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Top 10 Tuesday — Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child

8 Sep

While I have always been a voracious reader, my tastes have always run towards mysteries. Nancy Drew was my first book heroine, and I soon moved on to all things Agatha Christie. I visited the library frequently, both public and school, and was gifted books for every occasion. Yet somehow I missed reading all the standard children’s classics. So today’s Top 10 Tuesday post is all about missed opportunities 😉 . My daughter didn’t like to read as a child, so I missed some vicarious reading. Her brothers made up for it, but Poulson and Dahl were their favorites. I have another chance though — my first grandchild ( a girl) will have all the books!

What books do you wish you had read as a child?

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Top Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child

 

Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents’ deaths, she’s bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.
 
She’s a mischievous, talkative redheaded girl with a fierce temper, who tumbles into one scrape after another. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special, a girl with an enormous imagination. All she’s ever wanted is to belong somewhere. And the longer she stays at Green Gables, the harder it is for anyone to imagine life without her.

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis

Four adventurous siblings — Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie — step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

Open the door and enter a new world! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been captivating readers of all ages with a magical land and unforgettable characters for over sixty years.

Little House on The Prairie series (this book is actually #3 in the series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls and her family are heading to Kansas! Leaving behind their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, they travel by covered wagon until they find the perfect spot to build a little house on the prairie. Laura and her sister Mary love exploring the rolling hills around their new home, but the family must soon get to work, farming and hunting and gathering food for themselves and for their livestock. Just when the Ingalls family starts to settle into their new home, they find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict. Will they have to move again?

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to settle in and make friends at boarding school. But when she learns that she’ll never see her beloved father gain, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for hard work and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and genorosity are all the riches she truly needs?

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Ten year old Mary Lennox, a spoiled and pompous child from a wealthy family, is suddenly turned on end when her parents die. She is sent to live with her wealthy Uncle in his isolated house in Yorkshire, England. Her spoiled nature and aggression again take form in her new home, but soon a servant informs her of a private, walled-in garden with the entrance’s key missing. The mysterious and cordoned garden intrigues young Mary as much as the mysterious cries that echo the hallways during the night.

 

Children’s Corner — Grandma Snuggles

19 Aug

Grandma, this one’s especially for you! Cuddle your grandchildren close with this adorable book. Written by bestselling author Glenys Nellist, this board book celebrates the loving relationship between a grandma and her little ones with sweet animal rhymes and charming illustrations.

Grandma Snuggles is an engaging, board book that celebrates the love between a grandma and her little ones. Whether it’s Grandma Mouse who shares her cheese or Grandma Duck who splashes in the lake, this book shows special cuddles and love, relaying a message that all grandmas are special in their own ways.

So, hop, skip, and run with Grandma Rabbit and roll into a ball with Grandma Hedgehog. Most of all, celebrate Grandma who’s as sweet as pie!

Through the fields and gardens,
We hop, and skip, and run.
God made the world’s best Grandma —
She’s really lots of fun.

Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. The author of multiple children’s books, including the bestselling ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, The Wonder That is You, and the popular series Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time, her writing reflects a deep passion for helping children discover joy in the world. Glenys lives in Michigan with her husband, David.

 

My Impressions:

I cannot wait to share Grandma Snuggles with my grand baby! The perfect choice for grandma/mimi/nanna time, this book features rhyming verse about a variety of grandma and grandchild relationships. Besides showing the animals in their unique habitats, the book reinforces the wonderful bond within extended families. The illustrations are cute and will keep your child interested as you turn the pages. In fact, talking about each animal will lengthen the fun read together time. This beefy board book will become a favorite.

Recommended.

Audience: babies to Pre-K

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

Book Review: Pugtato Finds A Thing

5 Aug

Enchanting illustrations. Giggle-inducing text. Unique and loveable characters. Join Pugtato and his cute and quirky pack of pals in this heartwarming picture book that celebrates the power of friendship, compassion, and believing in your own unique gifts. 

