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 when Dr. Drake … [Read more...]

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 are getting older, I find that it gets more … [Read more...]

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 home with her and found out … [Read more...]

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 War II, the White House was a a very … [Read more...]

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 Truck by David Friend is … [Read more...]

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 Leo who changes her world. Her summer is filled with a … [Read more...]

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 with … [Read more...]

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. Below are two books that … [Read more...]

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 practical resources for … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 loved drama club and was excited to be a part of … [Read more...]

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. He picked up packages and … [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...]

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 those with ADHD and … [Read more...]

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 be frustrating and … [Read more...]

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 recipes (such as … [Read more...]

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 published in the journal of … [Read more...]

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 and that no one is perfect! I especially love his … [Read more...]

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 up to 2nd grade. Raybot is … [Read more...]

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 Cup Empty? is the first book in the Lil Sherri series and … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 other ideas about what she likes to sing. She … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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! Frank spends the summers … [Read more...]

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 math teacher. His sister told him he … [Read more...]

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 hate you!" His grandfather tells Anh to go to his room and … [Read more...]

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 Change the World in I am Albert … [Read more...]

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 augmentative and alternative … [Read more...]

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 know and love … [Read more...]

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 challenging task, but the author … [Read more...]

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 you are from, or how … [Read more...]

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 review, click … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 variety of … [Read more...]

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 book about a young … [Read more...]

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? The simple answer to your question is … [Read more...]

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 valuable lessons … [Read more...]

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 Master Zutsu who taught his students to "strong and … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

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 have always been fascinated by Helen Keller and the obstacles that she overcame … [Read more...]

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 pick-your-own-path adventure Can YOU Survive the Zombie … [Read more...]

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 Eric Carle's book and use them … [Read more...]

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 greatest pleasures is … [Read more...]

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 are interesting, engaging and inspiring … [Read more...]

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, winter can be tough … [Read more...]

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 the future women of our nation. T o learn more … [Read more...]

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 explanation of how the story is going to … [Read more...]

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 sledding, their sled gets broken and needs … [Read more...]

Lego Man in Space

Last week my daughter brought home the book, Lego Man in Space from her school library. At first, I thought it was a book about a make believe Lego that went into space. During dinner when I was reading it, I was amazed to find out that the Lego Man actually went into space. After reading the book, I watched the video and was absolutely amazed with … [Read more...]

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 want to be for Halloween? Her … [Read more...]

How To Motivate Your Child To Read

A couple of weeks ago, I began searching for an article that can help give me insight into motivation and reading. What motivates our children to read for pleasure?" As a child, reading was always a fun activity for me. I loved story time, book clubs and always had a book in my hand from the time that I was in 2nd grade.  When I was growing up, my … [Read more...]

Robo-Sauce: A Review plus Language Tips!

Does your child ever wonder what it would be like to be a robot? Robots don't have to worry about eating their vegetables, going to school or getting a good nights sleep. They are supercomputers that can do anything! Check out this inventive children's book, Robo-Sauce by award winning author, Adam Rubin. Robo-Sauce is a children's book about a … [Read more...]

Terrific Teddy’s Focus Friend

Do you have a child with ADHD? Does your child fidget constantly? If so, you may want to consider a focus friend! Terrific Teddy's Focus Friend is about a young boy named Teddy who struggles to stay attentive to many tasks including schoolwork. Like many children with ADHD, Teddy states "I like running and swimming and video games. It's easy for … [Read more...]

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 life. I found the Ladybug … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Leaf Book by Monica Wellington

I am excited to present a guest post by Monica Wellington. My Leaf Book is one of my favorite books about Fall and I wanted to share a follow up post on ways to create your own leaf book. I asked Monica Wellington, author of My Leaf Book to share with me how she created her own leaf book. I also asked her some questions about this engaging, … [Read more...]

Lost Bread

I am thrilled to present this guest post by Ann McCallum, author of the book Eat Your US History Homework. To check out the review, click here. Ann is the also the author of Eat Your Math Homework, Eat Your Science Homework, Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere, and Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant. The English call it French toast. The French go by … [Read more...]

Eat Your U.S. History Homework

Do you want to find a creative and fun way to teach your child about U.S. History? Check out Eat Your U.S. History Homework, Recipes for Revolutionary Minds by Ann McCallum and illustrated by Leeza Hernandez. This book can be utilized as both a cookbook and history book in the way the information is presented by the author. Ann is also a teacher so … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

My Leaf Book

One of my favorite things about the season of Fall is watching the leaves change color to create magnificent scenery all around me. I received this beautiful children's book titled My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington a couple of weeks ago. I have to personally thank Monica for bringing My Leaf Book into my household because it prompted a keen … [Read more...]