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5 Books Like Harold and the Purple Crayon & Kid Lit Blog Hop

5 Books Like Harold and the Purple Crayon

Because four is considered a bad luck number in Asian culture, I offer you five books like Harold and the Purple Crayon … which is to say, books with art supplies that have magical properties including transporting readers and characters into wildly imaginative adventures and worlds.

What are your  favorite books with magical drawing items that I should add to my list? Thanks for sharing!

Harold and the Purple Crayon (series) by Crockett Johnson

I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon when I was a kid and now it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary! The idea that a crayon can transport anywhere you can dream up — well, that’s rather like a book too! This is the granddaddy of picture book adventures through a drawing implement. Read more…

Native American Heritage Month Books for Kids

Books for Kids to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

This we know; the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Chief Seattle’s Thoughts

Chief Seattle's Thoughts

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, I rounded up some newly published books that speak to the speech made by Chief Seattle: Read more…

Top 10: Afraid of the Dark Picture Books

Top 10: Afraid of the Dark Picture Books

Nyctophobia, or fear of the dark, is one of the most common phobias in children.

With the time change for fall back, come the dark, now earlier than ever. I don’t like it when it gets dark where I live at 4:30 at night either! I hope these picture books help with fear of the dark. I love how there are so make different and original takes on the dark and how to make it less scary for kids in these ten picture books. Which ones are your favorites? Let’s add them to the list! Thank you!

Top 10: Scared of the Dark Books for Kids

10. There’s A Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

My favorite book about being scared of the dark is this picture book, read aloud by Billy Crystal. It’s perfection! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

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Multicultural Adoption Books for Kids

Multicultural Adoption Books for Kids

There is an ancient Chinese belief that an invisible, unbreakable red thread connects all those who are destined to be together. From The Red Thread by Grace Lin

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. To celebrate, I offer a multicultural adoption picture book, chapter book and young adult list for kids and teens. There is a subtle thread that tie some of these books together. It’s the bridge from Asia to America through adoption.

When kids are placed into loving families that do not reflect their face in the mirror, there comes a time, as part of growing up, where these kids can have an identity crisis and a hunger to know more about their past. There’s another thread as well about the power of love to bind a family together. I hope these books will comfort by showing that they are not alone.

What books am I missing? Thanks for your great suggestions!

Multicultural Adoption Picture Books

Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamal Akib

rakhi bracelet

Rahki is a north Indian holiday celebrated on the day of the full moon of the Hindu month Shravan, usually in August. Sisters tie colorful shiny bracelets called rakhi around the wrists of their brothers, signifying their special bond. In this picture book, Arun waits impatiently while his parents try to adopt a baby girl from India, his father’s homeland. It takes a long time, but finally Asha arrives, and she has a special bracelet for Arun! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Best Bedtime Books GIVEAWAY

Best Bedtime Books GIVEAWAY & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Please welcome author Laura Sassi who has a new picture book out! We are giving it away (see Rafflecopter at the bottom) and she also has a list of Best Bedtime Books to share!

Laura Sassi bedtime books

Goodnight Manger by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Imagine how baby Jesus must have slept on that busy winter night with everyone visiting! Laura Sassi reimagines Christmas eve, told in rollicking rhyme accompanied by cheerful illustrations that capture the chaos and movement from that night. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Books About Cancer For Kids

Books About Cancer For Kids and Teens

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My mother is a breast cancer survivor so this is a topic dear to my heart. I’ve gathered up books for kids and teens about cancer. What am I missing? Thanks for your help!

Henry and the White Wolf by Tyler Karu and Tim Karu

This is the right picture book to help very young children understand what it’s like to have cancer. Told through animal characters, a young hedgehog gets sick and his mother seeks the white wolf for help. Henry loses his quills and fur and has to drink terrible tasting elixers that make him very tired but eventually, he is well enough so that they can return home. The smooth stone that the white wolf gives Henry reminds him that he’s a strong, brave hedgehog. [picture book, ages 3 and up]

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Halloween Monster Picture Book of the Day

Monster Picture Book of the Day & GIVEAWAY

It’s my turn for Picture Book of the Day and Halloween is on my mind. I found four great monster picture books that all have an educational slant. That’s right! Monsters can be very educational!

What is your favorite Halloween monster picture book? Please share!

Halloween Monster Picture Book of the Day

Picture Book of the Day Monster Trouble! Read more…

Immigrating to a New Country Picture Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Immigrating to a New Country Picture Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

This collection of picture books shows some of the many ways people have immigrated in recent times to a new country including the United States. I have chapter books on immigration at the turn of century that our 4th grade uses and a book list of undocumented immigrants if you want to explore this theme further.

How about you? What immigrations books for kids do you recommend? Please share! Thank you!

Immigration Picture Books for Kids

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Picture Books for Kids Who Like To Build

Picture Books for Kids Who Like To Build

I’m glad that PickyKidPix knows how to use power tools. It started with woodshop in middle school, and then she progressed to assembling her own furniture from Ikea. The Ikea projects included a bed, desk, desk hutch, TV console and bed side table.

books for kids who like to build

This is the Mesopotamia Throne Project Inspiration Photo.

When it came time for her to figure out a school project, she and her partner decided to build a throne from Mesopotamia. They had to figure out how much wood and what size pieces of wood they needed. All my husband did was help them cut the wood to their specifications and drive the wood to school. After that, it was all them and some choice power tools.

Books for Kids Who Like To Build

This is the Mesopotamia Throne my daughter and her partner built. Power tools were expertly wielded. Read more…