What books to buy kids this Christmas

Now that Halloween is over, Christmas takes over. Decorations come out, carols come on, and kids’ list grow and grow. To help with your gift giving, below are links to our 5 snack reviews from the past several months:

These books are great for boys and girls from birth to preschool. Will you promote literacy this holiday season? Let me know what books you give as presents!


Kid Lit Blog Hop #44

Welcome to the 44th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We are pleased to be welcoming a co-hostess with us this week, Stephanie Ward, the author of the children’s book,Wally the Warm Weather Penguin. Welcome Stephanie!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! 🙂


Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Maria@ Music Teaching and Parenting Twitter * Facebook


Stephanie Ward, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!

4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!

5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Happy Hopping!

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Kid Lit Blog Hop #36

Welcome to the 36th Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. You are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

Max and I are SUPER excited to participate today because it is his birthday! He hasn’t opened his presents yet, but I’ll give you a peak in our review for the day 😉 On top of a new swing for his swingset, a Spiderman Tough Buddy, a Spiderman web shooter, bubbles, and puzzles he will open two books, one of which is That’s Good! That’s Bad! in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Kid Lit Blog Hop #21

Welcome to the 21st Kid Lit Blog Hop! The Kid Lit Blog Hop takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. This dynamic and engaged community of children’s book bloggers, authors, publishers, publicists, and parents is wide open for new hoppers, so invite your friends and visit as many links as you can!

My family vacationed in Myrtle Beach last month, and Max and I introduced our three-stories-a-night habit to his cousins. Our last big hurrah of the summer will be a camping trip with friends just a few miles from our house. We can’t wait! You know there will be storytime for all the kids with Ms. Jaymie around the fire 😉 Well, that’s our summer. I hope you are enjoying yours just as much! Continue reading

Kid Lit Blog Hop 7

Welcome to the 7th Kid Lit Blog Hop and the first one of 2013. For the month of January, the Hop will take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month (Jan. 9th and Jan. 23rd). We will be back to our normal schedule in February (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month). Hope you will join in and Hop around to make some new friends.

Kid Lit Blog Hop #6

Welcome to the 6th Kid Lit Blog Hop. These Hops take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Thank you so much to everyone who has linked into the Hop previously and welcome to those of you visiting us for the first time! Every week we’ve been seeing a mix of new and familiar faces. So join in, link up, and hop around to make some new friends.

The Holiday season is coming up fast and it is a busy, busy, busy time of year for all of us; therefore, we will only be having ONE Hop this month. You’ll see us back at it on the SECOND Wednesday of January – that’s the 9th! For just the month of January, the Hops will take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

Shark vs. Train

Here’s the book review I teased you about last week! Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton was the other book I picked up at the Scholastic book fair at Ball State about a year and a half ago. I picked it up because it screamed BOY to me. Continue reading

Rev your engines!

One book Max absolutely loves is Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord. I was in my nesting phase of pregnancy toward the end of when I was working at Ball State University, and one of the groups on campus held a Scholastic book fair as a fundraiser. This is also where I bought Shark vs. Train, which I’ll review next. Continue reading

Share your snacks, silly!

To the Berenstain Bears, Kindness Counts!

And it counts in our house, too. Max will grow up knowing that people can argue sometimes, but they should always be kind to each other if they want others to be kind to them. Everyone has his or her own strengths, so we should never make fun of anyone for their weaknesses. Continue reading

Even though he’s a stinker…

One of our favorite stories to read is I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak.

I love telling my little man how much I love him, and I want him to feel comfortable expressing his feelings as he gets holder, so this book is a good tool for reaching that goal. Continue reading