Dr. Seuss 100 First Words

Do you want to help expand on your child’s vocabulary? Check out this new Dr. Seuss Book, Dr. Seuss 100 First Words! This book releases today! I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss books, especially after learning more about him in Who Was Dr. Seuss? Reading Dr. Seuss books to my children and the […]

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 […]

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, […]

How Jottings Can Help your Child plus an Author Interview

I recently read an article in The Reading Teacher titled, Jottings: An Approach to Guided Reading in the Elementary Classroom (March/April 2018) written by Jennifer A Knight and Hilary A Justesen that immediately caught my eye. As a parent and a speech language pathologist, I am very interested in discovering new ways to encourage critical thinking for […]

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad written by Peggy Archer and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf is a delightful and engaging book full of onomatopoeia words! What are onomatopoeia words? Onomatopoeia words are “the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named.” These words are a part of figurative language, which have been determined to be […]

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Young Children: A Guest Post

I am excited to present this guest post by Katie Gilmore in partnership with KinderCare Learning Centers We often try to teach the young children in our lives the importance of practice, patience, and problem-solving. It can feel challenging to adequately arm future generations with these tools as we guide them towards a future of higher […]

The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School

Are you looking for activities for St Patrick’s Day to do at home or in the classroom? Check out the latest children’s book written by  Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery titled The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School. This book is another engaging, humorous and interactive book from Laura Murray about the infamous […]

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 […]

A Chip Off The Old Block

Are you going on a road trip? Would you like to help introduce your children to different types of rock formations and natural landmarks? Check out A Chip Off the Old Block written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Daniel Miyares. I loved this book, because it combines factual information with a valuable lesson about building character and […]

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 […]

Using The Think Aloud Strategy with Dr. Molly Ness

I wonder…I think…I like that…I feel…. Do you want to help build your child’s language during read alouds? Try the Think Aloud strategy! As a speech language pathologist and parent, I am always searching for any new evidence based strategies that can help a child improve language and literacy skills during read alouds. I recently […]

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. […]

Make Your Own Taco Bar and a Book Review

I am happy to present this guest post with a Taco Bar recipe from Ben Smith. He is a former semi-pro cyclist and big eater. Now he is just a big eater. He writes about food and drink for lazy chefs at The Online Grill. I wanted to share this recipe that not only looks delicious but […]

Mouse

What is your child’s favorite letter? Can this letter be manipulated to look like another letter? Image your child’s letter became a character! Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek is an interesting and inventive book about the letter M and his mouse friend. Mouse is intended for a younger audience but children who are school aged can […]

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 Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King

I am psyched to be the final blog post on the The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King Blog Tour by Penguin Kids. Join me on a spooky book blog tour with other participating blogs from the past two weeks!  Teachers Who Read , The Play Connection: Kids Creative Chaos , Pink Polka Dot Books , Mundie Moms Book Reviews , Satisfaction […]

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call by Mary Ann Fraser is an excellent, easy to read and informative book about the famous Alexander Graham Bell. The author takes the reader through the life of Alexander Graham Bell including his childhood, adult years and inventions,  including the evolution of the telephone. As a young boy, Aleck […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]