Blog Tour: Erma Does the Math, Ann Strawn

Book Review: Erma Does the Math, Ann Strawn Nonfiction/Biography: Erma Does the Math, Ann Strawn   This book is an obvious labor of for author Ann Strawn about her great aunt Erma Tynes Walker. Erma worked alongside Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson as part of the team of African American women who calculated the flight […]

Blog Tour: The Dance of the Snow Tractors, Siena

Book Review: The Dance of the Snow Tractors, Siena and Illustrated by Shannon Wilvers   Picture Book Preschool: The Dance of the Snow Tractors, Siena and Illustrated by Shannon Wilvers   Siena, who lives in Canada, shares her story of how she spends a day after a large snowfall. The highlight of her day is […]

Book Review: Because, Mo Willems

Book Review: Because, Mo Willems Picture Book: Because, Mo Willems   A girl’s spontaneous invitation to a concert inspires her lifelong love of music and her dream to be a composer. This lovely book is also a tribute to the all the people who contribute to a concert performance including the workers behind the scenes […]

Book List: Astronaut Books for Shared Reading with Children

Book List: Astronaut Books for Shared Reading with Children Growing-up to be an actual astronaut is a daunting and competitive career path considering how many astronauts there really are in the world.  So why is it that so many children have dreams of working or living in space? Perhaps it is the adventure that challenges […]

Booklist: Books with Poems & Rhymes for Shared Reading with Children

Booklist: Books with Poems & Rhymes for Shared Reading with Children   Use poetry and song lyrics to introduce your child to the interesting sounds in language. Explore poetry pieces and nursery rhymes with alliteration, rhyming couplets, and onomatopoeia. For older children who enjoy structure, patterns, and math try sonnets with iambic pentameter and haikus. […]

Booklist: Books about Books for Shared Reading with Children

Books about Books for Shared Reading with Children   Books were an everyday part of my boys’ life from the time that they were very little. Instead of wanting to sleep with a plush toy, they all opted to sleep with their current favorite book at night. And of course, they all tried the flashlight […]

Booklist: Books about Libraries for Shared Reading with Children

Booklist: Books about Libraries for Shared Reading with Children   Our boys grew up loving libraries. On son #2’s 10th birthday, by his choice, we did the two things he loved most in the world  – eat at the local Chinese restaurant and then visit the library. He had a special seat by the window […]

Booklist: If You Like Peter Rabbit… Bunny Books for Shared Reading with Children

If You Like Peter Rabbit… Booklist: Bunny Books for Shared Reading with Children When I first heard of the 2018 live action movie of Peter Rabbit, I must admit to being worried, because I adore Beatrix Potter’s detailed and delightful watercolor illustrations. Peter Rabbit, himself is also an irrepressible trickster with that balance of naughty and […]

Booklist: Worms on the Sidewalk, Books for Shared Reading

Booklist: Worms on the Sidewalk, Books for Shared Reading Ground Hog Day’s Punxsutawney Phil may get the notoriety for heralding the onset of spring, but to me the surest sign of spring is worms on the sidewalk.  My mother is a gardener, so I grew up respecting worms and using gardening gloves to move them […]