Category: Books

Stephanie Sheaffer reads books - lots of them. Read her reviews, plus win books and be inspired toward a more literate life.

I gave away our Mother Goose book

Yes. I did. It was entirely too morbid, filled with cruel-hearted characters and unhappy endings. Certainly these tales weren't meant for the smallest eyes and ears? Take, for example, Tom Tom The Piper's Son [click on the link to read the text if you can't make it out below]. A boy steals a pig. He […]

the magic of reading aloud

"You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be -- I had a mother who read to me." - Strickland Gillilan Amy of Usborne Books recently sent me The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. I am completely enamored. If I didn't have a million […]

books that teach manners

My girls love books. They like to stack them and chew on them and look at the pictures. They like long books and short books, rhyming books and poetic books, silly books and serious books. I bet we read 20 books or more on an average day. Lately, my husband and I have noticed that […]

Children's Book Review: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Residents of the town of Chewandswallow have no need for grocery stores...or restaurants, for that matter. Their food appears from the sky - at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Orange juice showers, frankfurter winds, pea soup fog, and storms of pancakes...this is typical "weather" for the small town. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi […]

More Books that teach morals

Thanks to everyone who posted book recommendations on my recent post about children's books that teach social/moral lessons. As I mentioned before, the selection of children's books that teach lessons is actually rather shabby. I'd love to see more books that go beyond silliness and provide instruction on topics such as sharing, saying "please" and […]

3 Children's Books That Teach Social/Moral Lessons

Lately, I've been on a hunt for children's books that teach lessons. Not academic lessons, mind you. We have plenty of that kind. We have stacks of books that teach numbers and letters and colors and vocabulary. I'm talking about social and moral lessons.¬†Books that teach sharing and good manners and the importance of putting […]

Books As Birthday Presents: Birth to Age Two

When it comes to birthday gifts for 0-2 year olds, books can't be beat. They're fun for kids...and for parents too! Books provide hours of entertainment. They won't add to the mountain of bulky toys in the toy box. Plus, they're educational and they inspire parents to spend quality time with their wee ones.¬† Give […]

BEST OF 2008: Raising Baby Green

A new kind of pregnancy/baby care book has finally arrived. Dr. Alan Greene's Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care is a book for modern parents. It goes beyond just what to expect and answers questions about everything from how (and why) to eat organically to what you really need […]

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