How Katie Got a Voice

Do you want to introduce your child to disabilities? How about educating your children about individuals who are nonverbal? I bought the book, How Katie Got a Voice by Patricia Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP many months ago and really enjoyed it. I have read it to my own children and recently got an opportunity to speak about […]

I am Martin Luther King Jr.

“The time is always right to do right” Martin Luther King Jr. What makes someone a hero? Another powerful book by Brad Meltzer is I am Martin Luther King Jr in the Ordinary People Change the World. How do you explain the complex changes that Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished in a children’s book? It’s quite a […]

I am Abraham Lincoln

I am thrilled to participate in the month-long blog tour by Penguin Random House in February featuring the New York Times bestselling series Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer. I love this series and have reviewed several other titles including I am Lucille Ball and I am Helen Keller. “No matter where […]

My Name is Maria Isabel

“Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance”. Dale Carnegie What does your name mean to you?  Our names are important because they can help symbolize our loved ones, memories of loved ones that have passed away, our heritage, culture. etc. My Name is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada is an excellent short chapter […]

Out of My Mind

“Just because I can’t talk, doesn’t mean that I have nothing to say”. This is one of my favorite quotes that I often share with my graduate students. As a speech language pathologist who specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is a powerful book that teaches the reader many […]

Wink…The Ninja Who Wanted To Be Noticed

Do you have a child that wants to be a ninja? Wink, The Ninja Who Wanted To Be Noticed is an excellent book about following your own path in life and being proud of your individuality. Wink was thrilled when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. At the school, he met […]

I am Helen Keller

“Look at me. Hear my words. I may not be able to see, but I have vision. I may not be able to hear, but I have a voice” (quote taken from I am Helen Keller) I am Helen Keller by Brad Meltzer should be a permanent book in any parent’s library. Since I was a child, I […]

The Nonsense Show…review plus a link to a giveaway from Penguin

“Welcome friends! Don’t be slow. Step right up to The Nonsense Show” (quote from The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle) In the world of children’s literature, Eric Carle is a legend. His books are timeless and are ideal for young children such as preschoolers up to early elementary school. As an adult, I still love […]

Rickshaw Girl

For Novembers Mother Daughter Book Club from Girls Leadership.org, my daughter and I had the pleasure of reading Rickshaw Girl. Rickshaw Girl is a story of a young Bangladeshi girl named Naima who lives with her family in a struggling village. Her father earns the money for the family by driving a rickshaw. One of Naima’s […]

I am Lucille Ball

“Love yourself first and everything falls in line” Lucille Ball (quoted from I am Lucille Ball) When I am Lucille Ball by Brad Meltzer arrived in the mail, I was excited to read it to my children and share the legend of Lucille Ball with them. This series of books called Ordinary People Change the World […]

The Thing About Yetis

In this book, The Thing about Yetis by Vin Vogel, a Yeti is a soft, lovable cuddly creature who loves winter. Yetis love waking up on snowy mornings, drinking hot chocolate and building big snow castles. These characters make the best snowball and snowmen with their friends sliding down snowy hills on their bottom. However, […]

The Year of the Dog

Are you looking for an engaging chapter book that will help empower your daughter? Check out this book, The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. I wanted to share this book as part of The Parent and Daughter Book Club for Girls Leadership.org, an organization that has a mission to empower young girls and […]

Temple Did It, and I Can, Too! Seven Simple Life Rules

Temple Did it, and I Can, Too! is an inspiration story of a girl named Temple who defeats all odds in spite of her disabilities. Temple Grandin is a successful woman with Autism that inspires people all over the world as an advocate for individuals with autism and their families. The book begins with an […]

Max and Marla

What does the word Olympian mean for your child? An amazing athlete? Someone who reaches for the stars? Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger is about a boy named Max and his best owl friend, Marla. Max and Marla love to go on great adventures together but always seem to have some sort of obstacle. When […]

Ladybug Girl: Favorites for the Fall

Are you looking for some good Fall favorites to read to your young children? Check out these two favorites of mine by David Soman and Jacky Davis….To learn more about Ladybug Girl visit their website here. Ladybug Girl and the Dress Up Dilemma is a perfect book for this upcoming Halloween. What does Ladybug Girl […]

Ladybug Girl Super Fun Edition plus Language Tips!

