On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, we have yet another beautifully illustrated picture book on our shelves, because I love them:

The Little Gardener

The Little Gardener

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By Emily Hughes

It is ALL about the illiustrations. The story is sweet and simple, but those pictures are what got me. My kids are well beyond reading picture books, but when I am at the library and see a beautiful book, I cannot help myself for picking it up and checking it out. Simple as that.

How about you? Do you choose books because they are pretty? What beautiful  book have you read?

Making Books with Kids review


I had the pleasure of reviewing this book: Making Books with Kids (*affiliate link*), recently.

My youngest (who is 10) and I picked out a few types of books to make, and played around with them.


The instructions are written clearly, and the books are easy enough for my daughter to make on her own. There are even pages to cut out to make pop-up books, which she can’t wait to try.


I was interested in doing a stitched binding book (of course) and I chose to use all recycled materials, which was a creative choice on my part.


We have a special book of Fairy Tales that I rip up and use for crafts (like these and these), and thought they would make a great art book…or two.


I folded each page in half with the folded crease facing the edge, so paints and markers would be less likely to bleed through to the back.


My girl had so much fun painting and drawing on these. So did I.

For the covers, I used old paper bags we had.


These books were quick and easy to whip up, and we only needed a few tools! A bone folder is helpful, scissors (or paper cutter), awl, needle and embroidery thread.


We used a permanent marker and watercolors, but you really can embellish with anything, depending how thick your paper is.


This book is one we have gladly added to our personal library as it will be sure to get lots of use! I love the verstility of these crafts and that it inspired us to sit down and create. Anything that does that is a big thumbs up in my book.

*I did recieve a free copy of this book to review, but as always all opinions are mine, mine, mine*

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

If you are on the East Coast, I hope you are faring well in the blizzard! We are still enjoying lots of rain and consequently flooding, here.

On our shelves this week is one that I chose because of the incredibly gorgeous illustrations. Seriously. The story is sweet, but I could look at those illustrations all day.


The Dog that Nino Didn’t Have

written by Edward Van De Vendel

and illustrated by Anton Van Hertbruggen

The pictures are so lovely that I even credited who illustrated it. The whole story has a retro wild little boy feel to it, which I adore.

I will say no more of it. Go and check this one out if you want to be wowed by beauty.

What are YOU reading today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel and I are reading this one together:


Darien and the Seed of Obreget

by Jeanna Kunce

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We read the first book (Darien and the lost paints of Telenoria) and loved it! This one, so far, has captured our attention just as the first one did. Magic paints? A mysterious old lady? Dragons?

All good stuff.

I can’t wait to see where it goes!

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

When I saw that Maya from Maya Made had a new book out, I knew I had to check it out:

Hope Make Heal book

Hope Make Heal

by Maya Pagan Donenfeld

*I am using an affiliate link, so that if you choose to buy it through that link, I can get a little something too. I was not asked to review this one, but I truly love it, so I wanted to share*

This is an amazing resource for anyone going through any kind of loss. We all do, at some point in our lives, and this book has projects to help you cope. I love it. The book is laid out simply and clearly, and has wonderful words of comfort and experience in it’s pages. I love the honesty that Maya brings to everything she does. Such a good read.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This book is one we do not currently own, but I am thinking of getting as research for my Falafel’s upcoming belated birthday party:



The Ultimate Guide

by Erin Hunter

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Our girl has been obsessed with these stories for a few years now, and I will admit that I have never picked up even one. She has requested a Warrior Cat party this month (even though her birthday was last month), and I figure I need to at least get an overview on who is who and what they do.

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves today is an old favorite of ours, and even though we have read it about a thousand times, it always seems to make it’s way out of the box to be read yet again:


Bear Stays Up For Christmas

By Karma Wilson

If you know the Bear books, you will know that this is one of the sweetest picture book series. The text is in rhyhme and the illustrations make my heart sigh. This story, bear’s friends don’t want him to miss all the fun of Christmas (since he normally sleeps through it), so they help him stay up. At the end he is the only one left awake, and he makes presents for all of his friends. I just adore this one, and it always gets me in the spirit of giving.

What is one of your favorite holiday books?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, Jim has been reading this book:


Knitting Without Needles

by Anne Weil

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I took it out from our local library with him in mind. I have never been able to get the hang of knitting, but I knew he would. And he has! This is a fabulous book to get you started with arm knitting. He was practicing at first with clothesline, but has moved on to chunky yarn. I have already given him a list of projects I want him to make! I just love that my husband is knitting.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On Falafel’s shelves, this week, is a book she chose all by herself to read for school:


I am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

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I am still blinking at my youngest and the way her head works. I thought she might be too young for this, but she was adamant, and persistent, and she assured me she could handle it. And you know what? She actually did it. It was an adult non-fiction book (there is also a younger-person’s version that she also read), and she got through it, and even more, really was passionate about it.

 What a really wonderful learning experience for us both. I walked away with knowing I can trust her judgement about what she is prepared to handle. I love that she has read about such a brave, intelligent, and driven woman. A survivor. And a brilliant role model. I already see those traits in my own daughters and will do everything I can to encourage it.

What has surprised you today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

There is a new book in an older series out and I am super excited about it!


Zen Socks

by Jon Muth

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It is a well-know fact around here that I am in love with the Zen books, by Jon Muth.  It began with Zen Shorts (affiliate link). Stillwater the panda always has such wonderful stories to share and always manages to teach us a little something. Life lessons. He has helped me find calm at times in my life and I love sharing these with my girls.

In this new one, there is a story demonstrating the importance of patience, and two other lessons learned by the kids in the book. The same beautiful illustrations are in this one as are in the other “Zen” stories.

In my opinion, you are never too old for Stillwater…or to learn.

What is on your shelves today?