Category Archives: Kids’ Books

Stop whatever you’re doing and read The Princess in Black

When Candlewick Press offered us a review copy of The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, I said yes! Because who wouldn’t want to read this? Incognito princess fighting monsters? Perfect! Art by LeUyen Pham? Even better! (New to my blog? All my children’s book recommendations are here, or check out my children’s books Pinterest board. My… Read more »

Shh! We Have a Plan (and you know what they say about plans)

Have you ever been in that meeting where everyone is making a Big Important Plan, and you’re saying “hang on, there may be a problem!” and NO ONE is listening? Candlewick Press publishes so many of our favorite kids’ books, and they were kind enough to send over Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton. And this book is… Read more »

4 Children’s Books About Fairies That Adults Can Love Too

Fairies are possibly the most under-represented imaginary population in quality children’s picture books. I don’t understand why! My son has always loved fairies, so it’s taken extensive digging in the Austin Public Library catalog to create even this short list. And forget about finding any diversity, sadly enough. But here are the children’s books about fairies that have warmed my… Read more »

Meet The Worst Witch: Harry Potter for the younger set

When the folks at Candlewick Press offered to help me host a giveaway of The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, it didn’t take me long to say yes! In our family we love Halloween-themed books, and we love finding well-written girl characters. [The giveaway is closed (Nikki won!), but read on for more about this great series!] (New to… Read more »

13 Spooky and Monster Books for Kids (For Halloween or Anytime)

We basically celebrate Halloween all year in our family. I know we’re not the only ones. Monsters, witches, and other spooky stuff are just fascinating to some kids. (Okay, I confess, to some grownups as well!) So we’ve read a ton of spooky, monster, and creature books, but for this post I’ve narrowed it down to the best – the… Read more »