When Pugtato’s simple, quiet life is disrupted after he digs up a strange object in his garden, he enlists his best “spuddies” to help (they are more clever than he is, after all). Tweetroot is certain it’s a new egg for her nest. Tomatoad is quite sure it’s a toy just for him. And Purrsnip simply won’t stop scratching it! Luckily, Pugtato has another very special spuddy to ask . . . .

Sophie Corrigan is a freelance illustrator and authour from Lancashire, UK. She graduated from University of Central Lancashire in 2013 with a first class degree in Illustration, and recieved a Distinction in her Masters degree in Children’s Book Illustration from the same university. In 2017, her children’s picture book I’m a Little Monkey was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration, and she has since worked with publishers such as Bloomsbury, Chronicle Books and Wicked Cow.

Sophie has produced illustration work for Hallmark Cards, Papier, Moonpig, Ohh Deer, Jellycat and Boomf, and her work has been stocked by John Lewis, Paperchase, Urban Outfitters, Sainsbury’s, Clinton Cards, Hot Topic, Topshop, Tesco, The Range, Ryman Stationery, Calendar Club, SOMA Gallery, Yard Gallery, ASOS and the RSPCA shop.

When not illustrating and maintaining her online art shops, Sophie spends the spare time she has going to shows, watching nature programmes, eating vegtarian food, hanging out with her pet cockatiels, and occasionally crafting cute things from wool and clay.

 

My Impressions:

Pugtato Finds A Thing is a quirky and cute book — a delight for kids of all ages. The rhyming story follows Pugato, a charming character that is part pug dog and potato, as he searches for the answer to the mysterious thing he has dug from his garden. He asks all his friends, including Purrsnip, Colliflower, and Croccoli, to help him puzzle out what he has found. I thought the combination of vegetables and animals was very original, and I can’t help but imagine a child’s eager turning of the pages to discover what fantastical creature awaits them and probably coming up with combos of their own! The whimsical illustrations complete the fun. Each character’s individuality is emphasized, and in the end Pugtato discovers the key to who his newest friend is. I have a young niece who is going to love this book. Cannot wait to share it with her.

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers to young elementary-aged children.

(Thanks to Zonderkids for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Children’s Corner: Honesty Counts

23 Jul

In The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts the Bear family is headed out for the annual cub campout and are especially excited about the canoe race down Rapid River. Who will win the big race and ribbons? The competition between Brother and Sister’s team and Too-Tall’s gang is fierce. But when Too-Tall and his gang decide that winning is the most important thing — even more important than telling the truth — Preacher Brown makes sure the cubs remember just how important honesty is!

This fun, new book in the popular Zonderkidz Living Lights series — beloved by parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren alike — will earn a quick spot on your child’s bookshelf. But not for long! Your child will want to read along with you again and again as the kid-friendly text and easy-to-read, easy-to-remember Scripture verses teach valuable life lessons, encourage discussion, and take you down memory lane with each subsequent reading.

Parents and grandparents looking for a Bible-based, read aloud story that encourages faith in Jesus and instills a love of reading in their children and grandchildren need look no further than the newest book in the Living Lights series — The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts.

 

My Impressions:

If you are looking for a book that will allow your kids to keep up with their reading skills during this long break from school and learn a valuable lesson, then The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts is a great choice. As always the Berenstain Bears look for the right ways to do things, and honesty, even when there may be a shortcut available, is the focus of this book. I found the vocabulary challenging enough to polish skills, while the story engages the reader. Scripture to back up the moral to the story is naturally inserted into the narrative. Whether you use this book as a family read-along or as a means to encourage reading in an early reader, Honesty Counts is a winner!

Recommended.

Audience: early elementary ages.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — God Loves The Animals

15 Jul

Take a beautiful nature walk through Bear Country with the beloved Berenstain Bear family. Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear savor the great outdoors and greet all their animal friends.

This point-and-learn board book helps early readers learn animal words!

There’s a family of ducks nestled amongst the cattails, a horned owl perched in a tree, and a rabbit making trouble in a cabbage patch! And whether the animals have fur, feathers, or scales, God makes sure they have a place to live and food to eat.

As you read aloud, toddlers will delight in pointing out all the different creatures throughout Bear Country as they are comforted by the message of God’s boundless love.

