Learning the Alphabet with books

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Learning the alphabet can be fun with these ABC books.

M is for Mickey is a great book that goes through the alphabet and kids can trace the letters on each page. There are also over 100 flaps for kids to learn more words that go with that letter.

Al Pha’s Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is cleverly done to see how the alphabet was created. Al Pha enters a contest to arrange the newly created 26 letters into some kind of order. My husband found this book amusing and we both agreed that we learned something new from reading it to the kids.

Usborne Farmyard Tales Alphabet Book was a favorite book that helped all of my kids learn letter recognition. The whole Farmyard Tales series is wonderful about the Boot family on Apple Tree Farm. In this book, you learn the alphabet at the farm.

Mater’s Backward Alphabet Book by Lisa Wheeler is a fun way to learn the alphabet backwards with beloved Disney Cars 3 characters.

Dr. Seuss’s  ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! is a favorite Dr. Seuss book and you can learn the ABC’s in such a fun and unique way.

BIG R, little r,
what begins with R?
Rosy’s red rhinoceros.
R…r…R

-Dr. Seuss

Do your kids have a favorite way to practice their alphabet? Please leave a comment in the comment section.

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Sister Themed Reading

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Sisters have a special relationship and here are some books that discuss the relationship between them. Do you have a favorite book that focuses on this special bond?

Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson was different than some of her other books. It touches on race and family relationships. There are two different storylines that are beautifully intertwined. Her books are set in the south in Georgia and Alabama.  I read or listened to all of her books in 2017. I enjoyed them all. The audiobooks that Joshilyn Jackson narrates herself are wonderful.  See the bottom of this post for some suggestions of her other books.

Maple & Willow by Lori Nichols is part of a favorite series in our house. In this book, the sisters play together and fight and make up only as sisters can do. The series starts with the book, Maple, and she becomes a big sister. Maple & Willow Apart is a great back to school book as Maple starts school and Willow makes a new friend. Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree is a cute Christmas book of these sweet sisters getting their tree.

 

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More Food Books for Kids

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Egg loves Bacon.
Lettuce loves Bacon.
Waffle loves Bacon.
Bacon is sizzling with popularity.
And pretty much everyone thinks he is the best.

-Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio

Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio is one of our favorite picture books. Not only is bacon a favorite food, it makes for a great character in this fun book. My kids have all memorized it and love reading it over and over again. It is one that adults will enjoy just as much as the kids.

Everyone Loves Cupcake by Kelly DiPucchio  is about a cupcake in a bakery and it is so clever. Hope you check out these amusing books and try not to get too hungry. Do you have a favorite food featured in these books? Check out this other post about fun books about food for kids here.

 

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Food Books for Kids

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I love picture books that I enjoy reading just as much as the kids. These books are so cleverly written. Terry Border does a great job with taking food and making it into a humorous story. Peanut Butter & Cupcake was his first book we read and then we quickly got a hold of his other books. Milk Goes to School is all about milk starting school and making friends. Cute characters like cupcake, waffle, chicken nuggets, etc.

Peanut Butter’s Delicious Colors is a cute board book for younger kids to learn colors by hair bows that milk shares with other foods. Here is  another book that we like:

Here are some books that we are looking forward to reading later this year when they are released:

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World War II Themed Reading

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In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen.  This was a great historical fiction book for adults. It had elements of suspense and mystery all set during World War II in England. It focused on a high society family and their roles during the war. It gave great perspective into life during a war with rations for fuel and food.

World At War, 1944  by Mary Pope Osborne is part of the Magic Tree House series. This series contains great chapter books for kids to read on their own or as a read aloud. This series are historical fiction and a great resource for kids to learn about different events and time periods in history. We also enjoy them on audio since Mary Pope Osborne narrates them herself. In this book, Jack and Annie go back to 1944 and have to have to help solve a mystery before D-Day.

War Dogs by Kathryn Selbert is a good choice for younger kids about World War II. It is about Winston Churchill and his pet dog, Rufus.

World War II is a great time period for historical fiction. Do you have a favorite book for this theme of World War II? Please share your comments.

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Daring to Hope Book Review

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“Sometimes the things we would never pick for our lives gives us opportunities to receive God’s provision, to see Him working in ways we otherwise might not experience.”
― Katie Davis Majors, Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors is a beautifully written book about a young woman and her life in Uganda. Katie shares her heart so openly and honestly. Katie went to a missions trip to Uganda as a teenager and made the decision to live there. She started a ministry called Amazima in 2008 to help the people of Uganda. While living there she adopts thirteen girls and meets her husband.  You can read more about Katie here.

“I think of the privilege it is to be able to speak life over these hurting people and believe in new life for them as we strive to love them the way we’ve been loved by Christ, the privilege it is to watch His faithfulness unfold in their stories.”
― Katie Davis Majors, Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful

In this book, Katie shares her everyday life with her family and the ministries she is involved in. Her house is always open to help someone in need. She cares for other people’s physical and spiritual needs. Sharing her experiences of loss, she opens up about the lessons she learns about God’s goodness despite the brokenness she sees.

