Beauty and The Beast Party

Bonjour! Today’s the day your (party) dreams come true! I’ve pulled together a lovely list of invitations, decorations, activities, gift ideas, and party favors for a Beauty and The Beast themed party. Consider making it a movie party with a showing of the new live action Beauty & The Beast movie. Now on Blu-Ray, DVD, + Digital HD! With sweeping scenery, extravagant costumes, and high-spirited music, your guests will be be spellbound by this magical retelling of the “tale as old as time.” {Read More}

Best Picture Books of 2016

Each year, I do the difficult work of selecting the very best picture books. These books are outstanding in both prose and illustrations. Without further ado, here are my top picks for the best picture books published in 2016. A Bike Like Sergio’s written by Maribeth Boelts; illustrated by Noah Z. Jones Ruben, the oldest child of four kids, wants a bike like his friend Sergio’s. One day, a woman at the grocery store drops a hundred dollar bill and Sergio {Read More}

Books-to-Movies: Disney’s “Cinderella” (2015)

Cinderella is a story that has been told across many cultures in numerous languages. The enduring nature of the tale is probably due to the grace of Ella’s character and the magical elements that lead to a very happy ending. Disney’s 2015 enchanting adaptation is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere – with bonus features that include over 12 minutes of additional scenes and the “Frozen Fever” theatrical short. This new version of the classic fairy {Read More}

Best Children’s Books about Princesses

What little girl can resist a story about a princess? Unfortunately, there are gads of awful ones scattered throughout bookstores and libraries. There are far too many princess stories with bratty, materialistic, or pretentious women at the center. We managed to compile a list of the diamonds in the rough – stories that focus on princesses of intellect and character. Below are our top picks for books that feature princesses (listed in alphabetical order). A Little Princess written by Frances Hodgson Burnett; illustrated {Read More}

2015 Back-to-School Product Picks

Bookworms of all ages tend to love the back-to-school season (and I am certainly no exception). We love the brightly colored aisles of Crayola crayons, spiral bound notebooks, even the graphing paper! August and September bring lots of purchasing decisions and – as much as  you might want to fill up an entire cart with composition books, pilot g2 pens, and poetry books – it’s important to consider which products will be both useful and durable, practical and pretty. Below {Read More}

Best Children’s Books about Albert Einstein

Mathematician Albert Einstein was anything but ordinary. In fact, he began his life with a number of people questioning his intelligence. As such, his story can serve as an inspiration to young children who dance to a different drum. These stories also encourage kids to appreciate the wonders of math. Below are our top picks for picture books about Albert Einstein (listed in alphabetical order). Albie’s First Word written by Jacqueline Tourville; illustrated by Wynne Evans Although it is unknown what Albert Einstein’s first word was, {Read More}

Madeline Party

Bonjour! If you have a child who has insatiable curiosity and great strength of character, planning a Madeline-themed party in her honor may be a marvelous idea. Although the small French girl of picture book fame is small in stature, she is indeed “tall” on the inside. Below find Madeline-themed ideas for invitations, decor, party wear, favors, and more. INVITATIONS    DECORATIONS        FOOD       GAMES & ACTIVITIES       PARTY ATTIRE            GIFTS FOR THE BIRTHDAY CHILD            PARTY FAVORS {Read More}

Best Children’s Books About Animals

There are thousands of picture books about animals so this was a very hard category to pare down to only the best. The following titles are worthy of that distinction. Below are our top picks for books that feature animals in all their beauty and diversity (listed in alphabetical order). All the Awake Animals are almost asleep written by Crescent Dragonwagon; illustrated by David McPhail A mother tucks in her “not sleepy” son with a sweet and soothing lullaby. She {Read More}

GIVEAWAY: Hardcover Copy of “The Hundred Dresses”

Wanda Petronski wears the same faded blue dress to school every day – yet she says she has one hundred dresses in her closet “all lined up.” The girls at school tease her mercilessly…but her secret has yet to come out. Written in 1944, this timeless story offers beautiful messages about friendship, forgiveness, peer pressure, and compassion. The Saturday Review wrote that, “THE HUNDRED DRESSES will take its place with the books that endure” — and we wholeheartedly agree. My {Read More}

Best Children’s Books About Babies

Most babies love looking at pictures of other babies – and for good reason! Babies are undeniably squishy, soft, and sweet. Who can resist illustrations of small bundles with rosy cheeks and saucer eyes? Certainly not me! We are pleased to present the very best children’s books about babies (listed in alphabetical order). All the World written by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee Marla Frazee knows babies and her artwork of family life is worthy of blue ribbons galore. You’ll want to {Read More}