Preparing for Legoland: Book Style

If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, you have seen our Legoland pictures! Before I share our favorite parts of Legoland, I wanted to share our preparation for Legoland. When we were graciously gifted tickets by Legoland, I immediately began our “prep work”. I was too excited to wait. Since we are #raisingreaders, I’m always looking for any opportunities to incorporate books into our lives. And while you may not think you can initially combine books with Legos, YOU CAN! In fact, it is a great collaboration. I wanted to share what we did to get ready for our day at Legoland!

I have such fond memories of spending hours and hours playing with Legos with my brothers and sisters. We built entire communities (and even people!) with Legos. With buckets of Legos at our disposal, my brothers and sisters and I would crowd around to create buildings, vehicles, and even people! Now that my kids can safely play with Legos without swallowing them, giving them legos to see what they decide to create was just the tip-of-the-iceberg for me.  My kids are also well-acquainted with the Lego movies, and we have loved watching those films as a family. But, with our Legoland trip in mind, I knew it was time to do more.

Legoland is all about riding rides and seeing characters from the Lego Movies and shows. But, long before there were hilarious movies and TV shows or fun rides, Legos were multicolored blocks that inspire kids to be innovative builders, designers and architects. So, of course, that is how we prepared for Legoland.

When I’m introducing a new idea to my kids, I gather the books and then we hunker down. I never say, “Hey Kids! Let’s learn about architecture!” We just read the books. I’m always amazed by how much they soak in.

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids was really a book we just flipped through it. It was a little over their heads age-wise, so we just looked at the pictures.

Roberto the Insect Architect is a fabulous book about a termite who has the dream to build incredible buildings. He is heavily criticized for his dreams, but he never gives up. My kids loved reading this one. I mean, who wouldn’t? It has bugs!

How to Build a Museum tells all about the planning, building, and design of the Smithsonians’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. What an INCREDIBLE BOOK. There was such much information and detail. I was ready to pack up and go to Washington DC just to visit the Museum!

Iggy Peck, Architect is one of the best books we’ve ever read. I LOVE how to Andrea Beaty weaves in rhythm, science, and the never give up attitude.

Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site is the perfect bedtime story for sharing a construction themed book. If your kid loves tractors, Good Night, Good Night Construction Site is AMAZING.

After we read those books, we grabbed some graph paper and markers and designed on paper what we wanted to build with Legos. My son especially impressed me with building a jet ski, a floating device and a fidget spinner.

I loved seeing my kids get excited and explore with building and design. This is why Legoland is perfect for families who are raising readers. We spur on activities, fun, and engagement of new adventures through the power of books. Then, we take it a step further by bringing our kids to fun places like Legoland that show them the depth of possibilities. At Legoland, they really get to see the vast possibilities and they see it all through play!

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Blue Man Group Making Waves Exhibit

We spent the morning at the Blue Man Group Making Waves Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. I’m so thankful for the invitation to take my kids and explore this incredible exhibit. We all (my three kids and I) had the best time ever! My kids played nonstop for over 2 hours. And as soon as we left, they were asking when we were going to go back to the “Kids’ Museum”.

This brand new exhibit is called Making Waves and is inspired and designed by the popular Blue Man Group. This is a short-term exhibit and will only be at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta from June 10, 2017 to September 4, 2017. Make sure you take your kids! They will love it! The Making Waves exhibit uses musical techniques used by the Blue Man Group to encourage kids to make music. Using items like PVC pipes, drums, and sound waves, kids will have a blast engaging in a musical activity that is unique and completely open to interpretation as well!

My kids had a blast at Making Waves exhibit. They kept bouncing from one station to another. The neon lights keeps the energy level high and matches kids (and adults!) excitement to engage with the musical instruments.

I loved this trio of PVC pipe instruments. Each of the pipes were color-coded and had a different sound (kind of like techno music with organ-looking pipes). Kids can uses rubber paddles to hit the pipes and create amazing music. I especially liked that each instrument had a simple music book that had songs kids could play but following the color coded notes (the “musical notes” matched the different colored PVC pipes).

The drum section was SO FUN. Each drum provide different entertainment. The one my daughter is at showed the vibrations a drum makes with sound. This was demonstrated using sand. My sons loved pounding away at the other drums as they were able to observe how loud or how soft the drum sounds were based on the intensity of their drumming motion.

