The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

Are you looking for a fairytale to get lost in? Are you looking to share a lesser-known fairytale with your little ones? The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, by Jackie Morris & Ehsan Abdollahi is an enchanting retelling of the Grimm Brothers' The Worn Out Dancing Shoes (or The Twelve Dancing Princesses). I did not … Continue reading The Secret of the Tattered Shoes


If you are talking to your children about refugees, are planning a unit of study on refugees, just love wordless books, or want to read a thought provoking story, I highly recommend Migrants. This book sat on my desk for 2 weeks, because after taking one look at the cover, I knew I wanted to … Continue reading Migrants

5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

Looking for a great grab and go bedtime book? I think 5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime from Britannica Books is genius.  It's a book containing 30 5-minute stories written for bedtime, about....SLEEP! and all things nighttime. When I first read the table of contents I actually laughed a little realizing they were all … Continue reading 5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

Cover Reveal: Bravo Anjali

We are so excited to share that Mango and Marigold Press is launching its twentieth book and second book in the Anjali series, Bravo Anjali is written by Sheetal Sheth. This marks the first-ever illustrated children’s book series featuring a South Asian hero! HOW AMAZING IS THAT!? (And yes friends...that means there’s a third book … Continue reading Cover Reveal: Bravo Anjali

Rosa’s Big Sunflower Experiment

Do you have a budding scientist? A little one who loves to plant? A toddler who's favorite thing to do is ask "why?" The newest addition to the Rosa STEM series, Rosa's Big Sunflower Experiment by Jessica Spanyol, came out on October 1. We love planting, and Big Kid (4 yo) is intrigued by sunflowers, … Continue reading Rosa’s Big Sunflower Experiment

Swampfire: A Shockoe Slip Gang Adventure

If you have an older elementary aged child who loves the outdoors and adventures you should look into Swampfire: A Shockoe Slip Gang Adventure by Patricia Cecil Hass, a wholesome tale of three children who find themselves in the middle of a mystery set in a treacherous Virginia swamp. Don't worry, it all turns out … Continue reading Swampfire: A Shockoe Slip Gang Adventure

LillyBelle: A Damsel Not in Distress

As much as we have tried to avoid princess mania in our house, it has somehow crept in. Big Kid is now very interested in princesses, ballerinas, anything frilly and girly. To be fair, when she's in a frilly dress she's usually out in the garden covered in dirt too. Lilly Belle: A Damsel Not … Continue reading LillyBelle: A Damsel Not in Distress