25 Days – Book 1: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

First up on our Christmas children’s book advent list is this charming classic by Robert Barry, Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, from 1963.

This is a dear favorite of mine that I discovered a few years ago. It all begins with a rich old man, Mr. Willowby who acquires the biggest Christmas tree he had ever seen. Read the full post…

25 Days Of Children’s Books For Christmas!

Oh boy, do I have a series for you! Now, I can’t take credit for the book advent idea. I read about it several years ago and I deeply apologize that I don’t remember where I first heard about it. But, if you aren’t familiar with the concept, this is a sort of advent calendar where you open and read a different Christmas book each night.

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Book Review: Balloons Over Broadway By Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway
Written & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet | 2011

This book review is sadly overdue. I had it mostly ready with pictures and all, and then we had a death in the family and our holiday looked different than anticipated. But I still wish to highlight this book as it is so fun and can be loved anytime, even though it is about the Thanksgiving Day parade. Balloons Over Broadway is a condensed illustrated history about Anthony “Tony” Sarg, and how he came to be the creator/puppeteer of the gigantic balloons of Macy’s parade. Read the full post…

Thanksgiving Storytime Tomorrow!

Local Knoxvillians, don’t miss a Thanksgiving storytime tomorrow at 11am at Union Ave Books! We’ll be reading Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet which gives the fun story behind the big balloons in the Macy’s parade. We’ll also hopefully be reading the Devlins Cranberry Thanksgiving which is a marvelous vintage classic about a cranberry bread recipe and an attempted theft! See you there!

Book Review: The Monsters’ Monster By Patrick McDonnell

The Monsters’ Monster
Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell | 2012

Today’s book review is a brand-spanking new book by Patrick McDonnell. This is a little later than I anticipated, but I feel it should still be highlighted as I really like it! I’m not a big fan of Halloween. However, I recognize that a lot of people enjoy this holiday and I do like to highlight books that I actually like and fit well with this theme. So, from the marvelous creator of the MUTTS comic strip, and many other lovely picture books, comes this new tale about The Monsters’ Monster. Read the full post…

Roger Duvoisin quote

“There’s a child in every adult, and when that child dies, it’s a death for the adult too. So I do these books for my own pleasure as much as for the children’s pleasure. LouLou and I write for the children we were.”

— Roger Duvoisin

Loud Storytime Tomorrow At Union Ave Books!

It’s going to be a loud storytime tomorrow with another double feature. We’ll be starting off discussing all kinds of loud noises with The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska and then we’ll settle in for a long, wild & crazy narrative about what happens on The Day the Cow Sneezed by James Flora. These are some of my favorite books folks, so don’t miss it tomorrow at 11am at Union Ave Books!

How To Create A Children’s Book Character Costume, Part 2

And here’s the next set of costume ideas for being a children’s book character for Halloween or party. For some odd reason, I had a hard time coming up with girl characters, but there are a few in the bunch. (See Part 1 here.) Read the full post…