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Guess What I just Did?

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I am so excited to tell you about my newest adventure.  I am now a consultant for Usborne Books & More!  I have such a passion for books and love to share some of my favorites with you each week on our Books We Love feature.  If you don't know much about these books, I would love to introduce you to them, they are amazing books.  If you see something you love, want to book a party or join my team, I would love to chat more with you.  Check out my Facebook page for Usborne and message me or use the contact me for at the top of this webpage.   Thanks for sharing in my excitement.  Have you been introduced to Usborne books before?  I'd love to know some of your favorites.

Books We Love: Fairy Ponies

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While my kids aren't reading chapter books themselves quite yet, one of our favorites is the Fairy Ponies books.  When I first heard about them, I knew my daughter would be in love!  We started reading the first book in the series and read a chapter or two a night.  I wanted to keep reading!  They are fun adventures of a little girl in fairy pony land.  We are still working our way through the series, but they are a favorite of hers.  **I am a consultant for Usborne books, so any purchases made through my links benefit our family and we thank you greatly for it!**   Fairy Ponies   Want to know more about the books we love?  Check out our weekly series for a complete list of Books We Love.

Books We Love: Muddle and Match Adventure

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: March 21, 2016

Muddle and Match

If you have been reading my blog over the last month or so, you noticed that I recently became a consultant for Usborne books because I really love these books.  Today I'm sharing one of our personal favorite with you - Muddle and Match.  These are like no books you have ever seen before.  The story can change every time you read it, making it fun and interesting for you and the kids every time. Muddle and Match Adventure To see more of our favorites, check out our Books We Love feature.

Books We Love: I Believe in You

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: October 27, 2016

Such a great story about believing in your kids and empowering them to believe in themselves.

I tried to stop buying books at garage sales because we have so many but I just can't do it.  I have started putting more thought into which books we buy at the garage sales though.  This one, I just couldn't pass up.  **This is an affiliate link.  Our family appreciates when you shop through affiliate links on our site.**   I believe in you BY MARIANNE RICHMOND I'll be sharing soon about a few different books on empowering young kids to believe in themselves. Want more books?  Check out our books we love page.

Books We Love: Fire Truck

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: November 5, 2015

This week our featured book we love is a little different. It can {mostly} only be found on YouTube. If you come across a copy somewhere, I'd love to know about it. I first discovered it when I was teaching 2 year olds and loved it then. One day I played it for my kids and they LOVE it. And beg for it quite often. The book is not available for purchase now. Well, mostly not. I've found a copy available for like $1,000. Be sure to check out the rest of the Books We Love.  Have you ever heard this book before?

Summer #BlogChallenge August 6 Favorite Author

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: August 5, 2012

I have so many favorite author's!  All the same type.  I love books that have the same characters.  Those are the series that I can really get into.  I love murder mystery type books (fits in to yesterdays post on my dream job maybe?).  My runner up author would have to be James Patterson.  I love his books, although the ones co-written aren't generally my favorites.  I love the nursery rhyme series (Mary, Mary; Along Came A Spider; you get the idea) and the Women's Murder Club books the most.My favorite author though, would have to be John Sanford.  They are very fast paced, but what moves him ahead of James Patterson is probably that he is from Minnesota (which happens to be where I live) and his books are based here and in Wisconsin and take place in many areas I have been and know quite well.  I like that while I am reading them, I can completely picture the location.Who is your favorite author?

Books We Love: Just For You

Relevance: 92%      Posted on: October 5, 2014

Just for You

I'm not sure what it is about this book, but this is one of Charlie's favorite books lately. He loves to point out the spider character on each page, and tell me about what happened on the page. While it isn't my favorite book to read, I really love reading it with him because of how much interaction with Charlie as we read it.   Just For You By Mercer Mayer   You can check out other Books We Love here.   What books do you enjoy reading lately?

Books We Love: The Great Turkey Race

Relevance: 90%      Posted on: November 15, 2014

The Great Turkey Race

Keeping up with the fall / Thanksgiving books this month, this one is so much fun to read.  It is actually a book on CD so we read it two different ways.  This story is about the turkeys all competing to be the Thanksgiving turkey.  It's a comical, fun book your little ones will enjoy.   The Great Turkey Race By Steve Metzger Illustrated by Jim Paillot What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving books to read?  Do your kids love books on CD?  You can check out the rest of our Books We Love series here.  

