Thursday, July 19, 2018

Code Your Own Adventure Book Review

Colorful, engaging, and informative - Code Your Own Adventure provides step-by-step instructions in a comic-book format for kids to code their own game using Scratch. Kids will learn how to draw characters and shapes, animate plot lines, and create games all while learning how to code. A fun way to gain useful knowledge and coding skills!  #CodeYourOwnAdventure #NetGalley #Coding Code Your Own Adventure

Max Wainewright (Authors)
Henry Smith (Illustrator)
QEB Publishing
Children’s Nonfiction, Middle grades, Coding

Publication Date: July 19, 2018


Colorful, engaging, and informative - Code Your Own Adventure provides step-by-step instructions in a comic-book format for kids to code their own game using Scratch. Kids will learn how to draw characters and shapes, animate plot lines, and create games all while learning how to code. A fun way to gain useful knowledge and coding skills!

If you’re interested in reading Code Your Own Adventure, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Awesome! Book Review

Awesome!  Marvin the moose and Woody the beaver are best friends. One day, Marvin awesomely saves another forest animal from danger and quickly becomes a local hero. His friend Woody even makes him a cape and a mask and Marvin continues to do good deeds. But as Marvin’s fame spreads, Woody feels left out and starts getting his own attention but in a negative way. Everything comes to a head, and even though Woody causes a potentially large problem, he also helps Marvin save the day in the end. #Awesome #NetGalley #PictureBookAwesome!

Craig Shuttlewood
(Author & Illustrator)
Capstone
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: August 1, 2018


Marvin the moose and Woody the beaver are best friends. One day, Marvin awesomely saves another forest animal from danger and quickly becomes a local hero. His friend Woody even makes him a cape and a mask and Marvin continues to do good deeds. But as Marvin’s fame spreads, Woody feels left out and starts getting his own attention but in a negative way. Everything comes to a head, and even though Woody causes a potentially large problem, he also helps Marvin save the day in the end.

My preschooler loves this book! We’ve read it at least 40 times in the past month! He loves that there is a superhero with a cape, he loves the animals and illustrations, he loves the word awesome, he loves that there is a statue, and he loves that even though Woody makes bad choices, Woody decides to make a better choice in the end and can be awesome too. Awesome! is a hit with my 3-year old!

If you’re interested in reading Awesome!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Picky Eater Book Review

If you have a picky eater on your hands, The Picky Eater may be a good discussion starter on how both kids and parents could better handle dinner time frustrations. #ThePickyEater #NetGalley #Capstone #ChildrensLit #PictureBookThe Picky Eater

Betsy Parkinson (Author)
Shane Clester (Illustrator)
Capstone
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: August 1, 2018


Piper is a wonderful piglet. However, as many frustrated parents may relate to, Piper is rather picky about the foods she eats. Unlike most picky eaters who prefer specific foods, Piper prefers foods that only start with the letter “P.” Pizza, pancakes, peas, pasta – as long as it starts with a “P” Piper will eat it.

After numerous requests for Piper to eat the dinner served to her, Piper’s mom finally has had enough. She tells Piper she doesn’t have to eat, but she cannot talk, not even one word, if she doesn’t eat. After several quiet dinners, Piper finally tries the food served to her. And many parents won’t be surprised by Piper’s reaction – hey! she actually likes other foods!

As a parent, I’m not keen on the idea of banning my child from talking because they’re not eating. However, the book does get it’s point across: it’s good to try new foods and not be so picky. It also realistically shows that picky eating can be frustrating for parents.

If you have a picky eater on your hands, The Picky Eater may be a good discussion starter on how both kids and parents could better handle dinner time frustrations.

If you’re interested in reading The Picky Eater, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Outside: Discovering Animals Book Review

Outside: Discovering Animals

If you’re looking for a fun read that will make your kids want to get outside this summer, then check out Outside: Discovering Animals. The book walks kids through all of the clues they can look for (like feathers, footprints, tracks, chewed on pine cones, etc.) to find all sorts of animals whether you live in a city or in the country! #OutsideDiscoveringAnimals #NetGalley #Animals #ChildrensLitMaria Ana Peixe Dias & Ines Teixeira do Rosario (Authors)
Bernardo P. Carvalho (Illustrator)
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Children’s Nonfiction, Outdoors

Publication Date: July 5, 2018


If you’re looking for a fun read that will make your kids want to get outside this summer, then check out Outside: Discovering Animals. The book walks kids through all of the clues they can look for (like feathers, footprints, tracks, chewed on pine cones, etc.) to find all sorts of animals whether you live in a city or in the country!

