Children’s Books to Read

Hey everyone! Today I am going to tell you about a few books your children will love! Yesterday “D” and I went to the library and ended up bringing home a ton of books. However, there were three books that really stuck out to both “D” and I.

The first book I am going to tell you about is Give Please a Chance by Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson. When “D” first put this book in the bag I was unsure about it. I read a few of Bill O’Reilly’s books before, and in my opinion they were a little bit much. I did end up letting “D” get the book, and it was one of the first books we read when we got back to the house. I was pleasantly surprised! The book was filled with different examples of children saying please. This book has amazing illustrations and such a great storyline. After reading this, “D” started saying please all day!

The second book we read was Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain by Dave Keane. “D” absolutely loves this book! We have read it so many times since checking it out. This book is about a boy who takes a fall and loses his brain. Throughout the book, Bobby and his family search for his brain. It is a hilarious book, and “D” laughed through the entire thing! It is a must read!

The third and last book I am going to talk about is Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judy Chachner. This is such a cute book! “D” loved hearing about the adventure Skippyjon Jones went on to save the princess, Snow What. I honestly believe that “D’s” absolute favorite thing about this book was saying the name Skippyjon Jones. This is part of a series of books, and I look forward to reading more from this series with “D”!

Going to the library with “D” has been such an amazing experience! Getting to read all of these books with “D” has been an even greater experience. What books do you and your children read together? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Story Websites for Kids

Hey everyone! Today I want to talk about websites that have stories for kids. Today I was looking on Pinterest to see if I could find some websites or apps that “D” would like. I ended up finding a couple that were great!

The first app I want to talk about is the Read Me Stories app. This app is free to download, but does offer in app purchases. Read Me will have a new story every day. The story you get depends on which category you choose. “D” and I chose Tales of Adventure, so the book we read today was Is the Moon Made of Cheese? When opening the book two options popped up. One is to read the book by yourself and the second is to have the book read to you aloud. The first time we read the book I read it to “D”. She loved it so much that she listened to it again, this time with the app reading it to her. After every sentence that was read to her, she would repeat the same sentence back. This app was great! The one thing that I would change is that we have access to more books without having to pay for them all upfront!

The next thing I am going to talk about is a website. It is called Funbrain.com and it is awesome! This site offers books and games. “D” and I started out reading Gonk Wrecks Everything. “D” loved this story, because it was about a little monster that destroyed everything he played with. She thought it was so funny! After we finished the story she played a few of the learning games that the site offers. She really enjoyed funbrain.com!

The last thing I am going to mention is the YouTube channel, Storybook Nanny. This is such a great channel for your young children to watch. There are a ton of videos to choose from! Each video is of the Storybook Nanny reading a children’s story. “D” listened to five stories! They are not long videos, but they do entertain. A couple of the stories “D” listened to were Pinkalicious and No David! This is an amazing YouTube channel and I definitely recommend it for all your kids!

All of the things I mentioned were great resources and “D” loved them all! It is great, because not only does she get to play on my phone, but she is also learning something. She spent the rest of the afternoon talking about the stories she heard and was making jokes about things from the stories. Do you use any learning or reading apps? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

From Dark to Light

Hey everyone! Fall is here and I figured I would do a book review on what is probably the cutest fall themed book you and your kids will ever read. From Dark to Light is a children’s book written by Isabella Murphy and illustrated by Natalia Perez. The book was published by Pink Umbrella Books just this year!
From Dark to Light is about a little pumpkin seed named Pumpker and his desire to turn into a pumpkin and go live with a family. Along with Pumpker are his two sisters, Plumpilina and Plumpilicious. All three pumpkin seeds lived on a farm with the farmer and his wife. In the beginning his sisters made him feel alone and left out. Pumpker just wanted to fit in! I do not want to spoil the ending for you and your little ones, but in the end all the pumpkins were happy!
I read through this book alone before I read it to “D”. As I was reading through the book I could not help but ooh and awe at the adorable illustrations! The story was so cute too. I loved the story as a whole and felt it was perfect for the season. It brought me so much joy to read this book. From Dark to Light is happy and light hearted, and I recommend it to everybody!
As I read the book to “D” I was a little worried about the length of the book, and if she would be able to sit through the story. There were even times when I was sure she was not listening. However, much to my surprise she was! Every couple pages she would ask a question about what we read. Some of her questions were; “Where is the farmer’s wife?” and “What are the pumpkins names again?” She really surprised me with those questions! “D” really loved the farmer’s wife. In fact, I am almost positive that she was “D”’s favorite character in the book. As I finished reading, “D” asked for me to read it again! From Dark to Light was a huge hit with her, and we will definitely be reading it again!
From Dark to Light is one of quite a few books published by Pink Umbrella Books. All of the books that are sold by Pink Umbrella Books are so cute, and all have been huge hits with “D”. If you would like to buy a copy of From Dark to Light I will leave a link below. If you would like to see what other books are sold you can go to Pink Umbrella Publishing’s website, link below, and take a look! I have also done book reviews on a couple of the other books they sell. I will link those below too! I really enjoyed reading this book with “D” and I know she enjoyed it too! We look forward to more books coming out. Have you read any of Pink Umbrella Book’s books? Let me know in the comments!

-A

From Dark to Light: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Light-Isabella-Murphy/dp/0998516228/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1510895253&sr=8-2&keywords=From+Dark+to+light

Pink Umbrella Publishing: https://pinkumbrellapublishing.com/books/

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