City Block

City Block written by Christopher Fanceschelli illustrated by Peskimo is an engaging, colorful and interesting book ideal for toddlers and preschool children. The book contains simple language with engaging pictures of various actions that are occurring in a city. The book is also not a standard “lift the flap” type of book. Each page is unique in […]

Holy Mole!

Holy Mole! is a Mexican folktale about the origin of the mole sauce written by Caroline McAlister and illustrated by Stefan Czernecki. This folktale tells the story of a young boy named Carlos, an orphan who works in the kitchen of a monastery. Carlos helps out with the cleaning and preparing in the kitchen in […]

Gravitybread Presents Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe

I am thrilled to present the interview with Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe, creators of the book, Hello My Name is Octicorn. This book was a huge hit in my house for number of reasons. It was engaging, interesting, funny and can teach an important lesson about being different and accepting others. Hello My Name is Octicorn […]

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 […]

Television and Language Development

As a parent and an SLP, I am interested in understanding the relationship between television and language development. Learning from the research helps me make better choices with regards to being a parent and when training other parents of young children. I read an interesting article titled “The Relationship Between Television and Language Development” by Jessica M […]

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 […]

The Littlest Inventor

The Littlest Inventor by Mandi C. Mathis is the story of a young boy diagnosed with a Sensory Processing Disorder that struggles with sensory overload when on a shopping trip with his parents. The crowds, noises and visual stimulation are just too much to handle. He grows nervous and feels a need to “fight or […]

What Do You Do With a Problem?

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada is an inspiring book about confronting problems in a child’s life. I find Kobi’s books to be not only inspiring and beautifully illustrated, but so thoughtful in the way that she is able to present complex information (such as having a problem) so that children can […]

Expanding Vocabulary During Storytime

Would you like to expand your child’s vocabulary? When I am reading aloud, I will often define a word as I am reading it. Many times, I will provide visual cues to go with unfamiliar words so the child can get a “picture” in their mind of the word.  With regard to vocabulary expansion, I am […]

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 […]

Activities That Teach Emotional Cues

Children and adults with varying developmental disabilities and/or social cognitive delays may have difficulty interpreting social and emotional cues. This reduced ability to interpret cues can significantly impact peer relationships and conversation with others. When an individual cannot discern whether a person is upset or happy with their response, their reaction may be considered unexpected, as […]

Ferocious Fluffity

Ferocious Fluffity by Erica S. Perl is an entertaining and humorous book about a class pet that became ferocious! When Mr. Drake showed the children Fluffity, they said “She’s so tiny!” “She’s so sweet” “Such cute whiskers!” “Such cute feet!” He warned them right away by telling them “Look-don’t touch” Did they listen? No! One day […]

7 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating with Your Child

I am happy to present this guest post about healthy eating by Katleen Brown, a health, beauty and fitness writer. As a parent, I struggle with getting my kids to eat healthy on a regular basis. Personally, I am an advocate of moderation and try to offer my children a varied diet. As my children […]

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 […]

Diana’s White House Garden

Diana’s White House Garden by Elisa Carbone is a true story about Diana Hopkins , the ten year old child who lived in the White House during the term of President Roosevelt. Back in 1943, Diana lived in the White House with her father, Harry Hopkins who was the chief adviser to President Roosevelt. During World […]

Books about Vehicles…Language and Learning Tips

Does your child like vehicles? These two books, Blue Boat and With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a Truck are excellent for children at the preschool age up to kindergarten. The books present with colorful and bright illustrations with engaging texts that will keep your child attending to the story. With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a […]

Summerlost

Summerlost by Ally Condie is a novel about a young girl who recently lost her younger brother and father in an accident. The author tells the story of a girl named Cedar who returns to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. Upon settling into their house in Iron Creek, Cedar meets a boy named […]

Social Thinking and Me: Thinksheets and a Kids Guidebook

  Social Thinking and Me is a two book set written by Linda K. Murphy and Michelle Garcia Winner that helps introduce older elementary and middle school students to Social Thinking. Whether you are just beginning to learn about Social Thinking or have been exposed to it for many years, this resource is invaluable for older students […]

Books That Spark Imagination

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein With electronics and busy schedules, sometimes it feels like there is no time for a child to use their imagination. Children have the beautiful gift of imagination and it’s our job as parents to provide opportunities to stimulate it. […]

4 Effective Mini Lessons for Students with ADHD

Photo via Pixabay by geralt 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 […]

From Wolf to Woof!

