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Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. CJ’s grandma takes him two places on Sundays: to church and then to the soup kitchen. They ride the bus. CJ wants to know why they have to take the bus…why…

Thankful

Thankful

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Archie Preston. “The poet is thankful for words that rhyme./The children, for morning story time….The dancer is thankful. She loves the beat/that stirs her heart and hips and feet..” I love this book chock full of happy illustrations that…

The Giver of Holy Gifts

The Giver of Holy Gifts

The Giver of Holy Gifts by the BYU Museum of Art.

This slightly larger board book, produced by the BYU Museum of Art, is a beautiful introduction to sacred art with prose that is at once accessible and inspiring to the youngest reader: “He gives you the gift of sight so that you can see the yellow flecks on a caterpillar, the crinkle of Grandpa’s smiling eyes, or someone who is sitting alone or simply needs a hug. What gift can you give the Savior in return?

This book is only currently available for purchase at the BYU MOA bookstore.

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated with woodcuts by Christopher Manson. I love the incredible woodcut print illustrations in this traditional Thanksgiving song! Did you know it was originally written as a Christmas poem? For a more in-depth review of…

The Ox-Cart Man

The Ox-Cart Man

The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. The Ox-Cart Man. What I love about this story is the historical review of what families had to do in order to live back not too many generations ago: plant what you eat, wear, and…

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.

Marjorie Priceman takes us on a whimsical journey around the world with a girl who wants to make an apple pie but doesn’t have the ingredients and the local market is closed. No problem! She’ll just hop aboard a steamship and head for Europe! First stop? Italy, to pick up some “superb semolina wheat.”

We travel to Italy (wheat), France (eggs), Sri Lanka (cinnamon), England (milk), the ocean (salt), Jamaica (sugar cane), and Vermont (apples), after which we “hurry home” (!) to grind the wheat and cinnamon, evaporate the seawater, boil the sugar cane, and go through all the other processes in order to have the ingredients for our pie. Not as simple as going to the grocery store, for sure!

Your appreciation and gratitude for where food comes from grows in the reading of this book! And if you are feeling hungry and ambitious, you can make the apple pie recipe at the end of the book!

Truly a delight.

Those Shoes

Those Shoes

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Jeremy lives with his grandmother dreams of wearing the “cool” shoes that other boys in his school get, one by one. His grandmother can’t afford them. One day when his shoes fall apart during kickball,…

Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. This is SUCH a beautiful story about a young girl with dyslexia (the author!) who learned to read thanks to the loving dedication of her teacher. I love this book because of the empathy it helps teach for children with a…

The Secret of Saying Thanks

The Secret of Saying Thanks

The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Greg Shed. "We don't give thanks because we're happy. We're happy because we give thanks." Gentle, soft illustrations. Such a peaceful read to remind us all the blessings of being grateful and expressing thanks.

The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood (illustrated by Greg Shed) teaches us this beautiful truth about gratitude: “We don’t give thanks because we’re happy. We’re happy because we give thanks.”

Greg Shed’s illustrations are warm, peaceful and comforting, and combined with Douglas Wood’s gentle throughts, inspired me, after reading this book, to recognize more all the reasons we have in our lives to express thanks.

New! Books of the Month sidebar tool

New! Books of the Month sidebar tool

Today I created a new sidebar link to help you learn about my selected books of the month. If you click on the book, it will take you to that book’s page. That means I need to get going and create a page for each…