Are you looking for a book that can help empower your daughter? Check out the Ladybug Girl Series. This Ladybug Girl Super Fun Edition by David Soman and Jacky Davis not only includes the story but also carryover activities including a paper doll activity, 30 reusable stickers, and a poster that help bring the story […]

Turbo and Scott: Raising Awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis

Do you have a child with Tuberous Sclerosis? What is Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC)? According to the website Tuberous-Sclerosis.com, “TSC presents in the form of noncancerous tumors called hamartomas. In children, these tumors can form in most of the major parts of the body, including the brain, skin, eyes, heart, and kidneys. These tumors in the brain […]

Return of the Library Dragon

“A book..unlike a television program, moving picture or any other ‘modern means of communication’…can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed” -Joseph Wood Krutch I was happily surprised when my daughter brought home Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy from her school library. When I […]

Anxiety in Children and Teens

Do you have a child that is anxious? How about a special needs child with anxiety? I love to share important resources on my blog that can help parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists with specific issues at home. With the new school year just beginning, there can be many different types of anxiety that a […]

Ava’s Adventure

Ava’s Adventure by Laura Pedersen is about a young girl who overcomes her disappointment and learns an important lesson when her parents won’t pay for an upcoming trip with a friend. Ava wants desperately to go with her friend Lucas on a snowboarding trip. Her parents can’t let her go because it is too expensive and […]

Unplugged: how to live mindfully in a digital world

I wanted to share an excellent and insightful book with my readers titled Unplugged: how to live mindfully in a digital world. Given that my blog focuses on parenting and sharing resources with families, I wanted to review this book written by Orianna Fielding that helped me become more mindful about being connected with my electronic devices. […]

Stepping Stories..a review plus tips!

Do you want to introduce more stories at mealtime that relate directly to your child? Make your child the star of the book! I was contacted by Stepping Stories a couple of weeks ago regarding their personalized books. When I visited their website, I was able to easily create a personalized book for both of my children […]

The Most Magnificent Thing

Does your child get frustrated often? Many children, specifically children with ADHD get frustrated often and have a difficult time sticking with an activity due to low frustration tolerance. I came across this book titled, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, which can be an excellent tool in helping a child who has trouble sticking with […]

Gravitybread presents Olive Senior

I am happy to present the author of Anna Carries Water, Olive Senior. I really enjoyed the book, Anna Carries Water because it can teach our children about different cultures, customs and appreciation for the most basic things that many children and adults take for granted. To check out my review and sample questions to […]

Anna Carries Water

Do you want your child to learn about different cultures? How about appreciating clean water? I went to an author event a couple of months ago at a local bookshop for The Monkey Balloon and had the pleasure of meeting Laura James, the illustrator for this beautiful book, Anna Carries Water. Anna Carries Water written by […]

Personal Space Camp

Do you have a child that doesn’t understand personal space? Many children who are both typical and have special needs struggle with giving others personal space. Many children who have ADHD or any social communication disorder may have difficulty with this concept of personal space and can struggle to learn why others are reacting negatively […]

Frenemy Jane The Sometimes Friend

Does your son or daughter struggle with a friend that is sometimes nice and other times mean? In my house, we call those friends “Yo-Yo” friends, a term that I got from the book, Little Girls Can be Mean by Michelle Anthony. Frenemy Jane The Sometimes Friend written by Stephanie Sorkin is about a girl […]

You Are a Social Detective Beginner App

Does your child have difficulties with social skills and being socially appropriate?  I am a big fan of Michelle Garcia, Social Thinking materials and the therapeutic strategy of video modeling. This app titled You Are a Social Detective Beginner App has 3 different levels with tons of videos and various questions related to the videos. The app […]

Gravitybread presents Tanya Lee Stone

I am excited to present Tanya Lee Stone, the author of Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? I asked Tanya some questions about Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? and how she got the inspiration to empower children through literature. I hope that you will find her responses helpful in inspiring your own children at […]

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?

For Mother’s Day this weekend, I wanted to share a powerful picture book that empowers young girls to set high goals for themselves. My daughter and I took out this book, Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Stone the other day at the library. After a couple of pages, […]

Gravitybread presents Maria Dismondy

Does your child have empathy and appreciation for others? Check out my interview with Maria Dismondy and her tips on how to help your child develop a better sense of empathy through book reading with her book, The Potato Chip Champ. Maria Dismondy is an award winning children’s book author who has also written many other […]

The Paper Bag Princess

Do you want to teach your daughter to stand up for herself? Read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch the next time you sit down for a snack or dinner. The story begins with a beautiful princess named Elizabeth that is in love with a prince named Ronald. Everything is perfect until a dragon […]

The Potato Chip Champ

Are you looking for a good book to teach your child about empathy and being kind to others? The Potato Chip Champ written by Maria Dismondy is an excellent book to teach your child many important concepts. The story begins with a boy named Champ who loves potato chips and is a very good baseball player. It is […]

Terrific Teddy and bd Mix-Up

Do you have a child who struggles with reading and writing? Does your child have Dyslexia or a language based learning disability? Terrific Teddy and the bd Mix-Up is an excellent book written by Jim Forgan, PhD, who also wrote Terrific Teddy’s Excessive Energy. I had the pleasure of interviewing him and got some excellent […]

Tom’s Special Talent

Do you have a child with a language based learning disability that struggles with reading and writing? Does your child have a diagnosed reading disability such as Dyslexia? If so, Tom’s Special Talent by Kate Gaynor at Special Stories can be an excellent book to have in your personal library. This book is also excellent for typical […]

Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job

Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job is an excellent picture book to introduce the topic of the “dream job”. Have you asked your child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My family and I recently visited the Monterey Aquarium,  where I purchased this picture book. Sid the Squid and […]

