2020 Holidays, Children's Books, Toy Reviews

Best Books and Puzzle Gifts for the Holidays

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Best Books and Puzzle Gifts for the Holidays

One of the most timeless gifts you can give each year is new release books and puzzles. Beginning with board books for babies and beginner word books and beginner puzzles for toddlers and older kids when they get overwhelmed with the amount of toys that collect in the home they love grabbing a book. It is always my favorite way to end the day with our boys when they were younger. Consider these 2020 releases from Chronicle Books for the Best Books and Puzzle Gifts this year.

HELLO HELLO with Brendan Wenzel. Named a Best Children’s Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Amazon, Working Mother, and more! Starting with color and pattern and moving on size, shape, sound, and more, this board book is perfect for introducing the youngest readers to important visual concepts. 

build! by Xavier Deneux. The movable pieces invite and involve the reader in this story of building not only a home, but a family as well.

Bookscape Board Books: Christmas Cheer by Ingela P. Arrhenius. Enjoy the colorful, dynamic scenes of Christmas time—from caroling to baking, building a snowman to decorating the tree, and more.

Finger Puppet Books by Chronicle Books. A variety of sweet animal board books with a finger puppet built in.

Tree of Wonder by Kate Messner. An exciting introduction to the biodiversity of the rainforest biome.

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi. The beloved, bestselling potty-training classic is now in hardcover for a new generation!

Fox & Chick: The Party: and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier. Learn to appreciate their differences:Fox and Chick don’t always agree, but Fox and Chick are always friends.

Love Can Come in Many Ways by Terry Pierce. This book celebrates the many diverse ways animals, and humans, show their love.

Sound: Shhh…Bang…Pop…Boom! by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv. An award-winning visual tour of the world of sound.

There Must Be More Than That! by Shinsuke Yoshitake. Readers of all ages will seek solace in this smart and spirited exploration of the good that might be right around the corner.

Charlie & Mouse Even Better (Book 3 of 3) by Laurel Snyder. In this heartwarming third book in the beginning Charlie & Mouse series, the two brothers prepare to celebrate one very special birthday: their mom’s.

Then there are these fun puzzle/books!

Masha and Her Sisters: (Russian Doll Board Books, Children’s Activity Books, Interactive Kids Books) by Suzy Ultman. A charming die-cut novelty board book inspired by Russian nesting dolls. Featuring shaped pages with brightly painted edges, and culminating in a satisfying finale, these nestled dolls reinforce a sweet message: they may be different, but they’re a perfect fit!

Piece it Together: Owl Onboard Family Puzzle at Chronicle Books. A 60-piece puzzle the entire family can enjoy.Larger, simpler pieces make up half of each charming scene, while smaller pieces make up the other half.

Make Me a Robot by Mark Rogalski. Build this mechanical playmate by lifting 15 flaps—from handy gadgets to jet-like wings—until the book is fully transformed.

Make sure to visit Chronicle Books for more title releases.

2020 Holidays, Children's Books, Education

A List of Children Books that Start Honest Conversations about Life Topics

A List of Children Books that Start Honest Conversations about Life Topics

Parenting is hard…like we are winging things quite a bit, hard. Then we not only just need to keep the kids fed and alive we have to act like we know how to navigate tough topics. If you are to have a conversation with your children tonight about their self image, about a recent death of a loved one or even about racism would you know how to have that discussion?

Lost? Let me help, you can start to have honest conversations about life topics with one of the 27 titles from A Kids Book About.

Take these 2 topics above, Optimism and Mindfulness. The are tough topics to discuss and to make sure you don’t confuse them or send a wrong message. You want your child to be happy and choose optimism, but what if you leave them feeling like they should never feel a negative emotion?

You want your child to be confident and know who they are, but what if your word choices leave them feeling inadequate if they don’t become a perfect person. A Kids Book About will be your ‘bible’ to the healthy conversation in the next stages of their lives with some books for ages as young as 5.

They are brilliant! I first read Mindfulness and fell in love with this book a few times from start to finish. I first melted when I read, “…You are Not Your Thoughts…You are not he things you worry about…” then I kept reading and melted again when I read, “…the only thing that is actually real is NOW (as he talks about living in the now)”. But when I thought this book was about to end he introduced my favorite word of all and how to embrace it and that word is: Breath. He reminds your child how and why to breath. I love it!

Let me list the 27 Book titles you can order from A Kids Book About:

  1. Racism (the very first book)
  2. Optimism
  3. Mindfulness
  4. Systemic Racism
  5. White Privilege
  6. Empathy
  7. Anxiety
  8. Bullying
  9. Change
  10. Money
  11. Failure
  12. Emotions
  13. Gratitude
  14. Shame
  15. Feminism
  16. Disabilities
  17. Belonging
  18. Voting
  19. Cancer
  20. Creativity
  21. Death
  22. Adventure
  23. Divorce
  24. Body Image
  25. God
  26. Depression
  27. COVID-19

To get to know these titles better, visit A Kids Book About. You can also find these titles on Amazon. These books are fantastic gift items this season.

Children's Books, Coronovirus 2020

Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug Empowers Children to Help Others

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Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug Empowers Children to Help Others

Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug by Jill Rosensweig

The virus! It is the highlight of our year and one that has affected everyone. Even if you may not have been directly affected in health, perhaps you have by isolation, social emotional health, or other situations. We kind of stopped all together and with our kids too. I am amazed how well our children have handled this pandemic and they will remember this for the rest of their lives.

Some children have had to grow real fast in self motivation for school and resilience in adapting differently. This children’s book released in July is about a group of children who found a way to help others in need during COVID.

In Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug, Bailey Bloom loves to play superheroes with her two best friends, Zoey and Rose. The three girls dream of a day when they can fly through the air, saving princesses in far-off lands. But when the girls learn that Coronavirus is spreading through their town, they quickly realize that they already have what it takes to be real-life superheroes as they help those in need.

You and your children will get so much out of this warm book from friendship, kindness and resilience. Throughout the story of these girls, it allows us to open discussions with our children about Coronavirus, both in terms of what it is and how it is affecting them.