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2017 Book-Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide

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We are midway through December, and that means the holiday season is officially upon us! Finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones can be a battle, so I wanted to make it a little easier on you. If you have any book lovers in your life, any of these gifts will be the perfect match:

Banned Books Heat Reactive Mug

This mug features lines from books that were once banned or challenged; fill them up with your favorite hot beverage to reveal all the words! The best part about this gift is that for every mug sold, you’ll help fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.

The Wish Tree, by Kyo Maclear

“Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.” This children’s book, which uses poetic verse to tell an inspiring holiday message, will be loved by kids and adults alike.

Book Cover Tote Bag

Everybody needs a plethora of tote bags these days, whether to carry groceries or all the books you buy at your local bookstore. And every book lover would proudly carry a tote featuring their favorite book’s cover on the front. You can find dozens of varieties, from classics like Pride and Prejudice, to new favorites like children’s book, Wonder.

A trip for two to your local independent bookstore

Nothing says bonding like browsing bookshelves together, and a promise to have a full day exploring and reading books together is the ultimate gift to give. Most independent bookstores also offer gift cards if you can’t find the time to go with your loved one yourself!

What are you most looking forward to this holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

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How Reading Before Bed Will Improve Your Life

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Do you remember the days you were a kid, falling asleep to your parents reading you a bedtime story? Well, it turns out immersing yourself in a good book before falling asleep actually has benefits that can last you your entire life! As tempting as it is to get on your phone and scroll through social media until your eyes get heavy, or to turn on a TV show to play in the background while you nod off, here are four reasons you should abandon those habits and pick up a book when it gets dark out. (more…)

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Fall Book Recommendations!

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Fall 2017 has been, and will continue to be, a time for fantastic new children’s and YA book releases. Today I’m sharing with you some of the most anticipated yet!

It Takes A Village, by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Written by our own historic former presidential candidate, this picture book was written to inspire America to celebrate its differences by coming together. The Washington Post says, “It Takes a Village offers a universal, unifying message. It captures perfectly Clinton’s vision of a multicultural America working toward a constructive goal.”

All’s Faire In Middle School, by Victoria Jamieson.

After winning the Newbery Honor in  2015, we have been eagerly awaiting Jamieson’s new book—this one about a girl named Imogen who is going to public school for the first time after growing up homeschooled. It’s already a bestseller on Amazon after releasing just this month!

Robinson, by Peter Sis.

Based on a real story from his childhood, Sis blends fantasy with reality in this dreamy Robinson Crusoe-inspired tale. Kirkus Reviews calls this, “an enchanting love letter to the magic of childhood.” The perfect book to curl up with on a cool fall evening!

What are you looking forward to reading this fall? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Recommendation Time! 4th of July Reads

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The 4th of July is almost here! And you know what that means…BBQs, relaxation, fireworks, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue. Last year I wrote a post with my top 4th of July-themed children’s book recommendations (which you can find here), and this year I want to add to the list!

So without further ado, here are my top 2017 recommendations to prepare your kids for the 4th!

Red, White, and BOOM!, by Lee Wardlaw.

This picture book takes readers through the many ways different cultures across America celebrate this classic American holiday. Filled with fireworks and poetic writing, this is a must-read!

Happy Birthday America, by Mary Pope Osborne.

This tale weaves the story of one family’s 4th of July celebration with the history behind the holiday. It will get your kids excited for a fun day of activities, while also teaching them something new!

Fourth of July Mice!, by Bethany Roberts.

This is a delightful book in Roberts’ Mice series. It follows the Holiday Mice as they celebrate the 4th of July in the most traditional of ways—a baseball game, a parade, a picnic, and best of all, fireworks! It’s delightful and sweet, a book you won’t want to miss.

Apple Pie 4th of July, by Janet S. Wong.

Sometimes we forget that what it means to be American looks different for so many of us…that’s where this book comes in. Wong shows the very different cultural experiences of Americans, and shows readers exactly why that in itself is the American way. A great and eye-opening read for all!

Does your family have a 4th of July tradition? Let me know what it is in the comments!

 

 

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My 4 Top Summer Children’s Book Recommendations!

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It’s mid-June, and that summer feeling is already upon us. Whether your kids are out of school or just days away from vacation time, chances are you’re looking for books to keep them busy during these long summer months! These are my top recommendations for a fun, easy, and memorable summer read.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation, by Mark Teague.

I love a book about a kid with a wild imagination, and this book more than fits the bill. The story is about a schoolboy who tells his classmates all about his summer vacation—including the time he joined a group of cowboys and stopped a cattle stampede. No boring summer at grandma’s house for him! It’s a cute book with great illustrations, and will get your kids excited for a summer of adventures.

Swimming Lessons, by Betsy Jay.

This story follows a girl named Jane who is afraid to learn how to swim. Her mother tries to get her in the pool any way she can…but Jane doesn’t budge until she hears a taunt from a classmate. A cute story about a girl finding her bravery and facing her fears make this a summer must-read!

A Pocketful of Cricket, by Rebecca Caudill.

As summer comes to a close, a six-year-old boy finds a cricket, sticks him in his pocket, and becomes his friend. On the first day of school, he won’t set the cricket free—but is it really the summer he’s holding on to? This children’s book is beautifully written, and sure to become a classic in your family.

Heat Wave, by Eileen Spinelli.

This books throws it back to the days before air conditioning, making it a fun, reminiscent read for those of us from an older generation! It follows a cast of quirky characters trying to find solace in a heat wave, until everybody comes together by the river and dreams of cooler times. Charming and delightful, this is a perfect comfort to turn to when the temperatures go up!

What are you looking forward to this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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Why We Should Encourage The “BookTube” Generation

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If you’re up on the latest trends like I pretend to be, you’ll know that YouTube is a social platform that has quickly turned your average kids into celebrities. Thousands of people make videos on anything from their day-to-day lives (called vlogs), advice videos, cooking how-to’s, and more. What caught my attention, however, is a growing number of individuals who call themselves “booktubers,” meaning they make videos on YouTube about books. (more…)

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Book Recommendation Time!: Parenting Edition

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This past Valentine’s Day, a book titled, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow, hit bookstore shelves and took over the parenting world. According to its description on Amazon, the book “helps parents recognize the connection that exists between their own parenting behaviors and their child’s ability to acquire valuable twenty-first-century skills.” I don’t know about you, but in that one sentence this book comes across as the answer to the root of every parenting question I hear—how do I raise my child to be a success? (more…)

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Best Children’s Books to Teach About Diversity

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Following the global Women’s March, where kids of all ages marched alongside their parents in the name of equality and respect, you may be wondering how to talk to your own kids about what inclusiveness and acceptance of diversity really mean. And the good news is, the more you talk to them about diversity and accepting one another’s differences, the better equipped they will be to stand up to bullies at school. (more…)

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4 Tips to Help You Read More in 2017

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Now that we’re midway through January, your New Year’s resolutions should be in full swing! Behind getting fit and healthy eating, a New Year’s resolution I often hear friends and family make is to put down their phones and turn off Netflix more often in order to get back into reading. For some, it brings them back to their childhood days when they had ample time to read and smartphones didn’t exist yet, while others simply want to learn new things and be better informed. Whatever your reason, here are some tips I’ve found help me in the pursuit to making reading part of your daily routine! (more…)

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Children’s Books for Every Holiday This Season

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We are less than a week away from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa this year, but aside from knowing that gifts, games, family time, and festive treats await them, how do we explain to our children what these holidays are all about? My answer: With books. Here are a few books for each holiday that will help your children understand the root of what we are celebrating so soon!

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