Favorite November Books Giveaway

We want to share some of our favorite stories with you. So this month we are giving away three of our new favorite children’s books. Like this post on our Facebook page to be entered to win.

Here are the three books and a bit about why we love them so much:

An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton

This story reminds kids of a simple practice that sometimes in our busy lives we lose sight of – Simply being thankful – for the big things and the silly things. It is full of great lines like “Thanks for patience and hopes and rewards and revisions. Wizards and Lizards and delightful decisions.” The book does a masterful job of pairing the silly with the serious. And the illustrations are hilarious. Both kids and parents will love this story. It is the perfect Thanksgiving read for any family. IMG_9063 IMG_9066
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Beekle by Dan Santat

“The magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born.  He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and -at long last-is given his special name: Beekle”

Whether your child has an imaginary friend or not, they will enjoy this story with beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming happy ending. I also liked the approach of the imaginary friend taking matters into his own hands and looking for a friend instead of waiting for one to find him.  A great lesson for any child.

(The book is also quite influential, as we’ve been reading this story for about a month and just today our six year old decided she wanted to have an imaginary friend. “Shine” the star has been teaching her cartwheels all morning.)



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What Do You Do with an Idea?
Written by Kobi Yamada and Illustrated by Mac Besom

“This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had and idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult.  It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and see what happens next.”

I loved this book because I like to encourage my kids that dreaming is productive and bringing an idea to life is awesome.  It’s usually not easy or without obstacles.  Whether your child is 2 months or 9 years old, this story can build the foundation for thinking and dreaming big!

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Ideas for Making the 4th of July Memorable

The 4th of July is about celebrating the beauty of our country, our traditions, history, and the joy of summertime. Making this holiday fun doesn’t have to be complicated. This curated list of simple ideas will make this year memorable. And hopefully some of these traditions will make it into your baby book and you can come back to them for generations.

Make these simple red white and blue ice cubes

Or how about this patriotic breakfast for your kiddos?

Paint Stars on your lawn – this can be done with spray paint or just stenciled flour!

To make the evening magical, play with a box of sparklers (and these fun light photos would be the perfect addition to your baby book!) Here is a quick tutorial on how to take the long exposure photos.




Paint firework pictures with your kids. All you need is paint, paper, and straws! Here is a great tutorial from My Kids Adventures

Or, make these eraser stamped star shirts from Cutesy Crafts

One of my favorite 4th of July ideas are these brilliant pop-rock sugar cookies from Mom Dot

We have made making a water blob a yearly summer tradition around here because it is so much fun for everyone, and easy. Here is a how to from Homemade Toast