If you’re interested in reading Outside: Discovering Animals, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Bug Lab for Kids Book Review

Bug Lab for Kids
Family-Friendly Activities for Exploring the Amazing World of Beetles, Butterflies, Spiders, and Other Arthropods

Bug Lab for Kids offers a variety of insect-centered activities and will keep kids busy and engaged! Perfect for summer! #BugLabForKids #NetGalleyJohn W. Guyton
Quarry Books
Children's Book, Middle Grades, Non-Fiction

Publication Date: June 12, 2018


If you have a kid who is interested in bugs, then Bug Lab for Kids is for you!

This book will walk even a novice bug-collector parent or teacher through learning where to start to more advanced techniques on collecting insects to how to preserve them. The book is set up as forty-three labs that kids can complete. The labs start with learning where to look, using sketching as a tool, and the scientific method. Later labs include photographing insects, making papier-mâché nests, creating a pollinator habitat, and more.

Bug Lab for Kids offers a variety of insect-centered activities and will keep kids busy and engaged! Perfect for summer!

If you’re interested in reading Bug Lab for Kids, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Amazing World: Bugs Get To Know 20 Crazy Bugs Book Review

Amazing World: Bugs Get To Know 20 Crazy Bugs
Bold, bright, and informative! Kids will love learning about these twenty crazy and fascinating bugs. From the spiny flower mantis to glowing cockroach, kids are sure to be captivated by the crazy and cool things bugs can do! #AmazingWorldBugs #NetGalley #Bugs
L.J. Tracosas
becker&mayer! kids
Children's Book, Middle Grades, Non-Fiction

Publication Date: June 5, 2018


Bold, bright, and informative! Kids will love learning about these twenty crazy and fascinating bugs. From the spiny flower mantis to glowing cockroach, kids are sure to be captivated by the crazy and cool things bugs can do!

If you’re interested in reading Amazing World: Bugs Get To Know 20 Crazy Bugs, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

National Parks of the USA Book Review


National Parks of the USA

Fact-filled and beautifully illustrated! National Parks of the USA takes you on a tour of the National Parks throughout the country. If you can't visit the parks in person, then this book is a great introduction to the wide range of beauty the United States’ offers.  #NationalParksOfTheUsa #NetGalley #PictureBook #Nonfiction #NationalParksKate Siber (Author)
Chris Turnham (Illustrator)
Wide Eyed Editions
Children’s Nonfiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: July 3, 2018


Fact-filled and beautifully illustrated! National Parks of the USA takes you on a tour of the National Parks throughout the country. If you can't visit the parks in person, then this book is a great introduction to the wide range of beauty the United States’ offers.

If you’re interested in reading National Parks of the USA, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.
 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pip's Big Hide-and-Seek-Book Book Review

Pip's Big Hide-and-Seek-Book

Pip is playing hide-and-seek with his mouse friends. The 100 mice scatter as Pip counts and each following page has 10 mice hiding in the illustrations. The scenes vary widely: a circus caravan, space, a submarine. Kids will enjoy hunting for the mice and can practice counting to ten as they do! #Pip'sBigHideandseekbook #NetGalleyThaïs Vanderheyden
Clavis
Children's Book, Fiction

Publication Date: July 1, 2018


Pip is playing hide-and-seek with his mouse friends. The 100 mice scatter as Pip counts and each following page has 10 mice hiding in the illustrations. The scenes vary widely: a circus caravan, space, a submarine. Kids will enjoy hunting for the mice and can practice counting to ten as they do!

