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Books About Perseverance and Courage

Books About Perseverance and Courage


Sometimes the world can seem perplexing, confusing, even daunting when seen through the eyes of a child. Things happening in their lives can be confusing, anxiety-provoking, and uncertain. This is an area where books and story-telling can be powerful tools. Not only might reading a story take you to a completely different world and fill the day with wonderful smiles and memories, but it also might be a useful tool for inspiring courage, perseverance, and bravery in tough situations.

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: Julia Patton

Meet the Author: Julia Patton


Julia Patton is our May Author of the Month. Her creative journey began when she was very small after receiving an enormous cardboard box for her birthday overflowing with art materials from a dear aunt. She continued her creative pathway studying MA in Illustration from Edinburgh University where she discovered and fell in love with picture books, an intoxicating world where pictures and words collide.

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!

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!

15 Activities to Entertain Children at Home

15 Activities to Entertain Children at Home


With so many kids spending more time at home for their (and our) well being, it’s important to find activities to entertain and engage them. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen activities you can do at home to pass the time. Some are old favorites while others may provide unique and unusual new suggestions.

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.

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.

Best Children’s Books about Friendship

Best Children’s Books about Friendship


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.