From Wolf to Woof! by Hudson Talbott is a fascinating children’s tale about how a wolf’s relationship with a human evolved into the dogs of today. “Long, long ago…before humans and dogs were friends…in fact, long before there dogs, there were…..wolves!” The story begins with the history of how wolves roamed the earth freely and in packs. In […]

Over-Scheduled Andrew

Is your child over-scheduled? I picked up Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires at my local library. I am a big fan of Ashley’s books. Check out my review of The Most Magnificent Thing here. Andrew loved putting on plays and decided to join the drama club so he could perform on a real stage. He […]

Go, Little Green Truck!

Go, Little Green Truck! by Roni Schotter and illustrated by Julia Kuo is sweet story of Little Green Truck, a pickup that lived on a farm. Little Green Truck was a proud pickup and loved feeling clean and strong for his boss, Farmer Gray. He helped with all of the chores including carrying bundles, bales and bins. […]

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 ages […]

Parent Resources for Children with ADHD

Do you have a child with ADHD? How about a student with ADHD? I want to share some valuable resources for children with ADHD written by Jim Forgan, PhD, author of the Terrific Teddy Series and Mary Anne Richey, M.Ed. Jim Forgan, PhD is a school psychologist who works with children with varying disabilities, but more specifically […]

Douglas, You Need Glasses and Erik the Red Sees Green

Does your child wear glasses? Is your child colorblind? I wanted to review these two children’s books, Douglas, You Need Glasses and Erik the Red Sees Green this week to help give parents a resource about different vision issues. For many children, getting glasses can be exciting. For others, the process of wearing glasses can […]

More Than Enough, review and author interview

More Than Enough  A Passover Story by April Halprin Wayland is a children’s book about the Jewish holiday of Passover. The book focuses on the concept of Dayenu, which means “it would have been enough for us”. Each page reflects the various steps in preparing and celebrate Passover such as buying the ingredients, making special […]

Screen Time and how it affects social skills…

Does your child spend too much time on the screen? As a parent, I constantly feel torn with screen time and how to monitor it. What are the effects of too much screen time? I found an interesting study titled Five Days at outdoor education camp without screens improves preteen skills with nonverbal emotion cues […]

Gravitybread presents Mark Pett

I am excited to present an interview with Mark Pett, the author of one of my favorite books The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. To check out my review of this book with a suggested lesson plan for teachers, click here. I love this book because it shows children that we can learn from making mistakes […]

Finding a Pet: Raybot and I Won A What?

I am excited to present two children’s books titled Raybot by Adam F. Watkins and I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick about finding and taking care of the perfect pet and best friend. Being an animal lover myself, I can image having most domestic animals as pets! Both books are excellent for children from preschool age […]

Is My Cup Empty? Review, research and an author interview

Is My Cup Empty? is a heartfelt children’s book about being optimistic, helpful and mindful. What happens if your cup is empty? “Fill it with water, milk or juice that’s chilled. If your Grandma’s lap if empty and she needs love, “climb right up on it to give her kisses and a hug!” Is My […]

Social Thinking Conference…product reviews and tips to use at home

  “The concept of being social is a judgement not a test score” (Social Thinking, 2016) This past week, I had the pleasure of attending a one day Social Thinking Conference in Tarrytown, NY. I was excited to hear Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking discuss Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment and Core Treatment […]

Hoot and Peep

Help teach your child about the magic of being unique with this book, Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge. Hoot and Peep is a beautiful illustrated book about an older brother owl named Hoot who wants to impart his owly wisdom to his younger sister Peep. Owl likes to say “Hooo” on the rooftop but Peep has […]

