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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.

21 Children’s Books About Fall

21 Children’s Books About Fall


Autumn is here, and the season of crunchy leaves on the sidewalk, mugs of warm apple cider, and pumpkin patch visits is upon us! One of the best ways to celebrate as the weather gets chilly and the leaves begin to turn is to snuggle up with a good book. We’ve compiled our list of the very best children’s books about fall that will get you in the spirit for fall festivities.

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: Adam Wallace

Meet the Author: Adam Wallace


“How to Catch A Dinosaur” by Adam Wallace is a wonderful, rhyming tale about a little boy and his diverse group of friends as they try to win their science fair by catching a dinosaur. With bright illustrations, the story comes alive as the children set traps throughout the school. These traps get more and more elaborate as the story unfolds.

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.

21 Children’s Books About Nature

21 Children’s Books About Nature


It’s never too early to teach your kids about the joys of discovering nature! Connecting with the natural world is a wonderful way to help your littles learn and grow. Here are some of our favorite books for little readers that will encourage them to act as stewards of the environment, teach them about the cycles of life, and inspire them to explore the great outdoors.

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.

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.

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!