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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We’re All Wonders

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio is a powerful picture book about the beloved character, Auggie from the chapter book, Wonder. Wonder was one of my favorite books because of it’s powerful and valuable lesson for all children to learn. To check out my review of Wonder, click here. When I saw We’re All Wonders […]

Happy Dreamer

Do you have a child that is a dreamer? Are you a dreamer yourself? I recently attended an event with Peter Reynolds at the Jacob Burns Center. He read some of his children’s books including The Dot, Ish and then read his most recent book, Happy Dreamer. Happy Dreamer brought me to tears because it describes a […]

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 […]

Reducing Stress with Contimusic

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Tom and Christine Conti, the founders of Emotion Transitional Music Therapy. As a speech language pathologist who works with children and adults with varying disabilities, I have seen first hand the positive and calming effect of music on my clients, specifically those with Autism. Although Contimusic is […]

How Does Technology Affect Face to Face Communication?

How does technology affect our face to face communication? As a speech language pathologist, communication is a great interest of mine. With the dramatic increase in technology in the past five to ten years, how is this affecting our conversations and ability to communicate face to face? The technology I am referring to in this […]

A Tale of The Monkey Balloon is available!

Have you ever lost a balloon? In 2014, special educator Mindy Winebrenner, illustrator Yuki Osada and I teamed up to make our life long dream of becoming authors a reality -we published our first book, The Monkey Balloon. This book was a unique story about Mimi and her adventures in finding her lost balloon. With the […]

Picture A Conversation

With the increase in technology, our face to face communication has decreased over time. We are communicating more and more via text messages, email and through social media than we are with face to face communication. As a result, our ability to converse with others and stay attentive to specific topics is becoming more challenging. At […]

Today I Feel..An Alphabet of Feelings

Today I Feel by Madalena Moniz is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book about a range of feelings. Each page is a piece of artwork and describes feelings that are more complex in nature which can naturally elicit conversation. Although this book was intended for preschoolers, I find that it can be even more appropriate for older […]

Jack’s Worry

Jack’s Worry by Sam Zuppardi is an exceptional picture book about overcoming short-term anxiety and worry. A couple of weeks ago, I was in a waiting room and saw this book lying on the table. I immediately picked it up and read it to my son and instantly loved it. It was a simple story […]

What’s The Big Deal About First Ladies?

In honor of Women’s History Month, I am proud to review the book, What’s The Big Deal About First Ladies? written by Ruby Shamir and illustrated by Matt Faulkner. This book is packed with facts about the first ladies of our nation dating all the way back to our first lady, Martha Washington. What’s The Big Deal […]

Ed Roberts Father of Disability Rights

Ed Roberts: Father of Disability Rights written by Diana Pastora Carson and illustrated by Patrick Wm. Connally tells the inspirational story of Ed Roberts, the man who changed the life of people with disabilities. As a young child, Ed was a typical child that could run and play with all of the other children. He loved organizing […]

Life on Mars

Life on Mars by author and illustrator Jon Agee is an silly and engaging story about a daring boy’s quest to find life on Mars. The book begins with the character stating, “Everybody thinks I’m crazy. Nobody believes there is life on Mars. But I do. And I just know that I’m going to find it.” I […]

Tips on Encouraging your Child to Enjoy Reading

I am excited to present  this guest post by Danny Nguyen from My Parenting Journal . Danny’s informative website, My Parenting Journal is an excellent resource for parents that includes information about stages and ages, child’s education, child’s health, family relationships, and parenting issues. Education has become an integral aspect of the modern-day society. In the […]

How to Supplement Your Child’s Museum Trip

I am excited to present this guest post written by Joyce Wilson. Joyce is a retired teacher with decades of experience. Today, she is a proud grandmom and mentor to teachers in her local public school system. She and a fellow retired teacher created TeacherSpark.org to share creative ideas and practical resources for the classroom. […]

