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Children’s Book Club Subscription

What is not to love about a monthly subscription box?  I remember as a kid my mom would order different monthly magazines for me.  Excitement was high on the days those magazines hit the mailbox.  Memories of running into the house with my coveted treasure still makes me smile.  I would head straight to my bedroom to explore what this month’s book had in store for me.  Fast forward to the 21st century.  NOW, we have BOXES!  Boxes filled with all sorts of treasures and surprises!  Oh, how I have fallen in love with the children’s book club subscription from Owl Post Books!!!

Let’s face it…we love to spoil our children and grandchildren.  Nothing makes me happier than to see the faces of my grandchildren with a smile plastered across their eager faces.  They jump around and ask, “Can we open it now, Mimi?”   I truly love it as much as they do!  Not only do they love the books, but they have already become accustomed to the idea that a craft is included as well.  Th  Everything is all right there in one cute little box without having to prepare a special activity.

October Books ~

This month’s books included:

  • I Love You Little Pookie ~ This is a delightful book that teaches love.  It offers many opportunities for kids to hear the words “I love you.”
  • The Itsy Bitsy Duckling ~ I love singing this book to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider – the kids love this.
  • Halloween Peek-A-Boo ~ This was our favorite this month.  Each page has a “spooky” Halloween character.  They challenge the child to mimic their “frightening” look in the provided mirror.  Many belly laughs were shared while each child tried this!

October Craft ~

The kids loved the craft this month from their children’s book club subscription.  They got to punch out, peel off the backing and stick  foam stickers wherever they wanted.  They even changed their minds as they were crafting and moved some around.   It was a great craft that they could do together even though there is a difference in their ages.  The final product was a super cute Halloween frame that we will print out a picture from this post and insert.

The subscription box we receive is for ages 0 – 3.  We chose this because I wanted to have something special to do with Max while Addi was at school.  What we have discovered though, is that Addi loves them just as much as Max.  This leads me to believe that Mimi will be setting up a second subscription soon.  I’m anxious to see what all is included in the next age group of 4 – 7 years old.

It is safe to say that our family is obsessed with this whole children’s book club subscription idea.  What a great way to foster the love of reading that has the child excited for each month’s selections.  Try it out for yourself here:  Owl Post Books!  What a great time to get started too…the holidays are just around the corner!  If you would like more details, I provided detailed information in last month’s post…..Check out the details here for Owl Post Books!

Happy Reading!!!

The Best Halloween Picture Books

Are you tired of reading the same Halloween picture books to the kids every year?  Yes, there are always the favorites that everyone looks forward to each year, but maybe it’s time to spice up your collection.  You are going to want to try this list of the best Halloween picture books.

Last year I hosted a Witches’ Tea Party for the kids.  I’m not sure who had more fun…me preparing for the big event or the kids when they got to partake of it.  I will do a separate post on that later, but suffice it to say that it was a huge hit!  As I was planning all of the festivities for that day, I was overjoyed to discover that there are actually books titled The Witches’ Tea Party….how frightfully awesome!  (I was happy to see that there are other crazy Halloween lovers like myself out there in the big world 😉)

Below are some of the new books I have purchased over the last couple of years…and one that I am ordering this week to add to our spooky collection of Halloween books!  There are also some fun FREE printable coloring pages🖍 included at the end of this post!!!! Continue reading

The Joy of Reading

Reading is magical.  It sweeps you up and whisks you away to far away places, finds you in the middle of an exciting event, engages you with new lifestyles of people all around the world!  I could go on and on about the wondrous places you find yourself when you throw yourself into a good book.  Introducing young children to this magical wonder is critical in helping  them to understand the joy of reading throughout their life.

Add in the excitement of getting to run out to the mailbox monthly and open it up to find a package just for them…priceless!  We have discovered this great monthly book club, Owl Post Books, that caters to the age of your child.  There are different options available:

  • Book of the Month Club
  • Imagination Box Subscription
  • Young Adult Writer’s Subscription

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Have you Met Larry? (Book Review)

THIS is Larry…and he is one of our new favorite characters.  Have you met Larry?  If you haven’t, you need to follow this link now and add at least one of these books to your bookshelf.    Don’t Touch This Book-Meet Larry Now!

DON’T TOUCH THIS BOOK! ~

Addi and Max absolutely laugh with delight when we read these books.  The author is great at getting the kids engaged with each story.  Of course, the title alone, Don’t Touch This Book! makes kids want to do what????  You guessed it, they WANT to touch the book.  As I read it to them, I move the book all over during the first couple of pages, and they laugh hysterically while trying to touch the book.

As you venture through the story, Larry gives the kids permission to touch the book with one finger, then all of their fingers and then gets them to spin, wiggle and walk and talk like robots.