If you’re interested in reading Pip's Big Hide-and-Seek-Book, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Paddling and Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking Book Reviews


Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Paddling All you need to know about having fun while paddling #RangerRickKidsguideToPaddling #RangerRick #NetGalley #OutdoorsRanger Rick Kids' Guide to Paddling
All you need to know about having fun while paddling

Tom Watson
Walter Foster Jr
Children’s Books, Middle Grades, Nonfiction

Publication Date: May 1, 2018






Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking All you need to know about having fun while hiking #RangerRickKidsguideToHiking #RangerRick #NetGalley #Outdoors
Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking
All you need to know about having fun while hiking

Helen Olsson
Walter Foster Jr
Children’s Books, Middle Grades, Nonfiction

Publication Date: May 1, 2018




Informative, colorful, and kid-friendly: Ranger Rick’s Guide to Paddling will get kids (and their parents) ready for fun on the water! The book covers topics from the gear and skills you need to learning how to prepare for a trip and where to go and more!

Similarly, Ranger Rick’s Guide to Hiking covers where to hike, when to hike, what you should wear and pack, and more! Both books are great for introducing kids to what to expect and how to be safe while having fun in the outdoors!

Perfect for summer and perfect for inspiring kids to get outside and explore!

If you’re interested in reading Ranger Rick Kids'Guide to Paddling or Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking, you can purchase a copy on Amazon: Paddling, Hiking.

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking & Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Paddling  #RangerRickKidsGuide #RangerRick #NetGalley #Outdoors


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This Is a Taco! Book Review


This Is a Taco!

This Is a Taco! is a clever and humorous book. The pages include nonfiction style facts about squirrels with Taco the squirrel demonstrating those facts, but not always in the way you’d expect. As the facts continue, and the lack of tacos and threat of predators becomes more real, Taco the squirrel takes action, and changes the facts with a red pen to better suit his needs.  #ThisIsATaco #ChildrensBook #PictureBook #LionForge #NetGalleyAndrew Cangelose (Author)
Josh Shipley (Illustrator)
Lion Forge
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 1, 2018


Taco the squirrel loves tacos! In fact, he agreed to be in this book because he thought there would be tacos in it. But where are the tacos?

This Is a Taco! is a clever and humorous book. The pages include nonfiction style facts about squirrels with Taco the squirrel demonstrating those facts, but not always in the way you’d expect. As the facts continue, and the lack of tacos and threat of predators becomes more real, Taco the squirrel takes action, and changes the facts with a red pen to better suit his needs.

Kids will enjoy the humor of the text and illustrations in this story!

If you’re interested in reading This Is a Taco!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bear's Adventure Book Review


Bear's Adventure
Bear's Adventure  by Brian Wildsmith #Bear'sAdventure #NetGalley  #PictureBook #ChildrensLit 
Brian Wildsmith
(Author & Illustrator)
Star Bright Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 31, 2018


Bear finds a recently landed hot-air balloon and takes a nap in its basket. As he sleeps, the hot-air balloon takes off, and Bear's adventure begins. Landing at the beginning of a costume parade lets everyone assume that Bear is just a man in a costume, so he is able to go from event to event (from being interviewed by a reporter to riding on a motorcycle and more). Bear, however, is still a bear and is easily spooked by loud noises and too many people around him. He eventually makes his way back home, but truly has an adventure along the way.

Overall, Bear's Adventure had potential but something was a bit off. It may be the longer text or the odd situations bear found himself in, but I was hoping for more out of the text. The illustrations, on the other hand, are quite unique and interesting and helped carry the story.

If you’re interested in reading Bear's Adventure, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I Am a Tyrannosaurus Book Review

I Am a Tyrannosaurus

I Am a Tyrannosaurus is a sweet story that sends a very positive message about helping others, even those you might not normally be friends with.  #Tyrannosaurusseries #Museyon #NetGalley #PictureBook #ChildrensLitTatsuya Miyanishi
Museyon
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: July 1, 2018


As a young pteranodon grows up, he learns lessons from his parents. Dad shows him how to fly and warns him of the nasty tyrannosaurus. Mom tells him to be kind and always help those in need. When the young pteranodon is almost full-grown, his parents leave the nest as pteranodon parents do. 

