So Thanksgiving is FAST APPROACHING! Today I have two Thanksgiving books that I think are cute.  There are actually a number of nice books about being thankful and being with family, so don’t think these are it!

The first book is……

Sharing the Bread: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller

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Middle Grades Books!

Happy Thursday everyone! So this is going to be a little bit of a different post than usual and I hope you all like it. I recently took a course on how to write children’s books with a great writer and she gave us her list of favorite children’s books and I wanted to share them with you !!!

Here are the Middle Grade books she loves!

A Wrinkly in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett

Harriet the Spy  by Louise Fitzhugh

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – also any Roald Dahl movie

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

The Great Brain  by John D. Fitzgerald

Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

On My Honor by Marion Bauer

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

Ok , I feel like that is a long list and I have more so stay tuned for more Middle Grades and some Young Adult books!


Chick-O-Saurus Rex by Lenore and Daniel Jennewein

Chick-O-Saurus Rex

Lenore and Daniel Jennewein


I’m going to be honest, the reason that I picked this book up is because of the cover.  I LOVED that the little chick had a shadow that was a big, bad T-Rex! I was intrigued and really wanted to read more.

When I read the book, I wasn’t disappointed! 🙂 The story is about a young chick who wants to be let into the super cool treehouse.  However, in order to be let into the treehouse, his family has to be BRAVE! Poor little chick can’t think of how his parents or grandparents are great grandparents or even older might be brave, so he walks away in sadness.

When he talks to his father about it, his father shows him an old photo album with photos of his grandfather the archaeologist.  Archaeologist grandfather was convinced that there were some big bones from really, really old ancestors and was digging on the edge of town.  You wanna know what little chick ended up learning? HE IS A DESCENDANT OF DINOSAURS!

When he goes back to the treehouse to tell the 3 big, mean animals his discovery, he ends up doing more than just impressing them about his lineage 🙂


This book is fun because it’s dinosaurs, which every kid loves, plus it has some factual knowledge sprinkled in here and there.  At the end of the book, the authors also talks a little bit about archaeology and how dinosaurs had feathers! This is definitely a story and not a non fiction book though; so don’t worry if reading a non fiction books with your little makes you pause!


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Where to buy!

So of course I am the biggest advocate of using your public library and to take books out from there to enjoy, but sometimes you just need to buy the book because it is soooooo good. Also toddler board books – lets get real here they basically just end up in the littles mouth, so library books aren’t the best. As I cruise around town shopping (ugh I need to stop) I always look to see if stores sell children’s books and let me tell you – lots of unsuspecting places do! Here is my quick roundup of places you can find great [board] books where you wouldn’t expect it (and a few expected places too).

  1. TJ MAXX / MARSHALLS – they always have great board books in their long check out lines, you know the last minute place to grab everything you don’t need. Well keep your eyes peeled because they usually have Dr. Seuss board books or Eric Carle board books that are great! Since its TJ MAXX/ MARSHALLS they are a little cheaper than usual = WIN WIN!
  2. SAMS CLUB – [maybe COSTCO but I don’t shop there] They have a great selection of board books and picture books. I always spend at least 5 minutes looking through their selection. They also have coloring and activity books! And again at a discounted price HOLLA!!
  3. TARGET – ok this one is a little obvious but seriously I walked through the little’s book section last time I was there and it was AMAZING. Board books, picture books, chapter books, all of it and a lot of new books as well. I was shocked.
  4. World Market if you have one! They have all the adorable Golden books series!
  5. Grocery Stores – keep your eyes out they aren’t always there.
  6. Garage sales/Church festivals – these are the best as you can sometimes find really old books – My mom found my Favorite book from my childhood at one of these and its an old book thats falling apart!

So  there you have a few places to find great fantastic board books for your toddler or picture books for your little!!!


Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

61kDSd9EWAL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_OK this is the most adorable story about a little pumpkin who realizes that he is different than all the other pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. It is an adorable halloween book. Of course in the story he is picked on and teased by all the other pumpkins for being square and not round but in the end he proves that being different isn’t bad and he helps save the day.  I mean come on his name is so perfect, Spookley, it’s not really scary at all but rather quite adorable.

I love any story that talks about differences being ok. I would take some time and talk about differences between you and your child or your child and one of their friends and celebrate those differences, or maybe just acknowledge them and not pass any sort of judgement on them because differences are normal between people. We would all be so boring if we were the same! If you have pumpkins in your house pull them out and notice the differences between them. If you don’t have multiple pumpkins use this picture!


these are some funky pumpkins! Have fun spotting the differences 🙂