Inside Out and Back Again

Are you looking for an inspirational and educational book to read with your elementary school child ages 8 and up? Inside Out and Back Again is an excellent book to read together with your child. I got the recommendation to read this book through the Girls Leadership Parent and Daughter Book Club, which celebrates and shares books that help … [Read more...]

Book Themed Birthday Parties with Brightly

What is your child's favorite book? Are you looking for a creative idea for your child's next birthday party? How about a birthday party with the theme of your child's favorite book? I was recently contacted by Brightly, an online resource that helps parents raise lifelong readers. The website includes book recommendations for varying stages and … [Read more...]

The Book With No Pictures

Are you looking for a book that will make your child giggle and learn at the same time? Check out this book The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. My daughter requested that I buy this book after she heard it at school. Since receiving the book I have read the book at least 10-15 times to my children due to high requests of "Again, Again!" The … [Read more...]

Preschool Make-A-Book Sequencing and Language Activities

Do you want to work a fun language activity with your young child? Does your child need help with sequencing, vocabulary or expanding their vocabulary? I was recently contacted by a fellow speech language pathologist, Elissa Benjamin a couple of weeks ago regarding a language activity book that she wrote and published titled Preschool Make a … [Read more...]

The Family Book

Do you want to teach your child all about different families? My 6 year old daughter is learning all about different families in her class and I wanted to read the appropriate book at mealtime to reinforce what she learning in class. The Family Book was the perfect book to choose! I have always been attracted to Todd Parr's books because of the … [Read more...]

How To Train a Train

Does your child want a pet? Does your child love trains? How about a pet train instead? How to Train a Train is an engaging, witty and action packed guidebook about having a train as a pet. Jason Eaton takes this concept to a magical level in this book. So, how do you train a train? Well, you have to find the right train, catch it and then train it … [Read more...]

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Do you want to help teach your child empathy? How about a love and respect for living things? I received How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham from PJ Library about a month ago and loved it. The book begins with this sentence, "High above the city, no one heard the soft thud of feathers against glass. No one saw the bird fall. No one looked … [Read more...]

Not A Box

Has your child ever gotten a gift and they were more interested in the box than the gift? Not A Box by Antoinette Portis is an ideal picture book to facilitate creative thinking and play with a young child. How many things can you create with a box? In this best selling book, Antoinette Portis takes both you and your child on an adventure of all … [Read more...]

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship

Bad Apple, A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway is a sweet book about friendship with a valuable lesson. The book begins with an apple named Mac who meets a friendly worm named Will. Mac and Will have so much fun together and bond instantly. They are an unlikely pair with Mac being an apple and Will being a worm. When the other apples see … [Read more...]

The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy (ages K-2nd Grade) by Trudy Ludwig is a powerful story of a young boy who struggles to fit in and as a result, feels " invisible". The Invisible Boy  is powerful in many ways and can teach a child valuable lessons about treating others with kindness and respect. The symbolism in this book is beautiful and should be a part of any … [Read more...]

Exclamation Mark!

Does your child know what an exclamation point is? Do you want to help your child learn punctuation in a fun and meaningful way? Once you read Exclamation Mark by Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld with your child, he or she will be on their way to understanding what a question mark, period and exclamation point are. Exclamation Mark (ideal for … [Read more...]

Not A Stick

How would your child play with a stick? Pretend to go fishing? Pretend to paint with it? Not A Stick by Antoinette Portis is an excellent book to encourage creativity and imaginative play with your child ages 3.5 and up. Have you ever bought a new toy for your child and he or she plays with it for about 10 minutes and never touches it again? … [Read more...]

Courage

"There are many kinds of courage. Awesome kinds. And everyday kinds. Still courage is courage- whatever kind" Bernard Waber What does courage mean to you? Courage is an excellent book on defining and beginning to explain what the concept of courage means. Courage means something different to each person, which is why it may be so hard to define … [Read more...]

Willow

Willow (appropriate for ages 5 and up), by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan is a beautiful story of self expression. This book was recommended by my friend Amy, creator of Happy Day Westchester. Mrs. Hawthorn is Willow's art teacher and is neat, tidy and doesn't allow her students to express themselves. Willow is a free spirited girl … [Read more...]

the dot

the dot by Peter Reynolds is an inspiring story of a young girl named Vashti whose story began with one little dot. I love this story because it instills the idea that we need to empower our children to believe in themselves and give them the room to express themselves. My son picked this wonderful book out from his school library. The book … [Read more...]

That Is Not A Good Idea!

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems is a favorite book in my house. The book begins with a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. Throughout the entire story, the reader thinks the goose is in trouble, but in the end, it's the fox who winds up in hot water. This funny and interactive book is ideal for ages preschool age up to 3rd grade. … [Read more...]