 

My Impressions:

The Berenstain Bears are back with a cute board book that focuses on the animals in God’s creation — God Loves The Animals. Each page of this colorful book points to specific animals and their environment. I loved this! Kids learn that an alligator looks like a log and that a skunk and a possum live in a designed-just-for-them home. Besides the variety of animals that God has made, children can see the provision He has set up for each one. I predict God Loves The Animals will become a favorite for the whole family.

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers.

(Thanks to Zondervan for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Children’s Corner — The Great Farmapalooza

1 Jul

It’s never a dull day in the barnyard, and these quirky and colorful animals are having a farmapalooza to celebrate God’s love and thank Him for His creation! The ducks are thanking God for their quacks, the hens are thankful for their feathers, and the donkey is singing praises that God made him so handsome. All in all, it’s a day and a barn full of praise.

This fun board book pairs flaps and whimsical illustrations with fun-to-read rhymes that will have kids mooing and quacking along with the farm’s crazy cast of characters.

 

My Impressions:

The Great Farmapapalooza has so many great things going for it! Cute, cute farm animals with engaging expressions, rhyming verse, and hidden gems behind flaps combine to keep your little one engaged. But best of all is the reminder that everything in God’s creation praises Him. I loved how each animal — rooster, cow, donkey, and so on — praised God for how they were made and what God provided for them. Joy-filled, this book is a great way to introduce that special child to the wonder and uniqueness of God’s creation. This sturdy board book will be a an often requested read in your library.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 1-5.

(Thanks to B&H Publishers for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Ten Little Eggs

18 Mar

Ten Little Eggs celebrates springtime and the bond between a parent and child. With sweet and silly read-aloud rhymes and adorable illustrations, this book reminds readers that families come in all shapes and sizes, but what holds them together is love.

Perfect for Easter or any time of the year, children will enjoy turning the pages of this playful picture book to discover what unusual critters are inside each of the ten little eggs.

FIVE little eggs in a nest
in a tree.
What in the world will my
little egg be? 

One cracked open
and what did Mama see?
A fuzzy little penguin,
walking wobbly as can be.

 

My Impressions:

I first thought Ten Little Eggs would be an Easter-themed book because of, well, eggs! But this book is a fun family read-aloud for the whole year. There is so much to love about this book — its repetitive rhyme and countdown to the final egg will have your kids “reading” along. The ten eggs in momma bird’s nest reveal some very surprising family members — fun and funny.  As the book progresses, the anticipation increases as readers will be guessing just who will show up in the nest next! Illustrations are detailed and oh so cute. I guarantee his book will become a favorite.

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers and their families.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner: Nighty Night Narwhal

10 Mar

In this sweet, humorous tale about an imaginative narwhal named Nolan, children and parents alike will giggle at, and likely recognize, all of Nolan’s excuses for avoiding bedtime. With soothing, rhyming text and whimsical, playful illustrations, this charming padded board book is sure to help little ones go from deep sea silliness to sweet, soothing dreams.

Nolan the Narwhal tries to go to sleep. He really does. But he’s thirsty … and hungry … and there might be a giant sea horse in the closet … or under the bed … and his eyes won’t stay shut … and his horn is achy … and all the blankets are too hot … but no blankets are too cold … and maybe one more song would help … and one more story … that’s it! One more story and Nolan promises to go to bed.

 

My Impressions: 

Nighty Night Narwhal is another cute edition to your bedtime repertoire! Your child will discover they have a lot in common with Nolan the Narwhal — he thinks up all kinds of things to avoid going to bed! I loved the whimsical illustrations of a narwhal’s world, and the interactions between Nolan and his parents. It also spurred me to know more about this fascinating creature — your child (and you) will want to know more too! This is a great book for the preschool set!

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — 2 Board Books for Easter Fun!

4 Mar

Looking for some Easter books for your preschooler? Check out the two cute and colorful board books below

It’s time for Easter eggs — yellow, green, blue, and red! In Easter Egg Day, written by Tara Knudson and illustrated by Pauline Siewert, kids will love watching how plain white eggs turn to colorful zig-zags, stripes, and patterns as this board book celebrates the classic Easter family tradition. 