This station had PVC pipes and large push buttons. As you pushed on the buttons, sounds would come through the pipes. My kids got a kick out of how this station worked. I also loved how the staff of The Children’s Museum were readily available to teach kids how to get the most out of the station they were at. Every staff member we encountered was extremely kind and so friendly towards the kids.

After kids are finished playing with the various musical instruments, they will get to explore how to make and change sound waves. This was SO FUN! Giving kids space and permission to make their own sounds (AKA loud voices!) and then experiment with the sound waves creates a whole new dimension of musical exploration and fun. My kids got a kick out of playing at this station. It was so engaging and fun for them to play and explore.

We loved the Making Waves exhibit because it furthered our understanding of music in a way that was incredibly fun. As a family, we listen to the radio and we sing songs we’ve learned from movies, but I wouldn’t say we are music enthusiasts. The Making Waves exhibit was great for exploring music in a whole new way. I LOVED seeing my kids so engaged with not just making music, but how sound waves work. It was as much an educational experience for me, as it was my kids. That makes the Making Waves exhibit something the whole family can enjoy. You can take your kids to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, enjoy this specialty exhibit and walk away with a wonderful and wholesome family outing that is full of great memories.

To purchase your tickets to go to the Making Waves exhibit + enjoy the rest of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, go to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta website!

 

School Gives Away 2000 books!

If you remember last week I shared the vision and goal of Riverbend Elementary to give each of their 400 students five physical books by the end of the summer. You can read my post here.

Well, so much happened in a week!

Fox5 Atlanta picked up the story of Principal Donna Wiggins and her staff collecting books to give to their students for the summer. You can read the article here.

What I didn’t know when I shared last week is that Riverbend Elementary didn’t just give kids a couple of books in a Walmart plastic shopping bag, the Riverbend Elementary staff  prepared an extensive READING KIT for each student to take home for the summer. I get emotional when I think about the Reading Kits because it is truly an act of love and example of the passion educators have for their kids and the importance of getting books into the hands of kids and their families during the summer months.

Earlier this week, I stopped by Riverbend Elementary. My kids and I showed up unannounced to donate books. Principal Wiggins graciously gave us a great tour of how her hardworking staff were packing these Reading Kits. Keep in mind, these dedicated teachers were doing this on top of the end of the year parties, Kindergarten graduations, and Award ceremonies. I saw them hustling to pack books for each individual student. They carefully selected books that were age-appropriate for the children to read.

Riverbend Elementary staff were SO VERY KIND to me and my children. As you all know, I have three children under 5 years old. It’s nothing short of an adventure when we go anywhere. But, the Riverbend Elementary staff were so kind to us. When we showed up, we had no idea the Kindergarten Graduation was going on. Nevertheless, From the front office to the teachers we met, we were warmly greeted. This is a staff who LOVES kids and it shows. Even the exhaustion of the end of the school year could not dampen the excitement these educators had for their students.

The Summer Reading Kits were so impressive. Each student was given a beautiful and hardy bag. Inside the bag were a stack of FIVE age-appropriate books for each student and a folder. The folder held information about the Get Georgia Reading Program (the digital reading program), several reading logs, a reading related bucked list, a letter to the parents from Principal Wiggins, and information for participating in our local county’s library summer reading program. This bag was a treasure trove for reading! If you remember, Principal Wiggins had a goal of 5 books for each student. Well, they collected and distributed 2000 books! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT!

Riverbend Elementary created Reading Kits that would set up their students for success during summer break. Not only that, these Reading Kits have set the parents up for success too. Even if the kids and families don’t go to the library or utilize the digital reading program (which I hope they do it ALL!); if they just read those 5 books, that’s FIVE solid books kids and families are reading together. The Reading Kits could be the key that opens up a world of reading for children and their family. That bag full of reading goodies introduces families to a wonderful screen-free activity that not only enhances their family time, but also sets their kids up for success in the upcoming school year.  Reading is so powerful and life changing!

When Principal Wiggins gave me a tour, she mentioned how she had just come out of the Kindergarten Graduation. In the graduation, when she told the parents what they were doing with the Reading Kits, the parents and families cheered. Hearing that, showed me that parents are excited about what Principal Wiggins and her staff have created. They’ve thrown open the door to possibility of reading in a very tangible way and the students and families are excited!!

