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Book Review: Beach House By Caswell & Bates

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The summer is quickly coming to a close as Labor Day approaches, the sun is setting earlier each evening, and schools are awakening with the sounds of children. I know some schools in the U.S. have already begun, for weeks even! But here in the Northeast it seems the majority don’t bid farewell to summer until after Labor Day. This weekend is the last hurrah for the summery adventures.

And this brings to mind a few last beach books to soak up as much sun, swimming, and sand castle building as possible before the chilly weather starts to beckon. One of my favorite new beach books from the summer is this one, which made its debut at the beginning of the summer from Chronicle Books. Written poetically, in a way that almost feels like a sweet favorites list from the beach, this book will have you longing, loving, and reminiscing about long days on the beach. Here is Beach House by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Amy June Bates, 2015. Read the full post…

Book Review: Building Our House By Jonathan Bean

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Seems like forever since I have done a book review, but this one has maintained a steady spot at the top of my favorites pile since I began this Cybils craziness. I readily admit, that I didn’t give it much thought when I heard and saw it coming out earlier this year, and now I’m making up for lost time. This is a sweet book about a little girl’s family working together to build their dream home and all the time and effort and love that makes up those walls. Here is Building Our House by Jonathan Bean, 2013. 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…

Book Review: Toot & Puddle You Are My Sunshine By Holly Hobbie

Sometimes a bad mood finds you. It is hard to explain, but the day just doesn’t feel right and finding a smile is incredibly difficult. This happens to everyone, but adults are usually better at realizing it, understanding it, and working it out. For children, moods and emotions are tough to master. This is where books like Toot & Puddle You Are My Sunshine come in. This book is part of a series about two pigs named Toot and Puddle by author/illustrator Holly Hobbie. Read the full post…