Our 17 Favorite Children’s Picture Books About Bedtime

When you’ve had one of those very long days, sometimes you need a whole book that says “Hey kid? LIGHTS OUT!” So here’s a list of awesome books about bedtime, enjoyable by adult and child alike. It’s almost like children’s book authors know how much the parents of young children crave sleep and welcome assistance in achieving their sleep-related goals… Read more »

9 Outstanding Graphic Novels About Being A Hero

Classic superheroes will always be popular, but there are some amazing independent writers and artists telling stories about superheroes, and also about what being a hero really means even when you don’t have superpowers. Here are some of my favorite graphic novels and comics about saving the world – or at least making a difference. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate… Read more »

8 Foodie Romances That Even Non-Cooks Can Fall For

Do I like to cook? No. Do I like to read a good romance with foodie characters? Apparently so, because I have fallen in love with over half a dozen of them during my romance reading career so far! Here’s a roundup of those faves. These characters could cook for me anytime. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) I originally… Read more »

13 Fantastic Children’s Picture Books about Pirates

Pirate fever hit our house hard in late 2012. Seemingly overnight, my five year old became obsessed with Jolly Roger coloring pages and drew new “treasure maps” daily. C-Man and I always thought of us as a ninja family in the ninjas v. pirates smackdown, so this was somewhat awkward. However, we dutifully went to the library for books about… Read more »

24 Lovely Children’s Picture Books About Friendship

We’ve read some amazing children’s books since Boy Detective joined us, so I thought I’d do a series with our book recommendations. When I say “recommendations,” I mean serious, heartfelt recommendations for children’s picture books that are totally awesome, by our grownup standards. If you’re parenting young children, you might find some new reads. If you buy gifts for young… Read more »

6 Amazing Graphic Novels Inspired by Myths, Literature, and History

Welcome to my list of favorite comics inspired by mythology, literature, and history! These graphic novels are favorites in our house because of their fascinating writing and wonderful art. So if you love comics and you’re a history buff, a literature fan, or a mythology geek, you’ve come to the right place. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) I originally… Read more »

8 Suspenseful Romance Novels That Really Hooked Me

I love a good thriller, action movie, or martial arts flick. Cross one of those genres with a romance novel? I’m in. Here are my fave romantic suspense books so far. Hope you find something here to enjoy! (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) I originally posted this list in 2017, but it’s been refreshed and then expanded in 2024… Read more »

9 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 »

15 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 »

5 Captivating Graphic Novels About Conspiracies

Want to make me happy? Give me a story with a secret cabal of evildoers, behind the scenes machinations, and a determined resistance fighting against seemingly overwhelming odds. Throw in some superheroes or magic powers, or not! I’m happy either way. So here are my favorite conspiracy-centric graphic novels for you to peruse. If you like secrets and cover-ups in… Read more »