Books We Love: How About A Kiss For Me

Relevance: 89%      Posted on: July 13, 2014

This is such a fun book to read.  It has been a favorite since we first got it, and continues to be a favorite for us all.  Not only are there fun animals throughout for the kids to kiss, but some silliness mixed in that makes us all giggle.  And to end, I get a kiss every time.   How About A Kiss for Me? Written By Todd Tarpley Illustrated by Liza Woodruff

Books We Love: My Very Own Name

Relevance: 88%      Posted on: June 21, 2014

Books We Love

If you haven't heard of I See Me Personalized Children's Books, you should check them out.  We won one when Maggie was a baby, and then I got this to review with Maggie.  I cannot explain how much we love this book.  The pictures, the quality of the pages, and the story in general are all incredible. We love to search out animals on the pages and talk about the letters on the pages.  Maggie will actually read this story word for word without even having the book around.  Because of it, she learned her full name, and her birthdate. Things I was planning on teaching her but she learned on her own just because of this book.   My Very Own Name By:  Maia Haag Illustrated by Mark Mille

Books We Love: That’s Not My Elephant

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*Affiliate links may be included in this post.*   Henry is my silly, happy, always trying to keep up with the older kids "baby" who isn't a baby anymore.  At 17 months old, I love that while he wants to climb and explore, he also loves to sit on my lap and read some stories.  Since he was younger {haha} he has loved touch and feel books.  That's Not My Elephant makes my list of favorites AND Henry's list because the simple repetition paired with the touch and feel pages with different textures on every page make reading and exploring this book so much fun for both him and I.     Not only is this book fun, but there is an entire line of That's Not My ...... books with the same fun, rhythmic repetition that kids love.   To find the rest of the Books We Love features - head on over to this page.

Books We Love: Five Little Pumpkins

Relevance: 86%      Posted on: October 12, 2014

Five Little Pumpkins

Since Halloween is coming, I thought it would be fun to spend the rest of the month showcasing some of our favorite Halloween books.  To start with, here is one that you may very well have read with your children.   Five Little Pumpkins Pictures by Dan Yaccarino Both of the kids like this book and it always elicits some giggles as we read it.  Charlie is really into counting objects lately, so this book is perfect for him. See more Books We Love here. What are some of your favorite halloween books?

Books We Love: Count to 100

Relevance: 85%      Posted on: August 5, 2016

Count to 100 is packed full of fun illustrations your kids will love.

I'm all about books that encourage concepts we are working on anyways.  I'm also a huge fan of books that work for all of the kids.  Today, our Usborne Books & More order arrived and some of the new titles were in it.  I couldn't wait to dig in and neither could the kids.  One of the books we ordered was I Can Count to 100.  Maggie already counts to 100, but I knew it would be great practice for Charlie and Henry too in the future.   The beginning of the book starts out with counting objects, one, then two, then three, and up to ten.  Then 20, 30, 40, etc. up to 100.  On each page, they are grouped together for different counting skills, counting by 5's, 10's, on 70 you count by 7's, yet you can also count by 1's on each page.  The pictures are so fun and engaging and the pages do more than just get them counting, they ask questions.  The questions have them searching the pages for answers so they don't get bored with just counting their way through the book.  They get them thinking and talking and learning about so much.  Younger readers can learn to count, but as they grow, the book grows with them and they can work on multiplication.   While I AM an Usborne Books & More consultant and do get commission on any orders through my links, I truly share these books because above all, I'm a mom.  A mom who loves to see my kids succeed and grow and I love that books are such a large part of that for us. Count to 100   To purchase this book, visit the website and click on the party name or anytime orders.   I recently wrote about early math books for young learners.  It will be a series by age, I will try to update this post with the rest as soon as they are done.

Books We Love: Look Inside Your Body

Relevance: 85%      Posted on: April 30, 2016

Look Inside Your Body

This may be one of the neatest books I have ever seen.  With over 100 flaps to life, kids and adults alike will have some fun while learning about how your body works.  I've learned a few things and we just have so much fun.  It's so realistic and easy to follow.  For example - when you are on the Eating Food page, it shows your body, top to bottom.  As you lift the flap to eat the food, there is another flap that shows how the food starts to go through your body.  You never know when you lift a flap if you will find one more flap or not.  While I earn a commission on all Usborne books sales placed through my link, I really think that every family should have this book. Look Inside Your Body To see other titles in our Books We Love series - check out this page.

