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November 7th, 2014 at 9:14 am

Favorite Thanksgiving Books


My boys love to read books about holidays as they are approaching. Thanksgiving is a fun time to learn about tradition and the history of the holiday through sharing books. Here are some of my favorites:

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

The Berenstein Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

The Night Before Thanksgiving

10 Fat Turkeys

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper

The Story of the Pilgrims

Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet

Biscuit is Thankful

The Best Thanksgiving Ever

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

The Story of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Thanks

This is the Turkey

Take some time this month to have some family reading time with Thanksgiving books, and discussions about the meaning of Thanksgiving and why it is a part of our history.

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February 10th, 2014 at 10:25 am

Favorite Valentine’s Day Books

ValentinebooksOne of my favorite things to do to prepare for Valentine’s Day is to share stories of love with my little ones. A tradition of ours is to snuggle on the couch with some fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk while we read some of our favorite Valentine’s Day books. I wanted to share a list of some of our favorites that we have shared through the years.

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.

Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George! by N. Di Angelo

George and his friend celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorating, card making and the kind of mischief that only a monkey can make!

Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day by Norman Bridwell

When Clifford was a baby he got into so much trouble on Valentine’s Day, but continues to be Emily Elizabeth’s favorite year after year.

Hedgehug, A Sharp Lesson in Love by Dan Pinto

A great story that you have to find the right person to love you for who you are.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

Our favorite mouse from If you Give a Mouse a Cookie celebrates Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat

The story of a prank gone wrong changes the pranksters heart in the end.

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting

An old favorite from my childhood shows that even if you have never celebrated Valentine’s Day you can always start!

There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Rose! by Lucille Colandro

If you have read any of the books in this series you know that this book makes the classic song come alive in a different manner.

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

This book shows that a mother’s unconditional love will never be changed.

Olive, My Love by Vivian Walsh

We love the book Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh so were excited to see this title.  This funny story is a great example that anything can happen if you follow your heart.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mc Bratney

My boys have heard this story since they were first born. They love the story of the endless amounts of love a father and son can have for one another.

Pete the Cat Valentines Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean

Pete discovers how special Valentines can be and makes Valentines for everyone.

Print this list and take it to your local library, then snuggle up and enjoy the stories of love with your little ones all this week!

 Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 12th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Holiday Books for Storytime


For some of you, storytime is an everyday occurrence, but there is something about reading books during the holidays that gives me that “warm and fuzzy” feeling. Here are some great books you can read to or with your kids to get into the spirit…some of them are my personal favorites from my own childhood!


How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss


The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell


Santa Mouse by Michael Brown

Hersehl and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel

Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy by Don Freeman


Olive, The Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh


Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa  by Donna L. Washington


The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan & Mike Berenstain


The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore


The Mitten by Jan Brett


What holiday books do YOU read with your children? Share your favorites with us on Facebook!

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October 4th, 2013 at 8:53 am

Childrens Books about Fall

It just can’t be said enough – reading with your child is important!  It becomes more fun when you mix up the book selections. You can only read that copy of Green Eggs and Ham so many times. A great way to mix up the book selection is by using the seasons. The colors of fall come to life in books. These are some of our favorites.

Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

How many seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

I Spy a Pumpkin by Jean Marzollo

Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Dorren Cronin

The Night before Halloween by Natasha Wing

Remember, your local library would LOVE to help you find these on the shelves, along with suggesting some new ones! Does your child have a Fall favorite?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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May 13th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Fun Children’s Books to Read

For Mother’s Day I got a poem from my oldest and one of the lines read, “I love to hear mom listen to me when I read.” Children love to read to you and listen to you read. Nothing is better than snuggling together and reading a good book.  Sometimes it feels like you are reading the same books over and over and want some fun new books to be a part of reading time. A great way to try new books is to visit your local library or do a book swap with friends!

