From the Shelf: The Sandwich Swap

For our first featured book of 2017, I can’t think of a better message than The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan. Continue reading


From the Shelf: I Wish You More

Okay, so if you’ve known me for any length of time or have been keeping up with our blog over the years you should fully know by now how sentimental- and yes, cheesy- Brad and I can be.  With each other, of course, but also very much so with our children.  I love them so much my heart feels like it could explode at times, and “I wish you more” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichenheld perfectly conveys the many wishes my heart (as do most parents’) holds for my children.

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From the Shelf: Color Our World

Color Our World- inspired by the “It’s a Small World” ride in Disney world- is the perfect board book for even the littlest of little ones.

I love board books, they are perfect for the under two crowd who can be pretty hard on books.  I purposefully have all of our books sorted: traditional, paper books in Marshall’s room.  Only hardy board books in Vi’s room and the living room. Continue reading

From the Shelf: And Tango Makes Three 

This book is a family favorite in our home; I always knew I would feature it in our From the Shelf series.  Being summer time I thought a book about penguins would be out of place, but after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando- I think it is the perfect time.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is based on the true story of a penguin family at the Central Park zoo. Continue reading

From the Shelf: The ‘Ordinary People Change the World’ series

Dr. Suess, Eric Carle, Bill Martin Jr- all of these authors can universally be found on the majority of young children’s bookshelves- and deservedly so.  I’m here to tell you there is one more staple author you must add: Brad Meltzer.

Ordinary People Change the World is a children’s history book series by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.  It’s a series with a mission: children are naturally going to seek out heroes, let’s give them real life heroes that are worth looking up to.  It’s a promise that definitely is fulfilled. Continue reading

From the Shelf: Book Recommendation Introduction 


I am a huge book lover, I always have been, but after having Marshall I have become obsessed with children’s books and building an abundantly diverse library for my kids.  Over the years, friends and family have asked me for recommendations on good additions to their own libraries.  For that reason I have decided to have a weekly post on favorite books from our collection.

Having a background in political science in college- and working as a preschool teacher in a diverse neighborhood in Kansas City- I have learned a few things and made a few rules for our at-home library. Continue reading