About the Author

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray is a co-founder of Elephant Books. Stephen’s passion for reading developed early on, from spending hours listening to his parents read his favorite picture book aloud, to reading his first chapter book in the second grade, to becoming the kid with his nose always buried in the pages of something new. A former banker, consultant, and product guy, he has worked for huge companies and venture-funded startups, managing big P&Ls and taking ideas from notes on a piece of paper to ongoing businesses. He has lived all over the US and now lives abroad in Berlin. Stephen attributes many of his achievements in life to the education and curiosity that reading instilled and enabled, and he is grateful to share this love of books with kids and parents through Elephant Books.

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Meet the Author: Lorna Gutierrez

Meet the Author: Lorna Gutierrez

We all have hopes and dreams for our children and “Dare to Dream Big” captures what all parents or caregivers want for them. Each page presents a positive message in a way that’s understandable for even very young kids. The diversity in the illustration is another reason we fell in love with the book. We had a great time sitting down with Lorna and learning more about her as well as her fabulous book.

Meet the Author: Bianca Schulze

Meet the Author: Bianca Schulze

Bianca Schulze has written a wonderful, interactive story, perfect for reading at bedtime. Don’t Wake the Dragon puts your little one in charge of making sure the dragon stays asleep through all the craziness at the castle. They can bang on an illustrated drum, knock on imaginary doors, and shush their way through a party, but also gently rock the book from side to side as they sing the dragon a lullaby to make sure he stays asleep.

16 Uplifting Children’s Books to Promote Self-Confidence

16 Uplifting Children’s Books to Promote Self-Confidence

Teaching children to have self-confidence at a young age is integral to their healthy development. Since young kids are easily influenced by what they see and hear, there is no better way to teach them how to appreciate, speak up for, and love themselves than by reading with them. Below is a list of our favorite kids’ books that will help build self-esteem and remind little readers how important and unique they are!

18 Vibrant Children’s Books About Spring

18 Vibrant Children’s Books About Spring

Spring has sprung, and there’s no better time to encourage the love of early reading than with children’s books celebrating the season. As the weather begins to warm and the sunshine invites more outdoor activities, don’t forget to discover books that offer opportunities to entertain and educate little readers about the changing season.

Meet the Author: Thad Krasnesky

Meet the Author: Thad Krasnesky

For show and tell, most children are content to bring a favorite stuffed animal or souvenir from a trip, but what happens when one third grade boy brings his pet? Sounds harmless enough, but suppose the pet is a pterodactyl… Mayhem is guaranteed in Pterodactyl Show and Tell, as the pet runs rampant in the school. Told in rhyming couplets, Mr. Krasnesky keeps young readers’ attention wondering what antics will happen next. The illustrations are hilarious. They show exactly what’s going on throughout the day as there are noticeably fewer and fewer children in each class. You can see who is or isn’t there in each picture and don’t miss the humor in the details such as the titles on the books or pictures on the walls.

Reading Tips for Parents

Reading Tips for Parents

Reading with your child from a young age has great benefits. As parents, it can be hard to know where to start. Here is a list of tips that will help keep your young reader engaged.

21 Best Books for 4 Year Olds

21 Best Books for 4 Year Olds

When your child reaches age four, they begin developing a sense of independence, a larger vocabulary, and a greater understanding of stories. An important component of a four-year-old’s path to independent reading is reading often. If you’re seeking the best additions to storytime to help your child learn the fundamentals, understand the world around them, and keep them engaged, look no further. We’ve compiled the 21 best books for four-year-olds.

25 Baby Books New Parents Should Have

25 Baby Books New Parents Should Have

There are so many amazing titles out there, but we have compiled a list of the 25 best baby books all new parents should have. From timeless classics to new favorites, we walk through some of the most engaging, most rich, and most heartwarming books you’ll find. And with such a comprehensive list, your baby’s new favorite book is sure to be on this list.

Cookie Decorating with Kids

Cookie Decorating with Kids

Just picture it — the kids and you in the kitchen, holiday music playing softly in the background, your littles in small aprons on stepping stools helping you decorate sugar cookies you painstakingly made from scratch. You picture several hours of fun with engaging youngsters anxious and eager to not only help, but also enjoy every minute of the special bonding time.

Meet the Author: Megan Brewis

Meet the Author: Megan Brewis

Henry is a perfectly happy dog, until a little bunny named Boo shows up while he is drinking tea and doesn’t leave. While he is annoying, having Boo around might end up being a very good thing for Henry. The child-like illustrations in Henry and Boo, bring a funny story to life with a great message about friendship. We hope you enjoy learning more about the author, Megan Brewis in our interview this month. Henry and Boo is her debut picture book.

Meet the Author: Chris Saunders

Meet the Author: Chris Saunders

Sharing what you have with others is an idea children should learn early. This theme is at the heart of Chris Saunders’s magical debut picture book, Wish. Constructed in imaginative verses and depicted with soft, dreamy illustrations, it’s a book that all young children will love. Wishes appear as little, bright circles. Fox is lucky enough to have found 3 wishes so he asks his friends, Mouse, Fox and Bear, what he should wish for. When they each share their deepest wish, it makes deciding what to wish for even harder.

23 Baby Gift Basket Ideas for Any Occasion

23 Baby Gift Basket Ideas for Any Occasion

It is one of the most exciting things in life to welcome a new baby into the world. We have put a list together of baby gift basket ideas to help you and your loved ones celebrate this momentous occasion because sometimes it is hard to know what to buy for newborns. There are so many different kinds of products on the market to choose from that it can be overwhelming.