Books We Love: The Leaves are Falling One by one

Relevance: 83%      Posted on: November 12, 2014

The Leaves are Falling One by One

This month we will be sharing some great fall and Thanksgiving themed books.  Today we are featuring a book that is just perfect for fall.  This book has a great rhythm and you will probably recognize the song as you begin reading it.   Don't be surprised if you find yourself singing the story as you go.   The Leaves are Falling One by One By Steve Metzger Illustrated by Miriam Sagasti Find the rest of our Books We Love series here. What are some of your favorite fall and Thanksgiving themed books?

Books We Love : The Spic and Span Fairy

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: November 22, 2014

Books We Love

The book I wanted to share with you this week is such a fun read, but has somehow disappeared in the last 24 hours.  So, here is another book that is my personal favorite right now, haha.  We have been struggling lately to get the kids to clean up their own messes.  Some days they do great, but other days it is a huge struggle and has all of us upset by the end of the night.   The Spic-and-Span Fairy By Sally Hewitt See the rest of the books we love and share some of your favorites with us.

Books We Love: Little Blue Truck

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: June 14, 2014

Little Blue Truck

Not too long ago, we participated in a book exchange, you know the ones.  You send out one book, 6 letters, and in the end, you get 36 books I believe it is.  Well, so far, we have gotten two.  Not really surprised by that, but each time a book has shown up, it's been a nice little surprise.  The last book we received was this one, Little Blue Truck.  It almost immediately became Charlie's favorite.  He loves to sit and read it all of the time.  There was a time we had it in the car for a long car trip, and he was so funny.  At bedtime when it was time to read, he looked all over the bedroom for his book, saying truck, truck, the entire time.  I had to go out to the truck and get the book so we could read it.   I love this book because it has really increased his language as well as his interaction during story time.  He will get hung up on a page and keep turning back to it to tell me more about it.  For the boy who hasn't always cared to sit through an entire story, that's a big deal!  It helped him start identifying animals, as well as their sounds and it is so much fun to read with him.  It's a fun story to read about a dump truck who needs the help of the farm animals that he had just ignored, told in a fun, entertaining story kids will love.   Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle Illustrated by Jill McElmurry Is there a story that has turned your "too busy to sit down and read" child into a book lover? To see other books we love, you can visit this page.

Books We Love: National Geographic Kids Halloween

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: October 19, 2014

National Geographic Halloween

I love this book, and so does Maggie.  There is actually one page where there are dogs in costumes and she had to get down from the couch and go show it to Lady Jane, the dog.  It was so sweet.  I like that this book is easy to read, informative, yet interesting to little ones.   National Geographic KIDS Halloween By Laura Marsh What are your favorite Halloween books to read?  For a full list of other books we love, visit this page.  

Books We Love: Slide and See Farm

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: June 3, 2016

Slide and See Farm from Usborne Books & More is a favorite for my little guy. It's so engaging and fun and you can really see their brains working as they read the story.

Slide and See Farm is an engaging and fun book that lets you watch your child's mind at work as they trace and explore each page. With durable moving parts, it is sure to be a favorite.

Books We Love: I Am A Wonder Woman

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: January 19, 2019

I Am A Wonder Woman is an activity book about incredible women. This book belongs on every bookshelf.

*Disclosure: Affiliate links may be included. I received this book to share as I wish.* As a mom, I want my kids to have stories and examples of people who have made a difference in our life. I want them to know they can do anything. That when they see something in our world that they think needs to change - they have the ability to help change that. While we can always tell our children that they can do anything they set their mind to - putting in front of them examples of people who did just that is the encouragement their young minds need. I Am A wonder Woman is hands down one of my favorite books I have ever put my hands on and definitely one of the books we love. I love it so much! Inspiring activities to try - I Am A Wonder Woman - Incredible Women to Discover is a fantastic introduction to 61 women to help your children feel valued and empowered. Each person will be introduced to you and then you do an activity to go along with it. These activities are thought-provoking questions, quizzes, make-and-do challenges, drawing projects and so much more. Do the activities with your child or discuss them with them after and you can feel empowered together. You can view other featured Books We Love by following the link or by entering Books We Love in the search bar on the home page.

