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Best Children’s Books of 2017 as Picked by Experts

The Best Children's Books of 2017 as chosen by the experts of Children's Book World. These independent booksellers know their stuff and when they say these books are the best, we listen!!

I live on a street that has a block party every year. The neighbors get together to talk and catch up and I love it. I didn’t know that when I moved in but, I found out a few weeks later. There used to be just a handful of kids in attendance but now, 7 years later, there is an entire area blocked off specifically for the dozens of kids to bike, draw with chalk and play ball.

This year, a neighbor who looked familiar to me introduced herself. My book fairy godmother, as I now call her, not only lived on my street but, she works in my favorite children’s bookstore. Her familiarity was not just proximity to where I live but, the countless hours I spend in Children’s Book World in Haverford.

The result of this fortuitous coincidence is that Kirsten and I were able to attend a fantastic event at Children’s Book World.  At the event, the educators and owners of the shop shared with us the best children’s books of 2017. We now have a list of these fantastic, newly-released picture books, early readers, and middle-grade books to share with you.

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The Accio Box: Halloween Edition Unboxing and Review

All the content of the accio Box.

It’s pretty obvious by now that Jackie and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans. We’ve created a Harry Potter bedroom, planned Harry Potter parties, hunted down the coolest Harry Potter products and recommended books for Harry Potter fans to read next. So obviously, we had to give the HP product monthly subscription service, Accio Box, a try. We weren’t sure we wanted to sign up for the service, but we decided to give their special edition Halloween box a go. Continue reading “The Accio Box: Halloween Edition Unboxing and Review”

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Little Library: Baby’s First Books

Pregnant or Know a friend who is? Here is our guide to the best of the best - Baby's First Books!

I don’t know about you but I am a little obsessed with books.  Long before my children can remember,  I have been reading to them. I may have started reading to them before they were born.  There is no one thing that makes a book special.  Some are funny, some are sweet, some have a lesson and others are interactive.

The one thing they have in common is the joy they give when they are read.  We have put together a list of our favorite first baby books.  They cover a variety of themes from unconditional love and stories about sleep to books that teach colors and days of the week.  Some will be old familiars but some may become new favorites.  We hope you enjoy! Continue reading “Little Library: Baby’s First Books”

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Seven Days of Us Blog Tour

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornack

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak is a hilarious look at what happens when a family is quarantined together over the holidays. The entire time I was reading this book, I kept thinking to myself that it should be a movie. Hornak takes series topics and makes them funny. This book is about crazy coincidences and epic drama in one completely dysfunctional British family.  What starts out as a family spending a quarantine quietly in the family country home, turns into something from a soap opera.  Every member of the family has their secrets and lies exposed.

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