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Night Night Books

Amelia’s bedtime routine is consistent: after dinner and bath, it’s time to brush teeth, put on pajamas, and read a book. Then there are two rounds of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, sound machine on, lights off. We rotated between the same three books every single night for almost a year, but over the past couple… Continue reading Night Night Books

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TBT: Bookshelf Organization

Last weekend I reorganized my bookshelves. Again! They’ve been in rainbow color order since we moved into the new house, but after a recent purge there were large chunks of empty spaces and instead of shifting everything back into ROY G BIV order, I decided to rearrange. I was tired of having all the series… Continue reading TBT: Bookshelf Organization

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Basket of Books: 6 Months Old

Peek inside Amelia’s basket to see what books we are loving right now! Due to my love of children’s literature (and book hoarding), Amelia had a library of picture books before she was even born. Reading aloud to my baby is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time, so Amelia has been enjoying… Continue reading Basket of Books: 6 Months Old

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Christmas Eve Reading

Merry Christmas Eve!  Every year I try to choose a new book for my Christmas collection. (OK, sometimes it’s more than one…) Winter Lights: A Season in Poems and Quilts, by Anna Hines I’ve had my eye on this book for the past couple years, and I finally bit the bullet.  There are about 15… Continue reading Christmas Eve Reading

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3rd Annual National Picture Book Month

It’s that time of year again… time for me to remember that we’re already (more than) halfway through November, and once upon a time I used to be much more tuned into the world of children’s literature.  But even though I’m no longer a school librarian, I still love picture books… and of course you… Continue reading 3rd Annual National Picture Book Month

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Little Bits of Cheer

I’m not going to lie, this past weekend was a tough one.  Saturday was spent saying goodbye–to the redwoods, to our little cabin, to family vacation, to my parents and brother as they dropped me off and continued on to the airport. But I’ve learned one thing from all this distance and all the goodbyes… Continue reading Little Bits of Cheer

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2nd Annual National Picture Book Month

Somehow, we’re halfway through November and halfway through National Picture Book Month! Remember last year, when I took on Picture Book Month as my 30-day blogging challenge?  I blogged every day for 30 days, highlighting one of my favorite picture books to go along with the official website’s calendar… and optimistically vowed to do the… Continue reading 2nd Annual National Picture Book Month

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Christmas Picture Books

One of my favorite things about unpacking the Christmas box each year is gathering the holiday picture books and enjoying them again.  I grew up listening to the same Christmas books read aloud each year, savoring the illustrations and well-remembered words. The Little Golden Book Christmas Story.  The Night Before Christmas.  The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Claus.  How… Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Things: Christmas Picture Books

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NPBM Blog-Along: Numbers

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website,… Continue reading NPBM Blog-Along: Numbers