As we walked around, I noticed my kids were getting so excited. The stacks of books and the reading logs were drawing my kids in. It was like the Pied Piper; they couldn’t help but gravitate towards all the books! Principal Wiggins graciously gave us reading logs and we will be utilizing them this summer!

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention the numerous book donations Riverbend Elementary received. Principal Wiggins showed me her office which was PACKED and overflowing with books they had collected for their students. If you donated books to Riverbend Elementary, THANK YOU SO MUCH. You helped make these Reading Kits possible. Thank you for investing and believing in the importance getting kids reading!

Every time I think about Riverbend Elementary and what they accomplished in providing summer Reading Kits to their students, I can’t help by grin from ear to ear. I also can’t help but get weepy too. The vision for these Reading Kits, combined with the hard work of the staff to pack them speaks so highly of the Riverbend Elementary School Educators. I’m so thankful to have met Principal Donna Wiggins. She and her staff are a treasure and our school district is so fortunate to have them investing in our children.

 

Thunderstorms and Cake

Spring has finally settled into Georgia and with it comes spring showers. The ominous clouds roll in and as we watch the change in weather for possible tornadoes, I see my kids get nervous. I don’t blame them; the violent crash of thunder, the strong winds that bring the rain, the angry flashes of lightning can be overwhelming and scary.

Thankfully, there is a book for that. Thundercake by Patricia Polacco is the story of one little girl’s apprehension to an incoming storm, and the sweet solution from her grandmother. It’s a beautiful tale of overcoming fears, courage, and the precious relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter.

The illustrations are rich; I loved how the words and pictures matched each other perfectly. So when the granddaughter was nervous, the art helped the reader feel the nerves.

As the title says, cake is involved, so when the first hint of storm clouds appeared last week, my kids and I grabbed Thundercake and set off to make cake (There is a recipe in the back of the book, but we didn’t have all the ingredients for that one).

When cake is involved, somehow, thunderstorms aren’t quite as intimidating. What a sweet way to make the Thundercake book come alive. But even more important, what a fun way to talk about having courage.

Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook has never steered me wrong, so I used the chocolate cake recipe from that cookbook:

Chocolate Cake

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup butter
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS

Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease bottoms of two 8x8x2-inch square or 9×1-1/2-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and lightly flour bottoms and sides of pans. Or, grease one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set pan(s) aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder; and salt; set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined (3 to 4 minutes). Scrape sides of bowl; continue beating on medium speed for 2 minutes more. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition (about 1 minute total). Beat in vanilla.
Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed just until combined after each addition. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more. Spread batter into the prepared pan(s).
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes for 8-inch pans and 13x9x2-inch pan, 30 to 35 minutes for 9-inch pans, or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cake layers from pans. Peel off paper. Cool thoroughly on racks. Or, place 13x9x2-inch cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly. Frost with desired frosting.
Makes 12 to 16 servings.

For the Chocolate Ganache, we used a recipe similar to this recipe and poured it over the top of the cake.


Dragons Love Tacos Party

Dragons Love Tacos By Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri is one of my favorite picture books. It’s the book that got my kids to eat tacos. It’s the book that I couldn’t stop talking about. So much so, I started a book blog. If someone asks for a good picture book recommendation, I always quick to recommend Dragons Love Tacos.

We’ve read it a thousand times and I could read it a billion more times and never grow tired of it. What’s even better, my kids love Dragons Love Tacos. They crack up at the illustrations and the story is hilarious. They talk about Dragons and Tacos and Spicy Salsa. For my youngest’s  first Halloween, I dressed him up as a Dragon with a taco. When Target did a limited time release of Dragons Love Tacos t-shirts in 2016, I bought them all…in every size. Because when you are a fan, you do things that make you seem a little extreme. It’s safe to say our (ahem. MY) love for this book runs deep.

You can only imagine my reaction when I discovered that Dragons Love Tacos 2: THE SEQUEL was coming. Let me tell you how I responded: I was totally cool. Kidding! It was 4am in the morning and I was wide awake. I was scrolling the interwebs when I saw it. I saw the cover of Dragons Love Tacos 2. I did a silent scream and promptly pre-ordered it. And then I shared it everywhere. Sharing is caring, ya’ll. I was only looking out for folks. Spreading that Dragon and Taco love everywhere is my mission. And since it is my mission, if you haven’t read Dragons Love Tacos, what are you waiting for? Both books are so fun to read aloud. The one liners are hilarious (I mean, “pantsload of tacos” is hysterical). In my mind, Dragons Love Tacos and The Sequel are instant classics. If you love Dragons, you will love it. If you love Tacos, you will love it. And if you like both, well, that is a perfect match!