Meet the Author & Illustrator: Jana Hunter

Meet the Author & Illustrator: Jana Hunter

Has it ever been a challenge to get your “Little Monster” to settle down at the end of the day? Of course! This is a universal struggle facing every parent. Our July Author Of the Month, Jana Novotny Hunter, has written a delightful tale about a Little Monster that just won’t settle down for bed. Big Monster faces this challenge in a humorous, yet enlightening way in My Tail’s Not Tired. We can’t wait to share her strategy with you.

17 Children’s Books about the Moon

17 Children’s Books about the Moon

The moon is one of the most important and beautiful parts of our world, so why not learn more about it? We have compiled a list of some of the best books about the moon out there, from board books to books about the different phases of the moon. There is always more to discover, but books are a great way to learn some interesting facts and to think more about the world around you. So find a comfy spot to read and dive into one–or all–of these books about the moon!

Meet the Author & Illustrator: Sam Hay & Sarah Massini

Meet the Author & Illustrator: Sam Hay & Sarah Massini

Sam Hay and Sarah Massini team up to create a lovely story about a boy who loves collecting precious things; however, he needs his sister’s help when they realize he must return his latest treasure. Star in the Jar is a delightful tale with illustrations that are full of imagination to enhance the story.

Reading Tip: Exploring the Parts of a Book

Reading Tip: Exploring the Parts of a Book

One of the things we feel makes Elephant Books so special is the Reading Tips we provide in each package. Inspired by our quest to promote a love of reading among families, they are meant to aid parents and children in interacting with the books we send and in building good literacy skills. In this spirit, we’ve expanded some of our tips to encourage parents to explore different approaches to reading. This month, we’re discussing Exploring Different Parts of A Book.

Top 10 Easter Basket Ideas

Top 10 Easter Basket Ideas

Easter’s a great time for fun celebrations with the family. This year, as you fill the baskets with all kinds of goodies, consider some different and creative ways to keep your favorite little’s entertained and happy!

Meet the Author: Carolina Rabei

Meet the Author: Carolina Rabei

A hungry guinea pig is very funny, but our March selection, “Crunch!,” is more than that.  Carolina Rabei’s picture book is a touching story with a positive message for your entire family.  Crunch, a lovable guinea pig, learns the value of sharing and helping others, and this book will make a great addition to your home library.

Meet the Author: Sean Taylor

Meet the Author: Sean Taylor

We were extremely fortunate to interview Sean Taylor for our February Author of the Month. Sean has won numerous awards and written over 50 children’s books throughout his career. In his spare time, he visits schools helping encourage young children’s imagination. He says, “it’s now clear to me that going on adventures to wild, new, imaginary places in stories is as important as learning how to spell.” Elephant Books couldn’t agree more!

20 Best Picture Books Without Words

20 Best Picture Books Without Words

Wordless picture books for children are an amazing way to help your child jump into reading. It seems counterintuitive that books without words will help develop your child develop essential literacy skills, but, in reality, reading wordless picture books is one of the best ways to do so. Wordless picture books open a world of opportunity and capture the interest of children of all different ages, interests, and reading levels.

Giving Books as Presents

Giving Books as Presents

We talk a lot at Elephant Books about what great gifts books make. . . and undoubtedly they do! As a present, books are unique in conveying, ideas, emotions, and memories that can have lasting impact. Sometimes gracing shelves for years to come, a well-chosen book is a constant reminder of both the gift and the giver. To ensure a gift of books makes a real and lasting impression, how you give a gift of reading matters and is worth the time to truly consider. If you’re considering giving the gift of reading this holiday season, or any time of year, here are some of our favorite tips for books as presents.

Favorite Holiday Quotes

Favorite Holiday Quotes

The holiday season is all about memories… old things recollected and new reminiscences created. For us, books are just as much as part of our holiday remembrances as any other aspect of the festive season. As we’ve already shared, there are certain holiday-themed books that we regard as extra-special. In that spirit we wanted to share with you some of our favorite quotes from holiday-themed books. As you sit down with children and loved ones this holiday season, hopefully these quotes will make an appearance as part of your holiday tradition.

Our Favorite Holiday-Themed Children’s Books

Our Favorite Holiday-Themed Children’s Books

Sitting down to read a book is always a fantastic way to bond with your child. Cozying up and experiencing a story together creates wonderful memories for both of you. This holiday season, take advantage of that little extra bit of free time and the cold weather outside to snuggle up and read with your child. Of course, anything you read will be beneficial and entertaining. But to get your child excited about the upcoming holiday season, try reading something festive!

Meet the Author: Mike Twohy

Meet the Author: Mike Twohy

It was an honor to speak with author and illustrator, Mike Twohy, this month. His book, Mouse and Hippo, is about perspective, but at its core is about an unlikely friendship that all families will enjoy. Twohy’s illustrations capture two lovable but very different creatures and their chance encounter. The dialog between them is simple, but could easily represent a conversation between two children meeting each other for the first time.

Authors’ Views on Challenges to Reading

Authors’ Views on Challenges to Reading

One of our favorite parts of the job is the opportunity to interact with the authors and illustrators we feature each month in our selections. A question we often ask them is what they see as the key challenges facing parents as they try to promote and encourage reading in their homes. Here is a compilation of some of the responses our authors have given over time.

Authors’ Favorite Part of the Job

Authors’ Favorite Part of the Job

We’re fortunate at Elephant Books to be able to interact with so many interesting authors and illustrators. When we speak with them, one of the things that come through most clearly is how much they love what they do. With that spirit in mind we’ve collected what some of our authors have told us about the best part of the job. Enjoy!

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