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Book Review - Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure

Book Review – Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure

What do you do with an energetic, ambitious 5-year-old who never seems to tire and loves the outdoors? If you're Patricia Ellis Herr, you climb mountains with her. Lots of them. And then you write a book about it.
Book Review: I Want My Hat Back

Book Review: I Want My Hat Back

A bear goes from forest animal to forest animal in search of his hat. Each animal responds differently. The bear becomes depressed about his lost hat but then has a Eureka! moment when he remembers where he last saw it.
Book Review: My First Little House Series

Book Review: My First Little House Series

A review of My First Little House, a series of picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's original stories. For ages 3-5.
5 Essentials for a Great Baby Storytime

5 Essentials for a Great Baby Storytime

It's never too early to begin reading to your child. Here's what makes up the best story time for babies.
Book Review: Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad

Book Review: Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad

Another great addition to the Ladybug Girl series. In this story, Lulu invites three friends over to play Bug Squad.
Hush Little Baby: My Favorite Baby Book

Hush Little Baby: My Favorite Baby Book

Forget Goodnight Moon or I'll Love You Forever (the creepiest book ever), my favorite baby book is Hush Little Baby by Sylvia Long.
Book Review: Ladybug Girl

Book Review: Ladybug Girl

This story unfolds in a very organic way - where Lulu is able to find her own fun using her imagination and her natural surroundings. She also proves to herself that she can do lots of great things, even if she isn't as big as her older brother.
He Said/She Said: The Borrowers

He Said/She Said: The Borrowers

Ginger and Lee review The Borrowers, the book that inspired The Secret World of Arrietty. One of them didn't like it very much.
Wonderful World of Wookie the Chew

Wonderful World of Wookie the Chew

James Hance's whimsical, beautiful take on combining the Star Wars mythos with the world of Winnie the Pooh is fun for dads and kids alike.
Bats at the Beach

Bats at the Beach

Our go-to holiday gift for younger children this year is Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies. This beautifully illustrated, engagingly written picture book is a wonderful source of inspiration to kids. In our house, we cannot turn the pages and simply read the story. Each image and couplet evokes a stream of questions or...
Around the World with Mouk

Around the World with Mouk

We picked up Around the World with Mouk at the inimitable Powell’s Books in downtown Portland, Oregon. Finding the perfect book there is akin to finding a needle in a very, very big haystack.  But if any cover art could cut through the malaise of retro-themed children’s books lining the shelves today, it would definitely...
Vintage: Sesame Street Book Club

Vintage: Sesame Street Book Club

The Sesame Street Book Club was a series of mail-order hard cover books for young readers released in the early 1980s. This collection of 62 books forms an excellent library of bedside reads for toddlers and young elementary students. The books cover a range of basic conceptual themes (The Sesame Street Circus of Opposites), vocabulary...