Of course, waiting for the Dragons Love Tacos 2 book release was excruciating. It did give me a lot of time to plan out our Taco Party. If you know me, you know I love ANY reason to throw a party or have a celebration. So, book release day for a good book? PARTY TIME!

Here is my confession: our party? It was really just dinner. But, you know what? That dinner was incredibly special. It gave us, as a family, a reason to take dinner up a notch. It gave us a reason to celebrate. It was incredibly special to laugh together as we crunched on tacos.

For dinner, we had ground beef tacos with cheese, sour cream and mild taco sauce. For dessert, we had Choco Tacos (which we had to hunt down after going to 3 stores and calling 2 other stores). While we ate, we read Dragons Love Tacos 2: THE SEQUEL. It was such a blast.

Spending time together as a family is so precious to me. Connecting over good food and a long anticipated book is even more dear to me. I hope my kids cherish these memories. I know I do already!

Golden Guide Nature Books

Several weeks ago, I was listening to the Read Aloud Revival Podcast with guest Greta Eskridge from MaandPaModern blog. One of the many books mentioned were the Golden Guide Nature Books. I was so intrigued by Greta’s description of these nature guides, I immediately bought one. Since then, I’ve been buying one every few weeks. My kids have completely surprised me by how much they enjoy them, and I had to share them with you in a longer post than an Instagram picture square.

My kids LOVE them. These compact little books are overflowing with amazing tidbits, colorful illustrations and geographical maps. We will break the books down, but before we do that, I want to say that there has been a resurgence of interest in the Golden Guide books so they are actually being republished. The content is the same and the price is too, but the covers aren’t as worn as the older ones. We have both; I’ve been so impressed with how the older editions are holding up despite their age, and my kids’ desire to tote them around.

Measuring at about 8 inches tall, the Golden Guide Nature Books are perfect for kids who love to romp around outside and explore. We currently have Zoology, Seashore Life, Birds, and Insects. We are anticipating adding to our collection: Trees, Flowers, Stars, Reptiles and Amphibians, Weather, Mammals, Fishes, Rocks and Minerals, Gamebirds, Fossils, Pond Life, Butterflies and Moths, Dinosaurs, Snakes, Weeds, Herb Spices, and Seashells of the World.  There are SO MANY to choose from! Sometimes, it’s hard to choose what to get next. We especially love watching birds in our backyard, so it’s nice to finally begin to identify the birds we aren’t familiar with. My kids have used the Golden Guides books to search out insects. When we go to the beach this summer, we will take the Seashore Life book to identify shells and ocean creatures we see. As we add to our collection, I’m loving the conversations the Golden Guide Nature books are creating. I also love how they are encouraging my kids to explore the outdoors even more.

The information in the guide is easy to read aloud. Each creature listed includes a carefully research paragraph describing the creature and a colored illustration of the creature. This paragraph is FULL of facts and identification notes about the creature. The Insect book also shows larva, so we have been able to identify ladybug larvae. My daughter especially loved seeeing all the different types of butterflies and it’s been very empowering for her to know the names and markings of the individual butterflies. Understanding the animals and creatures of our area provides my kids with a larger understanding of the roles the bugs and creatures play in the “circle of life” (to quote Lion King) in our backyard.

I especially loved how there are geographical maps to show where each insect and bird call home. This has been especially helpful so we can be on the look out for child life that is local to us, but to also know what is in different regions of the USA/Canada/South America.

Each time we get a new Golden Guide book, I fall more in love with this series. The illustrations are so incredible. Full-color illustrations with such great details. With the Bird Book,  you see the layers of feathers, the number of toes, etc. The Zoology book contains facts of the animal kingdom. So if kids have questions about sweat glands, waste removal, survival tactics, flightless birds, identifying mammals, how a turkey hears vs. how a grasshopper hears, it’s all in the Zoology book. The Insects Book actually makes insects look…less creepy.

These aren’t the types of books you would sit down and read aloud, but they are the types of books you would use on nature hikes, or if you want your kids to appreciate looking up answers to their questions in books versus the Internet.


