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Story Time: Aunt Louise Comes to Visit

Story Time: Aunt Louise Comes to visit includes printables, activities, and crafts for the picture book by Katie Spivey Brewster

You know me.  You know I love discovering new authors.

One of my favorite things about attending the HEAV Homeschool Convention was getting the opportunity to meet people  and find new outlets for my book obsession.  I met Jim and Katie Brewster of J2B Publishing early on, and I just about fell in love with this amazing couple.

Jim writes books about real-life superheroes: firemen, police officers, and EMTs.  And Katie?  Well, she just about melted my heart. Her gorgeous books contain stories kids can relate to.

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Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit includes crafts, recipes, and other activities to help your littles enjoy the picture book even more.

If you have forgotten about this classic by Margaret Wise Brown (or somehow never heard of it), the Easter season is a perfect time to break out The Whispering Rabbit and share it with your kids.  The cuteness overload here is real.

I mean, a sweet little bunny who yawns and yawns (without ever covering his mouth) until a bee flies into it?  And then the bee curls up in his throat and goes to sleep and all the bunny can do is whisper?  Yeah.  Too much cuteness.

Though I do have to admit to being stumped by the latest update to the book.  No one could have illustrated that much cuteness better than Cindy Szekeres.  But maybe that’s just me?  I don’t know, Google The Whispering Rabbit and look at the images.  Most of the cute ones are by Szekeres.  I’m just sayin’. Continue reading

Story Time: Because of an Acorn (Activities and Printables)

Story Time: Because of an Acorn - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Looking for a perfect book that celebrates spring and Earth Day and Arbor Day and all the things?

Yeah yeah, Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer  is totally that book.  With sparse language and lovely illustrations, this book explores how important each part of an ecosystem is, starting with the acorn from which a tree can grow.   Because of the tree a bird can nest and spread seeds and the seeds become flowers.  In turn, the flowers become fruit that entice chipmunks to feed a snake.  The snakes become prey to a hawk which guards the tree until another acorn falls and a new tree is born.  Eventually there is a forest.

The back of this book also has more detailed explanations of white oak trees, acorns, ecosystems and food chains, and even what kids can do to help support the environment.  My crush is vast.

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Story Time: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

Story Time: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

I mean, Come On.

When I was a kid, one of those funny singers came to my elementary school for an assembly.  It was the first time I’d ever heard There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and that stuff cracked me up.  Maybe it was his delivery.

Whatever it was, I have been enamored with the song ever since.  So when I saw this book, I was hooked immediately.  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover?!  And ended up with a leprechaun at the end?!

I can’t even.

St Patrick’s Day is coming, y’all, and we have to Story Time this bad boy up.

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