Books We Love: Waiting for Winter

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: January 26, 2018

This adorable story about a squirrel who is waiting for winter will have your kids giggling all the way through. Waiting for Winter is sure to be a favorite with the fantastic illustrations and silly characters.

Join squirrel and his friends as they try to stay awake to see snow. This silly story is sure to delight readers as they go waiting for winter.

Books We Love: 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea

Relevance: 79%      Posted on: July 15, 2016

We love this fun book of things to spot in the sea. The kids are learning so much and can't wait to see more of the titles in the series.

1001 Things to Spot in the Sea is one book in a series of 16 titles.  I love how fun the pages are and my kids are learning so much about different sea animals, different things in the sea habitat, and so much more.  I love that there are so many different titles and we can tie them in with our homeschool curriculum at the time.  *I am an Usborne Books & More consultant.  I earn a commission on all purchases through my link.  That being said, I appreciate your support of our family.  If you are interested in hosting a party or joining my team, please let me know.* 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea   Visit our Books We Love page for more of our favorites. Have you checked out the entire 1001 Things to Spot series?  I'd love to know which book you would choose first.

Books We Love: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More

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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More

This happens to be a favorite of Charlie's lately, Maggie loves it, and I really love to read it. I bought it back when I use to teach and still enjoy reading it to the kids.  It is a great book to help get kids anticipating the end of the sentence.  They can work on their rhyming skills by figuring out what part of the body the kid is painting in the story.   I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! By Karen Beaumont Illustrated by David Catrow   You can check out some of the other books we love here.   What are your favorite books to read this week?

Books We Love: Very First Book of Things to Spot Out and About

Relevance: 77%      Posted on: January 7, 2017

This is such a fun book for toddlers. Watch their faces as they search each page in answer of the question you asked. Get in on the fun as they learn new words, explore the pages and keep those brains engaged.

Books We Love: My First Reference Book About How Things Grow

Relevance: 73%      Posted on: June 27, 2016

Very First Reference Book About How Things Grow is a great reference books for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners learning about how things grow. With the information presented in such a fun and engaging way, your kids will love reading the information and answering the quizzes about everything they are learning. This book has been fantastic for our homeschool day.

I had passed over this book every time I looked through the website or catalog because it just didn't seem that impressive to me.  I was so ridiculously wrong.  I had a customer order it and the order arrived at my house so I got to check it out.  I immediately added it to my wish list.  The toughest part was deciding which book in the series I wanted first - how things grow, our world, or food.  I decided on How Things Grow since it was garden planting time.  I love that this could be used as part of a science curriculum for toddlers, preschool or kindergarten.   It starts out with simple questions like, "How many different green plants can you find?"  You learn about the different types of plant seeds and how they spread.  The questions at the end of the sections allow kids to quiz themselves and check the answers in the back of the book.  There is a ton of information in this book and it's laid out in such a fun and engaging way for kids.  {I am a consultant for Usborne books so I get commission on all purchases through my links.  Our family appreciates your support}.   Very First Reference Book About How Things Grow We really love this book and I can't wait to get the other books in the series.  See the rest of our favorites on our Books We Love page.

Books We Love: You Choose

Relevance: 72%      Posted on: February 23, 2018

Let your imagination run wild in this story where you choose the who, what, when, where and more on every page.

 One thing I like to have in a book is a book that will keep us entertained together while we are waiting.  You Choose is a must have book in our house.  We love to take it when we are going out to eat and will have some time to kill.  

Books We Love: Cars Thunder and Lightning

Relevance: 72%      Posted on: February 3, 2018

The Cars Thunder and Lightning book follows the movie line and my kids love it.

One of our friends knew about his obsession and happened to find a Lightning McQueen Thunder and Lightning book at Goodwill and picked it up for him.  We read it a minimum of twice daily.  Naptime and Bedtime and any other time he decides we need to read it.  I'm hoping to find some

Books We Love: How to Win a Nobel Prize

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Follow along on a journey through the past as you read all about twelve Nobel Prize winners.