 

DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON! ~

The next book we chose by Bill Cotter is Don’t Push the Button!  Larry is at it again with all of his shenanigans.   As he allows the kids to push the button once, twice, then a bunch of times, multiple Larrys appear in the book…each one a different color.  You must then start shaking the book and rub his belly to make them all disappear.  The laughter this incites is music to my ears.  Larry in Don’t Push the Button!

OTHER BILL COTTER BOOKS ~

There are other books in the Don’t Push the Button series including Christmas, Easter & Halloween versions.  There is also a Christmas book titled Don’t Shake the Present.  These books don’t yet grace our book shelves, but by the time each of these holidays roll around, you can bet they will be!  Our family loves Larry and I am sure yours will too!

Favorite Books to Read to Kids

I LOVE READING!

I love reading to my grandchildren, I love reading to myself, I love reading to anyone who will listen!  Reading takes you anywhere you want to be.  In fact, I am known in my family for not enjoying travel very much.  I believe that is because books take me anywhere I want to be while allowing me to stay put  in my own home.  (Plus I don’t have to face that daunting task of packing–yuk!)

There is nothing better than snuggling with the grandkids and listening to them laugh.  You know the kind of laugh I am talking about…that deep down from the belly laugh.  I bet you are smiling right now just thinking about it!

There are so many great books out there, however, I have 3 favorites that I truly enjoy reading to the children.  None of them are particularly new books….just tried and true favorites!  These books require interaction and crazy voices, which make the reading experience even more fun.  They are outlined below (along with a link to check them out):

  1. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury & MIchael Rosen – This fun book takes you through several different landscapes all while searching for a bear.  Do they find a bear?  I will leave that for you to find out, but I will tell you it sure is a lot of fun to make all of the landscape noises (stomping through mud and swishing through tall grass)  with the little ones as you journey through the pages.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books)       

 

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2.  The Monster at the End of This Book  by Jon Stone & Michael Smollin – Who doesn’t love Sesame Street characters?  This book completely engages the children by trying to keep you from getting to the end of the book.  The children laugh with delight as they try to quickly turn the pages….even though Grover tries his hardest to stop them!

The Monster at the End of This Book     

 

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3.  Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett – You must buy this one as the kit….it is a MUST!  You wear the fluffy mitts and do lots of tickling as you venture through the pages.  Talk about deep belly laughs!  This one also makes a wonderful gift.

Tickle Monster Laughter Kit — Includes the Tickle Monster book and fluffy mitts for reading aloud and tickling!

 

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If you haven’t already discovered these books, I think they would be a great addition to your bookshelves.  I would also love to hear of any books you recommend as well.

Happy Reading!!!!

 

 

 

 

Lost Boy Found by Kirsten Alexander – A Book Review

Lost Boy Found Book Review

In the current state of our world today, it was hauntingly helpful to read this book. As you dive deeper into this historic fiction, I’m sure you too will find a story of prejudice, class and injustice looming over you. The author had me completely absorbed with this novel which was inspired by the real life kidnapping of Bobby Dunbar.

Set in the early 1900’s, you first learn of a wealthy family, John Henry & Mary Davenport.  They travel to their summer home in Louisiana with their three sons. Four year old Sonny, the youngest of the family, disappears one night without a trace. Two longs years are spent hunting for their missing son while also trying to keep their family and marriage intact.

A boy is then discovered travelling with a tramp–a boy who closely resembles Sonny Davenport. Could this be the son they have been searching for all this time. Could this be the answer John Henry is looking for to bring happiness back to his wife?

The traveling tramp tells of a different background for this young boy. He declares that he is the son of an unwed, pregnant farm worker that has been placed in his care until she delivers her second child.

Two mothers…both declaring the son is their own. While the wealthy temporarily win and we see much injustice for the poor, we get to the gripping end….who has truly seen the most injustice?

A link is provided above for you to purchase yours today!

Where the Crawdads Sing-A Book Review

This book has been on many book club lists so I, of course, had to check it out.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  Upon starting, I had to stop and research the author, Delia Owens, wondering why I haven’t read her work before.  I discovered that she has been published before this work of art, but the earlier works were memoirs of her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa.

The first pages took me in with the descriptive style of her writing.  I immediately looked forward to understanding life in the marsh….and I could completely visualize it as she described it in detail.  As I ventured through the chapters, I felt love, pain, sadness and happiness.  I marveled at how this young girl grew into a strong and kind woman.  She faced many hardships, yet remained a very caring person to the wildlife around her.

Different characters are woven in that leave you considering each one as the possible murderer of the handsome Chase Andrews.  I must admit that I didn’t have it figured out until the ending!

Let me know if you figured it out before you got to the end!

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