Zero

Do you want to help build your child’s self esteem or have a discussion about low self esteem? Reading this book, Zero with your child can help lead important discussions about self esteem and how they feel about themselves. Zero is a big round number and when she looks at herself, all she sees is […]

The Big Orange Splot

Do you want to encourage your child to be unique? The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an excellent book to help your child celebrate the feeling of being unique and expressing your creativity in different ways. Mr. Plumbean lives on a neat street where every house is exactly the same. Everyone enjoys this neat […]

Gravitybread presents Stephanie Sorkin

I am happy to present an interview with Stephanie Sorkin, author of two children’s books that are favorites of mine at home. Stephanie’s first children’s book Nutley, the Nut Free Squirrel is about a squirrel that has a nut allergy. Her second book, Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces is about a boy that was sent […]

The Empty Pot…..plus teacher lesson plans and carryover activities!

The Empty Pot by Demi is a tale of a Chinese boy named Ping and his quest to be emperor. The Empty Pot contains an important lesson about patience, honesty and strength within yourself. The book begins with the emperor who wants to find a successor to his throne due his old age. How will he […]

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes….plus teacher lesson plans!

Do you have a child that strives to be perfect all of the time? How about a child that is hard on themselves when they make a mistake? I love this book, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein because it teaches a child the challenges of trying to be […]

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 […]

Margo’s Magnificent Choice

Do you want to help your child be kind and speak to other people with respect? As parents, we all struggle to teach our children to treat others the way you want to be treated. Especially when you have a child with special needs with impulsive behavior, teaching this concept can be even more difficult. […]

Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist

Do you have a child with a sensory processing disorder? Does he or she like to visit the dentist? I think bringing any child to the dentist can be a difficult experience but having a child with special needs can add an extra complexity to the experience. Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist by Marla Roth-Fisch […]

Cupcake

Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper is a funny and engaging story with a valuable lesson. Cupcake is born one day as a creamy white, perfectly plain and delicious cupcake. He is thrilled to meet his new brothers and sisters and to be part of such a fun and colorful family. Cupcake feels lonely when he realizes that he […]

What Do You Do With An Idea?

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada is one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time. This book has such a powerful message that both children and adults can appreciate. The book begins like this. “One day I had an idea. Where did it come from? Why […]

How To Cheer Up Dad

Do you have a very active child that is always getting themselves in trouble due to their mischievous ways? You will love this book, How To Cheer Up Dad by Fred Kochler. This book is a sweet and funny tale of an elephant named Little Jumbo and his dad. Little Jumbo is getting in trouble […]

Jake Starts School

Has your child ever attached themselves to your leg and it felt impossible to remove them? Jake Starts School by Michael Wright is a funny and sweet tale of a boy named Jake who is anxious about leaving his parents to start school. He is so anxious he actually clings to his parents so tight […]

Going Places

Do you want your child to be more creative? Do you or your child think “out of the box”? Going Places is about two friends who build something wonderful together. Who says you have to build everything like the directions tell you to?  In the beginning of the story, Rafael builds his go-cart just like […]

Three Picture Books to Help Expand your Child’s Vocabulary

Do you want your child to learn more words and expand their vocabulary?  I learned some new words myself when reading The Boy Who Loved Words.  Try reading these three books! Your children will learn some new important words during reading time. With a rich vocabulary, a child can feel proud of using  “grown up” words appropriately, […]

A Boy and A Jaguar

Do you have a child that stutters? Do you stutter or know of another person that stutters? This book written by Alan Rabinowitz is a beautiful story of a young boy who struggles through life because of his stuttering until he finds his passion, saving jaguars. Stuttering can be very isolating for children and a picture […]

SCOOP

Do you want to help teach your children how to be safe? With the summer approaching and more time being spent at the park and playground, teaching your child to make the right choices about their safety is important.  I had a recent experience at a playground with my daughter, which prompted me to read […]

Wemberly Worried

Does your child worry excessively or have anxiety? Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes is about a girl named Wemberly who constantly worries. She worries about everything morning, night and throughout the day. At home, she worries that the tree would fall on her house or if there is a snake in the radiator. At the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wonder

Powerful and memorable. These are the best ways to describe Wonder by R.J. Ralacio. I rarely review books that are not picture books, but this book is like no other. Wonder was written for children ages 6 to 12 years old, but is also very appropriate for adults to read. I read this within 3 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell-less Shelby

Shell-less Shelby is a story of a sea turtle named Shelby who cannot find her shell. The story begins with a mother named Sally who lays one egg and then returns back to the ocean to wait for her baby to be born. When helping out a fellow sea turtle named Gus, she realizes that […]

Five Picture Books to Help Build Self Esteem

Is your young child insecure? Struggling with their individuality? Helping build self esteem is something not that not only our children can benefit from, but also ourselves. It’s tough growing up and the more confidence we can instill in our children, the better. I love how many children’s books help teach a child to love […]