The Pendericks At Last

Part of what I love about reviewing books on my website is matching that passionate reader to the book that they love. When I received The Pendericks At Last, my daughter immediately commented that her friend loved the Penderick series. The Penderwicks At Last is the final book in the Penderick series by Jeanne Birdsall. […]

The World’s First Healthy Eating Doll and Picture Book

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Dessi Donkova, a mom of two and the Founder of Good For Kids, a socially responsible startup dedicated to creating products that are good for kids. She recently launched a Kickstarter campaign on May 8th that aims to inspire children to eat healthy through reading and […]

Dr. Seuss 100 First Words

Do you want to help expand on your child’s vocabulary? Check out this new Dr. Seuss Book, Dr. Seuss 100 First Words! This book releases today! I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss books, especially after learning more about him in Who Was Dr. Seuss? Reading Dr. Seuss books to my children and the […]

How to Trick the Tooth Fairy

How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli is a perfect bedtime story for children who are waiting for the tooth fairy to come! Kaylee loves to pull pranks on everyone, even the tooth fairy. Her favorite holiday is April Fools Day and she has a twinkle […]

I am Gandhi Blog Tour

“The strength of a warrior is not measured by reference to his weapons but by his firmness of mind.” I am Gandhi (2018) When I was asked to participate in the book blog tour by Penguin Random House for I Am Gandhi, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough! This book, I Am Gandhi was different […]

Chapter Book Picks for Girls with ADHD

Do you have a daughter with ADHD? Having some kidlit picks that you can share with your daughter is important. Reading these recommended books aloud and together is a perfect bonding activity! It’s Just Me and My ADHD, Life Through the Eyes of a 10 year old girl: This book is an interesting story about […]

What Do You Do With A Chance?

“What do chances become? New friendships, exciting opportunities, and daring discoveries.” Kobi Yasada, What Do You Do With A Chance?  What Do You Do With a Chance? is another inspirational book by Kobi Yamada, one of my favorite children’s book authors. Kobi Yamada (author) and Mae Besom (illustrator) write and illustrate with beauty and wisdom. […]

Book Blog Tour for My Second Year of Kindergarten

This past week was the blog tour for My Second Year of Kindergarten. This book has been a project that I have been working on with Mascot Books for about 2 years and is close to my heart in many ways. This book is intended to be an educational tool for parents and educators about […]

Friends Stick Together Blog Tour

I am really excited to kick start this wonderful Penguin Blog Tour for the book, Friends Stick Together. I love books that celebrate friendship and embed a valuable lesson and relationships. Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison is a unique story about an interesting character named Rupert. Rubert loves reading dictionaries, listening to classical […]

My Second Year of Kindergarten

I am really excited to present my newest children’s book, My Second Year of Kindergarten, which released on April 4th, 2018. This book has been a project that I have been working on with Mascot Books for about 2 years and is close to my heart in many ways. This book is intended to be […]

Matzo 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long

Are you looking for some interesting and modern Passover recipes? How about some Matzo recipes that you can make all year long? If you do, check out this inventive and beautifully illustrated cookbook, Matzo 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long. Do you want to learn about the family that makes the best Matzo? […]

Here Come the Girl Scouts!

“The work of to-day is the history of to-morrow, and we are it’s maker.” (Here Come the Girl Scouts, 2012) When my daughter and I discovered at our local library, Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure,  we were immediately drawn to the story. Lately, […]

How Jottings Can Help your Child plus an Author Interview

I recently read an article in The Reading Teacher titled, Jottings: An Approach to Guided Reading in the Elementary Classroom (March/April 2018) written by Jennifer A Knight and Hilary A Justesen that immediately caught my eye. As a parent and a speech language pathologist, I am very interested in discovering new ways to encourage critical thinking for […]

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad written by Peggy Archer and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf is a delightful and engaging book full of onomatopoeia words! What are onomatopoeia words? Onomatopoeia words are “the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named.” These words are a part of figurative language, which have been determined to be […]

Natsumi!

