Each week I will share a book with you that we love in our home! Some may be seasonal, some will be classics, and some are those I grew up with and have passed onto my own kids! Be sure to check back each week to see what is added!
May 2021-Week 2
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
This stunningly beautiful and wonderfully informative book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston makes for a fascinating introduction to the vast and amazing world of eggs. Featuring poetic text and an elegant design, this acclaimed book teaches children countless interesting facts about eggs. Full of wit and charm, An Egg Is Quiet will at once spark the imagination and cultivate a love of science.
May 2021-Week 1
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Get the tissues ready!! I have memories of my mom reading this to me and tearing up while she did so. I never understood it until I read it to my kids for the first time and couldn’t even get through it! It’s a running joke in our house that this book makes mom cry, but I’ll read it over and over again through the tears, as this book about the journey through motherhood and watching our children grow up will never grow old.
April 2021-Week 4
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, 2021 Caldecott winner We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption―a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.
April 2021-Week 3
Sometimes Rain by Meg Fleming
This week’s book of the week uses lyrical exploration to show young readers the wonder and joy in the changing of the seasons. Written by Meg Fleming with beautiful watercolor illustrations by Diana Sudyka, Sometimes Rain is bound to be a new spring favorite for your young readers!
April 2021-Week 2
Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up by Sean Taylor & Alex Morss
In this uplifting picture book about spring, follow two children and their father through their backyard as they discover all the different ways nature wakes up from its long winter sleep.
Spot the busy creatures and plants as the tale unfolds, then learn about how each responds to the increasing daylight and warmth that usher in the season.
Co-authors Sean Taylor (picture book author) and Alex Morss (ecologist, journalist, and educator) offer an inviting introduction to the science behind spring. The yard is bright, birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and there are tadpoles in the pond! What is all the commotion about?
April 2021-Week 1
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross
This beautifully illustrated hardback book, The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God’s prefect new creation. Through an engaging Bible overview, children will discover that ‘because of our sin, we can’t go in’ but because of Jesus’ victory on the cross, an even better garden awaits us.
March 2021-Week 4
The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
The wind blew, and blew, and blew! It blew so hard, it took everything with it: Mr. White’s umbrella, Priscilla’s balloon, the twins’ scarves, even the wig on the judge’s head. But just when the wind was about to carry everything out to sea, it changed its mind!
With rhyming verse and colorful illustrations, Pat Hutchins takes us on a merry chase that is well worth the effort.
March 2021-Week 3
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
This timeless picture book is a perfect introduction to important Irish legends and an ideal St. Patrick’s day gift. Beloved children’s book author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recounts the life of Saint Patrick–from his noble birth in Britain, to his captivity in Ireland, to the visions which led him to return and found the first Christian church in Ireland. With his signature bold illustrations and engaging prose, Tomie dePaola recounts a number of legends about the Saint–including the well-known story of how he drove the snakes from Ireland, and his association with the shamrock.
March 2021-Week 2
It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury
It’s one lucky toddler’s birthday, and of course there must be a cake. So the child asks some animal friends to gather ingredients, one by one: the chicken an egg, the bear some flour, the cat the butter and milk, and on and on! After they all share the fun of making the cake, it’s even more fun to eat it! Helen Oxenbury’s winsome illustrations and simple, repetitive text make this an ideal gift for the youngest of children.
March 2021-Week 1
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
Follow along in this humorous Dr. Seuss book as he writes about the unjust treatment of young Bartholomew (The very same Bartholomew as in Bartholomew & the Ooblek!) by King Derwin. Everytime he removes one hat, another magically appears on his head which ENRAGES King Derwin! While this is a lesser-known book by the great Dr. Seuss, it is sure to have your kids laughing at the silly rhymes and Dr. Seussian illustrations!
February 2021-Week 4
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
As we wind down with Black History Month, our last book of the week for the month is Rosa by Nikki Giovanni. In this biography, readers will follow Rosa Parks onto the bus where her “No” planted seeds of change in our nation’s history. Looking to follow this rabbit trail deeper? Check out Rabbit Trails Through Literature: Rosa! This language arts lesson pays tribute to Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Follow the link below to get your freebie lesson!
February 2021-Week 3
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
This week’s Book of the Week is The Story of Ruby Bridges. The story takes place in 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana where a judge has just ruled the desegregation of schools. Follow little Ruby in this beautiful narrative on her first day at the previously all-white William Frantz Elementary where she faces angry mobs of parents and racial prejudices. Ruby’s story is sure to inspire all who read of her courage, hope, and child-like faith.