As the young pteranodon sleeps, a tyrannosaurus climbs up the mountain to snatch him, but a nearby volcano explodes sending the tyrannosaurus tumbling down the mountain and he lays hurt in a pile of rubble. Pteranodon remembers his father's warning and is worried about the nasty tyrannosaurus, but he also remembers his mother's advice to be kind to those in need, so the pteranodon decided to help the badly wounded tyrannosaurus who can't see him because of his injuries.

I Am a Tyrannosaurus is a sweet story that sends a very positive message about helping others, even those you might not normally be friends with. Thick, black-line illustrations with bold colors combine with the text to make a very engaging and thought-provoking story.

If you’re interested in reading I Am a Tyrannosaurus, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, June 15, 2018

Fox and Raccoon Book Review


Fox and Raccoon

In Juniper Hallow friends like to help friends out, and that's just what Raccoon does for Fox. Raccoon goes to Fox's house to play, but Fox has too many projects to do to play right away. Raccoon doesn't seem to mind at all, and quickly lends a helping hand. After each project is complete, another one starts, and Raccoon just keeps helping. When he returns to Fox's house after one errand, Raccoon can't find Fox. Where could he be? Raccoon is in for a big surprise!  #FoxAndRaccoon #NetGalley #PictureBook #ChildrensLitLesley-Anne Green
Tundra Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: June 19, 2018


In Juniper Hallow friends like to help friends out, and that's just what Raccoon does for Fox. Raccoon goes to Fox's house to play, but Fox has too many projects to do to play right away. Raccoon doesn't seem to mind at all, and quickly lends a helping hand. After each project is complete, another one starts, and Raccoon just keeps helping. When he returns to Fox's house after one errand, Raccoon can't find Fox. Where could he be? Raccoon is in for a big surprise!

Fox and Raccoon is a charming book with stunning illustrations made out of needle-felted wool, balsa wood, and fabric. The story is cute and the illustrations are fantastic!

If you’re interested in reading Fox and Raccoon, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

STEAM Play & Learn 20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math! Book Review


STEAM Play & Learn
20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math!

STEAM Play & Learn is filled with engaging projects perfect for preschool and early-school aged children. #SteamPlayLearn #STEAM #Nonfiction #ChildrensLit #NetGalleyAna Dziengel
Walter Foster Jr
Children’s Nonfiction, STEAM

Publication Date: June 5, 2018


STEAM Play & Learn is filled with engaging projects perfect for preschool and early-school aged children. One of my favorite parts of this book is that it is simply broken down into three sections: easy projects (put out the materials and let kids work), medium projects (some adult assistance will be needed), and difficult projects (adult-led). As a parent and a teacher, I love that I can quickly choose what will work best for me and my kiddos. The images and illustrations are colorful and attention grabbing and each project has clear, easy-to-follow directions. From Frozen Goop to Salty Circuits kids are sure to have a blast learning and exploring!

If you’re interested in reading STEAM Play & Learn: 20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lulu Is a Rhinoceros Book Review


Lulu Is a Rhinoceros
Though Lulu looks like a bulldog on the outside, she knows she's a rhinoceros on the inside! Lulu's journey can be read in two ways, either as a children's story about a dog's adventure to be herself or as a metaphor for people who are transgendered. Either way, there are clear messages: stay true to yourself, don't judge other people by their looks, and be yourself no matter what others say. #LuluIsARhinoceros #NetGalley #PictureBook #ChildrensLit 
Jason Flom, Allison Flom (Authors)
Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator)
Wicked Cow Studios
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: June 12, 2018


Though Lulu looks like a bulldog on the outside, she knows she's a rhinoceros on the inside! Lulu's journey can be read in two ways, either as a children's story about a dog's adventure to be herself or as a metaphor for people who are transgendered. Either way, there are clear messages: stay true to yourself, don't judge other people by their looks, and be yourself no matter what others say.

