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Little Kids: Vacation and Travel Galore!

Maybe because it’s been lovely here in Texas for the last few weeks. Maybe because I’m going to Hawaii in less than a week (!!!). Maybe because our neighborhood pool opened last weekend…or maybe for all of those reasons vacation, summertime and sunscreen, beach bags, and road trips are on my mind. What better way to […]

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May 8, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! I really liked these picks too! I feel like this topic is pretty rare in children’s books so it was more difficult pulling it together. :-/

May 8, 2015 - 10:43 am

Alexa S. - That photo is so adorable <3 And I love the collection of vacation reads for your little ones (and not-so-little ones, as far as the BSC is concerned – one of my favorite books in that series, by the way)!

Little Kids: Bedtime Stories

One of my favorite times of day to read with my daughter, Everett, is before bedtime. It’s the only time during the day that her Daddy and I are both there to snuggle and read with her. One of us snuggles, the other reads, and we alternate every evening. We don’t always choose bedtime stories to […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Magan - Alexa, “literary diet” — hahahah! I love that phrase! So clever! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Magan - Lori, thank you for the new book suggestion! We don’t have that one, but I’m looking it up because I don’t want to *just* have girly books on hand for E. She’s obsessed with trucks with they pass by so I think this will be a hit for her!

April 21, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Lori - We’re big fans of Little Owl’s Night and Llama Llama as well. Finn’s current favorite bedtime book is Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. I love it too!

April 21, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Alexa S. - Definitely enjoyed seeing some new titles for little ones in this post, M! I grew up on a literary diet of Goodnight Moon, as well as fairy tales, so I won’t be much help with suggestions. Just wanted to say that I appreciated this post and will bookmark for future reference one day 😉

Little Kids: Let’s Talk About Feelings

Hi, again! I’ve got a stack of new children’s books that will be coming out in the next few months sitting next to me. I sat down and picked a few of my favorites I wanted to highlight that I strongly feel should be on your radar over the coming months when they’re released. I […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Little Kids: Books About Feelings Dive Into Diversity: They Work Hard for the Money Pub Date: Can I Be So Blunt […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Magan - LISA! I love that you pointed this out. I’ve been trying to read a parenting book about HOW to talk to children because the language that was used when I was growing up tends to negate feelings and have a very “I know what’s best for you without really listening to what the child is saying” attitude. I hope I can teach Everett to work through her emotions well; I’ve always kind of been a really hyper-sensitive person and always grappled with feeling things DEEPLY.

March 14, 2015 - 10:19 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I love that you’re highlighting these kids books! I’ve done some reading with child development (now that I have one, of course) and one of the most helpful things we can do with our kids is help them name their feelings to help them deal with said feelings. It’s so nice to have that reinforced with books that provide examples and discussion. Thanks for sharing!

March 13, 2015 - 10:30 am

Brianna - So fun. There are so many great picture books, both old and new.

March 13, 2015 - 10:16 am

Alexa S. - What a cute selection of books! I think Wild Feelings would be the one I’d be most inclined to pick up, just because I love that cover 🙂 Happy reading!!!

Little Kids: A Valentine’s Love-Fest

Graphic found via Pinterest via this source. As many of you know, a really sweet day is approaching: Valentine’s Day! And my daughter, Everett, just turned one a week and a half ago. I intended to do a big OMG HOW HAS THIS YEAR FLOWN BY POST, but I kind of got wrapped up in […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:28 am

Magan - Katie, I know RIGHT? More crying books! (Yes, please…) So glad you were interested in a few of these! Hope you love them!

February 23, 2015 - 11:27 am

Magan - Elizabeth, we don’t have the Snuggle Puppy book. I’m adding it to my amazon wishlist right now! Thanks for the heads up! xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:27 am

Magan - Thanks for telling me about your post! Checking it out! And thank you — she’s so sweet and silly. xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:26 am

Magan - Oh me either, Leah. ME EITHER. I sob through a lot of children’s books too. A LOT. (I mean, obviously.)

