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Mini Review: This is Not My Hat

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is a short tale of a small fish who took a coveted hat from a much, much larger fish. The small fish tries to justify his actions to the reader and brags of his plan to escape throughout the book. Let’s just say it didn’t work out for the little… Continue reading Mini Review: This is Not My Hat

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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: 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: Time to Say Please!

Time to Say Please! by Mo Willems Interested in teaching your toddler to wield the magic word? The magic word gets a boost in this fun picture book by Mo Willems. A determined pack of mice convince a young girl that the best way to get what she wants is to ask politely. The story… Continue reading Mini Review: Time to Say Please!

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Mini Review: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems If you’ve got a toddler or young child that just loves to say “no,” this book is for you. Caldecott Honor book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is interactive fiction, meaning it requires a response from the reader. That said, this book is probably… Continue reading Mini Review: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

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Ordinary People Change the World Series by Brad Meltzer

I’m just going to say it: I’m in LOVE with this graphic-novel/children’s book hybrid series developed by Brad Meltzer. For those of you who don’t know, Brad Meltzer is a novelist, non-fiction writer, TV show creator and comic book author (DC’s Green Arrow, Justice League; Buffy… list goes on). My cousin, who is a self-described… Continue reading Ordinary People Change the World Series by Brad Meltzer

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Library Haul Review

We went to our public library on Saturday, and we picked up a few books. This was the first time I brought my daughter to the library. I was a total bookworm growing up, and some of my fondest memories are of going to the library and picking out some books to read at home. Anyway,… Continue reading Library Haul Review

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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

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Mini Review: The Pout Pout Fish

Let me just start by saying this is one of our favorites in our house.  The Pout Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen, is a NY Times Bestseller.  It’s a board book, with thick paperboard pages.  The Pout Pout Fish is a tale of a fish with a perpetual pouty mug (as the name suggests). His… Continue reading Mini Review: The Pout Pout Fish