Kid Lit: Potty Humor

This month’s Kid Lit column is all about kid humor AKA potty humor.   If your children are like mine, they love to laugh and have an innate sense of humor. Stories with poop, farts, burps, stink, stank or a description of some other weird bodily function is mentioned are always sure favorites with children and are guaranteed to bring on the giggles.

Now potty humor books might not be a parent’s first choice when it comes to reading material for young children, but it usually is a sure bet when children are picking out their own books to read. Some parents may snub their nose at this month’s column and some libraries have even banned some of these books, but personally I think these books are good, clean and clever fun aimed at getting children to enjoy to read and isn’t that the whole purpose of books – to actually enjoy reading?

So without any further toilet paper unraveling, here’s my list of what I like to call “poop fiction” for the pre-to elementary school set….Continue reading ⇒

Kid Lit: More Animal Adventures

If your young children enjoy hearing and reading stories about animals who talk, walk, or go on a journey, then this month’s Kid Lit round-up is perfect for them.  This month we’re featuring stories about animal adventures.

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Kid Lit: Bedtime Stories, Part II

Since we had so much fun with our last Kid Lit post on Bedtime Stories, we’re doing a sequel!

Sometimes putting my kidlets to bed at night is the most challenging part of my day. It’s always a whirlwind of activity from changing into PJs, brushing teeth, potty breaks, finding their favorite doll/stuffed animal to sleep with and don’t forget my all-time favorite, that last-minute cup of water before bedtime (who knew getting ready for bed could make kids so parched!).

I find though that if I read a book to my kidlets as they get under the covers and nestle into their beds a calm suddenly comes over then and helps them to drift off into dreamland with fun and happy images in mind!

THM-Kid-Lit-Bedtime-Stories-II-Sleepless-Knight-Book-CoverSleepless Knight
By James Sturm, Andrew Arnold & Alexis Frederick-Frost (First Second)

The Knight is going on her first camping trip and she’s so excited! She and her horse Edward pack everything they need (and more!)– including her beloved Teddy before heading out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found!

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Kid Lit: Bedtime Stories

Getting the kids ready for bed can be one of the most challenging things a parent has to do!  This month’s Kid Lit post features books for bedtime that will have your little ones drifting off to dreamland in no time!

THM-KidLit-Bedtime-Books-Bedtime-Math-Book-CoverBedtime Math
By Laura Overdeck, illustrated by Jim Paillot

Okay, so we all know it’s wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often kids will say, “I’m just not good at math!” For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds math dry, intimidating, and just not cool.   Bedtime Math wants to change all that.   They want to help parents make math a fun part of their kid’s everyday lives, not just something found only in homework assignments.

Inside this book, you’ll find fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle—math that isn’t just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics ranging from jalapeños and submarines to roller coasters and flamingos, this book bursts with math that looks nothing like school.  Each challenge features three different levels — wee ones, little kids, and big kids– so there’s problem to be solved by everyone.Continue reading ⇒

Kid Lit: Season’s Readings!

Are you ready to start celebrating the ho-ho-holidays?  This month’s Kid Lit post features books about December festivities including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa for children aged 3-10.

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas
By Philip Yates, illustrated by Sebastia Serra (Sterling)

Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful and thoroughly piratical version of the “The Night Before Christmas.” On this ship, the mischievous brigands have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums dancing in their heads.

This ship of pirates don’t expect a visit from old St. Nick, but rather from Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm!  Sir Peggedy cracks a whip and drives a team of eight giant seahorses — Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger and Jolly!

This book by far is my kidlets favorite out of the bunch.  It is filled with rollicking rhymes and sprightly, fun-filled pictures—featuring whimsically multicolored seahorses, stockings hung on the ship’s bowsprit with tar, child-friendly pirates, and, of course, comes complete with a treasure map!Continue reading ⇒

Kid Lit: Scaring Up Stories for Halloween is just around the spooky corner, are you ready?

Our house is decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and skeletons.  This past weekend I picked up an industrial size bag of candy from our local warehouse club for all the trick-o-treaters that’ll be stopping by.

My kidlets are ready too, they’ve been planning their costumes since summer!

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Kid Lit: Animal Adventures

It doesn’t matter what type – dog, cat, fish, hermit crab (a recent addition to our home) , giraffe, elephant or dinosaur – my kidlets love to read stories about animals.  This month’s Kit Lit review features two stories about animals that take place in very different settings — one living in the urban jungle of the city and the other out in the country on a farm.

THM-KidLit-LittleElliot-BigCity-BookJacketLittle Elliot, Big City By Mike Curato (Macmillan)

Little Elliot is an adorable little polka-dotted elephant living in the wilds of New York City circa 1940.  Amid the hustle and bustle of life in the big city with big crowds and even bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a happy and quiet, but solitary life.

In spite of the daily challenges he faces for being little, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter, a new friend.

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Kid Lit: Back To School Books #BTS

Whether your children are going to preschool for the first time, entering kindergarten or another elementary school grade, going back to school (BTS) can be both an exciting and daunting experience for children. Reading books about BTS can help ease children’s nerves and reassure them about starting school, going to a brand new school or even entering a new grade.

Here are few of our family favs:


The Pout Pout Fish Goes To School (Macmillian)

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he flub-flubs, blub-blubs and counts off his troubles of not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes and how to do math.Continue reading ⇒

Kid Lit: Comic Books For Kids

Recently my kidlets discovered the wonderful world of comic books. I think comic books are a great way for children to get interested and excited about reading as well as helping to develop and stimulate their imaginations. The illustrations, the exaggerated characters and the way panels are arranged in comic books help to pique a child’s interest.

THM-comic-book-kidsHowever, I quickly learned how important it is to be sure that my kidlets are reading age appropriate material. See if you, or your child, base reading choices  solely on the comic book cover art, you can easily be deceived and accidentally expose your children to themes they may not be ready for.

See comic books have a reputation for being “for kids,” but quite the opposite is true. Walk into a comic book store – yes they actually do still exist – and who do you see hanging out in the aisles and checking out the latest releases? It’s not kids, but rather adults.

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Kid Lit: Avoiding “Summer Slide” – Read A Book, Or How About Forty Of Them!

Ah, summertime!  It’s what my kidlets look forward to all year.  Two solid months of fun, excitement and no stress.  Days filled with playing, hanging out with friends, swimming, making crafts and eating lots of ice cream.   Hearing about my kidlet’s daily adventures makes me wish I could be a kid again – having a pretty-much carefree summer instead of going to work everyday., as many of you moms out there would agree, while I want my kidlets to enjoy their break, I don’t want them to suffer from “summer slide.”  That’s what happens when young minds sit idle for weeks at a time without any learning instruction.  To help avoid this, I enrolled both the kidlets in our local library’s summer reading program.

Each of my kidlets – my son is almost seven, my daughter is 4½ – got their own personalized reading log.  We keep the logs hung up on the bulletin board in our kitchen for easy access.

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