Little Sweet Potato

Has your child ever felt left out? Like they don't belong?I think this is a book that both children and adults can appreciate. When I saw this book on amazon a couple of weeks ago, it sparked my interest. Of course, first because of the title since I love sweet potatoes but more importantly, the message of the book caught my attention. I love … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want To Go To School!

Does your child give you a hard time going to school? I picked up this book, I Don't Want to Go to School! (appropriate for ages 3-5) yesterday at the library after a very difficult morning trying to get my own son to preschool. Lots of kids are resistant starting school especially after time off at home over the summer and/or separation anxiety … [Read more...]

Rufus Goes to School

Is your child starting school on Monday? Has your child ever asked "Why do I need to go to school?" I love Rufus Goes to School because it has such a powerful message about why children need to attend school. The book begins with a likable pig character named Rufus Leroy III. He wants to attend school more than anything. He brings a backpack, … [Read more...]

Hank Finds An Egg

Magical! This is the only word to accurately describe this wordless picture book.  This is a book that defines the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words". Hank Finds an Egg is an ideal book for you and your child to make up your own words to the story. The unique pictures bring this story to life. Hank Finds An Egg begins with the main … [Read more...]

Colors for Zena

Does your child know their colors? Do they know what primary and secondary colors are? Read here to find out when your child should be learning to identify and label colors. Teach your child about the color wheel before school starts with this beautifully illustrated and well written book. Colors for Zena by Monica Wellington (appropriate for … [Read more...]

Whole Body Listening Larry at School

Do you have a child who has difficulty following directions and listening? Whole Body Listening Larry at School is an excellent book to teach the concept "whole body listening" and following directions within the school setting. The story begins with two new students attending school named Luka and Leah. Luka and Leah have trouble listening and … [Read more...]

The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit is one of the funniest, wittiest children's book that I have ever read. This book written by Drew Daywalt is ideal for children ages 3-7 years old. The book begins with the main character Duncan finding letters written by his crayons. You and your child will never look at a box of crayons the same way! Each crayon describes … [Read more...]

Curious George Makes Pancakes

If you don't already know, I am HUGE fan of Curious George. I have been since I was a little girl and it just lives on! My kids love the books as well and Curious George Makes Pancakes (ideal for 5-8 years old) is one of their favorites. I love Curious George because he is so sweet but very silly, which is a common behavior in my own home. In this … [Read more...]

Whole Body Listening Larry at Home!

Does your child ever have trouble listening? I think every parent runs into this issue. Whole Body Listening Larry at Home which is written by two speech language pathologists is an ideal book to discuss whole body listening. I loved this book because the illustrations are so vibrant and engaging and the text is easy for a young child to understand … [Read more...]

Fanny

Do you ever say "no" to your child when they ask for that popular and fancy doll at the toy store? I found Fanny by Holly Hobbie a couple of months ago at the library. I immediately loved this book because it teaches an important lesson. Fanny desperately wants a "Connie" doll like her other friends have. Her mother  simply says "No" to the doll … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Cindy Springsteen

I recently reviewed a book written by Cindy Springsteen named Waffles and Pancakes. I love the book because it teaches a very valuable lesson. I found the book an excellent way to begin discussing how money does not define us and cannot buy us happiness. The people who are "rich" in my opinion, are the people who have loved ones around them … [Read more...]

My Friend with Autism

My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop is a wonderful book to help raise awareness of autism. This book is an excellent tool to teach your children about what autism is, including the strengths and challenges. The illustrations and language in the book are simple enough for an older preschool child and/or kindergartener to understand.  However, … [Read more...]

Louder, Lili

I recently found Louder, Lili at my local library. After reading this book several times to my children during mealtime, I really wanted to share it on my blog because I think it has a very important message. Being a bit of doormat myself when I was growing up, I found this book to be very helpful for anyone who is shy and has trouble speaking up … [Read more...]

Little Pea

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a funny, simple and sweet book to read during mealtime. This book is about a young pea who wants to grow up to be big and strong. What he needs to grow up to be big and strong is candy, which is Little Pea's least favorite food! His favorite food is spinach, which he eats up in no time for dessert. Many kids … [Read more...]

Ellie Bean: The Drama Queen

Is your little girl a drama queen? I think many of us feel like our little girls can be very dramatic at times.  Ellie Bean the Drama Queen is about a young girl who has sensory processing difficulties that cause her to get upset often and be very dramatic. These dramatic behaviors can be caused by a simple tag in her shirt itching her, the flush … [Read more...]

You are a Social Detective!