February 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! It was so fun to celebrate her birthday! I can’t believe a YEAR has passed!

February 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Magan - Brooke: Thank you so much! I absolutely love reading to Everett. Each time we sit down with a book, I think my heart grows a little. 🙂 Thanks so much for the sweet compliments about the photos! xo

February 20, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Brooke - This post is so sweet! One of the things I am looking forward to MOST about having little ones is sharing my love of reading with them…

And OH those pictures of Everett. What a beauty!

February 15, 2015 - 12:25 am

Alexa S. - Loved reading this post, M! And such great recommendations <3 Also, you and E looked so lovely. Happy first birthday, Everett!

February 14, 2015 - 9:34 am

Leah - I know I already mentioned this on twitter, but I seriously cannot believe she’s already a year old! It feels like you just posted your What to Expect.. review, M! A very, very happy birthday to miss Everett (those pictures are beyond adorable – my goodness she has cheeks for days ♥!)

When it comes to kids’ books…I just can’t read anything too emotional. Adult books, sure, bring it on! But storybooks have a way of completely wrecking me and I’m left a sobbing mess. 🙁

February 13, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Brianna - Valentine’s Day books are so fun. I did a round-up last week with some fun titles.

Your little girl is so cute. I love the photo of her in the tent.

February 13, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Elizabeth - We love to read I Love You Through and Through… my almost 2 yo likes to do the body parts and thinks my mad face and crying face are funny. I think my favorite lovey kid’s book is Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton… we really love all Sandra Boynton, but that one is super cute!

February 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

Katie T - Love this! Just added a few of these to Eli’s wishlist 🙂 Just what I need – more books to make mamma cry! ha

Little Kids: Winter Favorites

Welcome to our first edition of LITTLE KIDS! Estelle’s been hanging out in the adult aisles for quite a while now and I’ve been squatting on much-too-small stools reading books to Everett and H. Over the last two years, I’ve developed some strong attachments to kids books that I really want to share with you […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Alexa S. - This feature is seriously so dang cute! As you know, I’m VERY supportive of getting E & H into reading (hence all the books I’ve gifted them so far). Love that you’ve chosen to let them read winter-themed ones this season!

January 20, 2015 - 9:05 am

Leah - loveloveloveLOVE this!! I’ve been amassing a library of kids’ books (and receiving LOTS of nervous looks for Matt in the process!). Really though, storybooks are the best and between my nieces and any future Leah Jrs, I’m going to make sure I have plenty of stories on-hand!

I adore Over and Under! Keeping with the wintery theme, you seriously cannot go wrong with Jan Brett’s The Mitten!

January 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is such a sweet idea, and I love that your blog will now be featuring titles from all ends of the reading age spectrum! Marko loves reading his favourites over and over (and OVER AND OVER!) again, but I’m always on the lookout for NEW favourite titles to memorize (seriously, I could recite Goodnight Moon forwards and backwards — ha ha!) so I’m lovin’ this feature!

January 17, 2015 - 11:31 am

Jamie - Bookmarking this! Love finding new books to share with Genevieve and Adela plus with the kids I nanny!

January 16, 2015 - 4:33 pm

ashley - I am SO glad to see “The Snowy Day” one of my favorites on this list!

January 16, 2015 - 10:35 am

Brianna - The Polar Express for a winter book recommendation. For non-winter books, I really like anything David Weisner has written, but in particular Sector 7. It’s a wordless book, which makes it fun for kids and adults because you can make up a story as you go.

January 16, 2015 - 8:40 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I love discovering new kids books to read with Lucy! Thanks for the new feature!

We really like to read Merry Christmas, Stinkyface (and the rest of the Stinkyface series) when it’s snowy! The Quiet Book also has some cute snow moments in it. 🙂

January 16, 2015 - 6:45 am

Sandy - Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft