Category Archives: Kids’ Books

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 »

Our 6 Favorite Children’s Books About Dragons

My kid, like many others, loves imaginary creatures. Fairies are often his #1 pick, but dragons follow right behind. Dragons get more high-quality attention than fairies in children’s picture books, so it’s a bit easier to find good kids’ books about dragons. Here are our favorites! They’re so good I’d recommend them to an adult for a light enjoyable read,… Read more »

6 Children’s Books for Pet Lovers of All Ages

I’ve already done posts about cats, dogs, and animals in general. Books starring animals are also included in just about every other topic post. There are just a LOT of books about animals for kids! So here are our favorite children’s books about pets. It probably helps Boy Detective live vicariously since a household pet isn’t on our agenda right… Read more »

15 Princess Books That Everyone Can Love

Boy Detective let me know early that he did NOT like princesses. “Mom,” he said, “I like FAIRIES, not princesses.” Strangely, though, he loves every princess book in this list. It’s amazing how a good story can transcend genre prejudices, isn’t it? And I enjoyed reading them as much as Boy Detective did. I also enjoyed finding out that our… Read more »

11 Great Dinosaur Books For Kids… or Grownups!

We never reached dinosaur obsession level with Boy Detective, but he’s definitely open to a good book about giant prehistoric lizards who could crush you with one footstep. For the young (or not so young) reader in your life who’s amused by similar thoughts, here’s our list of well-written dinosaur books for kids. (New to my blog? All my children’s… Read more »

9 Stellar Children’s Books About Art and Creativity

My son has always loved to paint, draw, and collage… none of which is in my repertoire. Did I tell you I got kicked out of art school? But I love my kiddo’s art, and so I’ve spent time finding story books to validate and encourage that interest. Here are some of our favorite art and creativity themed children’s picture… Read more »