Reading with Pearl & Rose: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis (Harper Collins Publishers) The Chronicles of Narnia are an absolute classic series of children's stories. I could not tell you how many times I have read these seven books. They were read to me as a child and I read them over and over again as an… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: The Chronicles of Narnia

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Robert McCloskey

If you look at my kids' bookshelves, you will probably get a good picture (pun intended) of my own tastes. I love factual, colourful, non-fiction children's books. I love stories about animals. I love detailed picture books - both in their illustrations and in their content. I look for a certain poetry in the writing,… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Robert McCloskey

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books

The alphabet is, obviously, the foundation of literacy. There are a LOT of alphabet books out there for kids, with all kinds of themes and illustrations. These are some of the favourites in our household. Pearl knows her ABCs now and is beginning to recognize a few simple words. Rose remains largely illiterate. ABCers -… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books

Reading with Pearl & Rose: A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals

A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals - Millie Marotta (Chronicle Books, 2019) A look at my daughters' bookshelves might tell you what I value in a book for children. Beautiful illustrations, clear writing, a funny or goofy story, and words that don't talk down to them. I don't go in for the saccharine stories… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Cars and Trucks

Pearl is currently in a bit of a car phase so when I spotted this Little Golden Book at a library book sale, I picked it up. The book is originally from 1951 but this copy was republished in 1976. It remains delightfully dated but the pictures are by Richard Scarry. No word on who… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Cars and Trucks

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I read Wonder and The Lifters back to back and so it's hard not to compare them in my mind. While they are two very different books, they are geared toward the same age. The key difference that stands out to me in this regard though is that while The Lifters has an appeal likely… Continue reading Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Book Review: The Lifters by Dave Eggers

I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book, which will be released March 27, 2018. Being a moderate fan of Dave Eggers I either avoid nor search out his work. I find him to be guilty of over-writing, which made me more curious how his style might translate to a book for young readers.… Continue reading Book Review: The Lifters by Dave Eggers

Reading with Pearl: Train Edition

I'm not sure that Pearl has ever actually seen a train but she sure seems to enjoy stories about them. And there seem to be multiple classic children's books revolving around trains. Our story selection tends toward mid-20th century and I'm having trouble thinking of more modern train stories. Any suggestions? Pearl's favourite of these… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Train Edition

Reading with Pearl: Bunny Edition

If you ask Pearl currently what she wants to be when she grows up she will gleefully tell you, "A bunny!" This is mostly due to the book on the top left, When Bunny Grows Up. Regardless, bunnies are popular in our household and Pearl's book collection reflects that. When Bunny Grows Up and Home… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Bunny Edition

Book Review: The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters (Book One): The Jolly Regina by Kara LaReau

I bought this book as a gift for a seven-year-old I know so the true test will be whether or not she enjoys it. In the meantime, here are my thoughts. Jaundice and Kale are sisters who enjoy looking at wallpaper, watching grass grow, and eating plain cheese sandwiches. Their parents went out to run… Continue reading Book Review: The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters (Book One): The Jolly Regina by Kara LaReau