Dandy by Ame Dyckman

Dandy by Ame Dyckman

I realize that it’s winter and there is probably snow on the ground where you are, but my kids and I recently read a book about Spring that you’ll want to share with your kids for sure, even if you wait til the sun comes out.

Dandy, written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Charles Santoso is an adorable picture book that made me and my kids laugh out loud. In this book, the neighborhood is full of impeccable lawns, which means the emergence of a weed, even if it is a dandelion, is a problem. When one dad goes to snip that weed, his daughter Sweetie shows up–ready to protect her new dandelion friend, Charlotte.

No matter when or how he tries, Dad cannot get rid of Dandy, even with the pressure from the other dads in the neighborhood.

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This book doesn’t have a ton of text, but the text it does have, combined with the awesome illustrations made for a giggling #bedtimeread for me and my crew, even though there are definitely no dandelions out our window right now.

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The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie–An Illustrate Your Own Adventure Book Review

The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie–An Illustrate Your Own Adventure Book Review

OMG–do you know kids who would love to draw their own illustrations in their favorite book? Or kids who you have to make sure they’re not using their crayons to write in their books? AKA, unbeknownst to you, the Very Hungry Caterpillar has now been colored black? If you have kids that fit into either scenario, then this may be the perfect book for them.

The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie–An Illustrate Your Own Adventure by Krista Franks Brock is exactly what you think it is, a story that your readers would be able to illustrate themselves. This tale is about a young boy, Calvin, and his friend Ollie, a stuffed owl who has just come to life, and their nighttime trip into the forest when Calvin doesn’t want to go to sleep.

Franks Brock does a good job of easing the reader into drawing their own illustrations. The first few pages you’ll see outlines of the owl and outlines of Calvin, which will guide a hesitant illustrator into their drawings, because they will mostly be coloring. Eventually though, your reader will be able to use their imagination to make Calvin and Ollie look exactly like they want them to.

*Side note: I recommend reading it through at least once before starting the illustrations. Knowing the story will make the illustrating that much easier. Also, depending on the age of your child, they may be able to do the illustrating independently once they are familiar with the plot. (#momwin!)

Because I already struggle with letting go of my kids’ books, I already know that this is definitely one of those books that I will be keeping. Can you imagine how much joy they will get out of rereading this book in 10 years, maybe even in 5? I can just imagine the future giggles at their juvenile illustrations.

So, if you’ve got future book illustrators or artists in your household, The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie–An Illustrate Your Own Adventure by Krista Franks Brock could be a great way to combine their skills with a love of reading!

I was given an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review, but you can purchase this book from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098554345?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

 

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Read more reviews about Calvin and Ollie here:

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Our Bedtime Read–Just Read! by Lori Degman

Our Bedtime Read–Just Read! by Lori Degman

I had to write about this book right after our bedtime read tonight because it was just SO cute! Just Read!, written by Lori Degman and illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov is a rhyming book that goes through all the reasons, ways, and places that you can read!

This book made my daughter realize that reading while in the grocery store was an option, made my son wish that he had a pool with aquatic animals he could read in, and made me envy this family’s car:

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Look at all the books in that car! I’m jealous!

Just Read! could bring about some great conversations with kiddos about everything that is considered reading (the kid in the grocery store was reading a cookbook) and what could be considered missed opportunities for reading (waiting at the doctor’s office). The illustrations in this book are wonderful, and reflect a wide variety of families, kids, and ethnicities. It was a quick read, but very inspiring for those kids who have just started to be able to read independently. Even though my kids have been able to do that for quite some time, it was still a very enjoyable read for the three of us!

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How the Book Julian’s A Mermaid Finally Changed My Thinking by Deana Metzke

How the Book Julian’s A Mermaid Finally Changed My Thinking by Deana Metzke

Nerdy Book Club is a great blog to learn a lot about children’s books, authors, and educator’s experiences around books. Here’s a link to something I recently wrote for the Nerdy Book Club about my experience with the book, Julian’s A Mermaid.

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They Are Never Too Old

They Are Never Too Old

My children are 8 and 10, are Harry Potter enthusiasts, have their own library cards, and enjoy reading independently. Now, for those who have read my blog before, it may seem like a random bit of information to share at the beginning of this post, but there’s a reason for it.

The other night my children and I read (and enjoyed) Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet, written by Sara O’Leary and illustrated by Jacob Grant. Yes, this is an alphabet book and my kids learned their letters a long time ago. But I saw this at the library and thought I would be interesting and grabbed it.

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Now this may surprise you, but when we settled in for our bedtime read the other night and I pulled out this book and read the title, there were no complaints. These kids, who  when reading independently are reading books with action and/or themes of bullying and friendship drama, had no issues with listening to a book about the alphabet. Why? Because just like as adults we have our guilty pleasure books or TV shows, kids sometimes like to just relax when listening to a story. Whether its silly, funny, or even what some may find babyish, a good story is a good story. Also, its just a relaxing way to end the day, so it doesn’t have to be complicated.

So, don’t feel like you always have to read a book that is heavy in content or equal to or above their own reading level. Sometimes they just want chill and spend some quality time with their adult, even if it is a book about the alphabet.

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