*Disclosure:  Affiliate links may be included in this post.*   Looking for a great way to introduce some of the brilliant minds of our past? How to Win a Nobel Prize is a great way to learn about twelve Nobel prize winners. Here is the description from the back of the book. Mary has always wanted to win a Nobel Prize.  She loves doing science experiments at home.  But how can she become a real scientist and win the greatest prize of all?  One day Mary stumbles on a secret meeting of Nobel Prize winners.  Swearing her to secrecy, Professor Barry Marshall agrees to be her guide as she travels around the world and through time to learn the secrets behind some of the most fascinating and important scientific discoveries.  They talk space and time with Albert Einstein, radiation with Marie Curie, DNA with Crick, Watson and Wilkins - and much more.  Join Mary on her time-travel adventure and perform your own experiments along the way! Each Nobel Prize winner chapter also contains an experiment for you to try at home to learn more.   Join us on a time-travel adventure learning about some incredible people.   This book is part of our books we love series.  Each week we are sharing a book we love - follow along by clicking this link - Books We Love.     

Books We Love: Story Path

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: March 23, 2017

Choose from the options on each page and encourage your child to dig deeper in the story with some follow up questions for each piece of the story.

Do you remember reading the choose your own ending books as a kid? I loved them as a kid and now, I love this. Find out why our family loves Story Path.

Books We Love: Smithsonian Readers World of Wonder Level 3

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: February 26, 2016

Smithsonian Readers: World of Wonder

We received a set of these books to review that you can check out next week, but this book instantly became a favorite.  My three year old isn't necessarily an avid reader.  In fact, getting him to sit down can be downright impossible.  Not with this book though.  I cannot be more serious when I tell you that this is his favorite book and he can now tell you all sorts of things about mummies and ancient Egypt.  It's adorable  We did some online research to find out more because he is now obsessed with this stuff and cannot wait to read and learn more.  We read this book almost every single day.  The whole series is packed with information but this is the favorite.  {Note:  this link is an affiliate link and I earn a tiny portion of money if you use it.  Our family really appreciates your support.} Smithsonian Readers:  World of Wonder Level 3    Check out the rest of our Books We Love series.  What books have you read and loved lately?

5 Reasons to Join My Usborne Books & More Team

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Becoming an Usborne Books & More consultant was a great decision for me and my family.  Not only do I get to get these amazing books in the hands of my children, but I get to make a little extra fun money for my family.  The decision was an easy one for me, but I know for some, it isn't an easy choice.  I want to share some of the reasons why you should join my team today!  To start with, the support I receive from my upline is amazing!  They really make it easy to be successful, plus, with some monthly challenges, it keeps me motivated.  Let's check out the reasons you should join today.   Low start up cost. With two different starter kit options, you can choose what is best for you.  The mini is $75 and comes with 10 books.  The full is $125 and comes with 20 books.  You will receive a variety of books so you can see the selection of books we offer. Earn your kit cost back. In your first 30 days, you have the opportunity to earn back half or even the full price of your starter kit. Earn free books AND cash. In your first 12 weeks, you have the opportunity to earn even more free books as well as some cash!  Write Your Own Success Story offers five different levels and ways to earn more just for having some fun with books.  Not only that, but the head office offers two different challenges each month with different rewards. Earn commission on all retail sales - even your own. While the discount isn't upfront, you are paid commission weekly.  Earn commission on all retails sales, including your own purchases.  Who couldn't use a little extra money these days, right?! FREE or discounted books. Let's face it, that's the best part of this, right?!  Not all orders come through parties, so you can catch all of those orders and cash in on the hostess rewards.  FREE, half price books and even some other discounts. Earn your kit price back during your launch party. As soon as you join - get ready for your launch party.  Invite your friends and family, have some fun, and at the end of your party, you will likely have earned back the cost of your starter kit, or most of the cost.  That's right - earn it back right away!  The average party reaches about $400 in sales.  That means you earn back $100 - almost the full price of your starter kit.  The income opportunities are endless, and you get to do it all with a flexible schedule.  You can earn all of this money FROM YOUR COUCH!  You don't have to host parties outside your home, you can do all Facebook parties if you choose.  Or, you can choose to do booth events and so much more.  The best part is, you don't have to be a salesperson to succeed.  The books really do sell themselves.  From the outstanding quality of books to the endless hours of fun the kids can have with these books, everybody will love them.   Tell me, what is holding you back from joining?  I'm here to answer your questions and get you started. Are you ready to get started on your own Usborne Books & More business?  Join my VIP group and then PM me for more information or use the contact tab at the top of the page or email me at summers1405 {at} yahoo {dot} com.  Happy reading!

