About the Author

Trudy Nicolay-Deutz

Trudy Nicolay-Deutz is a former marketing start-up junkie, mom, wife to a busy entrepreneur, and co-founder of Elephant Books. Living and working in the Silicon Valley area, in her early career she was drawn to new, burgeoning companies that were developing exciting solutions in the digital world and enjoyed being on the ground floor of something new and the camaraderie of like-minded people invested in a common goal. When she became a mom, she made a personal choice to focus on family at a stage in life when she could have propelled her career. Inspired by a conversation about baby shower gifts, fond memories of library visits as a child, and her own daughter’s cherished book collection, Elephant Books has allowed Trudy to combine her passions.

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Meet the Author: Mick Jackson

Meet the Author: Mick Jackson

Ella Mae Does It Her Way is a fantastic children’s book about a little girl with her own ideas. We couldn’t wait to interview the author, Mick Jackson, to find out from where this character came. After hearing from her mum that it’s good to try new things, Ella Mae decides “backwards” is the way to go. She walks, reads and even gets into bed backwards. This new way of doing things catches on and soon most of the town is following her lead. Unfortunately for Ella Mae, if everyone is walking backwards, she has to try something new.

Meet the Author: Susanna Isern

Meet the Author: Susanna Isern

The Last Hazelnut by Susanna Isern follows the friendship of two characters who have a misunderstanding about who ate the last hazelnut! A playful and engaging book with colorful, folklore-inspired illustrations by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, this appealing story encourages problem solving and self-awareness. It is a perfect read for encouraging children and to think about how individuals can overcome a disagreement and make amends.

Meet the Author: Sean Taylor 2

Meet the Author: Sean Taylor 2

Everyone wants to feel special, right? Gerald is a little, orange fish that wants to be noticed in a school of lots of little orange fish. He is so fed up that one day he decides to set out all by himself across the perilous ocean. Find out what happens when he meets a colony of blue fish that have never seen anything like Gerald before! Joshua George’s wonderful and beautifully illustrated picture book, “Tiny Whale: A Fishy Tale” tackles some complex ideas like individuality, perseverance, leadership and respect at a level children can understand. It’s a book meant to be read and discussed together.

21 Beautiful Books for Baby Girls

21 Beautiful Books for Baby Girls

Reading to babies is one of the best things you can do for their growth and development. If you have a little girl on the way, are a parent to a young daughter, or are looking for a meaningful gift for the baby girl in your life, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of 21 of the best books for baby girls that will remind them how much they are loved, inspire them to follow their dreams, and encourage them to love themselves.

25 Books to Help Children Learn About Race

25 Books to Help Children Learn About Race

Twenty-five children’s books about race written by a diverse group of authors that center culturally authentic narratives, celebrate difference, and can introduce your child to the ongoing conversation about race in our society.

Reading Activities for Kids

Reading Activities for Kids

There are so many ways to develop essential literacy skills aside from sitting down and reading a book. Here are a few resources of alternative educational games and activities that will help support your child’s literacy development and get them excited about reading.

20 Best Books for 5 Year Olds

20 Best Books for 5 Year Olds

At age five, children can recognize letters, sound out words, understand and retell stories, and even imagine stories of their own. While five-year-olds still love being read to at storytime, this age marks a new milestone in their literacy journey, as they will also begin to read independently. We’ve put together a list of the very best books for your five-year-old to get them excited about reading.

30 Delightful Children’s Books about Food

30 Delightful Children’s Books about Food

With three meals a day and snacks, food is such a large part of children’s lives. To teach them more about what they are eating, we have compiled a list of 30 great children’s books about food. From books about farm to table to books about what happens to food after we throw it out, from books that encourage children to eat to books that celebrate some of our favorite foods, there is a book for anyone and everyone on this list.

