Between Two Worlds – a book review

Between Two Worlds by LeAnne Hardy - a book review For ages 9 and up This novel is one of those rare 100% third culture kid stories for older middle grade and teens. This is one of those novels where your child will say over and over again: “yeah, I know how that feels!”. There … Continue reading Between Two Worlds – a book review

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You’ve Got Mail! 10 picture books about letters and mail

I realize handwritten letters is not as popular anymore and have largely been replaced by electronic mail but I still think a handwritten letter, or drawings is a very personal and warm way to communicate love and thoughts. When I was eight years old, my classmates and I attended a month long ski camp in … Continue reading You’ve Got Mail! 10 picture books about letters and mail

Bloomability- a book review

Bloomability by Sharon Creech Sharon Creech (born July 29, 1945) is an American writer of children’s books. Sharon has written over 20 books for children and young adults. She is the first writer to win both the American Newbery Award (for Walk Two Moons) and the British *Carnegie Medal (Ruby Holler). *note: The Carnegie Medal … Continue reading Bloomability- a book review

Magi From The East – Epiphany

Today, January 6th, is epiphany. Epiphany or Three Kings' Day is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. A group of Kings (no where in the New Testament does it say there were three!) arrived from … Continue reading Magi From The East – Epiphany

Boarding Pass – children’s books on planes and air travel

  For many of you, flying with kids in tow is now as common as hopping in the car. Families living overseas seem to fly even more often then when I was a child. For our family, the first trip across the Atlantic was actually by boat, on the Queen Mary, which took 6 days … Continue reading Boarding Pass – children’s books on planes and air travel

Christmas Around The World – New Mexico

Christmas Around The World Today, let’s leave snow drifts behind and head down to Northern New Mexico to a Hispanic community in the village of San Juan. The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya, illustrated by Edward Gonzales (1990) For ages 5-9 Luz, is a young Hispanic girl, living with her mother and grandfather, during … Continue reading Christmas Around The World – New Mexico

Christmas Around The World – Greece

Christmas Around the World - Greece Today we head to Greece where Saint Nicolas was born and served as bishop of Myra. December 6th is Saint Nicholas Day in many Western Christian countries. In the Netherlands, it is on December 5th and in Eastern Christian countries, December 19th is the feast of Saint Nicholas. St. … Continue reading Christmas Around The World – Greece

Christmas Around the World – The continent of Africa

Christmas Around the World - The continent of Africa A Child Is Born by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrations by Floyd Cooper (board book edition, 2003) For ages 2-4 With Margaret Wise Brown’s (author of Goodnight Moon) poetic text and Floyd Cooper’s stunning paintings of the Nativity story, this is a perfect introduction to the Christmas … Continue reading Christmas Around the World – The continent of Africa