Book Review: The Big Adventures of Tiny House

When my husband and I got married, we lived in a RV for the first two months of our marriage. I like to say that we did the “tiny house” trend, before it was cool. We faced many obstacles in that RV – in particular,  no running water (it froze) and no heat (it was the middle of the winter). It did show us that we were up for an adventure as long as we are together. Furthermore, that dysfunctional RV was finally the nudge I needed to start blogging. Being newly married living in a RV without running water gave me plenty to blog about! With that beginning in mind, when I was approached to review a book about a tiny house, I had to say yes! I couldn’t think of a better way to show my kids, “Hey! We lived in a RV!” than a book about tiny house living. (Although, today’s tiny houses are MUCH cooler looking and better functioning than the one we lived in!)

The Big Adventures of Tiny House by Susan Schafer Bernardo comes out April 25. You can pre-order it now by going to the Once Upon A Time indie bookstore website.

The Big Adventures of Tiny House follows the story of a little house who is recycled from materials of a traditional house. Once Tiny House is given a fresh look and a set of wheels, Tiny House is off! When the title says, “BIG ADVENTURES” that is not an understatement. Tiny House travels all over the United States of America on an epic road trip.

Let’s count the ways I loved this book:

1. All families will enjoy this book. Whether you are planning a road trip, use an RV for a weekend trip, road trip full time, or you just curious about tiny house living, this is the book to read!

2. You could EASILY use The Big Adventures of Tiny House as a road map to take an epic road trip across the USA.

3. There are SO MANY different homes shared. The variety of tiny homes are celebrated. This tiny house movement is BIG on options – house boat, traditional RV, vintage RV, a BUS, and different Tiny House models. They are ALL celebrated in this book.

4. This is a fun read aloud book. It’s engaging and your kids will crowd around as you read it.

The illustrations are beautiful! I love how illustrator Courtenay Fletcher seamlessly combined muted tones with bright colors thoroughout the book. That is immensely talented. I also love the art matches the story’s enthusiasm; when Tiny House visits New Orleans, it looks like a postcard. When he visits The Grand Canyon, you SEE the grandeur of the of such a national treasure.

Be sure to pre-order your copy of The Big Adventures of Tiny House. You will love it! You can also print off fun coloring pages!

Be sure to follow author Susan Schafer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher.

The Green Ember Book Party

We recently listened to the audiobook version of The Green Ember by SD Smith. We loved it. This well-written story follows two rabbits, Heather and her brother Picket, from their ordaniary and safe home life to an unexpected wild and dangerous lifestyle. In the story, Heather and Pickett watch as their home is destroyed, their family disappears, their loyalty is tested, their courage is developed, and their spirit of adventure is pushed beyond limits. They fight off wolf enemies, learn about their family history, and meet new friends along the way. SD Smith uses the hashtag, #rabbitswithswords on social media and that is an appropriate and shortened explanation of The Green Ember. This books feels old; the language and story feels like you threw rabbits into a Peter Pan/Swiss Family Robinson/Robinson Cruscoe story. But it is so riveting and exciting.

We loved listening to this book as a family. My kids, who are 5 years old and younger loved The Green Ember. I’m sure this has a LOT to do with the superb narration of Joel Clarkson. Joel did a phenomenal job of creating distinct voices for EACH character and maintaining their voices throughout the audiobook. Honestly, we couldn’t get enough of this story.

After we finished listening to it, I could think of no better way to bring The Green Ember to life than a hike. I wanted our children to experience The Green Ember in the woods. We choose a path at our local nature center that boasted of a suspension bridge and access to a creek. I bought rabbit ears from Target, the kids grabbed our collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle swords, and we packed provisions (sandwiches, carrots, apples, cookies, and a lot of water). Then, we were off.

The day was overcast and cool. As we hiked, we collected treasures of pinecones and sticks. We inspected trees that might have an opening like Heather and Pickett’s home. We kept an eye out on Red Eye Garlickson’s evil wolves (we also talked about how we leave our scent behind).

At the creek, my kids splashed and played in the cool water. Once thoroughly soaked, we continued on with our hike.

This “party” was unconventional for sure, but Heather and Picket’s adventure was unconventional from the life they had known. Watching my kids pretend to be Heather and Picket as they dodged wolves in the middle of the woods was magical.

