The Miscalculations of a Lightning Girl

Are you looking for a book that can help your child embrace their unique qualities? Do you have a child that is starting middle school next year? Check out Stacy McAnulty’s new middle grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. When I received this middle grade novel, I will often ask my child reviewers to […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Early Reader Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Growing up, I have always loved reading comic books of all different varieties. As my daughter has gotten older, her passion for reading graphic novels has intensified. She loves reading all different types of books, but the graphic novels are her favorite. Since she has such a keen interest in graphic novels, I have read many […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anansi Folktales: Learning Valuable Lessons

For the month of February, I wanted to share two folktales that can help teach your child valuable lessons about responsibility, citizenship, fairness, respect and sharing. These folktales written by Bobby and Sherri Norfolk and illustrated by Baird Hoffmire are a great fit for Black History Month as well since the culture of both books takes […]

The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat

The Sundown Kid A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz and illustrated by John Kanzler is a story about a Jewish family living in the Wild West. The author’s note states “The setting of this story, the Wild West, has historical relevance. Many Jews settled in Western states in the 1800’s and early 1900’s to established […]

Owly, A Wordless Adventure!

Owly, by Andy Runton is a wonderful wordless graphic novel series about an Owl named Owly and his best friend, Wormy. This series is ideal for any age but I think most appropriate for young school age children ages 5 and up. This is also a series that be enjoyed together with a parent. Owly, […]

A Greyhound, A Groundhog

A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Appelhans is a children’s book about the playful interaction between a greyhound and groundhog. The book is beautifully illustrated and captivates the child’s attention with engaging illustrations and interesting of use of text. This book is filled with tongue twisters and opportunities to expose your child […]

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 […]

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Does your child have trouble falling asleep? Check out this book, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin a behavioral scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. This author also wrote the book, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep which has sold over 1.6 million copies. To learn more about […]

I Don’t Want To Be Big

I Don’t Want To Be Big by Dev Petty illustrated by Mike Boldt is an engaging children’s book about a frog that doesn’t want to grow up! The book begins with a frog refusing to eat his dinner because he doesn’t want to grow big. The story takes you through the dialogue between the frog and […]

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 Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo

Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery is an engaging, interactive and fun book to read to a class or at home. The author takes you on a riddle scavenger hunt with the gingerbread man to explore all of the animals at the zoo. The Gingerbread Man […]

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 […]

Hello, My Name is Octicorn

Are you looking for a book that celebrates being different? Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller illustrated by Justin Lowe is a story that takes you the life of Octi (as he likes to be called), a creature that is half unicorn and half octopus. Octi is looking for a friend but is constantly left out […]

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 […]

The Color Monster

The Color Monster, A Pop-Up Book about Feelings by Anna Llenas is a special and engaging book about feelings. As a speech language pathologist who works with children and adults with complex communication needs, emotions can be an abstract concept to teach. Using a multi-sensory approach, like this author does in The Color Monster, can help […]

El Deafo

El Deafo by Cece Bell is a graphic novel about a girl named Cece who becomes deaf after getting sick as a young child. What was it like for Cece being deaf? Upon learning that Cece was deaf, her parents sent her to a special school for deaf children called The Fisher School. At this school she […]

The Jacket

The Jacket written by Kirsten Hall and illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova  is a creative and interesting picture book that tells the journey of a book searching for “the child who would finally notice him”. One day he met the girl he always dreamed of and fit perfectly in her hands. Everything seems perfect until he came […]