Books on Family

Baby, Baby!

Title: Baby Makes Five (2000)

Authors: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Published By: Random House


On this Family Friday we continue our focus on the littlest member of the family, the baby! Though little, a baby can be a big deal! The Berenstain Bears are here again to teach us how to deal with a new sibling.

For the longest time in the big tree house, in Bear County, it was only Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister Bear. Then one day everything changed when Honey Bear arrived! Now Brother Bear was an old pro, as he had been through all of this before when Sister Bear was born! He was use to the crying, fussing, burping,and all that came with a baby. Sister Bear on the other hand was the youngest and did not like all of the attention that Honey Bear was receiving from Papa and Mama Bear. Sister Bear was a bit jealous! Even her Aunt, Uncle, and all of Bear County, it seemed, focused all of their attention on the baby. Sister Bear grew grumpy and angry, even taking her anger out on her toys. When she did not include Honey Bear in her family drawing at school Mama Bear knew she has to do something! She pulled out the old home movies, featuring Sister Bear as a baby! And guess what? Sister Bear did the same things that Honey Bear does! This is all it took for Sister Bear to come around and accept that Honey Bear was indeed part of the family and was not going anywhere!

A new baby in the house can be very hard on siblings, especially the youngest sibling as they have been use to being the baby of the family. It is good to talk with and prepare siblings for a new baby before the day baby comes home. Reading books such as this one about babies and everything that comes along with having a baby in the house will help siblings better prepare and know what to expect. Mama Bear used a very good technique in showing Sister Bear videos of herself as a baby. Siblings will realize that they to cried, fussed burped too! Remind and show siblings that they are still special and that the new baby has not taken their place by spending some special one on one time away from the baby or house where the focus can solely be one the older sibling. Bringing a new baby home is frought with changes and challenges but it is a great time to develop and strengthen that sibling bond which will last for a lifetime!


My favorite part of this book: When Sister Bear added Honey Bear to her family drawing!


3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:

▪The BB and Mama’s New Job

▪The BB Learn About Strangers

▪The BB and The Sitter

Classic Children's Books


Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989)

Authors: Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

Illustrator: Lois Ehlert

Published by: Simon & Schuster


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is our featured book for Throwback Thursday! This is a fun classic book that children still love! A great book to teach children the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

A sequel to this book, Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 was published in 2004.

Books on Diversity

We Are A Village!

Title: It Takes a Village

Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Illustrator: Marla Frazee

Published By: Simon & Schuster 


It is Worldly Wednesday, the day we celebrate eveyone, regardless of differences!  We all make the world go around!  So we all must work together!  As people and as a community.  A village is a community of people who work together for the good of all of it’s members.  In Hillary Clinton’s, It Takes a Village, we see an ideal example of a village.  A village works together, rest together, eats together, and plays together!  When one person needs help, the village is there.  This concept of village starts at home.  Our family is our first village, then our village expands to our neighborhood, community, town, state, nation, country…the world!  It takes the whole world helping one another, caring about one another, and lifting each other up to make it a better place!


Favorite line in this book: “Children are born believers.”


Marla Frazee also illustrated:

▪ Babies Everywhere (2001)

Books on Values

Keep Calm!

Title: It’s Great to Keep Calm (2017)

Author: Jordan Collins

Illustrated By: Stuart Lynch

Published By: Make Believe Ideas


This Teaching Values Tuesday we focus on the value of remaining calm and being patient.  This is an important value that is beneficial for everyone to learn and practice in life.  Life is not easy and does not always go as planned.  But any hiccups, challenges, or obstacles are best met by one who can calmly work through them.  This value is best when learned at a young age and practiced through every stage in life.

In this story we meet little Carly.  Carly loves making art and thinks she is rather good at it!  On this particular day the class was to make sock puppets, and Carly was determined to make the best sock puppet in the class!  Making a sock puppet soon proved not to be as easy as it seemed for Carly.  Carly started to frown, but kept trying.  When everyone was finished making their sock puppet Carly wondered why hers did not look as good as theirs.  Jack, one of her classmates, offered to help her.  Carly yelled, “No!”, and stated she could do it herself.  Her frustration built up as she was angry with herself and everyone in the classroom!  Carly attempted to begin her sock puppet again, but when it fell on the floor Carly became overwhelmed and stomped on it!  She began to cry because she really did want to make a sock puppet.  Jack, once again offers to help Carly, but this time with some calm down techniques for when she gets upset.  TAKE DEEP BREATHS.  GIVE YOURSELF A HUG.  We can all use these techniques when we feel frustration building.  It worked for Carly, soon she was relaxed!  She apologized for yelling at Jack and together they made her sock puppet! 

This is a great book to read to children so they can begin to develop some calming down techinques of their own.  Not all techiniques work for everyone so we must all figure out what works best for us.  Some people may need to totally remove themselves from the environment to calm down, take a walk, count backwards, pound on a punching bag, etc…  But it is important to find what works for you so you will be prepared to face whatever comes your way!


Favorite line in this book: “Everyone looses their temper sometimes.” 


This book is part of the, Let’s Get Along series.  These books address a variety of emotions and situations children experience during childhood and ways to manage them.

Other titles include:

▪It’s Great to be Kind

▪It’s Great to Work Together

▪It’s Great to Share 

Books on Diversity, Books on Self-Concept, Books on Values

Powerful Words!

Title: Martin’s Big Words

Author: Doreen Rappaport

Illustrated By: Bryan Collier 

Published By: Jump at the Sun


On this Me Monday we celebrate and honor the works and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  We have accomplished and learned so much from Dr. King’s legacy, but we have so much further to go!  As long as there is still hate and injustice in this world, our work is never done!  Dr. King read and studied the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, the wise Indian activist.  Ghandi stated that, “If we are to reach peace in this world…we shall have to begin with children…”  These words are so true.  Children learn by our example.  What we say, what we do, how we interact with one another, how we respond and react to situations, how we treat ourselves and others.  If a child sees hate, that child will learn to hate.  But if a child sees love, kindness, respect, and generosity, then we can change this world into a better place, one child at a time!

Dr. King’s father was a minister so Dr. King was receiving inspiring words and teachings about love and righteousness from a very young age.  This influenced his thoughts about the world and motivated him to share these teachings with others in hopes of irradicating hate and the mistreatment of mankind.

What can we do today to continue Dr. King’s movement? Simply love another!  Regardless of the color of our skin, where we come from, where we live, what religion we practice, what language we speak, etc… We are all different and that is the beauty of the world!  But our differences should not set us apart, they should be celebrated and respected!  We should all love one another for who we are!

Silly Books

Don’t Touch!

Title: Don’t Touch This Book (2016)

Author & Illustrator: Bill Cotter

Published By: Sourcebooks 


Looking for a silly and interactive book to read this Silly Sunday?  This is it!  But…Don’t Touch This Book!  How will I read it you say, if I cannot touch it?  Well okay, you can start out with only one finger, then Wow!  All of your fingers…Cool!  SPIN and Whoa!!!  Children will love playing with Larry in this book. (That is Larry pictured on the front! It is his book you know!)  By the end of this book you will be swimming and sliding in rainbows, talking like a robot and flying away from dinosaurs!  
3 other books by Bill Cotter: 
▪Don’t Push The Button (2013)

▪Beard in a Box (2016)

▪Happy Face/ Sad Face: All Kinds of Child Faces (2017)

Books on Family


Title: The New Small Person (2014)

Author: Lauren Child

Published By: Scholastic


It is Family Friday and we are introducing someone New!  The New Small Person!  This New Small Person definately changes the family structure and routine!  Sometimes this New Small Person causes some chaos and disruption of the norm.  And sometimes this New Small Person may cause the Older Big Person to experience feelings of jealousy, feelings of being left out and ignored, feelings of resentment, feelings of losing their place and space in the family, etc…  Elmore Green went through these feelings and emotions when his mom and dad brought home The New Small Person.  Elmore Green had been totally fine with and enjoyed being the only child!  He had his own room, toys, T.V., and jelly beans! (Elmore especially loved the orange jelly beans!)  But the best thing he had as the only child was his parents undivided and constant attention.  Elmore Green did not understand the fuss over The New Small Person because he did not do much of anything!  He soon began to feel jealous, thinking that everyone liked The New Small Person more than him.  Elmore Green did not want The New Small Person watching his T.V., touching his things (especially not his jelly beans!)  Elmore Green did not understand why his parent’s could not just send The New Small Person back where he came from!  Eventually The New Small Person began to walk and talk, he even moved into Elmore Green’s room and wearing his old clothes! (The nerve!)  But the more The New Small Person grew the more he grew on Elmore Green.  And one night when Elmore Green has a bad dream, The New Small Person chases the scaries away for him!  They are best buds after that, Elmore Green and Albert! (Elmore Green still did not share his orange jelly beans with Albert though!)

Favorite line in this book: “It was nice to have someone there in the dark when the scaries were around.”

3 other books by Lauren Child:
▪My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Fall Out (1994)

▪Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book (2002)

▪Clarice Bean Spells Trouble (2004)

Books on Diversity

Who Am I?