Do your children ever have trouble reading social cues and understanding what makes people upset or happy?  Make your children social detectives! You are a Social Detective! by Social Thinking Publishers is a book  that is appropriate for ages 5 and up and ideal for reading during mealtime. I love this book because it begins with explaining in … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Barbara Seuling…….

Meet Barbara Seuling, author of Drip! Drop! How Water Gets in Your Tap. She is a  former children's book editor and the author and/or illustrator of more than sixty books.  Below are my questions and her responses which you should find very interesting in helpful when it comes to teaching  children about water conservation. 1. What inspired you … [Read more...]

Drip! Drop! How Water Gets To Your Tap

Earth day is a perfect opportunity to discuss  with your child what the water cycle is, the process of creating drinking water, and water conservation. Drip! Drop! How Water Gets To Your Tap is well illustrated and clearly explains the very complex process of how water gets into your tap in simple terms for children of varying ages (I would say 4 … [Read more...]

Nutley, the Nut-Free Squirrel

Is your child allergic to nuts?  Nutley, the Nut Free Squirrel by Stephanie Sorkin is an ideal book to read during mealtime in order to teach children about allergies and improving overall awareness of food allergies. Nutley the Nut Free Squirrel is story about a squirrel that is allergic to nuts! What will he do and how will his friends help … [Read more...]

Waffles and Pancakes

Waffles and Pancakes (ages 4 and up) by Cindy Springsteen is wonderful book to teach your children a very important lesson about material possessions. This book is about two hamsters named Pancakes and Waffles. They are bought the same day from the pet store by two different owners, Griffin and Danny. Pancakes has a well equipped home with lots of … [Read more...]

The Carrot Seed

The Carrot Seed is a classic book that has a very important lesson. This book which was originally published in 1945 is about a little boy who plants a carrot seed. He waits for the carrot to grow, while his family insists that the carrot "won't come up". He continues to take care of his seed, water it, pull the weeds and wait. He never loses hope … [Read more...]

No More Cupcakes & Tummy Aches

No More Cupcakes & Tummy Aches is a wonderful book to help explain to a child what a gluten allergy is as well as the challenges that might accompany it. My children are not on a gluten free diet but by the end of this book, they both wanted to be gluten free! This book is well written and clearly describes the symptoms and emotions of having … [Read more...]

Penguin and Pinecone

When I read, "Penguin and Pinecone" my heart melted. I have read this story at snack time, mealtime and during playtime.  This well written book is about a penguin who finds a pinecone on the ice where he lives. He wonders what it is by exploring it with all of his senses. He loves his new friend but can't keep it because it doesn't belong on … [Read more...]

This Is The Way We Eat Our Lunch

This Is The Way We Eat Our Lunch by Edith Baer is a wonderful book to teach your child all about geography, different cultures, and various cuisines. I saw this book at my children's school library and immediately ordered it from the town library. Unfortunately, it's not being published anymore but can be easily picked up at your local library or … [Read more...]

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems is a funny and entertaining book to read to your child during snack time or mealtime. There is nothing like a chocolate chip cookie! The story is about a duck that interacts with the pigeon about the cookie. The duck tells the pigeon he just asked for the cookie and got it. The pigeon complains that he asks … [Read more...]

Mama Zooms

Do you want to teach your child about people with disabilities? This book is about a boy's adventure with his mother who has a physical disability. In her wheelchair, they can conquer space, zoom through tunnels, drive like race car drivers and much more. I love using mealtime as a perfect opportunity to discuss various topics, including  people … [Read more...]

Manners at the Table

Do you ever get frustrated with your child's manners at the table? Manners at the Table (ages 5 and up) may be a good book for you!  This colorful and simple book explains how to practice good manners at the table such as being polite, staying seated during the meal, washing hands before your meal and taking smaller bites versus big bites. With its … [Read more...]

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Does a cupcake grow up to be a cake? No! "Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?" (ages 4 and up) written by Susan Shea is a beautifully illustrated, silly, and informative book that is wonderful to read during mealtime and to have as part of your home library. On one side of the page, the author gives examples of what animals do grow up such as "If a … [Read more...]

Tyler Makes Pancakes

I was excited to see this book recently at the library. I have always enjoyed Tyler Florence's cooking shows and books. I noticed about six months ago that he also wrote a cookbook for kid friendly recipes (Start Fresh: Your Child's Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating). Tyler Makes Pancakes (ages 4 and up) by Tyler Florence and Craig Franzier is … [Read more...]

Walter The Baker

Do you want to teach your child about pretzels? Read Walter the Baker (ages 4 and up) by Eric Carle. This book is about a talented baker named Walter who replaced his dough with water one day when his milk got accidentally spilled over by his cat. Every morning, he baked sweet rolls for the Duke and Dutchess. When Walter replaced his dough with … [Read more...]

