Read Alouds to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Today I’m sharing a post from last year with a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day books. Happy reading!

 

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! These books are perfect to share with your little valentine.

Pair one of these books with some sweet treats for a winning Valentine’s Day gift.

Picture Books:

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!

by Doreen Cronin

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“It’s Valentine’s Day and on the farm – that means a Valentine’s party! Little Duck is wildly excited. She hangs balloons, streamers, sparkling lights, and hearts everywhere, and hand-makes a valentine for everyone. On top of a hill, a little fox hears the music from the party and follows Little Duck’s many decorations to the barn…but foxes are not at all welcome on farms. The chickens stop dancing. The sheep stop dancing. The pigs stop dancing. The mice hustle off to hide. Will Little Fox ruin the dance? Or, perhaps, she’s just what the party needs!”

Hedgehugs

by Steve Wilson

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“Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. Together, they make daisy chains, splash in puddles, and have tea parties. But there is one thing they can’t do—hug! They are just too spiky. Throughout the seasons, these two hedgehogs will try many different ways of hugging. But will Horace and Hattie find a hug that feels just right?”

Here Comes the Valentine Cat

by Deborah Underwood

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“Cat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence. He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at?”

 

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

by Eileen Spinelli

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“One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. “Somebody loves you” the note says. “Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. “Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. “But who, ” Mr. Hatch wonders, “could that somebody be?” After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!”

Love, Splat

by Rob Scotton

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“It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all—she always ties his tail and pokes his belly when she sees him. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?”

Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts

by Victoria Kann

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“Everyone in her class is assigned to make an extra-special Valentine’s Day card for one person in the class. Pinkalicious creates a magnificently pinkerrific card. Will the valentine that she gets in return measure up?”

 

Board Books:

Llama Llama I Love You

by Anna Dewdney

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“With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?”

Babies Love Valentines

by Holly Berry-Byrd

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“With colorful artwork and especially sturdy lift-a-flaps, this chunky board book introduces classic Valentine’s Day traditions like giving cards and candies.
Simple sentences reinforce future language structure.
Grasping and lifting the flaps helps develop fine motor skills.”

 

Huggy Kissy

by Leslie Patricelli

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“When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a board book full of instant appeal for little valentines everywhere.”

Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse!

by Laura Numeroff

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Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves. This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for preschoolers, who will enjoy the simple introduction to the fun of Valentine’s Day.

Where Is Baby’s Valentine 

by Karen Katz

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“Baby made a valentine for Mommy. Where could it be?
Is it behind the lamp? No, those are pretty, sparkly flowers!
It’s a shiny, glittering delight as you lift the sturdy flaps to help Baby find her very special valentine.”

 

What are you favorite Valentine’s Day reads? Leave a note in the comments or let me know on Twitter or Instagram @ABookishHome.

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Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Tired of Hibernating? Take The Kids To Your Local Bookstore This Winter

As the seasons change, I try to think about activities we can do indoors on the weekend as a family.  This winter, I’m planning to get out of the house with our toddler and new baby and head to some local bookstores.

We can browse the books, read together, and treat our little ones to some new books to bring home. Many bookstores also have cozy reading areas for kids you can hang out in for a bit.

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Going to bookstores as a family is a way to create some bookish excitement. It’s also great for kids to see their parents choose books that they are looking forward to reading.

Not sure where your closest independent bookstores are? Indiebound.org has a wonderful online tool called the Indie Bookstore Finder.  You can type in your zip code or address and they will list all of your local bookstores.

 

A fun book to read aloud before you family bookstore date would be Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore:

Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore

by Lucy Cousins

“Today Maisy is going to the bookstore to buy a new book, but there are so many to choose from! There’s a big brown book about bears, a long blue book about fish, a noisy book about trucks, and a book about things to draw and paint. Just as Maisy finds a beautiful book of rhymes that her friend Tallulah will love, out pops Charley from behind the shelves. “Ahoy, Maisy!” he says, holding a book about pirates. Now what kind of books will Cyril and Eddie choose?”

Some of my favorite local bookstores are Silver Unicorn Books in Acton, MA; Belmont Books in Belmont, MA; and the Concord Bookshop in Concord, MA.

What bookstores do you like to visit with your family?

Share in the comments or let me know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Take a Re-Reading Vacation

This week I’m sharing a post from last holiday season about taking a re-reading vacation.

 

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The rush and bustle of this time of year can leave us all a bit harried. There are parties to attend, shopping to finish, presents to wrap. Soon we’re rushing to catch flights to visit relatives or whipping the house into shape, preparing to host.

The pace is fast, and I know if I’m not careful, this bookish introvert will wind up curled into a ball in her fleece pajamas by New Year’s, totally depleted.

For the bibliophiles out there, maybe we can try at least slowing down when it comes to our reading lives. Not reading less, but retreating to a familiar, bookish happy place. Let’s take a re-reading vacation.

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I know for me, I sometimes feel guilty ignoring my library checkouts and long TBR list to re-read old favorites. Gretchen Rubin always says, something that can be done at any time, is often done at no time. I find that when it comes to re-reading.

So this holiday season, I’m pulling out the books I know by heart–the ones I’ve been yearning to revisit after reading three fabulous bookish titles this year: Jane Austen at HomeMarilla of Green Gables, and Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women And Why It Still Matters.

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“Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.”

 

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“L. M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings who intended to adopt a boy to help work on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Yet Anne’s quirky personality and good-natured spirit causes the siblings to grow to love her anyway, and soon the entire town falls for the precocious little girl with bright red hair.”

 

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“It is no surprise that Little Women, the adored classic of four devoted sisters, was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life. In fact, Alcott drew from her own personality to create a heroine unlike any seen before: Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of the March family. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood, with all the joy and sorrow of life in between, and fall in love with them and this endearing story. Praised by Madeleine Stern as “a book on the American home, and hence universal in its appeal,” Little Women has been an avidly read tale for generations.”

 

Turning to Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women sounds just right for the next few weeks. It’s impossible for me not to feel cozy and at peace when I curl up with the Marches, visit Avonlea, or root for Elizabeth Bennett. For you, it might be turning to Harry Potter, The Hobbit, or Middlemarch that calms you down and fills your bookish heart with joy.

 

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I want to show up as my best self for my family and friends and enjoy the magic of the holidays. Fitting in little bits of rereading quiet time when my daughter naps or while I wait in line at a store, will hopefully recharge this introvert.

What will you be reading during this season? Leave a note in the comments or tag me on Instagram or Twitter @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 46: Susan Bailey on Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Stories

This week I’m sharing an interview with Susan Bailey, creator of the blog,Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion. We’re chatting about Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas stories, the new Little Women movie, and all things Alcott. 

 

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You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

A Merry Christmas And Other Stories

Little Women

Eight Cousins

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

Marmee and Louisa

Marcelo in the Real World

The Memory of Light

All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

To dive into all things Alcott, visit Susan’s site Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion. There you will also find links to follow her on social media. You can also read Susan’s article “Spending the Holidays with Louisa May Alcott” in the current issue of Discover Concord Magazine.

 

You may also be interested other Little Women related A Bookish Home blog posts and podcasts episodes:

  18 Ways to Celebrate Little Women’s 150th Anniversary Year

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A Bookish Home Podcast Episode 1: A Conversation with Anne Boyd Rioux, Author of Meg, Jo, Beth Amy

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Ep. 7: An Interview with Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Are there Windows and Mirrors on My Child’s Bookshelf?

This week I’m sharing a post from last year about helping our kids find diverse books that reflect a wide variety of perspectives and experiences.

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If you have not seen this Ted Talk by author Grace Lin, “Windows and Mirrors on Your Child’s Bookshelf”, it would be so worth your while to take a few minutes and watch it. This is a powerful look at the importance of children seeing themselves in the books they read (mirrors) and also having books that show them other children’s experiences (windows):

 

 

 

In my school librarian role, I try to purchase and promote a wide variety of books so that all students have windows and mirrors in the library in terms of race and culture as Grace Lin talks about, but also in terms of family makeup, experiences, religion, special needs, learning differences, and more.

As a mom, I want to make sure that my daughter’s bookshelf is filled with a variety of books as well–some that reflect her experiences and others that help her walk in someone else’s shoes, build empathy, and expand her worldview.

Here is a place to start if you are seeking out windows and mirrors for the little ones in your life:

 

Stella by Starlight and Out of My Mind are two stellar middle grade chapter books (that’s upper elementary/early middle school) by the incredible Sharon Draper. This author is so skilled at putting you in a particular character’s shoes and her books are impossible to put down.

Out of My Mind is a book I recommend all the time in the library for fans of Wonder by R.J. Palacio and students love it. In this novel, we see the world through the eyes of Melanie, a brilliant eleven-year-old with a photographic memory who also has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk, talk, or write. After being dismissed and underestimated by classmates and teachers her whole life, everything changes when Melanie is finally able to make her voice heard. This is such a powerful story.

Though set in 1930s North Carolina, Stella by Starlight, also by Sharon Draper, is so relevant to our lives today. Stella must find courage and strength in order to stand up to the forces of hate and racism in her town, where the Ku Klux Klan has become very powerful. I often show book trailers to my students (like a movie trailer, but for books) and there is an excellent one for Stella by Starlight where Sharon Draper shares how her grandmother’s journal helped inspire the story:

 

 

 

I love these two books so much and they both feature family makeups and cultures that might offers windows or mirrors for the children in your life.

In Just Like Me, three girls with a unique connection are sent to summer camp together. Julia, Avery, and Becca were adopted from the same orphanage in China as babies and their families have stayed in touch, referring to the girls as one another’s “Chinese sisters”. Everyone expect the girls to be close, but the last thing Julia wants is to go to Camp Little Big Woods together and she certainly doesn’t want anything to do with her Chinese heritage. This is a heartfelt story about growing up and figuring out where you belong, set amidst the adventures of a summer camp readers will long to attend.

The Misadventures of Family Fletcher has a classic, old fashioned family story feel that reminds me of another favorite series, The Penderwicks. The book opens at the start of a new school year and follows the everyday ups, downs, and adventures of “Family Fletcher”–navigating friendships, trying out for the school play, adjusting to a new school, camping trips, and holidays. This tale of Papa, Dad and adopted brothers Sam, Jax, Eli and Frog will make children wish they were one of the neighborhood kids that can just pop in and join the fun at the Fletchers’ house.

 

Don’t Throw It To Mo! by David Adler and Ling and Ting  by Grace Lin are engaging, funny early readers with a diverse cast of characters.

In Don’t Throw It To Mo,  Mo is seen as a “butterfingers” on the football field (which is literally true since his creative coach has had him practice catching a slippery football coated with butter!). Can he make the winning play for his team? Get a Hit Mo! is also available now and I hope we’ll see more to come in this series!

Ling and Ting Twice as Silly is one of the many fantastic books by Grace Lin you can add to your child’s bookshelf. This is the fourth book in this series and it’s my favorite. Each chapter is laugh out loud funny and their silly adventures make a great read aloud.

 

 

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Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe tells the story of artist Jean Michel Basquiat who was famous for his collage style paintings. The illustrations in the book are incredible, Javaka Steptoe actually used wood and materials he found on the streets of New York to create the beautiful collages in the book. This book also won the highest picture book honor in the US, the Caldecott Medal.

 

 

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What seems like a simple bus ride with a boy and his nana, becomes a rich experience of shared wisdom and lessons about appreciating our everyday lives in Last Stop on Market Street. This book won some of the highest honors in children’s literature: a Newbery Medal, Caldecott Honor Medal, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Check out the book trailer which features the creative team behind the book: author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson.

More about those exciting children’s book honors to come. It’s almost time for the Oscars of children’s books!

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

Ep. 45: Alison Walsh, Author of A Literary Tea Party

This week I’m sharing an interview with Alison Walsh, author of A Literary Tea Party: Blends And Treats For Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo and Book Lovers Everywhere. She is also the creator of the blog, Alison’s Wonderland Recipes

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

A Literary Tea Party

Anne of Green Gables

The Secret Garden

The Chronicles of Prydain

The Late Bloomers’ Club

To learn more about Alison Walsh you can visit her website http://wonderlandrecipes.com. There you will also find links to follow her on social media.

If you’re enjoying the podcast, please share it with a friend and be sure to subscribe. If you could also take a moment to rate and review A Bookish Home on iTunes to help people find the show, I’d be so grateful.

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Five Books to Welcome Winter

I love introducing new seasons with read alouds.  This is a fun way to preview any changes the season brings with little ones and build excitement.

Here are five winter-themed books to read aloud with your kids:

1. The Mitten

by Jan Brett

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“A bestselling modern classic that has been a family favorite for over 25 years.

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.”

2. Good Morning Snowplow!

by Deborah Bruss, illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson

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“As the rest of the town settles in to bed, one man, his dog, and a trusty snowplow get ready for a night’s work. Follow them through slick roads and swirling drifts in this sweet, rhyming book by Deborah Bruss and New York Times bestselling illustrators Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson.”

3. Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner, art by Christopher Silas Neal

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“Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.”

4. Baby Loves Winter

by Karen Katz

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“It’s wintertime!
What will Baby see?
What’s outside the window?
Look! Giant snowflakes!

Little ones will love lifting the flaps in this book to reveal a red sled, a giant snowplow, a cute furry groundhog, and everything else that Baby loves about winter! The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.

 

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5. Tacky the Penguin

by Helen Lester

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“Tacky’s perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.”

What are your favorite books to read aloud this winter? 

Share in the comments or let me know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Bookish Gifts for the Readers on Your Holiday Shopping List

Have you started holiday shopping? Today I’m reposting a list of some of my favorite bookish gifts!

 

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Are you looking for gift ideas for the readers in your life?

Here are some literary presents for the book nerds on your holiday shopping list:

 

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Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards Socks

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Jane Austen Candle,  

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Library Card Mug

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“This Is How We Roll” Sweatshirt

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Persuasion Tote Bag

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“Read” Onesie

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Wonder Blanket

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“Book Nerd” Hat

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Vintage Library 1000 Piece Puzzle

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“When In Doubt, Go To The Library” Zippered Pouch

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What are your favorite bookish gift ideas this holiday season?

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

 

 

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Ep. 44: Jen Petro-Roy, Author of Good Enough and You Are Enough

This week I’m delighted to share an interview with Jen Petro-Roy, author of two middle grade books that are a must for the shelves of classrooms and libraries–Good Enough and You Are Enough.

Jen Petro-Roy is a former teen librarian, obsessive reader, and author of the middle grade novel P.S. I Miss You. Her latest books are a self-help guide called You Are Enough and the novel Good Enough, which both focus on eating disorder recovery. Jen is an eating-disorder survivor and advocate for recovery. And we both happen to live in the same small town in Massachusetts!

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Good Enough

You Are Enough

The Parker Inheritance

The Westing Game

Piecing Me Together

Some Places More Than Others

The Mediator series

To learn more about Jen Petro-Roy you can visit her website www.jenpetroroy.com. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram  @jpetroroy and on Facebook @JenPetroRoy.

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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What I’ve Been Reading…

Most of my reading these days is happening curled up in bed with a nightlight, trying not to wake my new baby. It’s definitely a nice way to try to unwind at the end of the day.

 

Here are a few of the books I’ve been enjoying lately…

 

Twice in A Blue Moon

by Christina Lauren

This was my first Christina Lauren book and I enjoyed it so much I picked up The Unhoneymooners as well, which did not disappoint. If you enjoy escaping into a good Taylor Jenkins Reid or Jasmine Guillory novel, give this one a try.

“Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak. During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good. Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.”

 

Introverted Mom

by Jamie C. Martin

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This book is for any fellow introverts in the thick of parenting young kids. Relatable, inspiring and as a bonus she weaves in four authors that happen to top my list as well: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

“When the volume of family life clashes with your personality, frustration, guilt, and overwhelm naturally result. In Introverted Mom, author Jamie C. Martin lifts these burdens from your shoulders, reminding you that your steady strength is exactly what your family needs in this chaotic world. Jamie shares vulnerable stories from her own life as well as thoughts from other introverted mothers, letting you know you’re not alone. Her practical suggestions and creative inspiration are enhanced with quotes and insights from four beloved writers–Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, L. M. Montgomery, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Together, Jamie and this band of fellow introverts gently point you toward hope, laughter, and joy.”

 

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

by Karina Yan Glaser

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I can’t recommend this middle grade series highly enough for the kids in your life. Karina Yan Glaser is writing classics in the making and the latest installment brings another round of adventures for this large, loveable family. The Vanderbeekers series would make a perfect family or classroom read aloud for the 3rd-5th grade crowd.

“For the Vanderbeeker kids of Harlem’s 141st Street, spring break couldn’t be off to a better start. Isa’s back from band camp, Oliver’s building his first-ever treehouse in the backyard of the brownstone, and Laney, Jess, and Hyacinth are excited to help their mother when she gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in a cooking magazine. But the Vanderbeekers’ plans go off the rails when an unexpected visit from city officials puts their mother’s bakery in jeopardy. Now they’ll have to band together to save the day before they’re out of business. Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and Front Desk.”

*You can listen to Karina Yan Glaser discuss The Vandkerbeekers series and her writing life on A Bookish Home Podcast Episode 6.

 

How to Code A Rollercoaster

by Josh Funk, illustrated by Sara Palacios

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I’m always on the lookout for STEM related picture books to inspire kids and I really enjoyed this one from Josh Funk and Girls Who Code. In a serendipitous turn, it also happened to arrive on my doorstep (thank you Viking Books!) on the same day I happened to be reading Brave, Not Perfect by the founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani. Sometimes books find you at the right time and I was really excited to have the opportunity to read this to my daughter after being inspired by Reshma’s work.

“Pearl and Pascal take their coding adventures to the amusement park in this follow-up picture book from our Girls Who Code program!

Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, are enjoying a day out at the amusement park. Spinning teacups, ice cream, and of course: rollercoasters! Through the use of code, Pearl and Pascal can keep track of their ride tokens and calculate when the line is short enough to get a spot on the biggest ride of them all–the Python Coaster. Variables, if-then-else sequences, and a hunt for a secret hidden code make this a humorous, code-tastic day at the amusement park!”

 

Time for Bed

by Mem Fox

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Having a new baby has meant revisiting some of the books that my daughter loved at that age. This sweet board book is perfect for settling little ones at bedtime and would make a great gift for a baby shower.

“Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers–sleep tight! Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection -School Library Journal”

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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