Title: Why Am I Me? (2017)

Author: Paige Britt

Illustrated By: Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

Published By: Scholastic Press


On this Worldly Wednesday we ask, “Why am I me?”…”and not you?”  A very simple answer to this question, per my daughter Lulu, is that it does not even matter because we are all the same!  We are all human beings!  We are all people!  We all live and breathe and we all laugh and cry.  This book poses both a simple and complex question, why are we who we are?  And if you could be someone else who would you be?  And if someone else were you, who would they be?  A question one either can confidently answer OR a question that some struggle to answer their whole lives.


1 other book by Paige Britt:

▪The Lost Track of Time (2015)


Sean Qualls also illustrated:

▪Dizzy (2006)


Selina Alko also illustrated:

▪B is for Brooklyn (2012)


Sean Qualls & Selina Alko also illustrated:

▪The Case for Loving (2015)

Books on Values

Nyah! Nyah! Nyah!

 Title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing (1995)

Author: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Published By: Random House Inc.


The Berenstain Bears are here on this Teaching Values Tuesday to teach us about, teasing!  Most of us have teased someone and/or been teased in our lifetime.  Teasing is a part of childhood, but not a good part.  But sometimes only when the teaser becomes the teased do they learn the lesson that teasing hurts.

Brother Bear loves to tease his Sister Bear!  Which may seem normal among siblings.  But Sister Bear did not like it when Brother Bear teased her, she thought he was being very mean when he did so and it hurt her feelings.  Mama Bear told Sister not to be so sensitive, and Papa Bear brushed teasing off as a part of life.  They did not do too much to discourage or prevent Brother from teasing Sister.  Brother only begins to learn his lesson about teasing others when he begins to get teased at school.  He finds that he does not like it, as it makes him sad and angry.  He soon realizes how he makes Sister feel when he teases her.

Unfortunately some people do not learn that teasing is wrong and hurtful at a young age like Brother.  So it is important to address and speak to children about teasing when we see it.  Nip it in the bud before it is allowed to blossom.  Starting at home, siblings, cousins, or any family member should not be allowed to tease one another.  Even if it seems like light-hearted child’s play you do not really know how it is affecting the child it is being directed at.  And tolerating it sends the wrong message to the teaser that it is okay. Yes, we must also teach children how to deal with being teaesed because it is going to happen, but we must stress even more that one should not tease another.  Children often tease because they are jealous, insecure, or do not understand something or someone different than them.  Address the root of teasing to help curb it.  Children who are allowed to tease grow into adults who think it is acceptable  to do so, and it simply is not.


3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:

▪The BB and the Sitter (1981)

▪The BB and Too Much T.V. (1984)

▪The BB Forget Their Manners  (1985)

Books on Self-Concept

Face It!

Title: Freckleface Strawberry (2007)

Author: Julianne Moore

Illustrated By: LeUyen Pham

Published By: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books


Celebrate Me Monday by celebrating yourself!  This is exactly what Freckleface Strawberry did!  Freckleface Strawberry had freckles, (if you had not guessed that by now!), and red hair!  At first Freckleface Strawberry did not embrace her freckles.  She wondered where they came from.  Her father did not have freckles, her mother did not have freckles, her sister did not even have freckles!  Only her baby brother, but he did not count!  Freckleface Strawberry was subjected to the daily teasing and taunting that children do when someone is different than them.  She was told she looked dirty, dotted, and like a giraffe!  Freckleface Strawberry did not want freckles!  She tried everything to get rid of them!  But the freckles remained!  So, she decided just to hide her freckles by wearing a ski mask to cover her face.  She soon finds out that one should not hide from one’s true self!  (Plus, wearing a ski mask all day is hot and itchy!)

Freckleface Strawberry is a wonderful book to teach children to be proud and true to who they are!  Our differences are what sets us apart from one another, making each of us special and unique!  No one should be ashamed of who they are.  Children should embrace their skin, hair, body, abilities, etc…  We cannot expect others to accept who we are unless we first accept and love ourselves! Teach children self-love, self-acceptance, and self-determination.  Children who have a strong sense of self-worth can rise above those who have not yet learned the power of acceptance.  Love thyself and eveything else will fall into place! 🔷

Favorite line in this book: “In fact, she lived happily ever after.” 🔷

3 other books by Julianne Moore:

▪Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully (2009)

▪Freckleface Strawberry Best Friend’s Forever (2011)

▪My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me (2013)


LeUyen Pham also illustrated:

▪Grace for President (2008)