As we finished our hike, and climbed into our vehicle to go home, my son asked, “Hey! Let’s go home to watch The Green Ember movie!”. Maybe one day The Green Ember movie will be come reality. That would be amazing!

I cannot recommend The Green Ember books enough. It is a fantastic series to listen to or read aloud for the entire family.


Our Favorite Kid Books on Manners

Manners matter, right? As a mom, I spend half my day (it seems) asking my children to say, “Please” or “Thank you”. We’ve recently started working on table manners – specifically, chewing with your mouth closed, etc. Honestly, it can be exhausting. However, we have found some really great books that talk about manners. What sets apart the books I’ve highlighted from a boring how-to list of manners is that these books ARE FUN. They create great conversation to have with your children. I like to ask things like, “What do you think of [insert character’s name]?” Or “Was that kind?”.

Let’s start off with, the books below:


  • Give Please A Chance by James Patterson and Bill O’Reilly: This is a beautifully illustrated book. Using a variety of illustrators, you get many a wide array of exposure to art. It’s wonderful. Aside from the illustrations, each spread provides children with scenarios in which they give please a chance. My kids LOVE reading this book.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague: This book is brilliantly written. The moms and dads in the story are humans, but their children….well, they are dinosaurs. It’s so witty, parents will LOVE reading this book (and the rest of the books in the How Do Dinosaurs series). Kids ALSO love this book because: 1) Kids LOVE Dinosaurs and 2) The text is hilarious, so they stay very engaged.
  • Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony: It’s no a secret around BookReviewMama.com, that THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. Yes, my kids love it too! Mr. Panda has doughnuts to give out, but he is having a difficult time finding a polite friend. Ya’ll. This will be a book that you will be delighted to read and re-read AGAIN. It’s amazing.
  • The Pigeon See A Hotdog by Mo Willems. The Pigeon is back! Be prepared to roar with laughter with your kids as the Pigeon wrestles with a decision: to share or not to share?

 


5. No Tooting At Tea by : This book isn’t out yet, but I’m SO EXCITED about a book that is based around a tea party and discusses manners…specifically, “tooting”.

6. Bernstein Bears Forgot Their Manners: This is a classic book all about manners! It’s a throwback to my childhood for sure, but the topics covered in this book are ageless.

7. Tea Rex by Molly Idle: I LOVE Molly Idle. I think her books are so fun. Tea Rex is all about a wonderful tea party that is planned, but there are rules to be followed….but what happens when the guest of honor is a little jurassic?

8. Manners by Margaret Wise Brown: I love Margaret Wise Brown’s work. She’s not afraid to tackle difficult topics (remember, Dead Bird?). Manners is another topic Margaret Wise Brown takes on with beautiful illustrations!

 

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Reader Recommendations: Audiobooks for Kids

Last week, I talked about our favorite audiobooks. This week, I wanted to share the audiobooks YOU, my readers, recommended. My list of books to listen to added up quickly because of your recommendations! Thank you so much!

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Mouse and The Motorcycle: This book was recommended by several readers. I immediately got it for my kids. We listened to it in just a few days. My kids loved it! I can’t wait to get the other Mouse and The Motoycycle books for them! My kids gave it 5 STARS!

Magic Treehouse Books: my son loves Magic Treehouse books, but I loved the suggestion of listening to them. (If you aren’t familiar with Magic Treehouse books, they follow the adventures of a brother-sister duo. I especially love the sibling relationship!)

Stuart Little: Who can say no to E.B. White? I know I can’t!

Henry Higgins: another Beverly Cleary book! We tried reading Henry Huggins aloud and my kids didn’t seem interested. I’m excited to try the audiobook!

Ramona Books: I have a feeling the sassy adventures of Ramona keep kids interested!

Nate the Great: I wasn’t familiar with Nate The Great, but the reviews on Amazon + the book descriptions confirmed that my kids would LOVE Nate the Great!

Nancy Drew: Another series I had never considered to listen to, but I can imagine Nancy Drew is a super fun listen!

Junie B. Jones: This is a true classic! We also listened to the first book in the series this week. My kids loved it. They gave it 5 Stars! I will say that, Junie B. Does use the word “stupid” or “dumb” a lot, but we used this as an opportunity to talk about whether or not that is kind verbiage.

So many good books! Keeping reading (and listening!)!