Meet the Authors: Kirsti Call & Corey Schwartz

Meet the Authors: Kirsti Call & Corey Schwartz

Have you ever been in a bad moooood? Mootilda is a wide-eyed cow that wakes up on the wrong side of the barn. She stumbles from one cow-tastrophe to another. With perfect rhyme and packed with terri-bull-y funny puns, Mootilda’s Bad Mood is sure to lift anyone’s melan-cow-ly mood.

Hot Chocolate & Books…Creating a Perfect (and new) Holiday Combo

Hot Chocolate & Books…Creating a Perfect (and new) Holiday Combo

It’s that time of the year where nothing’s more special than curling up with your loved ones (especially your favorite littles) and reading together over a warm cup of cocoa. Whether it’s “Goodnight Moon,” “Peter Rabbit” or some undiscovered new children’s book that delights your youngster, here’s some ideas on how to make your hot chocolate as special as the books you read together.

Halloween at Home

Halloween at Home

When all your favorite littles are excited about Halloween trick-or-treating and costume parades, it’s challenging to switch up a time-honored tradition. However, there’s plenty of Halloween celebrating that kids and adults can do at home that keep the fun and spooky experience alive and well. Here’s five tips you can easily put together without much fuss.

20 Best Children’s Books about Kindness

20 Best Children’s Books about Kindness

Books are some of the most amazing and effective ways to talk to children about how to treat others. We have compiled a list of the 20 best children’s books about kindness that you can read with your child to help promote positive interactions with their peers and support their social-emotional development. The books on this list dive into what it means to be a friend, what it means to be kind, what to do when you don’t get along with a friend, what impact kindness can have on others, and so much more. They are great ways to begin conversations about how to treat friends, peers, family members, strangers, and everyone in between. These titles will all help your child to understand the importance and the positive impact of being kind to everyone you meet.

20 Wonderful Books about Bears for Kids

20 Wonderful Books about Bears for Kids

Does your child love nature or simply enjoy learning new things? Children’s books about bears offer great opportunities to do both. Many teach facts about different kinds of bears and explore hibernation, habitats, and diets, while others use bears as main characters to convey powerful messages and to create an entertaining storyline. Either way, these books can offer a lot to curious young readers who are learning more and more about the world around them. Here are twenty fantastic books about bears for you and your child to explore.

23 Best Books for 2 Year Olds

23 Best Books for 2 Year Olds

Searching for some great books to read with your two year-old? Look no further. We have compiled a list of the 23 best books for two-year olds. From helping learn colors to having a laugh before bed, each of these books have something amazing to offer to any young reader.

4 Summer Reading Activities

4 Summer Reading Activities

Looking for fun ways to get your child engaged in reading this summer? Look no further. Here at Elephant Books, a subscription based-book service for kids, it is our mission to help young readers blossom and families bond over great books. In each package and on our blog, we share reading tips to help families get started and to dive deeper into reading. We are here today to share some great, highly interactive ones to try out this summer. So pick up your favorite book and try one of these out!

Reading Tip: Sounding Out Words

Reading Tip: Sounding Out Words

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 Strategies for Sounding out Words.

Meet the Author: Neil Clark

Meet the Author: Neil Clark

Our April Author of the Month is a self described music-loving, star-gazing creative, who has always had a passion for design. How perfect is that description for a children’s book author and illustrator? Neil Clark was born in East Yorkshire, England. His rural upbringing fueled his playful imagination and love of storytelling. In his book, Rusty the Squeaky Robot, we meet a friendly robot that is feeling down about the way he sounds. The other robots on Planet Robotone – Belle, Twango, Hoot and Boom-Bot help show Rusty that being a little bit different is the best way to be. We hope you enjoy our interview with Neil and getting to know more about him and his wonderful book. Enjoy!

21 Classic Children’s Books for Kids Aged 1-6

21 Classic Children’s Books for Kids Aged 1-6

Friendship makes the world go around! We’ve created this list of the 20 Best Children’s Books about Friendship because books are a great way to introduce different concepts about friendship. It’s so important for your child’s social development that you talk with them about friendship. This might include what it means to be a friend, how to show a friend that you care, what forms friendships can take, and what to do when a friend stops being a good friend.

