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Literacy Gems
Magic Tree House Series
Magic Tree House Series

New York Times best selling Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne has been our library favorite for months! We embark on a new adventure with it’s main character’s Jack and Annie every week. Each chapter brings us on an adventure when Jack and Annie find a Magic Tree House that transports them back […]

Owlkids’
Owlkids'

With three magazines and numerous books covering various age groups, Owlkids’ publications reach more than one million youngsters and their parents every year. Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl Magazines are all part of Owlkids, Each magazine is geared toward a different age group: Chirp for ages 3-6, chickDEE ages 6-9, and Owl for ages 9-12. The […]

The Roar – Bentlily Daily Poem
The Roar - Bentlily Daily Poem

A lovely little poem by Samantha Reynolds who has pledged to write one poem a day, in an attempt to be more present in her day to day. Fortunately, she has decided to share each and every one on her site, bentlily.com. The Roar We have friends over they bring civilized gifts homemade jam a […]

My Father’s Dragon – First Chapter Book
My Father's Dragon - First Chapter Book

Dryden’s first chapter book, huge success!! Said to be a favorite among young readers since the 1940s and a Newbery honor book, “My Father’s Dragon” has become a favorite around here as well. It’s a quirky little tale following the happenings of the narrator’s father, Elmer Elevator, as a boy. The story begins when Elmer […]

Where Did All the Dragons Go?
Where Did All the Dragons Go?

If you haven’t already read this book, the Wolfgang highly recommends it. It has been a firm favorite in this house for over a month now. Dryden actually wished he were one of the children in the book. Needless to say, we felt the magic. It’s a clever fable written by Fay Robinson and brilliantly […]

Simplicity Parenting
Simplicity Parenting

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids An excellent book by Kim John Payne outlining the preparatory work that needs to take place in our society, where there is too much stuff. The book aims to encourage building up a child’s vitality and quietening down stimulation. […]

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon

Yet another post in the literacy gems and a gem it is indeed! Goodnight Moon is a children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.  It was first published in 1947 and remains a classic to this day. This is a story of a little boy (possibly a boy with OCD) who has to say goodnight to […]

The Very Cranky Bear
The Very Cranky Bear

We all have books in the rotation that our children love to read where the end cannot come soon enough – you know the ones.  And we all have books in our collection that everyone can sit and enjoy. Thanks to Nick Bland, this book is yet another one of those. On a cold and […]

Truckery Rhymes
Truckery Rhymes

  Do you know a young boy or girl who loooooves trucks or anything with wheels?  The Wolfgang sure does and this book is at the top of our list! This book is part of the “Trucktown” collection of books by John Scieszka and is filled with rhymes, poems and songs.  Some of the titles […]

Big Bear Hug
Big Bear Hug

Recently, a close friend bought this book for Dryden and from the very first page, this little fable warmed our hearts.  The author, Nicholas Oldland has written a picture book that highlights the joy a hug can bring along with an environmental message.  With an obvious focus on conservation, the story also follows a tree […]

Movement Stories
Movement Stories

MOVEMENT STORIES FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-6 is an invaluable resource for preschool and primary teachers, daycare providers, studio dance teachers, parents, and anyone who seeks to enrich the lives of children through creative experiences. The ten Movement Stories in this book are active, imaginative tales to be told by a narrator as children act them […]

Go the F*** to sleep
Go the F*** to sleep

After a pirated PDF of this children’s story went viral, it quickly went to being one of Amazon’s best sellers!  The author wrote an absolutely pee your pants funny book to appease parents exhausted by their children who will not go to sleep at night.  Put simply, it’s a hilarious satirical picture book for grown-ups […]

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee is about the life of Amos, a zookeeper and his friends—the elephant, the turtle, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros.  Everyday Amos sets aside quality time benefiting each of them as individuals until the day he gets a cold.  Feeling distressed during Amos’ absence his friends pile on […]

That’s How I See things
That's How I See things

The lead character in “That’s How I see things” Sienna Baba is a wonderful artist with a different way of seeing the world.  People say his paintings look like nothing they have ever seen, but that doesn’t bother him.  Featuring unique creatures such as the Pea-pig, the Blue-jion and the Monk-upine, children will love being a […]

Waiting for Mommy – Lesson Learned
Waiting for Mommy - Lesson Learned

I came across this story “Waiting for Mommy” at the Vancouver Public Library.  It was written in 1938 by Tae-Jun Lee, the illustrations are by Dong-Sung Kim. I sat Dryden on my knee and began to read. The story follows a young boy waiting at a tram stop for his mother.  Trams come and go […]

How to Catch a Star
How to Catch a Star

This story follows a young stargazer who decides he wants to catch a star.  A brilliant and imaginative little story that has gone into the top rotation at the Wolfgang residence.  Since this little gem by Oliver Jeffers, Dryden catches stars (imaginary ones), throws stars, eats stars and puts them in his pocket to take to […]

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