When I first received Natsumi! in the mail from Penguin, I was immediately drawn the personality of the main character, Natsumi. Natsumi! written by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Priscilla Burris is a story about a young girl named Natsumi who struggles with being different and doing everything in her own “big way”. Natsumi isn’t […]

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Young Children: A Guest Post

I am excited to present this guest post by Katie Gilmore in partnership with KinderCare Learning Centers We often try to teach the young children in our lives the importance of practice, patience, and problem-solving. It can feel challenging to adequately arm future generations with these tools as we guide them towards a future of higher […]

The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School

Are you looking for activities for St Patrick’s Day to do at home or in the classroom? Check out the latest children’s book written by  Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery titled The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School. This book is another engaging, humorous and interactive book from Laura Murray about the infamous […]

Women Who March

What better way to celebrate Women’s International Day but a children’s book that celebrates women? When I saw this book, Women Who March on my Twitter feed, I knew that I wanted to review it. Women Who March is a children’s book about the organized 2017 Women’s March that was held on January 21st, 2017 […]

Assessment and Intervention for Autism

Do you have a child with Autism? Are you an educator or a therapist that works with children with Autism? I wanted to share two wonderful resources with my readers today available from Future Horizons. Both of these tools can be helpful with regard to assessing a child with Autism and then using a video […]

The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell

Joey Cornell collected everything…anything that sparked his imagination or delighted his eye. ‘If I like it I keep it.’ Joey always said (The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell, 2018). Part of why I love blogging and reviewing children’s books is the learning process of learning about new people. When I received this book in the […]

A Chip Off The Old Block

Are you going on a road trip? Would you like to help introduce your children to different types of rock formations and natural landmarks? Check out A Chip Off the Old Block written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Daniel Miyares. I loved this book, because it combines factual information with a valuable lesson about building character and […]

Rules

Do you have a child with Autism? Do you have a child with complex communication needs? Are you an educator that wants to raise awareness of different types of learners and disabilities? When I was recently teaching a graduate class about AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), one of my students recommended this book, Rules. That […]

I am Harriet Tubman Blog Tour

“I am Harriet Tubman. Follow me. I will lead the way to freedom.” I am Harriet Tubman (2018) I am thrilled to be a part of the I am Harriet Tubman Blog Tour sponsored by Penguin Young Readers. If you have been following this blog tour, you might have already seen the reviews posted by […]

Juma the Giraffe

What makes you special and unique? Baby Juma the Giraffe wonders this when looking at his reflection one day. In the heart warming story of Juma the Giraffe written by Monica Bond and illustrated by Kayla Harren, Juma feels ordinary because he thinks he is like all of the other giraffes. His friend, Upendo likes […]

Exploring Feelings Program: Anxiety Training Manual

  Do you have a child or client with Autism and anxiety?  Exploring Feelings Training Manual is based on Asperger’s expert Dr. Tony Attwood’s Exploring Feelings: Anxiety book. It is a guide for people who want to use the Exploring Feelings materials in group settings with young people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and high […]

Using The Think Aloud Strategy with Dr. Molly Ness

I wonder…I think…I like that…I feel…. Do you want to help build your child’s language during read alouds? Try the Think Aloud strategy! As a speech language pathologist and parent, I am always searching for any new evidence based strategies that can help a child improve language and literacy skills during read alouds. I recently […]

This is Not The Abby Show

Do you have a child with ADHD? Are you an educator and want to help your students understand different types of learners and disabilities? Is your child an “out of the box” thinker? As an “out of the box” mom, I appreciate and enjoy any books that celebrates children’s differences and empowers them to be […]

My Pillow Keeps Moving!

When I received this book in the mail from Penguin, my kids were immediately drawn to the story and asked me to read it again and again. My Pillow Keeps Moving! is a silly and entertaining story that both children and adults can enjoy together. Laura Gehl and Christopher Weyant create a story that can […]

The George Before Me

Do you have a loved one that you lost too soon? What is the best way to keep their memory alive? About a month ago I came across the book I am going to review today titled, The George Before Me on my Twitter feed. The George Before Me is a picture book written by […]

Fairy Mom and Me Blog Tour

I am very excited to be joining some wonderful bloggers for the Penguin Random House Fairy Mom and Me Blog Tour today! I am a big fan of Sophie Kinsella and couldn’t wait to share her new book, Fairy Mom and Me! This blog tour has began January 8th and will continue to till January 22nd. […]

Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell & Dandy

In this crazy winter weather, the book Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell & Dandy is the perfect book! When the weather outside (at least here in NY) is in the single digits and fluctuating on a daily basis, we dream about the warm weather and walking outside in the spring time. With Spring feeling very far away, […]

How Music Can Help Children with ADHD

I am excited to present this guest post by Charles Carpenter about utilizing music for children with ADHD. As a speech language pathologist, I have seen first hand the benefits of music therapy and how it can change lives. To learn more about music therapy and to learn about how it can benefit many individuals […]

3 Top Books to Read Aloud to an Older Child (that are also movies!)

Happy New Year to my readers! I wanted to start off the new year with some recommendations of wonderful books to read aloud to your older child. All of the books that I am reviewing below are also movies so the experience of reading the book together and watching the movie can be a multi […]

Milestone Tracker App

Do you have a child 5 or younger? Are you concerned that your child is not meeting their milestones? Check out this free and informative app titled the Milestone Tracker App. I learned about this free app in the most recent issue of the ASHA Leader, which is a wonderful resource of information for speech […]

Terrific

Terrific by Jon Agee is a funny and entertaining book about the main character Eugene and his new friend, Lenny. This book opens up the topic of what sarcasm is and how an unlikely friendship gets established. It’s also a wonderful book about treating others with respect, whether they are a human or an animal. […]

Make Your Own Taco Bar and a Book Review

I am happy to present this guest post with a Taco Bar recipe from Ben Smith. He is a former semi-pro cyclist and big eater. Now he is just a big eater. He writes about food and drink for lazy chefs at The Online Grill. I wanted to share this recipe that not only looks delicious but […]

Mouse

What is your child’s favorite letter? Can this letter be manipulated to look like another letter? Image your child’s letter became a character! Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek is an interesting and inventive book about the letter M and his mouse friend. Mouse is intended for a younger audience but children who are school aged can […]

So B. It

Are you looking for a remarkable book to read with your older child? Check out So B. It! When I was at the library the other day with my daughter, I chose one of the most wonderful books right off the shelf.  I wanted to share this book titled So B. It by Sarah Weeks […]

Making Play Dough with EZ DOH

I was contacted about a month ago by John Dmytriw, owner of the EZ DOH product, a manual dough mixer. He emailed me regarding his product and wanted to know how it would work with children and adults with special needs, specifically those with Autism. I agreed to review this product because I really like […]

Hoot and Peep A Song for Snow

I am excited to be on another blog tour with Penguin Young Readers! To check out other reviews for the featured book, Hoot and Peep A Song for Snow check out these other participating blogs here: November 13 – Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind November 14 – All Done Monkey November 15 – Crayon […]

IMAGINE

“Everybody wants to feel and to feel safe. And we can all help make the world a better place in our own way. We should always keep love in our hearts, and look after one another. We should always share what we have, and we should stand up for people who are not treated fairly.” […]

Who Is? Who Was? Series

The Who Is? Who Was? and What was? Where is? Series by Penguin Random House is a series of books that can help teach your child about important people and events in history. The series includes both  hundreds of titles to entice any child’s interest. Do you have a child that interested in music? Check […]

Special People, Special Ways

“Some see with a touch or shape fingers to talk. Others sit silent and many can’t walk” Arlene Maguire, 2000. I am thrilled to review this book, Special People, Special Ways for today’s review. During a recent staff training that I was conducting at a public school, a fellow speech language pathologist suggested this book […]

The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King

I am psyched to be the final blog post on the The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King Blog Tour by Penguin Kids. Join me on a spooky book blog tour with other participating blogs from the past two weeks!  Teachers Who Read , The Play Connection: Kids Creative Chaos , Pink Polka Dot Books , Mundie Moms Book Reviews , Satisfaction […]

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call by Mary Ann Fraser is an excellent, easy to read and informative book about the famous Alexander Graham Bell. The author takes the reader through the life of Alexander Graham Bell including his childhood, adult years and inventions,  including the evolution of the telephone. As a young boy, Aleck […]

