Balderdash!

One of the best things that has come out of blogging is being a part of the blogging community of amazing children's literature reviewers. Learning about new books and getting other takes on how to encourage a love of books in all children is why I do this. Since we don't live in a city … Continue reading Balderdash!

Let’s Talk About Banned Books

It is banned books week and that got me thinking about Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics. This book has never been on the banned book list, but it is a great way to get kids to understand the concept and to start up a conversation about banned books. J and I eagerly read Mr. Lemoncello's Library … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Banned Books

It’s all about Perspective

Last summer when the Battle of the Books list came out, I printed out a copy hoping to encourage J to read some of the books over the summer to expand her reading options even though she knew should wouldn't be allowed to be on the team this year. It was a nice thought on … Continue reading It’s all about Perspective

Hosting a book club on Matilda

Maybe a year ago a good friend started a kid's book club for our, at the time, first graders. Most of this had actually started because a few of them had gotten into Harry Potter and they had a lot of fun watching the movie together and then discussing the differences. So when deciding to … Continue reading Hosting a book club on Matilda

a lucky find – the lion, the witch and the wardrobe

I went into one of our local used book stores the other day and made a great find - an illustrated abridged version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've wanted to bring J in to the world of Narnia for some time, but we started with The Magician's Nephew and I believe … Continue reading a lucky find – the lion, the witch and the wardrobe

Picture Book Challenge Week #1

So we are done with week #1 of our 300 picture books in 2014 challenge hosted by Child Led Chaos. This week was pretty easy since all books read were considered "new," at least the first time we read them this week.  I'm only counting them if I've actually read them to one of the girls, … Continue reading Picture Book Challenge Week #1

kids and audiobooks

This is a slight deviation from my normal type of blog post, but well worth it. I have recently been reminded just how amazing audiobooks are for kids. When J was younger, she liked to listen to audiobooks, memorize the stories, then "read" them herself. Then for many years, we didn't listen to them at … Continue reading kids and audiobooks