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Mini Review: Is Your Mama a Llama?

The first time I read this, my “teacher brain” switched on and I thought, “What an awesome book for teaching descriptive writing!” Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino is a picture book about a  young Llama asking his friends about their mamas.  Each animal responds with a description of his or her maternal… Continue reading Mini Review: Is Your Mama a Llama?

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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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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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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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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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Seasonal Books – It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

In the spirit of the fall season, I picked up this cute little board book for my daughter. We adore the If You Give… series by Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a favorite in our house). In this short board book, Mouse and his friend Dog decorate seven pumpkins with… Continue reading Seasonal Books – It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

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Books for Baby: TOMY/Lamaze Soft Books

A developmental tool/toy AND a book for your baby? Um, yes! If multifunction is the name of your game, check out Lamaze Soft Books. I have two in my home library, and I highly recommend them for babies.  The two I have are recommended for 6mo+ and 12mo+, but I used them with my daughter since she… Continue reading Books for Baby: TOMY/Lamaze Soft Books

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Baby Lit Collection ~ Admirable Intentions, Inconsistent Execution

Quick take: The Baby Lit Series is an honorable concept, but with spotty execution. When I first saw this series, my English-teacher heart did an excited little skip. Classic novel elements integrated into baby books? I’ll take one of each! BabyLit touts its books as “fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature.”… Continue reading Baby Lit Collection ~ Admirable Intentions, Inconsistent Execution