Family Fridays – Virginia Lee Burton

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014

A good friend from my grad school days is coming to visit this weekend, and I’m so excited to see her. I don’t have very many close friends in my area, so I cherish the times I get to have girl time – lots of tea drinking, sugar eating, laughing ourselves silly, and generally not […]

Family Fridays – If Everybody Did

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014

Book: If Everybody Did (1960) by Jo Ann Stover Category/Age: Picture Book (Older) Blurb: The hilarious and terrible consequences of everyone doing his own thing are portrayed by author/artist Jo Ann Stover in If Everybody Did. Children and adults alike will enjoy this precautionary tale with its concise rhyming text, and amusing illustrations. Review: This […]

Family Fridays – “This Is…” Travel Series Review

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014

I’m belatedly declaring March “Children’s Travel Month”, mostly because I had fun writing up last week’s post about books being the best souvenirs for children and wanted to keep going. My all time favorite travel series for children is the This Is … series by M. Sasek. The books were published between 1959 and 1970, […]

Family Fridays – The Best Souvenirs for Children

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014

Well, duh – I’m going to say “books”. I absolutely love getting travel and regional books to commemorate trips taken, a part of your heritage, or just as a snapshot of your hometown. One of the great joys of travel is wandering around in new bookstores and coming out with a treasure (or two!). On […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014

I’m not a huge celebrator of Valentine’s Day, but I do love those little conversation hearts, the ones that taste like pepto bismol and have cutesey sayings on them. I can easily eat a package of them by myself – by which I mean, I do eat a package of them by myself, at least […]

Family Fridays – Lost In The Woods

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014

Book: Lost in the Woods (2004) by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick Category/Age: Picture Book (Older) Blurb: The authors of New York Times’ best-seller, Stranger in the Woods, bring you this beautiful springtime fantasy about trust, patience and waiting for your time. Woodland creatures are concerned for a newborn fawn they believe to […]

Family Fridays – Tillie and the Wall

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

Book: Tillie and the Wall (1989) by Leo Lionni Category/Age: Older Picture Book, 2+ Years Blurb: All her life Tillie the mouse has wondered what lies on the other side of the wall. Imagining all sorts of fantastic possibilities, she digs a tunnel to get to the other side, where she discovers . . . […]

Family Fridays – Five Minutes’ Peace

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014

Book: Five Minutes’ Peace (1986) by Jill Murphy Series: The Large Family Category/Age: Older Picture Book, 2+ years Blurb: All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes’ peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again. Review: How could you not love a book […]

Family Fridays – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013

Book: The Snowy Day (1962) Genre: Children’s Picture Books Ages: 3+ Blurb: No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the […]

Family Fridays – Red Sled by Lita Judge

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013

Book: Red Sled (2011) Ages: 2-5 Years Blurb: In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will […]