Ha! Ha! Laugh Out Loud Books for Reading with Kids

It has been a while since we’ve added to our Reading with Kids series … too long. In our first post, we shared our  favorite books with sounds. These are the books where the words are sounds. In the second post, we had fun with words. These are the stories with silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth.  Keeping with the idea that reading with kids is pure fun, we’ve pulled out some of our favorite books that make you laugh out loud … and read them again and again. Laugh Out Loud Books for Kids Old Mr. Mackle Hackle written by Gunar Madsen; illustrated by Irana Sheperd Little, Brown and Company, 2005 … Read more

Black History Month: Strong Women for Strong Girls

To kick off Black History Month, Google chose Harriet Tubman for its daily Google logo on February 1, 2014. It is so cool on so many levels. It also ties nicely with our theme for Black History Month this year: Strong Women for Strong Girls. When I read Patricia Hruby Powell’s new book Josephine, the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, I couldn’t wait to share it with my daughter. It is a beautifully told and illustrated story … and one that I did not know. That was when I decided to share some of our favorite books about incredibly influential women of color – trail blazers, independent thinkers, confident women. Women whose stories are not talked about as often as … Read more

Book Review Milestone: Unspoken by Henry Cole is #2225

Unspoken, a Story from the Underground Railroad written and illustrated by Henry Cole Scholastic Press, 2012 What an apropos book to be our 2,225 book review. A wordless picture book that left us speechless. I was speechless when I saw the review count after I hit “publish,” too. Progress. If all goes well – and the kiddos stop getting snow days – we’ll be hitting 2,500 within the next few months. Stay tuned. My primary project for 2014 is to reduce that To-Be-Reviewed pile over there to almost nothing. Each week, I set a target to get six book reviews written and/or published. Three for books that I’ve read over the last two years, three from our Teen Star Review … Read more