Since I finished 135 books in 2019, I decided to review my top 10%. I confess that I did review a few books, which I didn't fully complete. This always leaves me torn because I do not list them on my "read" list for a given year. Thus, a book that I haven't finished reading … Continue reading My Top 13 for 2019
My present life involves a lot of driving. Most of that driving involves my children in the car. Since they are 9 and 5, we usually listen to things in the car. I tend to choose words over music, for some reason, and we have a significant list of podcasts (mine and theirs). My children … Continue reading Audiobooks for Kids
Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons is a beautifully illustrated picture book of the "lost and found" parables from Luke 15. The parables are presented as a series of stories, with no mention of Jesus. There is a connecting thread and phrase about completeness through each story that children pick up on … Continue reading New Review: Who Counts?
I received an e-book version of this title from Edelweiss for review. It is a very interesting experience to have a hysterectomy when you still have young children. I don't know when I might have said the word "uterus" to my seven-year-old if I hadn't been having it removed. As the information we gave him at … Continue reading New Review: Who Are You?: The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity
My seven-year-old heard about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at school. I'm not entirely sure how because it's not like they were reading it in class. He mentioned it in connection with his music teacher. Regardless of how it came up, he knew that it was a book about a boy on a rafting trip and … Continue reading Commentary: Huckleberry Finn
It is the rare children's book that has a surprise ending. My mother-in-law sent The Most Perfect Snowman to my four-year-old for her birthday, among other books and toys. It was the first book that the birthday girl picked to read and so we snuggled in- a seven year-old boy, a four year-old girl, and a thirty-five year … Continue reading New Review: The Most Perfect Snowman
My children (ages 3 and 7) have fallen in love with two new picture book series. These books are actually fun to read (as an adult), easy enough for the second grader to "help with", and have engaging illustrations. The first book was our introduction to Scaredy Squirrel. We read Scaredy Squirrel Goes to the Beach. The plot … Continue reading Squirrels and Otters