February 2021-Week 2
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
“I have a dream…”We have all heard those iconic words of the great Dr. King, but how much do we really know about his early life and his fight against racial injustice? In Martin’s Big Words, Doreen Rappaport helps young readers learn more about Martin Luther King Jr., from his early life to his assassination, using direct quotes from many of his own speeches and beautiful watercolor illustrations. Want to follow this rabbit trail a little deeper? Check out one of this years newest additions to Rabbit Trails Through the Holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. This lesson features more beautifully illustrated books, a glimpse into Martin Luther King Jr’s life, hands-on crafts, copywork, and much more. This lesson is sure to deepen your appreciation for Dr. King and the struggles he faced while fighting racism in our country.
February 2021-Week 1
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford
This weeks book of the week is Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement! This 2016 Caldecott winning book is the perfect way to kick off honoring Black History Month. Voice of Freedom is filled with inspiring poems and collage art celebrating the life of Fannie Lou Hamer and her fight for equal rights voting. Voice of Freedom is a book that is sure to inspire and teach the future generations valuable lessons in determination and fighting for what they believe in!
January 2021-Week 4
Over and Under by Kate Messner
Did you know there is a world teeming with life underneath the thick layer of snow you see in the winter? Kate Messner invites us into this secret world with her nonfiction book Over and Under. Filled with beautiful illustrations and amazing facts about the creatures who live in the subnivean zone, Over and Under is a book that your kids will want to read over and over again!
January 2021-Week 3
The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader
The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder as the woodland creatures prepare for the coming of winter. Animals big and small begin to grow thicker fur and lay down for a long winter nap while others head south to warmer weather. Cuddle up with the family and enjoy this beautifully illustrated Caldecott winner that is sure to delight readers young and old!
January 2021-Week 2
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Follow the life of Wilson Bentley, in his lifelong journey photographing and studying snowflakes in this Caldecott winner! Snowflake Bentley is a story that will delight people of all ages with its beautiful illustrations and look into one man’s determination to show the world just how unique each snowflake is!
Want to dive a little deeper into the world of snowflakes? Go down the Rabbit Trail with this free winter unit study! – This Bit of Life
“Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.” — Wilson Bentley
January 2021-Week 1
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Who doesn’t love being warm & toasty on cold winter days? I know I do! Woodland creatures in Jan Brett’s The Mitten are no different! In this retelling of a Ukrainian folktale, Brett tells the story of Nicki, a boy who loses his mitten in the woods & the hilarious antics of the woodland creatures who crawl in, each one larger than the last! Beautifully illustrated & written in Jan Brett’s distinctive style, the Mitten is sure to become a family favorite if it isn’t already!
December 2020-Week 3
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
One of the most magical parts about Christmas is picking out the perfect tree & bringing it home where it will be decorated with love & enjoyed throughout the Christmas season. In her debut book, Pick a Pine Tree, author Patricia Toht has written an ode to family, friends, & the joys of the holiday season!
December 2020-Week 2
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree is set in the mountains of Appalacia that focuses on giving, not receiving. With beautiful illustrations from Caldecott Award winner Barbara Cooney, it’s sure to become a beloved classic in your home!
December 2020-Week 1
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Mr. Willowby’s tree has arrived, but it is too big for his parlor! This charming book tells the story of how the top of the tree is passed around the forest from animal to animal to bring holiday cheer. It will bring my kid’s some cheer when they find it under their Christmas tree this year, too!
November 2020-Week 3
Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf
“When fall winds blow cold and jack-o-lanterns lose their smiles, when branches lie bare, and corn stalks rustle in the wind, that’s when it’s time for Thanksgiving in the woods.”
Based on a true story, join this family who gathers with family and friends every year for a special Thanksgiving among the trees!
November 2020-Week 2
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
This sweet book tells the story of a girl taking a walk as the seasons are changing. Beautiful illustrations show the change from Summer to Autumn. The perfect book to curl up with on a cool Autumn day.
November 2020-Week 1
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows. This book contains beautiful illustrations made from fall leaves. This whimsical book celebrates the imagination of children and is the perfect addition to your fall library.
October 2020-Week 4
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
by Linda D. Williams
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life! This is a classic and fun Halloween read aloud! Not only are there beautiful illustrations, there are tons of opportunities for the kids to participate in the reading. This is a crowd pleaser and family favorite!
October 2020-Week 3
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
“He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”
When a clever mouse comes across a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. He invents the gruffalo. He has no worries because there’s no such thing! Or is there? This book is so fun and has even been turned into a movie on Amazon!
October 2020-Week 2
Gus Was a Friendly Ghost by Jane Thayer
“We’ve got a ghost!” I’ve had this book since I was a child and love reading it to my kids. It’s one of those classics that you can read any time of year, not just around Halloween.
October 2020-Week 1
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
This book is beloved by children of all ages (and adults too ). One of my favorite parts is that no matter how many animals keep coming, they keep making room. Not only is this a great fall themed book, but you can easily use this for an informal lesson on kindness and sharing!