15 Best Children’s Books About Animals

15 Best Children’s Books About Animals

Children’s books that feature animals are some of the most hilarious, creative, heart-warming, wholesome, and exciting books around. According to a survey done by librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about 26% of all picture books feature animals as their main characters. And there’s no wonder why! Books about animals allow children to not only learn more about nature, but they also often carry important themes about friendship, perseverance, kindness, and much more. They have so much to offer in terms of child development and emerging literacy, and they are consistently favorites of children of all age groups.

Meet the Author: Polly Noakes

Meet the Author: Polly Noakes

It’s January and the perfect time for children to learn about hibernation. Which animals hibernate and which don’t? Polly Noakes is our author of the month and creator of The Very Long Sleep, which is a humorous book about 4 friends that decide to live together in the forest. However, little fox is confused when his friends all go to sleep for the winter. He must be ready when they wake up. And what should he do with the packages that start to arrive for them? Ms. Noakes’s illustrations make you feel like you are in a forest with the friends. The texture of her drawings evoke the feeling of walking through the woods. The Very Long Sleep is the perfect book to read with your child during those long winter months.

Meet the Author: Alexandra Boiger

Meet the Author: Alexandra Boiger

In this tale of sled riding friends, Alexander Boiger, successfully captures the Olympic spirit. Max and Marla is a story about persistence in pursuing goals and sends a positive message that true olympians never give up to readers of any age. We were fortunate to speak with the author and illustrator, Alexander Boiger. Her unique background, born in Germany the youngest of 7 children and an early career working in feature animation at Warner Brother and Dreamworks, helps create two lovable characters that fearlessly go after their dream. The story is incredibly sweet and the illustrations are some of our all time favorites.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

One of the most important parts of the Holidays is spending quality time with your family. Many families celebrate with special traditions they look forward to all year long, whether it be decorating the house, baking cookies together, or singing favorite holiday-themed songs. At Elephant Books, though, we always say that any special moment is best celebrated with a book!

Reading Tip: Reading Theatrically

Reading Tip: Reading Theatrically

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 Strategies for Reading Theatrically.

20 Favorite Winter-Themed Children’s Books

20 Favorite Winter-Themed Children’s Books

With the snow falling outside a cold bite in the air, winter is the perfect time to snuggle up and read together. We have compiled a list of Winter-Themed Children’s Books to inspire some great read alouds. These books will help your child explore different aspects of winter, from snow to changing seasons to various animals.

Discussing Story Elements

Discussing Story Elements

Understanding the basic elements of a story—characters, setting, conflict, theme, and plot—are essential to understanding the story as a whole. Most often, these elements work in tandem with one another; the relationship of the characters, for example, could create a conflict which then drives the plot and formulates a theme. Therefore, deep comprehension of how these pieces work individually and together can help form a greater picture of the story as a whole.

In-Depth Reading Tip: Engaging with Illustrations

In-Depth Reading Tip: Engaging with Illustrations

In picture and board books, text and illustration work hand-in-hand. Oftentimes, each provides different information, so it’s essential to understand both and how they work together. That’s why it’s important to look closely at illustrations to fully comprehend and engage with the book. This month we look at some of the ways illustrations help guide learning and comprehension. Plus, we give some tips regarding how to leverage illustrations when reading with your little one.

10 Cute Ideas for an Elephant-Themed Baby Shower

10 Cute Ideas for an Elephant-Themed Baby Shower

Finding a unique theme or ideas for a baby shower can be challenging. If you’re looking for something more than typical pink and blue color schemes, consider elephant-themed baby shower ideas as a creative way to celebrate the momentous occasion of a new life. Following are ten great ways to produce the perfect gathering for an expectant mother, one made more special with elephants, that is sure to be remembered by all!

The Library – An Old Love Story

The Library – An Old Love Story

The Library – An Old Love Story The library. By and large, they all still look the same. But anyone who attended elementary school before there were personal digital devices can share memories that, in some cases might be laughable given today’s technological...

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