Books We Love: Art Books

Relevance: 67%      Posted on: January 6, 2019

These books are perfect for any art area or for fun projects to do with your kids.

Kids love art! Keeping some art idea books handy ensures they never run out of new things to make. Find out some of our favorite art ideas books.

Books We Love: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: November 29, 2014

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

            Charlie has been working on learning more colors, so this is a great tool to help him. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle Read about more books we love.  How many of your favorites have made the cut?

Books We Love: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: September 20, 2014

I'm guessing a lot of you are shaking your head in agreement now because, seriously, who doesn't love this book?   Chicka Chicka ABC By Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault Illustrated by Lois Ehlert My just turned 2 year old has started to point out the letter M for Maggie in the book now.  I'm pretty proud of him for being able to recognize that already!   You can check out more of our favorite books here.

Passport to China: Best Children’s Books

Relevance: 65%      Posted on: July 26, 2017

Best Children's Books About China Pin

You can learn a lot about a place before you travel there. These books about China will bring the culture to life for your kids.

Books We Love: Bear Grylls Adventures: The Jungle Challenge

Relevance: 65%      Posted on: January 4, 2018

Looking for great stories for young adventurers? Bear Grylls Adventures bring the real world to life as Bear helps the kids on a crazy adventure to survive and find their way back to camp.

Are you looking for a chapter series your kids can really dig into? Check out the Bear Grylls Adventures. Follow Omar and his friends as they suddenly find themselves lost and in danger when Bear steps in. See if they find their way back to camp in this wonderfully illustrated adventure series.

Books We Love: Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: April 23, 2016

Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

*Disclosure:  Affiliate links may be included.*  I NEVER in my life dreamed I would be reading Shakespeare, but when we received this book, my daughter fell in love.  I'm not sure if it's the beauty and the feel of the book, the ribbon bookmark or the stories, but one of my favorite parts of the day has become reading this book with her on my lap. Osborne Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare Check out more Shakespeare stories or view our lineup of favorite books to read.

Books We Love: Ted and Friends

Relevance: 63%      Posted on: April 29, 2017

This collection of phonics stories are fun for kids and were developed with language experts.

*Affiliate links may be included.* I thought teaching my daughter to read would be really difficult.  It actually went so much better than I was expecting.  We were using the Usborne Very First Reading Library as our reading program.  We were going along quite well, up to book eleven when this light bulb went off in her head.  She suddenly realized she could read anything and everything.  It was such an eye  opening experience and I loved watching her realize that there is an entire world around her that she can read!  Lately, she's been reading Ted and Friends almost every day.  Ted and Friends is a collection of phonics readers.  Each story is created in consultation with a language expert.  This collection of fun stories is endless fun for my daughter.  The accompanying CD retells the stories so your child can read along.   Want more books we love?  Check out our feature page.  What is your favorite book to read lately.

Books We Love: Cuddle Bear

Relevance: 63%      Posted on: September 17, 2016

Cuddle Bear is one of the cutest stories with gorgeous illustrations and a message that leaves a smile on every kids face. Usborne

Join Cuddle Bear as he goes through the story spreading love and cuddles to everybody he meets. The illustrations are just as adorable as the story.

Books We Love: Usborne Illustrated Stories of Horses & Ponies

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: February 17, 2018

The Usborne Illustrated Stories of Horses & Ponies

Since I have a horse-crazed little lady, you may as well assume that since we have one horse book....we want them all.  This one is no different.  The Usborne Illustrated Stories of Horses & Ponies is a great addition to our bookshelf.  There is just something about the Illustrated Stories  -  the books are so beautiful starting with the cover.  With tons of short stories and a ribbon bookmark, I can't wait to hear which story is your favorite.  

