Jill McElmurry

Book Review: Sharing The Bread By Miller & McElmurry

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It is the week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I am delighted to discover this new, old-fashioned Thanksgiving story. Written by the author of one of my favorites from a few years ago, Sophie’s Squash, and illustrated by the same person who created the beloved Little Blue Truck; this is a beautifully crafted story about preparations, food, and family. Warm your heart this Thanksgiving with Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller & Jill McElmurry, 2015. Read the full post…

Best Baby Picture Books: Great Gift Ideas for Baby Showers and More


Spring is in full swing and often it brings baby showers and first birthdays, as well as other random celebrations for little ones. If you know me well, then you know my philosophy is that books are the best gifts. A book is a way to give again and again; something that develops the child; plants memories; and introduces joy, silliness, beauty and so much more. To quote a favorite movie, “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”

It is a big responsibility to choose a book for a child; one that too many people take lightly. If you know the family well, you can choose books that you think will fit their personality. But often, you just need some quality books to choose from. Being the kind person I am, I’m letting you in on my secret list – well, at least sixteen from it. There are lots of books that people consider a must for a baby library, many I like and some I really don’t. I have not included the most familiar ones as I find that the parents probably already have those, someone else will gift them, or I just want to give an even more unique one. Here is my top sixteen list of children’s picture books that are excellent baby shower gifts, first birthday gifts, or just because you are cute gifts. Read the full post…