Last summer I brought you a children’s book series review for, The Musical Adventures of Grace. In this series, Grace is the main character from the four part series and was inspired by the Author’s son, a cellist, about grace notes. The four stories occur within all 4 seasons offering a children’s book to appreciate music.
Now, in the book, Grace’s Rockin’ Roll Adventure, rock star and actor Steven Van Zandt, connects music and early elementary reading, science, and math. From the original series, what Grace did not know was that she was going to meet somebody special and receive a big rock & roll surprise along the way…
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If you have begun to get your home back in shape from the Holidays perhaps purging toys and books was on your task list. It is always this time of the year I realize it is time to upgrade toys and change out books and I found 5 great books to read this winter that reach all of the age groups from toddler to teen!
Toddler Pick: My Very Merry Ugly Christmas Sweater
I know that Christmas is over but this book is too cute and until I actually held this title in my hand and turned the pages it was after Christmas and still worth a winter mention. This is a board book and touch (sensory) as you turn the 5 short pages you can feel different textures of each funny sweater on animals. Author: Jeffrey Burton. Buy on Amazon.
Ages 1-5: All the Little Snowflakes
In the snowfall of winter, if you look real close, every snowflake is perfect yet always different. This is a fun poem about the joys of snowfall. Author: Cindy Jin. Buy on Amazon.
Ages 4-8: Clouds: Life’s Big & Little Moments
This is a book about Mothers and Daughters. A bond that exists in small and big moments. In a time where kids might transition back into in-school learning after months of distance learning at home, this book about a Mother’s love no matter the changes may be just what your family needs. Author: Angie and Alli Simpson. Buy on Amazon.
Dog-Loving Tweens and Teens: Our Dogs, Ourselves
Our Dogs, Ourselves: How We Live with Dogs is both educational and highly entertaining. It is hard to put this book down. I thought I’d skim it quickly then get back to it later but found myself chapters into it before I could stop. Knowing why we name dogs to whether dogs think about or love us back is fun to dig into as you move through these chapters. If your older child has a special bond with the family dog, this is for them! This is a Young Readers edition. Author: Alexandra Horowitz. Buy on Walmart.com.
For the teens: Shine: a Novel
For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right? Not so much. Author: Jessica Jung. Buy on Amazon.
I found these titles through Simon & Schuster publishing. They are a go-to book source for new titles for kids and adults.
If you have school-aged children they have had the longest break from the school building ever and learning for them drastically changed suddenly last spring. I know some school remained in-person, but here in Was. state and other areas schools have yet to open since March.
Kindergarteners as a virtual learner are heading to a classroom soon for the first time ever or as a secondary student trying to keep grades afloat in a change into independent learning before they were ready, going back will be an adjustment.
I found some books to help your child transition back to in-school learning. You will want to start reading now to open the discussion about going back, schedule changes and socializing again on the playground with new classmates. These books are great for older siblings to read to younger siblings so all ages are discussing the changes together.
One of my FAVORITE children’s book Authors’ write for A Kids Book About. If you have not seen these books I highly recommend all of their titles on many common and new topics for kids. For heading back into the classroom I recommend A Kids Book About Change. Buy on Amazon
This book is so fantastic! The Invisible String is most popularly known as a best book for loss and grief, it is a great book to have on hand if an unexpected loss does occur in your family. However, it also is a great read for separation anxiety as it touches on the same need to feel connection when apart no matter how ‘apart’ they are. This is great for the child heading off to school for the very first time. Buy on Amazon.
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength is a great book for so many situations to have on hand. For back to school, your child will be eager to start the new change off with a more positive mindset. When anxieties and worries start it’s time to use that brain power to work through change and new situations. Buy on Amazon.
What Should Danny Do? School Day (The Power to Choose Series) brings problems forward. This is a fun read for kids that may have had to be out of structure as they have juggled at-home learning, working parents, siblings home all day. Now your child has to head back to class, sit still, make smart decisions around new kids and Teachers. This book is 7 stories in one and a great conversation book where your child and you can discuss ways Danny’s day should end given his situations he finds himself in. Buy on Amazon.
Many children have not been out and about as much or everyday and going back for many kids will still be while masked. If you have avoided public due to mask wearing anxiety with your child and now they may have to wear one back to school for a bit, this book is a must! Remember to Smile is a silly book that also introduces your child to many heroes and people that have to wear masks in their jobs and other situations making it less scary! Buy on Amazon.