Books We Love: Not Your Everyday Illustrated Thesaurus

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: August 12, 2016

Not Your Everyday Illustrated Thesaurus will have your kids begging to learn more words to write their story. With story starters, fun themes and word games to play together, this book will be a hit in every household.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this book. I know when I write, I try to find different, more descriptive words to say something, but in all honesty, I've probably never looked in a thesaurus myself before. Since becoming an Usborne Books & More consultant though, I basically want all of them and I knew this would be a perfect tool for our homeschool journey. Today I am sharing with you the Not Your Everyday Illustrated Thesaurus

Books We Love: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: October 26, 2014

Halloween Books

This is a great book to get kids thinking.  It repeats part of the story line throughout, and Maggie has done great at remembering that part.  Plus, if you want to really have fun, get up and do the actions as you read the story.   The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By Linda Williams Illustrated by Megan Lloyd What are your favorite Halloween books?  FOr a

Mommy Confessions {Tuesday’s Toddler Tales linkup}

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: April 17, 2013

Okay, fess up mommies, what are your secrets?I will drop absolutely anything I am doing to play or read books, especially read books, and my 2 year old knows that....and loves that.  I said only 3 books before bed and nap, but I enjoy that time so much, I generally just keep on going when she asks.  It's tough.I love the smell of baby spit up, or at least my baby's spit up.  Not a fan of formula spit up, but the smell of his when he was spitting up a lot just made me want to hold and snuggle him more.I also love the smell of his breath!  It's the sweetest scent ever.  I remember feeling the exact same way about Maggie.Laundry is a peaceful chore for me.  Except for putting it away.  But folding laundry calms me.I often stop what I'm doing and just watch the kids play when they aren't aware of it.  I have learned a lot from them this way.I love having my babies sleep with me.  I sleep better, and most nights, so do they.  Maggie now sleeps just as good no matter where she sleeps, but I always sleep better when she snuggles back into bed with me.Each week we are linking up for Tuesday's Toddler Tales.  This week's topic is Mommy Confessions.  Next week, we are talking about what is or was your "other" job if you had/have one?So, what are your mommy confessions?  Share below or better yet, link up with us!   

Tuesdays Toddler Tales – We love to read!

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: January 29, 2013

Each week, Karine from SAHM of Drama Queens and a Prince link up to share some great toddler tales. This week, our topic is your child's favorite book.We love to read and have always spent a lot of time reading.  I'm not so sure what Charlie's favorite book is yet, but he loves to be read to, and loves when we read books with baby's in them.  Baby Faces may be one of his favorites!Maggie, however, has favorites.  And a lot of them.  She has many favorites, including Good Night Moon, The Barn Storm, How about a kiss for me (one of my favorites as well), and Brown bear, brown bear.  Her current favorite book is The Easter Story.  I love reading this with her.  I am so proud when we read this to know that I am teaching her some good stuff and she understands it.She will look at each page and ask what the people are doing, and ask Where's Jesus?  Then we talk about how the people are praying or crying or who the disciples are.  It's so fun to read with her.  She's at that age where she understands the books and what is going on.Another one of our favorite books we don't have, but we watch on youtube all the time. It's a catchy tune!How about you, what are your children's favorite books?

Books We Love: Snuggle Puppy!

Relevance: 60%      Posted on: July 21, 2016

This adorable board book is really a song, and one that your whole family can enjoy.

We received this book for one of the kids' birthdays and it is such a fun, cute story.  Actually, it's a song.  Or at least when I read it it is.  It's seriously such an adorable story and the kids just love it.  The end is so much fun.  I whisper sing it and then on the last page we all shout it out together.  What kid doesn't LOVE that, right?!  I love it because not only is it a fun story to read all together, but it is a board book so I can let Henry play with it and try to eat it after we finish reading it.  {This is an affiliate link, our family thanks you for ordering through it}.   Snuggle Puppy!     To discover the other stories we love to read, be sure to visit our Books We Love page.  

