It’s that wonderful time of year again! The holidays are here and there is nothing better than sitting down to read a good book. There are some fantastic new kids books that are coming out (or have just been released). I love when there are great new books to read with my kids. We read a lot in my house so adding some new books to the rotation of old favorites always helps. Here is a list of our favorite upcoming releases for kids books. Did we forget your favorite? Let us know!
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.
My job as a mom is not just about caring for my child, making sure they eat their veggies and do their homework. Sure, cleanliness and proper nutrition are important – but the ultimate goal of any mom is to help our children grow into adults. What the world needs now is adults with empathy and compassion. But how do we teach our children to put themselves in the shoes of others? How do we teach them to understand the bigger picture? You see where I’m going right? Books have the unique ability to transport our children into uncomfortable and scary situations when they are still perfectly safe at home. Books like Refugee by Alan Gratz are crucial to raising kids with open minds and open hearts. Continue reading “Adult and Kid Must Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz”
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a middle grade fiction that reached me on on emotional level. I love this book and it is proof to me that book geared toward children can be smart, well -written and emotional while still being completely engaging. We’ve also crafted a list of 16 other emotional middle grade reads that cover subjects like displaced children, WWII and survivor stories. These stories can be hard to read at times, but are important topics to discussion with your child.
Continue reading “The War That Saved My Life & 16 Other Difficult Topic Tween Books”
Every time we look at the calendar we are shocked to see the summer is almost over (heavy sigh). Previously, we did a post that introduced going to school to your youngest child, but what about getting your older kid’s ready to head back? Some kids look forward to the start of the school year while others dread the end of summer. Getting them ready to head back can be as simple as finding a funny book or two! My personal favorites are those in the Wayside School Series. I use to laugh for hours reading them, but we have a ton of other fun books to get your kids ready for the grind! Continue reading “Best Books about School for All”