Social Thinking…product reviews plus a link to attend a conference…

As a speech language pathologist, I treat many children and adults with social cognitive learning challenges. Many individuals with varying diagnoses struggle with pragmatic language skills that impact their ability to build strong relationships with their peers and interact with others in their environment. Diagnoses such as Autism, genetic syndromes, ADHD,  ODD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Tourette […]

Dino Files A Mysterious Egg

Are you looking for an engaging chapter book series for your elementary aged child? Check out Dino Files by Stacy McAnulty! The Dino Files, A Mysterious Egg is about a boy named Frank L Mudd who is a 9-year-old dinosaur expert, his paleontologist grandparents, a cat named Saurus, and fossils that might not be so extinct! […]

Cooking with Mr. C

Learn math in the kitchen! Check out Cooking with Mr. C, a picture book about a math teacher named Mr. C that uses cooking and baking to teach his students fractions and other mathematics concepts. When the main character Scottie, arrived on his first day of fourth grade, he didn’t know what to expect from his […]

Embracing Feelings with Mindfulness: Two Book Reviews

Anh’s Anger by Gail Silver is about a young boy named Anh who becomes angry with his grandfather one day when he is asked to stop playing with his blocks. When he is asked to “put his blocks down” to come to dinner, he angrily knocks down his blocks and tells his grandfather, “Go away! I […]

I am Albert Einstein

“Being different is what makes you special. So find what you love. Learn everything you can about it. And share the best parts with anyone that will listen. You never know who you’ll inspire.“ I am Albert Einstein (2014) Teach your child all about Albert Einstein by reading the book from the series Ordinary People […]

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 […]

Autism and the Extended Family

How does Autism affect an extended family? Many books and articles don’t directly address the issues surrounding a disability and how it affects the child and their extended family. Autism and the Extended Family written by Raun D. Melmed, MD and Maria Bird-West Wheeler is a helpful guide for those outside the immediate family who […]

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 […]

Gravitybread presents Carol Buckley

I am honored to present this interview with Carol Buckley, author and photographer for the children’s book, Tarra and Bella. After reading Tarra and Bella, I contacted Carol Buckley, the author of this engaging and educational book about the strong bond between an elephant named Tarra and a dog named Bella. To check out my […]

Unlikely Friends: A review of 3 children’s books

Are you an animal lover? How about your child? I recently watched a documentary with my children about unlikely friendships on National Geographic. The three friendships highlighted in the show were about Suryia and Roscoe (orangutan and a dog), Owel and Mzee (hippo and tortoise) and Tarra and Bella (elephant and dog). Seeing my children’s […]

The Hueys in What’s the Opposite?

Are you looking for a children’s book to teach your child opposites? Check out The Hueys in What’s the Opposite? by Oliver Jeffers. Oliver Jeffers is also the illustrator of When the Crayons Quit  and When the Crayons Came Home. The Hueys In What’s the Opposite? is a clever, engaging book that can help teach a child learn about a […]

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 […]

Gravitybread presents Sharon Draper

I am honored to present this interview with Sharon Draper, author of Out of my mind, an inspirational and powerful book about a young girl and her journey with communication. To check out my review and links to teacher lessons and resources, click here. What inspired you to write the book, Out of my mind? […]

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 […]

Mouse Scouts…review and author interview

Are you looking for an engaging chapter book to read with your early elementary aged child? Try Mouse Scouts by Sarah Dillard. The series is about six young mice named Violet, Tigerlily, Junebuy, Cricket, Hyacinth and Petunja who are new members of the organization called the Acorn Scouts. Acorn Scouts in nothing like the younger group, the […]

Video Modeling and Individuals with Autism..what the research says…

Do have a specific behavior that you would like to improve with your child? Try video modeling! Research from the last three decades states the benefits of utilizing video modeling for children with Autism. Video modeling is also effective for other varying disorders, specifically those that impact pragmatic and expressive disorders (e.g. ADHD, Social Communication Disorder, […]

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 Last Kids on Earth

Do you have a child that loves a good zombie story? How about an interest in starring in their own comic book or video game?   Check out this book, The Last Kids on Earth by Max Braillier. Max Brallier is the author of more than twenty books and games for children and adults, including the […]

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 […]