How To Create A Children’s Book Character Costume, Part 1

Yesterday a dear friend contacted me and asked if I had any suggestions for a children’s book character costume. My mind started racing trying to think of fun and potentially easy characters that could be donned. Here are a few I’ve come up with that I think would be relatively simple to create and unique as well. (Don’t forget to check thrift stores for supplies!) Read the full post…

Book Review: I Must Have Bobo! By The Rosenthals

I Must Have Bobo!
Written by Eileen Rosenthal | Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal | 2011

This is the second book we read a few weeks ago for storytime. Another tale about a beloved stuffed friend and his reoccurring disappearance. In this book we have a little boy named Willy, a sock monkey named Bobo and a mischievous cuddling cat named Earl. Read the full post…

Book Review: Knuffle Bunny By Mo Willems

lovely chalkboard by my husband

This weekend was the best storytime yet at Union Ave Books! Had a great group of kids and we read two delightful books about misplaced stuffed friends. Yes, I surprised the group with two books. This may be a regular thing from now on, depending on the length of books and the attentiveness of the listeners. I’m going to do a review of each book, so stay tuned for the second one, hopefully tomorrow.

First up, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by the fantastic Mr. Mo Willems. (According to the author whom I met a few years ago, you are supposed to pronounce the “k” like “ku-nuffle.”)

This book was actually my first introduction to Mo. I fell hard for the images created with a combination of real photographs and fun, cartoon characters. Not to mention an exciting and hilarious story. So let’s get to that. Read the full post…

Friday Links – October 5 & Storytime Tomorrow!

 

Whew! Many apologies for the lack of posting recently. Traveling, sickness, general life craziness… those are my lame excuses. But I’m back, and there are lots of things to write about.

First up storytime tomorrow at 11 at Union Ave Books. Come on out locals and hear a cautionary tale by the infamous Mo Willems, Knuffle Bunny.

image from the Mo Willems Stuff blog

And now, some links! Oh, I have so many saved up from the last 2 weeks, but I’ll stick to 5 to save your poor browser from so much children’s book (and related) awesomeness. Read the full post…

Book Review: Leaves By David Ezra Stein

My apologies for missing a large post on Monday. I had intended to create a favorite fall book list in celebration of the first day of fall, but alas, my bookshelves are alarmingly empty of great fall books. I’m looking into this, wondering if it is a lack of great fall books in general or just in my possession. I do however have a few that I plan on highlighting this season and perhaps that list will still come.

I’m also working on a new format for book reviews, as I’m just not in love with my current method. Thanks in advance for your patience as I figure this out and let me know if there’s something you’d love to see here. I’d be interested to hear. Now on to a fall book review! Read the full post…