If you’re interested in reading Lulu Is a Rhinoceros, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Harriet Tubman Little People, Big Dreams Series Book Review


Harriet Tubman
Little People, Big Dreams Series

The Little People, Big Dreams Series celebrates the lives of important and influential people. Each book is filled with interesting illustrations and extra biographical information in the back of the book. #HarrietTubman #LittlePeopleBigDreams #NetGalley #Nonfiction #ChildrensLitIsabel Sanchez Vegara (Author)
Pili Aguado (Illustrator)
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Children’s Nonfiction, Biography

Publication Date: June 5, 2018


The Little People, Big Dreams Series celebrates the lives of important and influential people. Each book is filled with interesting illustrations and extra biographical information in the back of the book.

Harriet Tubman obviously explores the life of Harriet Tubman, from her childhood in slavery in Maryland to her escape and her bravery to repeatedly helping others escape slavery and more. This book (and all others in the series) is a great and rather thorough introduction to Harriet Tubman and her inspiring life.

Other famous women highlighted in the Little People, Big Dreams series include:


If you’re interested in reading Harriet Tubman, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pluto Is Peeved! An ex-planet searches for answers Book Review


Pluto Is Peeved!
An ex-planet searches for answers

In this comic-book-style picture book, Pluto doesn't understand why he was demoted from his former status as a planet, so he sets out around the museum to find out. #PlutoIsPeeved! #NetGalley #ComicBook #Pluto #GraphicNovelJacqueline Jules
Dave Roman
Seagrass Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Comic Book

Publication Date: June 5, 2018


In this comic-book-style picture book, Pluto isn't just peeved. He's kind of wallowing in self-pity. Pluto doesn't understand why he was demoted from his former status as a planet, so he sets out around the museum to find out. He runs into other exhibits like the Dinosaur Hall, Our Microscopic World, and the Geology Hall where he learns a lot about how science works and what caused his demotion.

In the end, he learns that scientists are always adjusting and evolving their theories based on the evidence and data they find. Even though he isn't a planet anymore, scientists are still very interested to learn a lot about him.

If you’re interested in reading Pluto Is Peeved!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mason Jar Science 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super-Cool Experiments; Capture Big Discoveries in a Jar, from the Magic of Chemistry and Physics to the Amazing Worlds of Earth Science and Biology Book Review


Mason Jar Science
40 Slimy, Squishy, Super-Cool Experiments; 
Capture Big Discoveries in a Jar, from the Magic of Chemistry and Physics to the Amazing Worlds of Earth Science and Biology

Mason Jar Science is full of great ideas that will keep kids busy, learning, and engaged. It's prefect for summers at home or for adventurous teachers looking for fun classroom projects! #MasonJarScience #Science #Nonfiction #NetGalleyJonathan Adolph
Storey Publishing
Children's Book, Middle Grades, Non-Fiction

Publication Date: May 29, 2018


Mason Jar Science has fun ideas for kids to get hands-on with science. Broken into sections (Chemistry, Earth Science, Botany, Biology, Physics), kids can easily navigate the book and select which projects to undertake. From Fireworks in a Jar or Cornstarch Quicksand to Very Berry Ink or Light Bending kids are sure to find a variety of projects that interest them. Each project includes subsections like materials, instructions, what to watch for, what's going on, tell me more, or take it further so kids (and adults) know exactly what steps to take.

Mason Jar Science is full of great ideas that will keep kids busy, learning, and engaged. It's prefect for summers at home or for adventurous teachers looking for fun classroom projects!

If you’re interested in reading Mason Jar Science, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Great Dog Book Review


Great Dog
Great Dog reminds us that families come in all shapes and sizes and that even the greatest of us aren't perfect. #GreatDog #PictureBook #ChildrensLit #NetGalley 
Davide Cali
(Author & Illustrator)
Tundra Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 29, 2018


A hallway of family portraits spurs a conversation between father and pup. There have been so many great dogs in their family. The great dog's portraits hang right there in the hallway. Each time the father explains how great one of their family members is, like Aunt Doris the fire dog, the illustration shows a maybe not-so-great event in that dog's life, like Aunt Doris standing on the fire hose so no water is coming out. As they discuss the portraits the pup wonders aloud if he'll be a great dog too, and the father reassures him he will - with a slight twist at the end.

Great Dog reminds us that families come in all shapes and sizes and that even the greatest of us aren't perfect.

