Category Archives: Books

Using Audio Dramas for History

Using Audio Dramas for History

History is one of my favorite subjects, but I never had the opportunity to listen to high quality audio dramas when I was younger. At least not the kind that Heirloom Audio has created. I was excited to receive copies of four of their audio dramas to listen to. Now I am excited to share with you my thoughts about how I would suggest using these dramas with your own family (as well as a great offer at the end!). This post is sponsored by Heirloom Audio. All content and photos are my own.

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You Can Do It, Sam – A Month of Cozy Books

You Can Do It Sam - A Month of Cozy Books

You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest and illustrated by Anita Jeram is another story about the bear named Sam. I previously shared Don’t You Feel Well, Sam? as part of A Month of Cozy Books. This is the same Sam who goes on a little neighborly adventure with his mother.

It’s a wintery morning on Plum Street and Mrs. Bear and Sam are making cakes to share with their neighbors. Sam waits for the cakes to be done and cool enough to deliver. They load them up into Mrs. Bear’s green truck and … Read more »

Wholesome Reading for Visual Learners

Wholesome Reading for Visual Learners

I received these magazines for free and was compensated for my time to review them. All of the content in this post is my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Caroline is a visual learner and she is not an avid chapter book reader (yet!). Like most visual learners, she enjoys color, engaging comics, photos, and strong graphics. Those of us who parent children like this often find it challenging to keep them supplied with reading material that is age appropriate, contains quality content, and also supports the values of our family. When I learned about … Read more »

Kiss Good Night – A Month of Cozy Books

Kiss Good Night - A Month of Cozy Books

Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest is the third Sam book I’m sharing in my cozy book series! Previously I wrote about Don’t You Feel Well, Sam? and You Can Do It, Sam, both books about a bear named Sam and his mother.

It’s time for Sam to go to bed, but he’s waiting for something. Mrs. Bear does all of the special bedtime things with Sam, but he’s still waiting. And waiting. He’s waiting for his good-night kiss from his mother!

This book has gorgeous illustrations with rich colors. They are different from what I normally like … Read more »

In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen – A Month of Cozy Books

In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen

In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen by Cynthia Rylant is the first book in The Cobble Street Cousins, a series of six books about three young girls.

The cousins are Lily, Tess and Rosie. They are staying with their Aunt Lucy for a year while their parents are on a professional dancing tour around the world. The girls have cozy adventures together while sharing the huge attic in Aunt Lucy’s old home.

This series of books is simple and cheerful. The girls get involved with their aunt’s romance and there are many sweet surprises along the way. The rest of … Read more »

An Early American Christmas – A Month of Cozy Books

An Early American Christmas - A Month of Cozy Books

An Early American Christmas by Tomie dePaola is so cozy! I confess I’m not generally a big fan of Tomie dePaola books, but I just adore this one.

In the story, a German family moves to a New England town where no one celebrates Christmas. (This was common long ago in some parts of New England.) This family celebrates and the book tells the story of all they do to prepare in the fall and up until Christmas. They make bayberry candles to burn in the window, harvest their food, make mounds of cookies, carve a new figure for … Read more »

Little Bear’s Trousers – A Month of Cozy Books

LIttle Bear's Trousers - A Month of Cozy Books

Little Bear’s Trousers by Jane Hissey is An Old Bear Story, part of a collection of stories about the adventures of a group of stuffed animals. I previously wrote about Old Bear in A Month of Cozy Books. There is also Little Bear Lost.

In this adventure, Little Bear is trying to figure out where his red trousers went. As he goes through the house from animal to animal, he discovers his friends have found a number of clever ways to use his trousers. Will Little Bear ever get his trousers back?

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Old Bear – A Month of Cozy Books

Old Bear - A Month of Cozy Books

Old Bear by Jane Hissey embodies pretty much everything Caroline loves most in books, namely talking stuffed animals who go on adventures. I first purchased this book when I was teaching first grade and knew that Caroline would love it when I brought it out for her.

The animals realize that Old Bear has been gone a long time. He was packed away in the attic because he was quite worn and the children weren’t taking good care of him. Bramwell Brown, Duck, Little Bear and Rabbit decide that it is time to rescue Old Bear from the attic … Read more »

Bunny Bungalow – A Month of Cozy Books

Bunny Bungalow - A Month of Cozy Books

Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Nancy Hayashi is one of my favorite picture books. We happened upon it at a consignment shop and it quickly was beloved by all of us. I’ve written a brief post about it before, but there was no way I could leave it out of my A Month of Cozy Books.

Bunny Bungalow is the story of a rabbit family who finds a house and makes it their own. They paint it and add a carrot weathervane. Mother knits quilts for the beds and reads … Read more »