“Love is the greatest power and will have the most powerful influence.” “Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people.” “Love is the very essence of life.” “Love is making space in your life for someone else.” “Love is perfect patient.” We’ve chosen 14 Books About Love that exhibit the sweet messages above, that love […]
We are birdwatchers. Whether we’re out walking through the forest, sitting on our deck on a sunny afternoon, or reading in our story nook, we enjoy seeing and learning about our feathered friends.
“Bend words. Stretch them, squash them, mash them up, fold them. Turn them over or swing them upside down. Make up new words. Leave a place for the strange and downright impossible ones. Use ancient words. Hold on to the gangly, silly, slippy, truthful, dangerous, out-of-fashion ones.”
It has been an exciting year with so many breathtaking, inspirational, and captivating books to read. We couldn’t settle for a top 10. Below are our Top 24 picture books of 2017…
It’s day two of The Shark Dog Winter Blog Tour. For us, it’s a real treat to be involved, because Ged Adamson’s books are well-loved in our household, from our very first read of Douglas, You Need Glasses! Like the adorable dog Douglas, Shark Dog is full of energy and positivity.
This year marks the beginning of the Bookstagram Choice Awards—founded by Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Charnaie, from @hereweeread. The best books from a number of different categories will be chosen by experienced bookstagrammers. I’m honoured to be one of the selectors.
If I Had a Little Dream, it would be to explore the curious and colourful worlds created by Melissa Castrillón. Open the cover of a book illustrated by her and you’re opening the door to a wish, to wonder, where you can wander. Melissa’s work takes reality and embellishes it with imagination, layers upon layers of […]
“We can choose to be grateful, no matter what.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Making the choice to be grateful can be difficult at times, but it doesn’t have to be. The daily choices we make are more than often small everyday instances. Cultivating gratitude starts by small means, like sitting down at the end of a day, looking around and finding joy in […]
No act of kindness is ever wasted…Wherever there is a human being; there is an opportunity to be kind…Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless…A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day…Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know […]
Broomsticks, jack-o’-lanterns, haunted houses, tricks and treats, ghostly games, neighbourhood parties, skeletons, Frankenstein, candy corn… the list goes on. All things fun and fearsome come out at Halloween. There are children who countdown the days until that frightfully fantastic night when they get to dress up as anything imaginable, hang out with family and friends, […]
The Little People, BIG DREAMS series of books are as bright and bold as the women they honour. Recently on Instagram @readingisourthing hosted a giveaway. I included an opportunity for anyone, if they wanted, to share the name of an inspirational woman. The response was overwhelming, and I love each one. I wanted to share […]
To counter the rain of early spring, this week we’re sharing our favourite books that feature unicorns and rainbows. Aren’t they just the perfect pairing?
It’s been a blast putting this book list together, and we’ve needed a good laugh lately. This year has been one of sneezes and sniffles, three hospital visits, and a holiday to the snow, during which we spent most of the time sick in bed. Thankfully our favourite Silly Books were at arm’s length.
Day to day our kids face trials that can deflate their self-confidence, which in turn may affect their learning, social interactions, and overall happiness. As their parents, teachers, grandparents, family and friends, we’ve got to be on guard, be their defence
Scroll through a social media platform on a Friday (especially Instagram) and no doubt you’ll see streams of #bookfacefriday images. Libraries get involved, and so can the entire family. It’s something that we look forward to. If the kids spot a cover or illustration that suits, reading time is on pause until we’ve taken a […]
Read a book once—you get to know the story, the facts about it and its characters. Read it twice—you become involved with it emotionally. Read it over and over again—it becomes a part of you.
What is it about bears that we love so much? It must be the immediate connection children make with the beloved Teddy Bear. We think, warm, fuzzy, cuddly, funny, safe, and friendly.