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Sleepy Time Books

Winter brings long dark nights. It also brings bedtime in cold, windy and snowy conditions. Here are some new picture books that are sure to help settle down youngsters, ages three to seven, and have them begging to be read to again and again. The Princess and the Giant, by Caryl Hart, and brightly illustrated […]

Give the Best Gift: Books

Christmas is right around the corner and what better gift to give someone than a great book?  Books can engage and entertain the mind with wonderful words, beautiful pictures or with the way the pages flip up or out with intricate pop-up books.  Following is a sample of books for ages four through eight except […]

Different Cultures and Traditional Stories

Books can enlighten us and help us understand traditions and ways of life in other countries.  Here is a collection of these types of books as well as unique takes on traditional folktales.  You’ll find the appropriate age level at the end of each book’s review.   Night Sky Dragons, by Mal Peet and Elspeth […]

School Days are Here Again

After teaching all elementary grades for twenty-five years, I can immediately see students who have supportive, loving parents.  One of the most important activities you can do with your child is to read with them and to them.  With school back in session, there can be anxious feelings with new schedules, teachers and other classmates. […]

Spring Books are Busting Out All Over

The most beautiful time of the year has finally arrived and the trees and flowers are celebrating this sensuous season! Here are some glorious picture books that will have you running outdoors to explore. All books are good for all ages.   Happy Spring, Chirp!, by Satoshi Iriyama, is an adorable little book geared for […]

It’s a Great Time to Learn

Winter can be a restful, quiet time to settle youngsters down and help them learn. Here are some great picture books from which to learn letters, numbers, colors and shapes, all geared for toddlers.   Square Cat ABC, by Elizabeth Schoonmaker, cleverly weaves a story around the letters of the alphabet. This delightful tale involves […]

School is Cool

School has begun, or is about to begin, and children are beginning a new year with new teachers and subjects to learn.  Some important things kids learn besides academics are friendship, kindness and getting along with others.  Here are some outstanding picture books on these other subjects, as well as etiquette and manners.  All of […]

The Beauty of God’s Green Earth

The nicest season of the year to be outside is right now.  Animals, plants and bugs all come alive in the warmth of the sun.  Here are picture books that are good for all ages, unless otherwise indicated, to help celebrate this season of nature and enjoy the great outdoors.   Picnic, by John Burningham, […]

Books with Good Advice for the End of the School Year

Books are always great presents for celebrating the end of the school year whether it’s the end of one grade or progressing on to the next level, or building to prepare for the next year.  Here are some excellent books to help all ages become better adults.   Isabelle & Isabella’s Little Book of Rules, […]

Graduation Time

Graduating from school doesn’t mean the end of school, but the beginning of a lifetime of learning.  Here are some outstanding books that emphasize what’s truly important in life and the importance of service, selflessness, kindness, setting goals for improvement and striving to be more Christ-like throughout life. These books are good for all ages. […]