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Meet the Author: Petronela Dostalova

Meet the Author: Petronela Dostalova


Thing leads a simple life with his friends Cactus and Moose. But this wonderful, imaginary world gets shaken up when another Thing is spied through a telescope. Thing is anxious about what will happen when they meet. He even convinces himself the other Thing is dangerous and untrustworthy. The idiosyncratic illustrations bring a beautiful story to life with a great message about individuality, friendship, and not jumping to conclusions. There are plenty of potential friends out there if we just have an open mind and open heart.

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.

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.

Meet the Author: David Teague

Meet the Author: David Teague


The challenge of meeting a new friend reaches new heights in David Teague’s picture book, The Red Hat. David is a well-known author, professor, and children’s advocate in the Delaware community. We were delighted to have a chance to interview him as our August Author of the Month. His story about a lonely little boy who does everything he can to meet a little girl that just moved into the new building next door will surely capture the attention of little ones.

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.

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.

25 Phenomenal Fantasy Books for Preschoolers

25 Phenomenal Fantasy Books for Preschoolers


Everyone loves discovering new things about the world around us, but sometimes, it can be great to dive into a world of imagination. We have compiled a list of 25 great fantasy books for preschoolers for you to read with your child. Some explore the power of imagination and magic in our own world, while others transport you to a completely different world full of mythical creatures. Some will feel relatable, while others will stretch your imagination. All of them, however, offer something special to your child, their development, and your storytimes shared together.

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.

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.

20 Books About Dogs Your Kids Will Love

20 Books About Dogs Your Kids Will Love


Reading books and discovering new facts about different animals can be extremely exciting for children. We have compiled a list of 20 wonderful children’s books about dogs for you and your child to explore together. A mix of comedies, heartwarming tales, and educational adventures, each of these picture and board books offers the perfect opportunity for you and your child to snuggle up and learn more about man’s best friend.