Sakshi Mangal is one of my very favorite illustrators. I love her style and whimsy. (She did a great job illustrating Winston) This book has a fun story about useful and not so useful things. Louie the Rat is creative and likes to make useful things. He finds a way to help his community with his talents. I found this very inspirational. I think there are so many topics we can learn from this book. I hope you and your little reader check out Sakshi's book. It really encouraged and motivated me to want to create.
Does your kid like video games and watching gaming content creators? Mine does. We discovered Brian Saviano (a.k.a. Bricks 'O' Brian) a long time ago. We continue to watch him because he is honest, funny, entertaining and family friendly. All of those qualities are not easy to find in the gaming world. Then Brian blew my mind by coming out with a book that literally encourages your little reader/gamer to stop the games for a while and take some time for selfcare. He has written an engaging story that helps a young reader to understand what can happen if they don't balance the gaming with healthy habits. The illustrations are bright and animated. Kevin Hinkle encapsulates Brian's gamer character and perfectly depicts him and all his shenanigans. Brian and Kevin have created a great book to help us all remember to take care of ourselves. Check out Brian, Kevin and this book.
Healthcare is so important. But going to the doctor and be confusing and scary for a little one. Becky Carlyle wrote a wonderful story to help the process. Chiara Civati is a very talented artist that captures the adorable baby wondering what all will happen at the doctor. This book reminds us of all of the caring professionals that have dedicated so much to support us and help us all be healthy. Check out this book and share it with your family.
Sis and Chrys are two very talented sisters that collaborate to create amazing picture books. This book is a favorite of mine because it encourages looking at situations differently to inspire positivity. This is an important message to remind our young readers. The artwork is so detailed and expressive. It is incredible that all the images are photographed paper craft. The sister duo has shared a relatable and funny story that helps us all remember to flip our thinking and look for something good. Check out this fun read.
I love a good bedtime book and when you combine a bedtime book with calming breathing exercises I am overjoyed. Colleen captures the essence of peace in this beautifully illustrated book. From the very moment you and your little reader open this book, to the very last page you are practicing the art of quality breathing and meditating. I love the simple text that is complimented by the images of parental animals lovingly helping their little ones prepare for a night of comfortable rest. Give this book a look. It will become a bedtime family favorite.
Just in time for summer, John's Camping Adventures by JoAnn M. Dickinson is a great children's book to share with your nature loving readers. JoAnn takes us through several camping experiences with a story in rhyme and fun illustrations. Your young reader might be able to relate to a camping memory or be inspired to try something new. This is a book you will read over and over this summer. JoAnn has several books to enjoy. Check out all her books.
This book has all the goods. It is a story in rhyme that reminds us about hope and kindness. The illustrations are done by Gloria's son. I love a mother/son creative collaboration. The soft colors used in the images are so peaceful. It is perfect for nap and bedtime reads. Gloria writes a relatable tale about how to overcome and connect with love and kindness. She reminds us that smallest gift or gesture can mean so much. I love how many different conversations can come from this book. This is a great book for classrooms and families to read together and talk about kindness.
This is a great read anytime but especially during Valentine's Day. I read it with my son and we both had moments of empathy and fond memories of lovies dear to us. I have learned from Amy Varoce so many details about her book. The stories are from true events she has collected from friends. The illustrator that created the funny relatable illustrations also designs wrapping paper hence all the wonderful patterns to mesmerize over throughout the book. I feel that this book is perfect for all ages. Whether you are reading to a current lovey transporter or a retired lovey handler, Lovey Adventures is a book everyone can enjoy.
I am very happy to share this special clever story by Madeline Rivers. Leif Falls takes you and your curious reader through the thoughts of Leif and what he should do next. He has a lot of ideas, apprehensions and hesitations because his next move is a big one. I love how this book opens up so many conversations about trying new things, being brave and taking a leap of faith. The warm water colors created by Madeline are soft on the eyes and so expressive. Take a leap of faith and check out this up coming family favorite story.
This is a very special Holiday time book with all the magic and wonder of Christmas. Rikke Melgaard Liffiton shares her Danish Christmas and Holiday traditions by taking us into the world of the Christmas Nisse (Nissa in Danish). These little busy Christmas helpers live in a magical door that arrives in our homes to collect the Christmas joy they find. They are all about kindness, love and making Christmas happy memories. The illustrations are a sparkling snowy land. You will just want to get your hot chocolate mug full and enjoy the story with your family and friends.
Amen Kaur has created an emotion guide book to help our whole family deal with our feelings. The illustrations are expressive and relatable. My son, who loves to draw, spent a lot of time studying the feelings portrayed in the illustrations. Amen takes us through several types of feelings and scenarios that we all deal with on a daily bases. Readers of all ages can get a lot of great tips of how to work through emotions and feelings. I like that this book can be read all at once or perused in pieces as needed with the circumstances of the moment. Amen gently reminds us of our inner powers and abilities to find the tools and resources we need to be our best and our healthiest. I truly love this book and I hope you check it out. You can learn more about Amen Kaur, her book and her blog about Mindful Parenting on her website.
Kathleen Sheridan Russell has written a clever adventure about a silly bear that needs a little help to find his way back home. My son and I laughed at all the bright colorful illustrations and the crazy antics of this bear and his new found friends. My son and I had a talk about finding your way when you are lost and who you can ask for help. You can read the story and follow Walter's journey through real destinations in Whistler, British Columbia. The book has a heart warming feel and you can tell it was written and illustrated with love and care. Check out the website to learn more about the original story and information about this adorable book.
Jamie Lynn has written a very curious and silly tale about a strength competition in the jungle. Who will win? You will have to check out this book to find out. My son read this book to me and we had an interesting conversation about our personal strengths and strengths of other people we know. Taking the time to share the strengths we perceive and appreciate about each other was encouraging and uplifting. The illustrations are delightful and expressive, are created by Sakshi Mangal the same illustrator that did the art in Winston Winks and the other Winston books. To find out more about this book check out Jamie Lynn's website.
Here is a great summertime beach read for kids. The Tooth Fairy needs to help the Shark Tooth Fairy because there is work to be done and the Shark Tooth Fairy is not feeling well. Erica Morgan has written a very creative story that can prompt many conversation about helping others and aquatic creatures. The illustrations are bright and fun. There is a find the shark tooth game in the book on every page. This is a clever story that combines the worlds above and below water. Definitely a treasure of a book.
Layton Lavik has written this beautiful book about our planet Earth. When he found out he was going to be a father he wanted to share his love of nature, science and astronomy with his child. He wrote and developed a poetic story that is full of Earth facts while he was deep sea diving as a commercial diver. I can't think of being more immersed in your subject matter than that. I appreciate the respect and love he shows for the magic of our planet in his story in rhyme. The pages are filled will fun illustrations. Layton Lavik lives in Canada with his beautiful family. This is a book worth checking out! You can find out more about Layton Lavik on his website.
Sue Wambolt's second book in her Hollerbrook Farm series really is a shining star. Gabby the Goat gets in some crazy antics on the farm. Everyone is trying to figure her out. She definitely has her own way of doing things. I really liked this story that made me think about the discovery of our uniqueness and acceptance of the ones we love. You can find more about Gabby the Goat and Pete the Hungry Pig on Sue Wambolt's website.