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 for Rebel Girls is not … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Create Invites and Holidays Cards with your Child

I was recently contacted by Basic Invite, an online invitation company for all occasions. Basic Invite also has wonderful free printables that can be directly accessed here. I wanted to share 10 fun and creative ways for you and your child to create holiday and birthday invitations together. Decide when you are going to send out the … [Read more...]

Top Picks for Nighttime Stories

Are you looking for some bedtime stories that will make your child sleepy and ready for bed? Check out these two picture books listed below. A new book titled Wee Sister Strange written by Holly Grant and illustrated by K.G. Campbell is perfect for bedtime and the upcoming Halloween season. The second book, which can help both parent and child fall … [Read more...]

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 beginning of the book, Frog … [Read more...]

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 "are mean." At that moment, a polar bear appears in her … [Read more...]

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 playing on the swing set. He desperately wants to play … [Read more...]

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 secretary or a housewife … [Read more...]

Where’s My Tushy?

Where's My Tushy? by Deborah Aronson is one of my children's favorite picture books. What happens if you have no tushy? What if your tushy decided to leave and go on vacation to the beach? What would people do without a behind? This silly, clever and engaging book is perfect for ages preschool and up and will leave you wondering about something you … [Read more...]

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 … [Read 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 in my son's scholastic book, I … [Read more...]

Go sleep in your own bed!

Do you have a young child that sleeps in your bed? Check out this book, Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Lori Nichols.  This book is entertaining and a fun read from young children ages 3 up to ages 6 because it incorporates engaging illustrations, fun rhyming text and a silly story. It's bedtime at the … [Read more...]

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 child that has big dreams, but is often … [Read more...]

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 books that help … [Read more...]

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 of these books myself … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Support Our Kickstarter! A Tale of The Monkey Balloon

  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 help of Yuki Osada, … [Read more...]

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 times, … [Read more...]

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 children because … [Read more...]

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 love this introduction statement because it … [Read more...]

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 place … [Read more...]

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 businesses, schools, and … [Read more...]

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, The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer tells the … [Read more...]

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 am Abraham Lincoln. As a … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 to walk for miles … [Read more...]

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 feels loved all over and special until one day, there … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 this book, check … [Read more...]

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 his father and several other characters. Other characters … [Read more...]

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier is the sequel to The Last Kids on Earth. This graphic novel sequel tells the story of Jack and his three best friends who go on an adventure to solve the mystery of the disappearing zombies. For this review of The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade,  I wanted to get the perspective … [Read more...]

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 Goat, Rooster and … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 exchange for food straps. The story … [Read more...]

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 is an excellent book for … [Read more...]

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 gets lost and could only find his class once he solves … [Read more...]

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 the story during reading. All My … [Read more...]

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 because he looks different. He is not like … [Read more...]

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 was scared. What was going to happen? Who … [Read more...]

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 understand. Kobi Yamada is also the … [Read more...]

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 bring … [Read more...]

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 felt comfortable and secure. "George, Sabrina, Terry, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]