If you’re interested in reading Great Dog, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

How to Be a Big Kid Book Review


How to Be a Big Kid explores subjects from potty training and hygiene to staying safe, going to school, and much more. It is a great conversation starter for parents and kids and provides fun ideas to enrich curiosities and expand children's knowledge of themselves and the world. #HowToBeABigKid #NetGalley #NonfctionHow to Be a Big Kid

DK
DK Children
Children’s Nonfiction

Publication Date: May 15, 2018


A great book for preschoolers!

How to Be a Big Kid explores subjects from potty training and hygiene to staying safe, going to school, and much more. It is a great conversation starter for parents and kids and provides fun ideas to enrich curiosities and expand children's knowledge of themselves and the world.

I highly recommend it for any parent of preschool age children.

If you’re interested in reading How to Be a Big Kid, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Frango & Chicken Book Review


Frango & Chicken

Set in Brazil and with a mix of English and Portuguese, Frango teachers a valuable lesson: Difficult does not mean impossible. #FrangoandChicken #NetGalley #ChildrensLit #PictureBookElena Stowell (Author, Illustrator)
thewordverve inc
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 15, 2018


Set in Brazil and with a mix of English and Portuguese, Frango teachers a valuable lesson: Difficult does not mean impossible.

The story starts with Frango asking his chicken to get him a pencil, paper, an envelope and a stamp. We see Frango writing a letter, and at first I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. I chalked Frango's lack of hands up to the artist's style. However, as the story continues Frango's lack of hands becomes increasingly noticeable. Despite this difficulty, Frango still rides his bike, works in a grocery store, and does jiu-jitsu. He shows that difficult does not mean impossible.

Frango & Chicken is an inspiring read with an important lesson based on a true story. While the real Frango does not have a chicken, he says he does have friends who act like the chicken. Fifteen "After Reading" questions round out the book.

Frango & Chicken is an inspirational addition to any classroom or personal library.

If you’re interested in reading Frango & Chicken, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Best Growth Mindset Picture Books for Kids


Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset. 

It’s a hot topic these days.  Many kids today, however, don’t know how to have a growth mindset. For a variety of reasons a child might be trapped in a fixed, I-can’t-do-it attitude. 

Using picture books is a great way to model ideas, strategies, and tools on how to develop a growth oriented mindset, one that allows students to work through their struggles and to not give up when things get difficult. 

The books below range from on-the-nose examples of what to do and what not to do, extended metaphors, true stories of perseverance over difficulties and adversity, and mantras or phrases students can adopted into their own vocabulary to develop a growth mindset.


Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooks




GROWTH MINDSET BOOKS

Grade:  PK-2nd
Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooks
A girl has the most magnificent idea, but when she tries to make it, the pieces just don't come together. Try as she might--and she does try and try and try again--the most magnificent thing will just not become magnificent like she wants. Even her assistant, a very adorable dog, knows it's just not quite magnificent enough yet. Her frustration mounts with each failed attempt. How can her assistant help her?

A very important lesson is wrapped in a sweet story with a cute dog: hard work and perseverance pay off, but sometimes it's important to take a step back and gain a fresh perspective. A good read for teaching grit, problem solving, and managing frustration.

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Grade:  PK-3rd
Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooks
A child has a problem and it just won’t go away. As he avoids it and ignores it, his problem just becomes bigger and bigger. Finally, he decides that even though it might be hard, he should face the problem, and he realizes the problems can turn into something completely different.




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Grade:  K-4th
Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooks
Set in Brazil and with a mix of English and Portuguese, Frango teachers a valuable lesson: Difficult does not mean impossible.

The story starts with Frango asking his chicken to get him a pencil, paper, an envelope and a stamp. We see Frango writing a letter, and at first I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. I chalked Frango's lack of hands up to the artist's style. However, as the story continues Frango's lack of hands becomes increasingly noticeable. Despite this difficulty, Frango still rides his bike, works in a grocery store, and does jiu-jitsu. He shows that difficult does not mean impossible.

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Grade:  PK-1st
Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooks
How do you write a story if you don't know how to write words? With a little advice from his big sister, a boy sets out to do just that - write a story even if he doesn't know how to spell whole words.