Here are some fresh book  ideas for you:

Pinkaliscous by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann

Any Dr. Suess Books

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek

Pete the Cat by James Dean

Leo the Lightening Bug by Eric Drachman

The Ugly Pumpkin by David Horowitz

Here Comes the Big Mean Dust Bunny by Jan Thomas

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

The Dog House by Jan Thomas

The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

Llama llama Books by Anna Dewdney

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

These are just some of the favorites I have to share. Another key is to listen to the audio version if it is available. While visiting preschool the other day, my son’s teacher was reading Pete the Cat, Rocking in my School Shoes and had the CD playing along. There was great music that went along with it that the kids danced too.

What are some fun books that you like to read with your child?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.



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October 24th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

The Love of Reading


One of my most vivid memories from childhood is going to the local library with my dad, where I could choose as many books as I wanted for that week. Sometimes I would choose something new, such as a “how to draw” book, while other times I would want to re-read my favorite collections of Peanuts comics. It didn’t matter to Dad what I wanted to take home – as long as I was reading and enjoying it, it didn’t matter if I wanted to read a chapter book or a comic book.

To this day, I love to read and I want to pass that love along to my children. The library is the easiest way to do this – the books are free and I can check out as many as my children can read, or I can read to them, in 14-28 days.

This weekend, take a walk down to your local library and have everybody pick out a book they’d like to read (or have read to them). Your little one will love the children’s section, where books are stocked especially for them.  Remember, there is no such thing as “bad reading” – as long as your child is enjoying a book and getting a positive experience from it, it doesn’t matter what they read.  Help them find a book about something that interests them, whether it’s sports, animals or outer space. You might even help them choose a book with easy craft ideas or a children’s cookbook and do the activities with your child at home.

All you need to check out books is a library card. Don’t have one? Just go to the check-out desk to obtain one – they’re free! All you need is proof of residence in your county, so bring a piece of mail or something with your name and address on it.

But wait!  Libraries are no longer just buildings filled with books! Many now offer activities for young ones during the week. If you have a child who is a year or younger, you may be able to attend workshops designed to enhance your baby’s development with games, nursery rhymes and music.  If you have a slightly older toddler, take them to story hour. Not only will your little ones be exposed to language-building skills, you will be bonding with them as well. Have fun and happy reading!

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April 9th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Grab a Book and Read!

Reading is such an important thing to do with your children. It not only is so wonderful intellectually but can connect people in special ways. It can be completely free (with the help of a library card) and is a great way to develop the imagination. Have you ever read a book and then found yourself disappointed when the story didn’t match the one you had imagined?

I remember when I was pregnant with my oldest, my husband would read the book What Daddies Do Best to my belly a couple evenings every week. As babies we always read to our boys. The book I read to them the most was an A-B-C  and other teether books. Garanimals sells ones just like these. I read these several times a day from infancy up. I also enjoyed reading the book, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. As babies, I got to pick the book to read so I liked the mushy ones, but as the boys got older they wanted to pick other ones.

Reading every evening became a part of our  bedtime ritual. After getting on our sons’ pajamas and brushing their teeth, my husband always reads a story to them. They read That’s Not My Monster, which is part of the Usborne line, endless times. You can tell it was well loved as we have taped it together more than once. This was a great book when they were toddlers. As they grew into preschoolers their favorites were Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner and Mo Willems books especially Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

It is also great to see the differences in the books that each child picks out each night. After we finishing reading our book and saying good night, we encourage the boys to look at books until they fall asleep. Connor, my youngest, very much enjoys the brightly illustrated picture books, while Ian always picks out books that are more comic book in nature.

Ian is now reading on his own and loves to take an early reader chapter book to enjoy himself. He loves to explore the different series of books there are. In Kindergarten his teacher would read the Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osbourne and he loved to tell me about all the different adventures.  He just started reading that series again on his own. This year his teacher is reading the Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This has opened up a great conversation between him and his Nana as she would read that series as a child. They love to sit and talk about the different characters. He has already started a book bucket list that will keep him very busy this summer.

I can’t wait for him to start reading some of my favorites by Judy Blume, Little House on the Prairie, and other favorites of mine. I have been reading some of the books he really likes myself. They are very quick easy reads and give me some insight when he explains them. I think I may have to check into a “book club” for young readers for him to join this summer.

What are some of your children’s favorite books?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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