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...]

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...]

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...]

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 first … [Read more...]

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 check out my interview with her … [Read more...]

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 they were unable to pay for the … [Read more...]

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 in less than ten … [Read more...]

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 they grow older. As a parent, … [Read more...]

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 Blanchard is a blogger, … [Read more...]

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, I immediately loved the book because of … [Read more...]

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 entering into a land of beautiful, colorful and inviting … [Read more...]

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 10-15 times to my children due to high requests of "Again, Again!" The … [Read more...]

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 the Search for the Perfect Job by David G. … [Read more...]


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 a hole and feels empty inside. Why can't she be … [Read more...]

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 street and … [Read more...]

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 whisked … [Read more...]

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 meet Jelly in the end, who befriends him … [Read more...]

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 journey drawing a boy name Banjo and a small family. The … [Read more...]

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 wanted to share these Mr. and Mrs. … [Read more...]

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 fledgling". Pumpkin is very disappointed! When … [Read more...]

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 is it here? I wondered, What Do I Do With An Idea?". The "idea" is represented as … [Read more...]

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? Well, you have to find the right train, catch it and then train it … [Read more...]

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 with his dad by making a big mess and telling his daddy that … [Read more...]

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 both play and therapeutic purposes. I … [Read more...]

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 for Common … [Read more...]

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 cute purple monster named Larry that constantly … [Read more...]

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 he is supposed to until he sees his friend Maya … [Read more...]

3 Picture Books by Katie Davis

Katie Davis is an accomplished author and illustrator of many children's books including Mabel the Tooth Fairy, Little Chicken's Big Day, and Kindergarten Rocks. Other titles include Scared Stiff, Who Hoots? and many more. For more information on other books by Katie Davis visit her website here. Katie also writes titles to authors such as myself … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Peter Reynolds

I am excited to present Peter Reynolds, best selling author and illustrator of some of my favorite children's books including Ish, Rose's Garden, I'm Here and The Dot. When I first read The Dot by Peter Reynolds, I was blown away by the inspirational message it sent to both the reader and the child. Each of Peter's books are beautiful both in … [Read more...]

The Monkey Balloon

Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to write my own children's book. As you know from my blog, I have a love and passion for children's literature, so writing this book has been extremely fulfilling and rewarding. I am very lucky to have worked on such an amazing project with Mindy Winebrenner (co-author and special educator) and our … [Read more...]

Three Picture Books to Help Expand your Child’s Vocabulary

Do you want your child to learn more words and expand their vocabulary?  I learned some new words myself when reading The Boy Who Loved Words.  Try reading these three books! Your children will learn some new important words during reading time. With a rich vocabulary, a child can feel proud of using  "grown up" words appropriately, which can help … [Read more...]

Escape from Witch Castle

Are meals with your child a struggle? Escape from Witch Castle is a story written by Sarah Gregory that will help make mealtime a fun and engaging time for you and your kids. Escape from Witch Castle is an adventurous tale of four siblings whose world is turned upside down when their sister Agnes gets taken away by an evil witch. How will they … [Read more...]

Rose’s Garden

Rose's Garden (ages 5 and up) by Peter H. Reynolds is a beautifully written and illustrated story about a girl named Rose who sets off to grow her own garden with seeds that she collects from the around the world. Rose's Garden is rich with language and has multiple meanings behind the story for both a child and the reader. The story begins with … [Read more...]

Not A Box

Has your child ever gotten a gift and they were more interested in the box than the gift? Not A Box by Antoinette Portis is an ideal picture book to facilitate creative thinking and play with a young child. How many things can you create with a box? In this best selling book, Antoinette Portis takes both you and your child on an adventure of all … [Read more...]

Good News Bad News

Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack is one of my favorite picture books to elicit language. My daughter brought this book home from her school library the other week and we have reading it non-stop! With its engaging illustration and simple text, this book is fun for those who are just beginning to read and excellent for an older child in helping to … [Read more...]

Exclamation Mark!

Does your child know what an exclamation point is? Do you want to help your child learn punctuation in a fun and meaningful way? Once you read Exclamation Mark by Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld with your child, he or she will be on their way to understanding what a question mark, period and exclamation point are. Exclamation Mark (ideal for … [Read more...]

Not A Stick

How would your child play with a stick? Pretend to go fishing? Pretend to paint with it? Not A Stick by Antoinette Portis is an excellent book to encourage creativity and imaginative play with your child ages 3.5 and up. Have you ever bought a new toy for your child and he or she plays with it for about 10 minutes and never touches it again? … [Read more...]