Within this boy's experience crafting his squiggly story, Larsen takes us through the writing process, and reminds us that, "It's your story. You're the boss."

A reminder good reminder that when you want to do something, sometimes you simply need to start.

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Grade:  K-2nd
Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooks
Lou and her friends love adventure! Building fortresses, rescuing wild animals, being race car drivers, or being a deep sea diver - it's what they do. But when a pirate adventure needs a ship, and their ship is up in a tree, Lou knows she'll have to sit this one out. She's never climbed a tree before and she doesn't think she can. She avoids the ship, she makes excuses, and she comes up with SO MANY REASONS not to try. Lou simply cannot climb that tree.

Her friends, however, finally give her the oomph she needs to try and climb. And as Lou grabs on and starts to climb, she struggles and she pulls herself and... she doesn't make it. But that's okay. As she and her friends run off to play a new game, she knows she'll try to climb that tree again.

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Grade:  K-3rd
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Beatrice Bottomwell has never made a mistake! She’s so perfect that she’s known around town as “The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes.” So what happens when Beatrice makes her first, and very public, mistake?



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Grade:  K-2nd
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Rosie loves inventing and dreams of becoming an engineer. Rosie decides to help her great-great-aunt Rose achieve her unfinished goal of flying, and Rosie helps in the best way she knows how: by building a contraption that can fly! 

However, the contraption doesn’t work as Rosie expects and labels the whole thing a failure.  Her great-great-aunt Rose sees it differently though. Rose shares with Rosie that you only fail if you quit.


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Grade:  K-4th
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Vashti is exasperated because she just can’t draw.  Her art teacher tells her to, “Just makes a mark and see where it takes you.” Though Vashti angrily makes a mark to be done, it actually beings a surprisingly and creative journey for Vashti that shows we can do more than we think we can.


*Bonus Books: Ish & Sky Color

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Grade:  PK-2nd
Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooks
A boy loves stars so much, he wants to catch one. But how can you catch a star? He tries several ways to catch a star, but to no avail.  And just when he feels like giving up, he learns that things aren’t always what we expect.




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Grade:  PK-3rd
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Based on a true story, Emmanuel reaches for his dreams despite being born with a deformed leg.  He hopped to school (over two miles each way), played soccer, and became a cyclist. Emmanuel’s message is clear: disability is not inability.

A great, true story about triumphing over adversity.


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Best Growth Mindset Picture Books #growthmindset #grit #picturebooksGrade:  PK-2nd

Beautiful Oops! can be summed up simply as it’s not only okay to make mistakes, but mistakes are actually opportunities to be creative and make something beautiful.






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Grade:  K-3rd
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Amelia is up for anything!  That is, as long as there aren’t any bumps along the way.  Skateboarding? Oh yeah! (Until she falls off.) Building a swing set? Sounds like fun! (Until she whacks her thumb). 

If there is any small set-back, Amelia is done and worries that she’s a failure. But with help from her dad and self-reflection, Amelia realizes that she needs a “gonna get it done” mindset. Success doesn’t mean never having difficulties. Success can mean many different things.

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Grade:  1st-3rd
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As RJ goes through is day, he gets different kinds of feedback, and he’s not sure what to do with it.  When hanging out with his friends, they compliment him. What do you do with a compliment? When his teachers and parents tell him that he does many things well, but that he needs to work on a few things, he wants to argue and make excuses.

As the story continues, RJ learns how to respond to all types of feedback: how to accept and grow from both positive and negative comments.

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Grade:  PK-3rd
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This book teaches positive self-talk and through repetition, kids quickly pick up on the “I can handle it” mantra. When they’re in a tough situation or dealing with difficult emotions, they can think or say, “I can handle it.”

Perfect for giving kids the tool of positive self-talk to help them handle difficulties in life.

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Grade:  1st-3rd
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Enna doesn’t believe in herself.  She’s often heard saying, “I can’t do that!” But when she dreams of many possible future versions of herself, she realizes that she can be any version she wants over time and with dedication. With a new growth mindset, she realizes that instead of saying, “I can’t do that,” a more realistic phrase is, “I can’t do that, YET!”

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