This book gives hope to readers for hardships that everyone faces. I used twenty seven book darts to mark passages that spoke to me. The book was something that can give hope to a lot of people by offering examples of God’s faithfulness time and time again. I am now going to read her other book, Kisses from Katie. If you have read Daring to Hope, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

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Winter Reading

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It has been a beautiful snowy day here and I am glad we have no place to go. We can stay warm inside and read some great books. Here are some of our favorite books about snow and winter. Please leave a comment with what you enjoy reading during the winter months.

Chirri and Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi is part of a series that can be read on its own. It was translated from Japanese by Yuki Kaneko. These two kids travel around on their bikes in a winter wonderland. They encounter animals and enjoy igloos and warm winter drinks. The illustrations are beautifully done.

Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata is cute rhyming story of kids playing in the snow. Grandma and Grandpa join in the fun and they make a snowman and drink hot cocoa.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and art by Christopher Silas Neal is a cute story about a little girl and her Father talking about what happens under the snow as they are skiing over the snow. The author’s note at the end of the book explains more about the different animals in the book.

Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro and illustrated by Teagan White. The illustrations are beautiful in this book. We have been binge reading everything that Teagan White has illustrated or written.  Her artwork is beautiful. This cute story is about a mouse that wants to go outside and her mice friends do not want to go outside until it warms up. She goes by herself outside and begins to ice skate. She then makes gifts for her friends to wear outside and they change their mind to go outside with her.

Snow Sisters by Kerri Kokias. This is another beautifully illustrated book by Teagan White. This book is about two sisters on a snowy day. The girls spend their day in opposite ways and then end up together to enjoy the snowy day.

Snow by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by John Wallace. This author is one of my favorites that I use a lot for our homeschool books. He makes wonderful educational books. This book is great for young readers.

Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlies’s Snow Day is based on the books by Ree Drummond for the I Can Read Series. This book is great for young readers. My kids love this series to find the chipmunk on every page. Charlie the dog helps find another dog hidden in the snow while the family is sled riding.

Here are some more books about winter and snow:

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder is the sixth book in the series of Little House on the Prairie books. This book makes me appreciate living in modern times where food is plentiful in the United States. The Ingalls family has little food since there is so much snow and the train cannot make it through with their supplies. It is especially fitting since the groundhog predicted another six weeks of winter, thus making it a long winter.

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor is adorable and very creative about a family in a snow globe and the family that owns the snow globe. They both want a big snow to be able to play outside. This is a favorite in our house.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins seems to be everywhere this Valentine season. It was published in December 2017. It is a cute book about a little boy giving gifts to a little girl in his class and he makes it very clear that they are not valentines.

Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace is a great book for February. Animals are getting ready for a Valentine party and they want to make sure they invite Groundhog before he sees his shadow and does not leave his burrow. They are too late and he sees his shadow and the animals try to show Groundhog that shadows are not scary. At the end of the book, they mention St. Patrick’s Day and Easter coming up.

How do you and your family celebrate Valentine’s Day? We are cuddling up with some great books to help us celebrate.

 

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Dear Girl,

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Dear Girl,
This book is for you.
Wonderful,
smart,
beautiful you.
If you ever need a reminder, just turn to any page in this book and know that you are special and you are loved.

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

As a mother of girls, I LOVE this book. It would be a great gift for all the little girls in your life. Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a favorite author and her daughter co-wrote this book with her. The illustrations are beautiful. The book is beautifully written to encourage girls about all that they are capable of and how special they are. There is something in it that I think every girl can relate to.

 

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Valentine Books for Kids

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching which means this is the time to enjoy some books about hugs. kisses, and love with the little valentines in your life. These would also make some great gifts for kids to go along with some delicious chocolate and Valentine cards.

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell is a favorite in our house right now. A little boy hugs everyone and everything he comes into contact with and goes out of his way to include everyone. He is fueled by pizza and my three year old loves it.

Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a cute book of Little Miss planting a kiss and watching how the love spreads.

Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper is another hug themed book. Two hedgehog friends want to be able to hug each other and look for creative ways to make it happen.

Dora’s Valentine Adventure by Christine Ricci is a cute lift the flap book for Dora fans. Dora and Boots are off on another adventure, this time looking for valentines.

The Berenstain Bear’s Valentine Party by Jan and Mike Berenstain is a lift the flap book. The Berenstain Bear books are a great series because there are so many of them and there are books for most holidays.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff is a cute board book where Mouse makes valentines for his friends.

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a cute one for Eric Carle fans. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a kid favorite and this book is the same caterpillar with a focus on love. This would be a great valentine gift for babies and preschoolers.

Here are some others that we enjoy:

 

Please leave a comment with your favorite Valentine themed books for kids. I hope you enjoy some great reading with your little valentines. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

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