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In the Tall, Tall Grass & In the Small, Small Pond

Boost verb vocabulary and enjoy a mini science lesson about mini-habitats of flora and fauna through these fantastic picture books by Denise Fleming! In the Tall, Tall Grass and In the Small, Small Pond both follow the same format. They introduce a specific habitat (the tall grass and a small pond respectively) and attach a few… Continue reading In the Tall, Tall Grass & In the Small, Small Pond

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Introducing reading to babies and toddlers: 10 tips

As an English teacher and an avid reader myself, I know that a love of reading starts early. When my daughter was 13 months old, she brought me a book to read. My heart did a happy flip when she first did that, and it still does every time she brings me a book to read to… Continue reading Introducing reading to babies and toddlers: 10 tips

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Usborne Books: Market Day! Set

Primer books are great tools for learning basic concepts such as numbers, colors, and shapes. The Market Day! book set by Usborne Books is a cute, small set of these kind of primer books. Books in the set include primers for numbers, colors, shapes, and opposites. The set also includes a pop-up market with stalls… Continue reading Usborne Books: Market Day! Set

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Mini Review: A Ball for Daisy

Another Caldecott Medal winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a true picture book – there are no words in here, and the pictures tell the story. A Ball for Daisy is about a dog named Daisy who absolutely loves her red ball – she plays with it, sleeps with it, and takes it everywhere. While… Continue reading Mini Review: A Ball for Daisy

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Usborne Books: Big Book of Little Stories

I’ll just start by saying I’m not affiliated with Usborne books – I don’t sell them, nor do I personally don’t know anyone that sells them. A friend of mine “hosted” an online Usborne Books party, where a sales rep posted a variety of book suggestions to those who “attended” the online event. I ended… Continue reading Usborne Books: Big Book of Little Stories

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Mini Review: Series – Gossie and Friends

Gossie and Friends is a series of books by Olivier Dunrea. This series features various goslings (baby geese). Each book in the series tells a little story about the individual gosling, sometimes with a friend, related to whatever that particular gosling’s interests are. For example, Gossie loves her red boots; Booboo loves to eat. Each gosling will come… Continue reading Mini Review: Series – Gossie and Friends

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Mini Review: Kitten’s First Full Moon

I’m not a cat person – I’m a dog person, through and through. However, this book was too charming to pass up. Caldecott Medal winner Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes, is a beautifully illustrated account of a kitty’s first encounter with a full moon. Kitten mistakenly believes the full moon is a bowl of milk, and ventures… Continue reading Mini Review: Kitten’s First Full Moon

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Sheep Series by Nancy Shaw

The Sheep series by Nancy Shaw is a LOT of fun. The series features the adventures of a small flock of sheep, all told through tongue-twisting rhyme. I’m pretty good at tongue twisters, but even I stumbled through this one… something about the “s” sound, I think. These books are full of lighthearted fun. The… Continue reading Sheep Series by Nancy Shaw

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Mini Review: All the Little Fathers

I rarely see children’s books that focus on the father, so I was excited to get my hands on this lovely book by Margaret Wise Brown. All the Little Fathers is written by the same author who gave us the classics Good Night Moon and The Runaway Bunny, and this book contains the same loving, caring impressions we’ve seen… Continue reading Mini Review: All the Little Fathers

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Mini Review: Olivia by Ian Falconer

This fun picture book about a precocious little piglet named Olivia is a great addition to a young child’s library. Olivia follows the titular character on her various activities, including getting dressed, going to the beach and museum, and getting ready for bed. Olivia is a Caldecott Honor Book, and for good reason. The illustrations in this story are generally in… Continue reading Mini Review: Olivia by Ian Falconer