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homegrown books

An artful take on books for beginning readers from Homegrown Books.  In Maps and Flying, simple but thoughtful text paired with otherworldly paintings serve as springboards for further musing and discussion.  Art by Case Jernigan.


nothing but fun in noisy village

It’s Thursday and time for another edition of #classicchapterbooks with but Fun in Noisy Village is Astrid Lindgren’s third book in her Children of Noisy Village series.  It was originally published in 1952 but this edition was published last month.  Set in the bucolic Swedish countryside, this collection of stories follows the goings-on, mischief and adventures of Lisa, her two brothers and their friends who live on three farms in a row dubbed “Noisy Village” by their neighbors.  Whether they’re celebrating midsummer, exploring the caves across the lake or sleeping in the forest under the big night sky during a crayfishing trip, one thing is for sure—the children of Noisy Village are resourceful, resilient, imaginative and will have fun wherever they are.  They are brilliant at being kids.  A read-aloud of Nothing But Fun in Noisy Village would make a great close to your summer.


maxwell the monkey barber

Maxwell is in the business of taming wild hair (and fur) and there's no mangled mess he can't coif.  However, when Elephant comes in with an unusual and woeful request, the monkey barber goes back to the proverbial drawing board, dons his thinking cap and pulls an all-nighter.  That's devotion!  The solution he comes up with is nothing short of genius.

Cale Atkinson's jovial and spirited style is a treat, and is sure to turn around even the darkest of gray mornings.  Maxwell the Monkey Barber was published by Owl Kids.


cloud breakfast bowls

Breakfast really is “the best part of waking up.” ๐Ÿ˜‰  Head over to Honest To Nod to read my breakfast post and check out this adorable new cloud pouf while you’re there.  The Land of Nod is giving away one of these cloud poufs to a lucky reader.  The details on how to enter the giveaway on are on @averyandaugustine on Instagram.


the knight and the dragon

It's hard to tell who was more reluctant to duel in this unconventionally funny medieval tale—the knight or the dragon.  And its equally unusual ending involves a traveling library lady.  The simple narrative in The Knight and the Dragon lends itself well to teaching story retelling to children.  One of our goals is to read Tomie dePaola’s seemingly endless treasury of works and even thought we have many of his books, I know we’ve only scratched the surface.  What’s everyone’s favorite book by him?