Books We Love: March Reading List

Relevance: 58%      Posted on: April 2, 2019

I'm pretty sure I took half the books we read back to the library without adding them to my list, but here we are. I kind of feel like I need to make a list of just books my daughter reads on her own - that girl loves to read! To see more books we love, visit our page of weekly posts sharing our favorites. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox This is a cute story about how a little boy helps someone remember things about their life. I love how it shows that being little doesn't need to stop you - you can still make someone's day better. Bear Grylls Adventures: The Earthquake Challenge We love this series and are starting on the last in the series that we haven't read yet. They are absolute favorites in our house. Leif the Lucky by Ingrid & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire This is part of our reading list for Beautiful Feet Books. {Check back soon for my full review of their American History Primer and Character Training curriculum} The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola I love how this story shows that giving and using the gift God gave you as an individual really counts. Addy Learns A Lesson by Connie Porter We are reading the entire American Girls series about Addy. A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, where have you been? I've been to New York and guess what I've seen... by Russell Punter & Dan Taylor This series of books is adorable and fun. We love to look at the map on the front and back inside covers to see the tracks the kitty leaves as he walks through the city visiting tons of landmark buildings. New York, Baby by Ward Jenkins Tuttle's Red Barn: The Story of America's Oldest Family Farm by Richard Michelson I love this book for so many reasons. I love how it goes through from the first generation to own the farm through the most recent - all while showing how farming the land changed from one generation to the next. This one is on my "add to my bookshelf" list. Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, where have you been? I've been to Washington D. C., and guess what I've seen... by Russell Punter & Dan Taylor She Persisted 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton Have we talked enough yet on how I want strong individuals from history being put in front of my children all the time? I love this story and how these women succeeded because they didn't give up. No Truth Without Ruth - The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman The Battle of Gettysburg: Would You Lead the Fight? by Elaine Landau This is another series I would like to own all of. You read a page or two and then it asks you what you would do if you were the one making the decision. It gives you options, you decide what you would do, then turn the page to find out what that person decided to do. It really helps the history to sink in and be remembered. New York's Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln Who Was Milton Hershey? by James Buckley Jr. Do you love the Who Was books? This one was fun to read. I learned a lot and had no clue what a generous person Milton Hershey was. Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi I loved this books! It was fun reading about how Providence got it's name and the special meaning behind it. We ended up reading this as part of a curriculum we were reviewing and I absolutely loved the book list for it. Lighthouse Family: The Whale by Cynthia Rylant The telling of this story made me feel like I was right there at the beach, feeling the warmth of the sun and the sand on my toes. September Roses by Jeanette Winter This is a great tribute to September 11th and a story I had no clue about until reading this book.   These are the books I remembered to add to our list, maybe in April I'll do better, ha! Have you read any of the books on the list? Do you have a fantastic book you read this month that I should read to the kids?

A Christmas gift they will keep forever – I See Me Personalized Books

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: November 13, 2013

I See ME! Personlized Books - My Very Own Name

*I received this book in exchange for this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.* One of my favorite things to have around us all of the time is books. I really love personalized books, especially when it's one that can teach them things, like spelling their name. That is just what the book, "My Very Own Name" does. It spells their name, letter by letter, page by page. We won an I See Me book when Maggie was a baby and love reading it. This one is no different. From the very first page, this book is personalized, starting with the dedication page. Personalize it for your child, their date of birth, and whatever else you want it to say. The pictures draw your children in from the first page. As soon as I turn the page, they are reaching to point out the animals on the page. Maggie even stops me to tell me {every time} that that is her sleeping in the bassinet in the picture. She gets so excited and it is so much fun!!! My Very Own Name is does more than just teach them to spell their name, it tells a fun story of how the animals choose her name. It is such a fun story that we love to read together. As it spells out her name, there is an animal that starts with that letter. They can see the letter individually to reinforce the name of the letter. The best part - they spell out the first and last name of the child. As you can see, Maggie and Charlie both get very excited as we read the book.   At the end of the story, there is a fun game you can play with your kids. The Animal Encyclopedia tells them a little about each of the animals. Then, we go back through the book and try to find a few each time we read it.   Did I mention the quality of the book and pages?  Much more durable than your average kids book and the glossy pages the kids will love.  The pages will stand up over time {don't let that fool you into thinking I let Charlie touch it unsupervised, the kid is a destroyer}.  It's a fun, easy read with rhyming phrasing to keep kids attention throughout the entire story.  With the gorgeous pictures, your kids will find so much to look at and comment on as you read the story with them.   When I say that we REALLY love this book, I am not exaggerating.  We are actually planning to buy 5 more I See Me books as gifts.  We had 5 babies born between our families this last year or so, starting with Charlie, and want to get each of those babies one of these books all their own.  It is that awesome!  Added bonus:  they are made here in Minnesota!   Visit I See Me and discover all of the personalized story books you and your children can enjoy.  Want to know about new releases and deals?   Win a personalized storybook of your choice {excluding gift sets} starting now through November 30th.  Open to US only.  Giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on November 30th.   Good luck! Entry-Form Disclosure:  I received this book for the purpose of this review.  However, all opinions are 100 % my own and may differ from yours.*