Children’s Books Round Up

Alma and How She Got Her Name
by Juana Martinez-Neal
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This is such a wonderful story about the history of a little girl’s full name.

Alma Esperanza Jose Pura Candela.

Nowadays, the names of our kids hardly reflect our heritage. I know my kids’ names don’t have any history to speak of. We chose their names for the simple reasons that we liked them. I think it’s beautiful when your child asks you where their name came from and you can tell them a short history about it.


A Dog With Nice Ears
by Lauren Child
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Charlie and Lola was a favourite of my now 17-year-old daughter back in the day. I remember her speaking with an English accent for a time because she was absolutely obsessed! This book brought me back.

Anyway, this book was about Lola’s wish to have a puppy but Lola being Lola, she has particular requirements for a puppy. Charlie indulges her, of course and tries to find the perfect one.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
Publication Date: Sept 23rd, 1997
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This book is a re-issue but was sent to me sometime in the Spring by Candlewick Press.

Such a fun and slightly scary read about a family hunting bears. Moral of the story: don’t hunt bears. Lol. I absolutely love the format! Each pictures slides out so that it lets your child change the images that they see.


Where’s Waldo? Games on the Go
by Martin Handford
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

One: I’m sad my kids are too old for this book.

Two: I’m sad that we don’t have the cabin anymore. It would’ve been fun to have this as my boy gets easily bored on the drive there.

Perfect book to distract your kids on a road trip. It contains puzzles, crosswords, and brain exercises for your older kids.


Not-So-Lucky Lefty
by Megan McDonald
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My daughter is left handed. I have no idea how as my huband and I, as well our boy aren’t.

This is Judy’s adventure as she tries to navigate the day using only her left hand. She didn’t think it was all that difficult to start but she soons learn that it really wasn’t. She had loads of fun regardless.

Thank you to Random House Canada and Candlewick Press for sending me these.

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