Neighbors, friends,
At the door,
Baskets held,
Eggs galore!

Easter Egg Day’s sweet read-aloud rhymes and bright illustrations are perfect for cherishing holiday memories—and making new ones! Parents and grandparents will love sharing this book with their little ones — who will be inspired to create their own unique eggs after reading this adorable story.

 

My Impressions:

Easter Egg Day captures all the excitement of an egg hunt — the decorating, the hunt, the family fun. I loved how each boldly illustrated page introduces a young child to the wonder that is an egg hunt. This book will get your kids begging  to break out those eggs, so it is a big plus that the back cover has instructions for perfecting your own dyed eggs. Don’t wait until Easter morning for this one!

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers and their parents.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

In Little Duckling’s Easter Prayers, Duckling and his woodland friends explore the many blessings of spring through rhyming poems based on inspirational Bible text that will inspire your child to appreciate and give thanks as they celebrate the new season and prepare for Easter.

Dear God, I thank you for this day —
and everything I see.
For puffy clouds and tiny bugs,
and sunshine chasing me. 
I’m glad you made the gentle breeze
I feel against my face.
I’m glad you made this perfect day
that’s filled with love and grace.
Amen

With simple but powerful text and bright, engaging illustrations, Little Duckling’s Easter Prayers explores the many wonderful parts of spring — from new flowers and happy showers to the reminders of God’s great love for us and the miracle of Easter. And with text perfect for morning snuggles, bedtime prayers, and anything in between, you and your child can celebrate God’s blessings together any time of day.

 

My Impressions:

All the woodland animals join Little Duckling in praising God in Little Duckling’s Easter Prayers. The colorful illustrations match the simple rhyming prayers that talk of the wonders of nature and God’s love and promises. I especially liked that at the end of each simple prayer there is an accompanying Bible verse. What a great way to introduce a habit of devotional time for the family. If you are looking for a non-candy alternative for the Easter basket, this one is perfect.

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers and their parents.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Children’s Corner — Two from Zonderkidz

15 Jan

Zonderkidz has two adorable children’s books for your special child. Check them out!

 

Love You, Love You is a cute and cuddly board book that shows the love between family members of all kinds. With heartwarming read-aloud rhymes and sweet illustrations by international artist Alison Brown, Love You, Love You is the perfect way to say, “I love you!” to the little ones in your life any time of year.

With an adorable cover case adorned with glitter, this book is perfect for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, new parents or grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, or anyone who wants to express love to the precious child in their life.

Love you, Love you,
Mama squeaked.
Into her nest she quickly peeked.
Sleeping babies
softly snore.
I couldn’t love you any more.

My Impressions: 

Love You, Love You is headed to my new grand baby this Valentine’s Day. The sturdy board book perfect for the littlest reader shares how much a child is loved — any time of the year. Every member of the family gets involved — parents, grands, and siblings. I thought the illustrations were adorable, even when Nana is portrayed as a snake 😉 ! Simple rhymes and bright colors will keep your child engaged.

Recommended.

Audience: babies and toddlers.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Piper & Mabel is written by Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of four books and the hilarious voice behind the wildly popular Big Mama Blog. In her debut children’s book, Melanie shares the adventures of her two very wild but very good dogs, Piper and Mabel.

When the family plans a vacation to the beach, Piper and Mabel are shocked to discover they won’t be joining their people. Instead, they’re headed to doggie day care at the Happy Tails Ranch where they create all kinds of mischief when they discover the accommodations are not exactly what they were expecting.

Dog-lovers everywhere will enjoy the adventures of Piper and Mabel. 

My Impressions:

Piper And Mabel is so stinking cute! The two dog sisters are described as wild, but very good — a pretty apt description as they navigate being left behind when their family goes on vacation. An engaging story with two adorable main characters is complimented with highly detailed and whimsical illustrations. This book is great for a family read-along or for readers practicing their skills. It is definitely a must-read for the dog-loving child in your life!

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)