to bed can be.
This book is so adorable! How many kids grow up attached to a blankie or a stuffed animal? The story follows Edward from his birth being introduced to Blankie. They are completely inseparable. His journey is told through a cute story about the relationship they have. When it's time for Edward to go to school, he learns a great lesson about having to let go. For so many small kids who grow attached, they have to let go to grow as person. This may be hard for some kids because their attachments are their best friends. The author introduces a beautiful lesson no matter where you are the love you have will never change despite being apart.
Even though this book is for kids, the message in the book will grab the heart of anyone. This is such a great lesson for kids in this age to help them make that transition from letting go to make room in their heart for the possibilities of making new friends. That “Blankie” or stuffed animal is their everything but sometimes we have to venture beyond our comfort zones to explore new adventures and meet new people to grow.
If you haven’t heard of the series, Callaloo, it’s definitely a name that you will want to get familiar with. Beyond the fact that it features gorgeous illustrations and promotes positive diversity, there is definitely something magical about this series that I feel will excite and engage your young reader.
Callaloo: The Legend of The Golden Coqui, the second book in the series, takes the young reader on a fun adventure in search behind the legend of this golden coqui. We are introduced to Winston and Mariscol, who come across a frog that captured their interest. Upon further inquiry, the legend behind the frog was that his beautiful voice was once adorned until an evil spell was casted upon him banishing him forever to the rainforest. With there being only one person who could break the spell, they both take the readers on a journey from New York to Puerto Rico, uncovering clues that try to help them to find answers to free the golden coqui.
I really enjoyed this book and see great things for the series. In the context of stories that have introduced elements of the Spanish culture, this has such a great appeal like Dora. Geared towards the age range of 3-7, not only does it give them a fun story to follow but it introduces them another language by incorporating Spanish within the story allowing the reader to learn different words and phrases. Don’t worry, as an accompaniment, there is a glossary that you can follow along in the back as you read the book to help you learn their meanings. The characters are lovable and the beautiful pictures are engaging and will catch their interest. If you are looking for a book that will spark their imagination as well as learn at the same time, I’d recommend reading this book.
About the Book
Thirteen-year-old Betony has always hated going to her cranky great-grandmother’s house. It’s old, stuffy and boring, and the woodstove in the kitchen is always burning too hot.
One day Betony sits on her Gram’s favorite chair. She is suddenly transported into the past and experiences her gram’s life as if it were in her own memory.
At first Betony is excited and curious, and even learns to cook and quilt. But she soon realizes she is uncovering a terrible, shameful family secret.
Who doesn’t have stories that are rooted with special memories of Grandma? The Memory Chair by Susan White was one of those stories that your love of the book grew more as the book continued. A quick but fulfilling read left such a warm spot in the heart because it brought back so many memories that I’ve shared with my own grandma. Not only was it a nice story but a refreshing one for the young reader to learn and appreciate how precious life is with your family and the memories that bind them for generations.
Betony was such an enjoyable character to read. I know many kids her age may look at visiting their great-grandparents as a chore rather than something fun but the author I thought created a nice plot to bridge that concept. After one day sleeping in her Gram’s chair, she starts getting memories of her life as if it were her own. Watching that curiosity be the catalyst for their blossoming relationship from grudging to visit to want to spend time and learn about her life made a very special read.
The beautiful friendship that develops and the appreciation for the special time spent I think will inspire young people to want to learn about their family’s past. Betony learns so much about life, tolerance and the meaning of how precious time is. Despite this being for a young reader, I think anyone can read and appreciate the beauty of the story. It has such a great message that I would recommend getting a copy.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
The adventures of Nalah continue! One day Nalah finds herself bored and lonesome because all of her imaginary friends have gone away on vacation. But wait – not all. Mad Tooth, the little mouse who lives in her sock drawer, is still busy munching away on her knee-highs. When she finds out why Nalah is sad, she offers to take her down through the sock drawer into a mouse metropolis. The result is a tale of wild dancing, cousins and mice, taffy and a sock monster.
What child hasn’t had an imaginary friend? What a fun story about a young girl named Nalah. As a result of her friends leaving on a trip and her parents not wanting her around to help while planning a party, she decided she would create a cave where no one would find her. You never know who can be around. Feeling like someone was watching her, Mad Tooth Mouth, invites her to go to Mad House City where your young reader will experience a fun filled adventure that will make them has just as much fun.
Upon first glance of the book, I was a bit uncertain about whether or not I was going to like it. The book doesn’t grasp you initially, mainly because we are used to a certain type of design when reading a children’s book. Once I finished reading, it was that uniqueness that played a role along with the fun story that made it such a great experience. The color s are vibrant and the way the design of the characters and pictures leap off the page that enable and engaging experience. Overall I thought the book was a fun read and would recommend.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Series: The Adventures of Nalah (Book 2)
Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Magic Lantern Press
Squishy face is a little girl in a big world, which often frightens her. Luckily, she has Big Mama to guide her and show her the way. In this book, Big Mama teaches little Squishy Face about the moon.
Who would think the moon would be scary? Meet Squishy face, a young girl, who one night her mom discovers is afraid of the moon. Just like any mom wanting to makes this better, she decides to tell her a story that piques her interest about the moon. he young reader wil follow her journey as she learns to conquer her fears and gains a new understanding of what the moon does. This was such a wonderful incorporation of an engaging story along with an introduction to the moon cycles and science. The message that gets presented is brought to a level where a child can relate and enjoy. I would not only recommend as a story to be read but also as a teaching tool as well.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles