Ep. 51: Hena Khan On More to the Story

This week I’m joined by children’s book author Hena Khan. Her latest middle grade novel, More to the Story, has been called a love letter to Little Women.

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

 

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

More to the Story

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Under My Hijab

It’s Ramadan, Curious George

Little Women

Amina’s Voice

The Night Diary

Other Words from Home

The Vanderbeekers

The Lost Girl

 

To find out more about Hena Khan visit HanaKhan.com

 

Hena also has a new picture book out now called Like the Moon Loves the Sky:

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In a starred review Publisher’s Weekly calls Like the Moon Loves the Sky “a peaceful incantation. a view of a childhood focused not just on well-being, but on hope-to ‘count all your blessings’ and ‘find wonder’-as well.”

 

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 50: Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Grace Lin

It’s the 50th episode of A Bookish Home! This week I’m joined by a special guest, award winning children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin.

Grace’s latest picture book is called A Big Bed for Little Snow and her new middle grade novel is Mulan: Before the Sword.

 

 

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

 

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

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A Big Bed for Little Snow

 

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

 

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Mulan: Before the Sword

 

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Where The Mountain Meets the Moon

 

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The Ugly Vegetables

 

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Dim Sum for Everyone

 

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Blueberries for Sal

 

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The Snowy Day

 

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Kite Flying

 

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Anne of Green Gables

 

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Little Women

 

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Stargazing

 

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Cilla Lee Jenkins
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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
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Journey

To find out more about Grace Lin you can visit GraceLinBlog.com.

 

Tune into Grace Lin’s podcasts:

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Book Friends Forever

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Kidlit Women

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Kids Ask Authors

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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10 Author Events Coming to Greater Boston in March

Are you looking for a bookish event to add to your calendar?

Here are some of the authors coming to bookstores and libraries in the Boston area this month.

Be sure to check your local library and bookstore’s event calendar to see what author events are coming to your community.

 

1. Wednesday March 4th at 7pm – Belmont Books

Katrin Schumann in conversation with Whitney Scharer

From the bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours comes an unforgettable story of one woman’s journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWII.

 

2. Thursday March 5th – 7pm, Belmont Books

Gish Jen – The Resisters

“The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen’s moment. She has pitched a perfect game.” –Ann Patchett

A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value–as well as their very existence.

 3. Tuesday March 10th at 6pm – Boston Public Library, Copley

Ken Liu at the BPL Newsfeed Cafe

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From stories about time-traveling assassins, to Black Mirror-esque tales of cryptocurrency and Internet trolling, to heartbreaking narratives of parent-child relationships, THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES is a far-reaching work that explores topical themes from the present and a speculative look at humanity’s future.

4. Thursday March 12th – 7pm at An Unlikely Story

Rebecca Serle, In Five Years

 

What will your life look like in five years? Rebecca Serle’s new book, IN FIVE YEARS, plays with this question when an ambitious young woman has a vision of her life five years in the future. Perfect for fans of ME BEFORE YOU, IN FIVE YEARS is a love story that brings heartbreak and joy in equal measure. At the event, Rebecca will be joined onstage by Robin Kall, of Reading with Robin, to talk about her new book, answer audience questions, and sign copies. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Called a “heroic narrative” and “compact and energetic” by The Wall Street Journal,Tina’s work tells the the inspiring and timely account of the complex relationship between leading suffragist Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson in her fight for women’s equality.

 

6. Sunday March 15th at 10am -Bull Run Restaurant with Silver Unicorn Books

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership In Turbulent Times

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Ticketed Community Event: Doris Kearns Goodwin will be speaking at the Bull Run Restaurant and we’ll be there to sell her book!  Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. A culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives.

In this lush and playful picture book from E. B. Goodale, illustrator of Windows, Kate feels ignored by her mother and sister and so decides to run away. In a neighboring yard, she builds a fort and enjoys a sense of independence—until she finds herself making room for her family in her new home … Under the Lilacs is the perfect celebration of striking out on your own—while still making room for everyone.

 

8. Friday March 20th at 6:30pm – An Unlikely Story, Plainville

Nick Bruel, Bad Kitty Joins the Team

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Ticketed Event: See Kitty as you’ve never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly) in Bad Kitty Joins the Team, the latest installment of Nick Bruel’s phenomenally successful New York Times bestselling series.

 

9. Friday March 20th- 7:30pm at Back Bay Events Center

Hilary Mantel, The Mirror & The Light with Harvard Bookstore

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Ticketed Event: Harvard Book Store is honored to welcome acclaimed writer HILARY MANTEL—two-time winner of the Booker Prize for her bestselling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—for a discussion of the highly anticipated, final book in the Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror & the Light.

 

Raúl the Third, ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat

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Porter Square Books is pleased to welcome Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third for ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat! Little Lobo returns to share his love of food and wrestling in this delicious follow-up to Vamos! Let’sGo to the Market, a Porter Square Books staff favorite!

 

10 Book Trailers To Watch With Your Kids

Today I’m reposting 10 great book trailers to watch with the kids in your life. Happy watching and reading!

 

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Looking to create some bookish enthusiasm in your home? Grab the popcorn and watch some book trailers!

Book trailers are similar to movie trailers. They offer a short snippet of the book’s plot and get you excited to read it for yourself. I loved using book trailers in my school library and I think they are great for elementary school age kids.

Because book trailers are usually very short, often less than a minute, you could watch 10 or 15 together to preview a range of books. You could look at them on your computer, pull them up with something like Apple TV and watch them on the big screen.

Have your kids sit with a notebook and pen so that they can write down the books they are interested in reading. That way, afterwards, you could request some of them from the local library or use the list to buy the books.

You can search for book trailers online. Here are 10 to get you started:

Picture Books:

1. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Adam Rex

2. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

3. A Different Pond by Bay Phi

4. A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

 

Chapter Books/Middle Grade:

5. Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

6. Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings

7. Front Desk by Kelly Yang

8. The School for Good and Evil by Woman Chainini

9. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

10. Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brallier

 

If you try showing book trailers to your kids, I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a note in the comments or let me know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 48: Thomas Taylor, Author of the Legend of Eerie-On-Sea Series

This week, I’m chatting with Thomas Taylor, author of Malamander, the first book in the new middle-grade series, Legends of Eerie-On-Sea.

School Library Journal calls Malamander a “A crowd-pleasing fantasy.’ and notes “Colorful characters, palpable atmosphere, close calls and some deliberately unanswered questions…will hook readers on this new British series and leave them eager for more.” Hand this book to the Harry Potter and Mysterious Benedict Society fans in your life and watch them devour it!

 

 

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

 

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

To find out more about Thomas Taylor visit his website thomastaylor-author.com.

 

 

 

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Malamander
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The Hobbit

 

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The Terror
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Sherlock Holmes
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The Secret Commonwealth

 

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The Land of Roar

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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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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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.

 

 

LastStoponMarketStreet

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

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

ABookishHome.com

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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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Ep. 43: Kelly Hill, Author of Anne’s Alphabet and Anne’s Feelings

This week I’m thrilled to welcome author and illustrator Kelly Hill, a kindred spirit who has created a series of board books that has become a favorite in our household.

Kelly Hill is the author and illustrator of the Anne of Green Gables inspired board book series with titles including Anne’s Numbers, Anne’s Colors and the latest installments Anne’s Alphabet and Anne’s Feelings. Kelly, whose middle name is Ann-with-an-E, is an award-winning book designer. She does all kinds of crafting; the illustrations for these books are a combination of sewing and embroidery. Kelly lives near Eugenia, Ontario with her husband and two daughters.

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Anne’s Feelings

Anne’s Alphabet

Anne’s Numbers

Anne’s Colors

This Is Sadie

Bloom

How To

Swan

House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery

Goodnight Anne

Anne Arrives

Anne’s Kindred Spirits

Anne of Green Gables

Marilla of Green Gables

The Tallest Treehouse

You can follow Kelly Hill on Instagram @kelly_anne_hill.

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