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

A couple of months ago, my daughter received this book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli  as a gift. It has been such a wonderful experience reading this book with my daughter because both of us are learning about some rebellious and extraordinary women in history. Good Night Stories […]

5 Ways to Create Invites and Holidays Cards with your Child

I was recently contacted by Basic Invite, an online invitation company for all occasions. Basic Invite also has wonderful free printables that can be directly accessed here. I wanted to share 10 fun and creative ways for you and your child to create holiday and birthday invitations together. Decide when you are going to send […]

The Technology Tail

Do you have an older child that is curious about social media? When you child reaches their tween years or even earlier, curiosity about social media begins. Being exposed to social media is inevitable as a child enters tween and teen years and teaching your child appropriate internet etiquette can be challenging. Where do you […]

Top Picks for Nighttime Stories

Are you looking for some bedtime stories that will make your child sleepy and ready for bed? Check out these two picture books listed below. A new book titled Wee Sister Strange written by Holly Grant and illustrated by K.G. Campbell is perfect for bedtime and the upcoming Halloween season. The second book, which can help both […]

5 Things you need to know about Social Skills Coaching

“In a world that is ever changing, there is one constant. As human beings, we need to communicate with each other. We need to be around others for many many reasons, including support, learning and most importantly a sense of belonging” (Ostovar, R & DiVittore, K. 2017). 5 things you need to know about Social […]

There’s Nothing To Do!

Does your child have tons of toys and activities but still complains there’s nothing to do? Check out this book written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt, There’s Nothing To Do! This engaging and interactive picture book is about a frog who gets bored despite his toys and creative ideas from his friends. In […]

Animated Language Learning

Do you have a child that loves Disney? Do you have a child with Autism or a language and learning disability? About this time last year, I became very interested in learning how Disney can encourage language and communication with children and adults with Autism. After reading the book, Life Animated I decided to try […]

The Difference Between a 504 and an IEP: Key Resources

With school quickly approaching, I wanted to share some important resources about 504 plans and IEPs (Individualized Education Plans). As a speech language pathologist, many people ask me these questions and I wanted to share some valuable information on this topic. Why is this important? If your child is struggling in class and with their […]

The Bear Report

The Bear Report written and illustrated by Thyra Heder is a magical story about a young girl and her quest with a polar bear. The story begins with a young girl named Sophie who is working on a book report about polar bears. On her assignment, she writes polar bears are “big”, “eat things” and […]

Danny Dog

Danny Dog by Sid Shapira is a wonderful book about rescuing a dog and second chances. I really enjoyed this book because it helps children understand the joy and act of kindness in adopting a dog from a pet rescue. It also takes you through the disappointment from a dog’s perspective of finding a home […]

I’m Scared

I’m Scared by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm is the newest book in the inventive series My First Comics. Chilly is a scared and fearful snowflake. He is scared of many things including the dark and sometimes he is scared for no reason at all! One day he sees Tizzy Tornado and Grumpy Cloud […]

Shark Lady

Shark Lady by Jess Keating is an inspirational picture book about the life and accomplishments of Eugenie Clark. The author takes you through Eugenie’s childhood and her early passion for sharks. As she grew older, many people discouraged her from being a scientist because she was a woman. She often got pressure to be a […]

The Link Between Physical Activity and Better Academic Performance

Recently, I read an article in the newspaper that stated children are better at using technology then tying their shoes. It also said that children know how to use computer games better than riding bikes. Reading these statements, I can easily find them sad, but true. Having children growing up in this world of technology […]

Where’s My Tushy?

Where’s My Tushy? by Deborah Aronson is one of my children’s favorite picture books. What happens if you have no tushy? What if your tushy decided to leave and go on vacation to the beach? What would people do without a behind? This silly, clever and engaging book is perfect for ages preschool and up […]

Five Inspirational Picture Books

As a speech language pathologist and parent, I love to use storytelling as an opportunity to initiate meaningful conversations and encourage children to follow their dreams regardless of their disabilities and delays. Children with special needs face many challenges in their lives, and reading inspirational children’s literature can help improve their self-esteem and make them more […]