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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Return of the Library Dragon

“A book..unlike a television program, moving picture or any other ‘modern means of communication’…can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed” -Joseph Wood Krutch I was happily surprised when my daughter brought home Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy from her school library. When I […]

Hank Has A Dream

Are you looking for a magical book to spark your child’s imagination and language? When I first picked up the book, Hank Finds an Egg, I found something very unique about the images in the book. The pictures were captivating, pure and mystical. If you want to know more about the author and illustrator, Rebecca Dudley […]

Ava’s Adventure

Ava’s Adventure by Laura Pedersen is about a young girl who overcomes her disappointment and learns an important lesson when her parents won’t pay for an upcoming trip with a friend. Ava wants desperately to go with her friend Lucas on a snowboarding trip. Her parents can’t let her go because it is too expensive and […]

Stepping Stories..a review plus tips!

Do you want to introduce more stories at mealtime that relate directly to your child? Make your child the star of the book! I was contacted by Stepping Stories a couple of weeks ago regarding their personalized books. When I visited their website, I was able to easily create a personalized book for both of my children […]

Being Kind: Research and a Children’s Book Review

What is kindness and how do we teach this to our children? I think it’s life experiences, relationships and our environment that affect a person’s ability to show their inherent kindness to others. I believe some children are born with more of a kind and compassionate nature and others need to learn that kindness as […]

Creative Ways to Display Books

How do you organize your books? Here are some fresh ideas! In my own home, both children and adult books are organized more traditionally on a bookshelf, a file box on our kitchen table and placed casually on the coffee table. I love these suggestions given by my guest poster today, Jane Blanchard from Modernize. Jane […]

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?

For Mother’s Day this weekend, I wanted to share a powerful picture book that empowers young girls to set high goals for themselves. My daughter and I took out this book, Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Stone the other day at the library. After a couple of pages, […]

Bear Books by Barefoot and The Beginner Reader

I have always been a big fan of the Bear book series by Barefoot Books for many years. When my children were young, I would bring them to story time at FAO Schwartz, which is a very large and famous bookstore in NYC. Immediately, when you walked in the section of Barefoot books, it was like […]

The Book With No Pictures

Are you looking for a book that will make your child giggle and learn at the same time? Check out this book The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. My daughter requested that I buy this book after she heard it at school. Since receiving the book I have read the book at least […]

Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job

Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job is an excellent picture book to introduce the topic of the “dream job”. Have you asked your child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My family and I recently visited the Monterey Aquarium,  where I purchased this picture book. Sid the Squid and […]

Zero

Do you want to help build your child’s self esteem or have a discussion about low self esteem? Reading this book, Zero with your child can help lead important discussions about self esteem and how they feel about themselves. Zero is a big round number and when she looks at herself, all she sees is […]

The Big Orange Splot

Do you want to encourage your child to be unique? The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an excellent book to help your child celebrate the feeling of being unique and expressing your creativity in different ways. Mr. Plumbean lives on a neat street where every house is exactly the same. Everyone enjoys this neat […]

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat is a beautiful story of friendship, courage and patience. The book begins with a scene of a faraway land where imaginary friends are created. All of the characters live and play there waiting to be imagined by a real child. Once they become imagined by a real child, they get […]

Peanut Butter and Cupcake! plus a free printable…….

Peanut Butter and Cupcake! by Terry Border is a funny and engaging tale about friendship. Peanut Butter ventures out to find a friend but the task is harder than he thought it would be! Will Egg be his friend? How about Cupcake? What goes the best with Peanut Butter? Jelly of course! Peanut Butter finally […]

The Pencil

Do you have a book that your children tend to gravitate towards? The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg is one of my children’s favorite books. The book begins with a lonely pencil that lays there for a very long time until one day he makes a move and starts to draw. What does he draw? He begins his […]

Building Language with Mr. and Ms. Food Plates

Do you struggle at mealtime with your children? As parents we have all had our challenging meals and want to make mealtime a fun and relaxing experience. On top of making it fun and relaxing, it’s even more ideal when we can facilitate language and help build our children’s skills when spending time together. I […]

Penguin and Pumpkin

Are you looking for a fun pumpkin book for the upcoming holidays? Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon is a sweet and engaging story about Penguin and his baby brother Pumpkin. Penguin decides to take a trip to a farm to visit Fall, but his baby brother can’t come along because it is “too far for a […]

What Do You Do With An Idea?

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada is one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time. This book has such a powerful message that both children and adults can appreciate. The book begins like this. “One day I had an idea. Where did it come from? Why […]

How To Train a Train

Does your child want a pet? Does your child love trains? How about a pet train instead? How to Train a Train is an engaging, witty and action packed guidebook about having a train as a pet. Jason Eaton takes this concept to a magical level in this book. So, how do you train a train? […]

How To Cheer Up Dad

Do you have a very active child that is always getting themselves in trouble due to their mischievous ways? You will love this book, How To Cheer Up Dad by Fred Kochler. This book is a sweet and funny tale of an elephant named Little Jumbo and his dad. Little Jumbo is getting in trouble […]

Building Language with LEGOS, a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Do you want to visit Legoland and work on your child’s language skills?  I grew up playing with Legos and building all types of structures, big and small. Legos are simple toys by themselves but built together can turn into a complex and amazing project! As a parent and therapist I have used Legos for […]

Chocolate Moon Cookies

I am excited to present this guest post written by Ann McCallum, author of the fantastic book, Eat Your Science Homework, Recipes for Inquiring Minds which is officially released August 6th! Ann is also the author of Eat Your Math Homework, Recipes for Hungry Minds. Ann has guest posted on Gravitybread before when sharing her recipe […]

Don’t Push The Button!

Has your child ever pressed a button they shouldn’t have? I know I have had my fair share of experiences of having my own children press buttons they shouldn’t have! Are you looking for an interactive book for your child? Don’t Push The Button! by Bill Cotter is a silly and engaging book about a […]

Going Places

Do you want your child to be more creative? Do you or your child think “out of the box”? Going Places is about two friends who build something wonderful together. Who says you have to build everything like the directions tell you to?  In the beginning of the story, Rafael builds his go-cart just like […]