I am Jim Henson

I am Jen Henson is another wonderful book in the series of Ordinary People Change the World. This series celebrates how ordinary people achieve extraordinary achievements. Other books in this series that I have reviewed are I am Helen Keller, I am Lucille Ball, I am Martin Luther King Jr., I am Albert Einstein and I […]

The Benefits of Reading Aloud with Older Children

Is reading aloud and joint reading only for young children? No! Many parents have the misconception that once your child can read independently, it’s time to stop reading aloud. This cannot be further from the truth. I found an interesting article by Connie Matthiessen discussing the benefits of reading aloud written by Jim Trelease, the […]

The Water Princess

The Water Princess written by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds is a thoughtful, poetic and beautiful book about the efforts of a young girl named Princess Gie Gie. This book is written and illustrated based on the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel. As a young girl, Georgie Badiel would have […]

Get Ready for Jetty

Get Ready for Jetty written by Jeanne Kraus and illustrated by Sandra Kimbell is a book written in a diary form about a girl named Jetty. Jetty is in 4th grade and has been recently diagnosed with ADHD. Throughout the book she discusses in the first person perspective, her thoughts and feelings about her diagnosis of ADHD and […]

Plenty of Love to Go Around

Plenty of Love to Go Around by Emma Chichester Clark is a thoughtful and heartwarming book about sharing your love. Plum is a dog that is known as the “special one” to his owners Emma and Rupert. Their next door neighbors, Sam and Gracie love Plum and view him as their “best one and only”. Plum […]

Toby

Toby by author and illustrator Hazel Mitchell is a heartwarming story of a boy who adopts a dog named Toby. When the boy and his father visit the shelter, he immediately gravitates towards Toby. When Toby comes home from the shelter, he doesn’t want to play and appears passive and scared. The boy immediately comforts Toby […]

Odd Duck

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon is a funny and engaging chapter book about a duck named Theodora and her best friend Chad. Theodora is a unique kind of duck that loves routine and structure.  She loves doing her daily exercises including balancing a teacup on her head while swimming and engaging in other […]

Make an Inspirational Canvas!

I was contacted by the Canvas Factory a couple of months ago about about writing a post and creating a canvas of my choice. Given my love for children’s literature, I wanted to create a canvas with one of my favorite quotes that I could display in my home. One of my favorite quotes is […]

Ada Twist, Scientist

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts is about a young, interesting and inquisitive girl named Ada. Ada didn’t talk until she was three and her first word was “Why?” Once she began talking, she couldn’t stop […]

Each Kindness

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson is a powerful book about kindness and regret. This story is told in the first person perspective by a young girl named Chloe and her friends who treat the new girl in class with unkindness. Each Kindness begins with the story of a girl named Maya, a new girl that has […]

The Well of Truth

The Well of Truth by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss is the story about telling the truth. Most children experiment with lying and for many young children, this is common. To learn more about developmental age and lying, check out this article by Parenting.com here. The Well of Truth is a folktale about three friends including […]

Stone Soup

Are you looking for a book to help teach your child about sharing and working together? Stone Soup by Heather Forest illustrated by Susan Gaber is a folktale about two travelers that are hungry and are seeking food in a local village. This European folktale has been told for centuries and teaches an importance lesson for both […]

All My Treasures A Book of Joy

All My Treasures A Book of Joy by Jo Witek illustrated by Christine Roussey is a story about treasuring the day to day gifts. This enchanting book makes an ideal gift to give someone because of it’s beautiful presentation. The book also has the addition of numerous flaps on each page to further engage a child in […]

Milk Goes to School

Milk Goes to School is a clever and engaging story about Milk’s adventures on her first day of school. With the author’s clever puns and valuable lesson about treating others, Milk Goes to School is an excellent read at school and in the home environment. Milk was off to her first day of school and she […]

If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi?

Do you want to educate your child about Dyslexia? Whether your child has a learning disability or not, this book titled, If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? is an excellent book to help children understand what Dyslexia is and how it can affect a child’s reading and writing abilities. As an […]