Crepes by Suzette

Teach your children all about crepes and learn some new French words when reading Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington. This book takes you through the streets of Paris, as Suzette wheels her cart around and makes a variety of crepes for all of the people that she interacts with, including a postman, a recently married couple, an artist, and … [Read more...]

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff is a funny and engaging tale that is appropriate for children ages four and up (but younger will enjoy as well). If a big moose came to your house, you would give him a muffin and then some jam to go with it and so on. This book is a silly story that many children would love during mealtime or anytime! … [Read more...]

Eat Healthy, Feel Great

"Eat Healthy, Feel Great" by William and Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly (Preschool and up) is an excellent and educational book to read to your child during mealtime (or anytime). The authors categorize foods into "green light foods", "yellow light foods" and "red light foods". They clearly and simply explain what nutrients are as well as … [Read more...]

Meet Cheri Meiners, M. Ed., Author of the Series “Learning to Get Along”

I have the extreme pleasure and honor of interviewing Cheri Meiners, M. Ed. , author of the excellent series, "Learning to Get Along". I first saw her books on Amazon about a year ago when looking for a good book on "telling the truth". When I began introducing these books to my children, they enjoyed them and learned immensely from them. My … [Read more...]

There’s A Big Beautiful World Out There

My daughter came home from library with this book, "There's A Big Beautiful World Out There" by Nancy Carlson (ages 3 and up). There's A Big Beautiful World Out There can be a very useful and meaningful book to read to your child during mealtime, especially now after the horrific massacre that occurred at  Sandy Hook Elementary School. This book … [Read more...]

Be Careful and Stay Safe

I wrote this post before I heard about the horrific tragedy that occurred at the Newton School in Connecticut. My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families. Sometimes, even in the places that we view the "safest" for our kids, events like this occur that are unthinkable. My heart feels heavy for all of those affected by this … [Read more...]

Pretzel

Pretzel (ages 4 and up) written by Margret Rey is a very special book.  I have always been a fan of Curious George and so this book has been a favorite of mine since I could remember. Pretzel is about a dachshund named Pretzel who loves another dog, Greta. He wants to marry her but she won't marry him because she doesn't like long dogs. He tries … [Read more...]

Chef (People who help us)

Chef by Amanda Askew and Andrew Crowson (appropriate for approximately ages 3 and up) is a story about a chef named Roy who works at a diner. This book teaches the reader about what a chef does and what his responsibilities are.  I really liked that "Chef" discussed how to keep food safe in the kitchen.  In this book, the workers had to throw out … [Read more...]

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? (4 years and older) by Chris Butterworth is a colorful, educational and engaging book that is ideal for reading during mealtime. This book begins with a child opening up their lunchbox filled with all different foods. The second page reads "Just how DID all of this food get in your lunchbox?" with a picture of all … [Read more...]

The Day I Met the Nuts

The Day I Met the Nuts is a story about a boy who is allergic to nuts.  He finds out that he is allergic to nuts when he eats "double chocolate muddy-nutty cake" at a birthday party. He immediately has a reaction and has to visit the doctor and get a shot and medicine. The book takes the reader through visiting the doctor, specific feelings that he … [Read more...]

Meet Leo Landry, Author of Space Boy

I am excited to post this interview with Leo Landry. I think both children and parents can learn a lot from Leo's responses to my questions. I think we all need quiet time for ourselves and should never lose our imagination. See my review here. Below are my questions and then responses from Leo. Thank you Leo! 1. What inspired you to write "Space … [Read more...]

Space Boy

Space Boy by Leo Landry (ages 4 and up) is a very special book about a boy visiting the moon. I picked this book up at the library a couple of weeks ago and we have not been able to return it yet because my son absolutely loves it. My son is currently in a very intense space shuttle phase and this book has had quite an impact! The book begins with … [Read more...]

Meet Michael Wright, Author of “Jake Goes Peanuts”

Michael Wright is one of my favorite children book authors. He is humorous, witty and very artistic. When I came across "Jake Goes Peanuts" I immediately brought it home to read to my children. See my post here.  His other books are equally humorous and engaging. When reading "Jake Starts School", I started laughing out loud (which I rarely do).  I … [Read more...]

Meet Leslie Muir, author of “Little Bitty Bakery”

I LOVE the book, The Little Bitty Bakery. I decided to contact Leslie Muir and ask her some questions that I had regarding her love for sweets and the secret behind Crumble Jumble Cake. I was very confident that she would give my readers some helpful input on getting kids more involved in the kitchen. Check out my recent post of Little Bitty … [Read more...]