Category Archives: Kids’ Books

8 Lovely Children’s Picture Books About Gardens

Here are our favorite children’s books about gardens, which all go well beyond simple instructions on how to make green things grow. Even if you don’t have a young reader in your life, but you’re interested in plants and gardening yourself, check your local library and see if they have these! I enjoyed them as much as my child did…. Read more »

11 Children’s Picture Books for Cat Lovers of All Ages

My child LOVED cats when he was little. Unfortunately for him, his father and I would never, ever get a cat. Luckily, his grandma has usually had cats, and his parents never minded reading books about cats. So here’s a list of the children’s books about cats that we liked the most. Enjoy! (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) My… Read more »

13 Great Audiobooks for Kids (And Their Grownups)

Audiobooks have made so many of our three-hour drives from Austin to Houston so easy, and also made our drives to and from school relaxing before school went virtual. Here’s a list of our “greatest hits” list so far, arranged (roughly) from youngest to oldest audiences – within a range of older elementary to lower YA. The way my life… Read more »

7 Fun Children’s Books You Shouldn’t Miss

When I started my children’s picture book series, I never imagined creating so many posts full of our favorite books. From robots to gardens, dogs to fairies, and everything in between. Now it’s time to celebrate a handful of fun children’s books just because, no theme required! (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) My picture book posts were published and… Read more »

7 of the Best Children’s Books About Ninjas, Samurai, and Martial Arts

Some things are totally fun for make believe, but you’d never want them around in real life. Pirates, dinosaurs, Jedi battles, etc. Basically anything where you get in fights or get eaten. Ninjas fall into this category. Pretend ninjas, though, are just silently cool and acrobatic. Despite the common childhood fascination with pretend ninjas, I’ve had trouble finding as many… Read more »

5 Winning Kids’ Books About Sports

What I know about sports could fit on an index card, but I do know a good children’s book. So here are some of our favorite children’s picture books about sports, from a mom who loves books and a kid who loves books AND sports. Boy Detective enjoyed these in his preschool and early elementary years, and I also genuinely… Read more »

15 of our Favorite Silly Children’s Books

Silly is one of our family’s favorite things. Boy Detective loves to laugh, and it doesn’t take much to get him giggling. I’m more of a hard sell. To make me laugh, you have to bring funny AND clever. The following books were perfect for both of us, and many got at least a chuckle from C-Man as well. (Disclosure:… 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. My son has always loved fairies, and it’s taken extensive digging in the Austin Public Library catalog to create even this short list. And forget about finding any diversity, so far. But here are the children’s books about fairies that have warmed my heart, through their charm… Read more »

10 Boy-Led Children’s Books We Adore

Some quiet, some boisterous, here’s a list of boy-led stories that have made both the grownups and the kid in our house very happy. Of course there are plenty of other boy-led books in my other recommendation posts, too, but I hope you find something new and cool to read in this one. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) My… Read more »

6 of our Favorite Children’s Books About Nature

Some topics that might not come up when you’re asking a kid “What do you want to read about next?” In our house, “nature” would probably never have been one of the answers? It’s too big, or vague? However, the following children’s books about nature and the natural world have been hugely popular here, for kiddo and grownups alike. Hope… Read more »