Reading with Pearl: Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is currently one of Pearl's favourite authors. Her books are colourful, goofy, and full of animals. While Boynton has many, many books for children, the ones pictured above are the titles we own. Boynton uses lots of rhyme and song to keep the books entertaining and fun to read. Pearl will ask for… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Sandra Boynton

Reading with Pearl: Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis

I shared my love for Carson Ellis' picture books back in July (here) but since she has since come out with a new children's book, I thought I'd talk about her again. Du Iz Tak is a creative and unique story, beautifully illustrated in Ellis' distinctive style. What really sets this little story apart though… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis

Book Review: The Fox at the Manger by P.L. Travers

This 20th century Christmas fable comes from the author of Mary Poppins and offers a similar quaint story with a British flavour. The story is really made up of two parts - the opening set is set on Christmas Eve at St. Paul's Cathedral. The first Christmas Eve service since the end of World War… Continue reading Book Review: The Fox at the Manger by P.L. Travers

Book Review: At the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

For young readers looking for a new and fun fantasy series to launch into, Peterson's Wingfeather Saga might be a perfect fit. Goofy and adventurous, the first book in this quartet, At the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, has lots going for it. Set in the land of Skree, overtaken in recent years… Continue reading Book Review: At the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

Reading with Pearl: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

I love just about everything from Oliver Jeffers that I've gotten my hands on. (The Day the Crayons Quit is probably my favourite.) His illustrations are unique and his stories are fun and whimsical and often hilarious. His most recent book, a collaboration with the artist Sam Winston doesn't disappoint. While A Child of Books… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Reading with Pearl: The Ferryboat Ride by Robert Perry, illustrated by Greta Guzek

This is a thoroughly West Coast book. All about riding the B.C. Ferries, an experience well known to anyone who lives on our little peninsula here. Pearl rode the Queen of Surrey for the first time when she was just three days old, on her way home from the hospital in Vancouver. Fittingly, we barely… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: The Ferryboat Ride by Robert Perry, illustrated by Greta Guzek

Reading with Pearl: Janet & Allan Ahlberg

One of the fun things about being a parent is getting to re-discover things you yourself loved as a child and being able to introduce them to your own kid. The books of Janet and Allan Ahlberg definitely fall into this category for me. My favourites by the Ahlbergs were the Jolly Postman series -… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

I read this book in the hopes of finding a good read to give to my niece for her 11th birthday. (Don't worry, her birthday is past and I don't think she reads my blog anyway so I'm not ruining a surprise!) I wanted to get her something fun, not overly challenging but just a… Continue reading Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Reading with Pearl: Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

(Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004) Steve Jenkins does all kinds of creative and interesting books for children about the natural world. His book Actual Size lets children get up close and personal with wild animals in a unique way. The premise is simple but fascinating: every picture of an animal in the book is the actual… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Reading with Pearl: Puppies Are Special Friends

Last summer, shortly after we bought our house, my parents also moved. Since we were moving into a larger place and they were down-sizing, they brought me a few boxes from my childhood, mostly books. Being in the middle of moving and having a newborn, those boxes went into our crawl space where I mostly… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Puppies Are Special Friends