JAN
07

Three Books to Keep Kids Entertained When It’s Too Cold to Go Out and Play

art, book activities, craft books, kids | no comments

Christmas is over and a lot of the USA is being slammed with bad weather. With several months of winter to go, the prospect of keeping kids entertained inside can be daunting.

These three books are some of my favorites for helping pass the time on a cold winter afternoon indoors (or save these for those long summer months ahead!).

Hands On Books

Written by: Janssen Bradshaw of Everyday Reading

  1. Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake. I love this book because it’s not just typical art projects. Instead, it has great lessons for learning all sorts of different art forms, from drawing to printmaking to mixed media. Each lesson (or “lab”) has detailed step-by-step photos and instructions on how to do your own project using that technique, plus a little info about some famous artist who uses that technique, along with one of their pieces of art. It’s a really fun book whether your child is a budding artist or already accomplished.
  2. The Encyclopedia of Immaturity. I like basically every book Klutz puts out, but this is one of my favorites, filled with jokes, pranks, cool tricks to learn (like juggling or magic tricks). Perfect for passing long periods of time for anyone ages 6 and up.
  3. Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids. I checked this out from the library and gave my daughter twenty slips of paper to mark the projects she wanted to do. By the time we got to the 21st project, she was out of slips. Every craft in here is delightful and fun.

What are your favorite activity books for kids?

DEC
03

The Perfect Cookbook to Give as a Gift

cookbooks, new releases, nonfiction | no comments

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Cookbooks can be a tricky gift. Is it too narrow a cookbook (muffins only, for instance?) or too broad? Are the recipes too difficult or too easy? Will they already OWN this cookbook? I recently got a copy of Picture Cook and I think it is the PERFECT cookbook to give as a gift. Plus [...]

NOV
19

Three Recent Recommended Nonfiction Reads

nonfiction | 1 comment

rapture

Written by: Jennifer Petro-Roy I admit to being a predominantly fiction reader. There’s nothing like being caught up in a world that’s not my own and allowing the author and the characters to take me on a journey to somewhere else. But every once in a while, I feel the need for something different. Something [...]

NOV
05

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

book recommendations, book reviews, memoirs, young adult, young adult lit | 1 comment

Relish

I read a lot of Young Adult books and I read a lot of food books, but I don’t read very many (if any!) Young Adult books about food. And I really don’t read a lot of YA graphic novels about food. Lucy Knisely’s graphic novel, Relish, about her life growing up with two foodie [...]

SEP
24

Three Favorite Audiobooks: One Adult, One YA, One Middle-Grade

audiobooks, book recommendations, memoirs, middle grade, reading lists, young adult | 1 comment

stories

Written by Jennifer Petro-Roy I was a late-comer to the beauty of audiobooks, but a few years ago, I absolutely fell in love with them. Another way to read books while simultaneously making my commute less hideous? Sign me up! But ever since I left my job a little over a year ago to stay [...]

SEP
19

Five Blogger Cookbooks Worth Checking Out

adult books, cookbooks, nonfiction | 2 comments

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Plenty of food bloggers go on to write cookbooks. Sometimes they’re not worth picking up – they’re virtually carbon-copies of their blog – but others of them are just Plus, there is something so nice about having a book to open up on your counter while you cook, or being able to go through the [...]