Blog Tour: Smile With African Style feat. Q&A with Mylo Freeman!

English 3-6 years African Clothing Friendship Coming tomorrow… Today I’m taking part in a blog tour on behalf of the Macy series, and specifically spotlighting the story Smile With African Style published by Cassava Republic Press, which is based in Nigeria. Smile With African Style is a sweet story that introduces young readers to different…

Mr. Watson’s Chickens

English 4-8 years Chickens LGBTQ+ Characters Humor Jarrett Dapier & Andrea Tsurumi summary Mr. Watson’s Chickens is hilarious! Mr. Watson and Mr. Nelson love each other and their chickens…until the chickens take over that is. When an ultimatum is given and moving into a chicken coop is posed, Mr. Watson corrals his feathery friends and…

How Long is Forever?

English 3 years & up Grandparents Philosophy Waiting Blueberry Pie Family Intergenerational Stories Kelly Carey & Qing Zhuang summary Blueberry season, amirite? One of the best fruits, and I’ve been diligently picking from our community garden bushes for snacking, baking, and freezing for baking during the winter. Just like the protagonist in our story, How…

Book Savvy

Here’s what we we look for in kid lit Here are some of the areas that guide our picture book selections and reviews. We look for books that share age-appropriate depictions of the authentic lived experiences of historical and contemporary figures of color, same-sex parents, disabled and neurodiverse people. Neurodiversity Neurodiversity reflects the differences in…

A Fiction Feast: Leveled Readers for the Family

English Mixed: all ages Fiction Feast Baking Board Books Early Chapter Books Friendship SEL Cooking Skills summary Today is #TheFictionFeast once again! With the summer winding down and the school year ramping up, I thought about the days at home (and nannying) when the need for an activity for multiple ages is needed before we…

I Could Eat You Up

english Infant & Up Puns Parenting Board Books Jesse Levison summary So this book is just hilarious, and I’m sharing it both for some levity and to once again reinforce my love of puns (especially food-related ones). Since reading, Lee and I have taken to shouting “You’re SHRIMPLY THE BEE-EEST!” at random points throughout the…

Bella’s Recipe for Success

English & Spanish 4-8 years Latinx Families Perseverance Cooking Intergenerational Stories Hobbies Social-Emotional Learning Ana Siqueira & Geraldine RodrĂ­guez summary Have I cried because a cake overflowed in my oven while baking? Sure have. And then I went to the grocery store at 11pm for more eggs so I could make it again. The point…

A Teacher Like You

english 4-8 Years Education Teachers Social-Emotional Learning Encouragement Frank Murphy, Barbara Dan & Kayla Harren summary This book is the third installment of the “A _____ Like You” series, and once again the story knocks it out of the park! The narrative flows from page to page, discussing the impact and originality of every teacher….

Many Shapes of Clay: A Story of Healing

English 4+ Grief Parent Loss Coping Skills Memory Healing Kenesha Sneed summary Many Shapes of Clay is breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. The design and color palette are stunning, and the contents even more so. No one wants to have to discuss loss and healing from grief with young people, but death…

Just Like a Mama

English 4-8 years Fictive Kin Caregivers Growing Up Love Celebration Alice Faye Duncan & Charnelle Pinkney Barlow summary Another book in preparation for the beginning of the school year is this beautiful and tender book about fictive kin, Just Like a Mama. Similar to chosen family, fictive kin is a particularly important element to Black…