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These are books from our “On Our Shelves Sunday” Posts

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is the second book in a series that Falafel and I are reading together:


Smells like Treasure

by Suzanne Selfors

I absolutely adore Suzanne Selfors’ books. She is a local Author, and writes fiction that is just wacky enough to be believable. This particular series is about a boy and his love for Treasure Hunting just like his deceased Uncle, who happened to leave him his dog after he died. This dog is very special. He can’t smell. At least, he can’t smell anything but one particular thing.

You’ll have to read them to find out.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week Falafel is onto:



Power of Three series

by Erin Hunter

She has gone through the first 6 books, then the next series (The New Prophecy) which had 6 books, and now she is breezing through these next 6 in the Power of Three. Goodness this child has never loved books so much. THANK YOU Erin Hunter!

What are your kids reading??

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week I checked a book out from the library for a little inspiration:


Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia

This thing is awesome! If you are looking to join in the sew-a-long this month, and are not sure what to make, this has just about everything you need to be inspired!

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

It is Sunday, right? Sheesh. We are only a few days into January, and I am already losing track of the days.

Anyway….this week I am sharing a book with you that I am reading, even though it happens to be juvenile fiction. Have I told you that I love reading good juvenile fantasy/magic stories? I do. So much. And this week I am so excited to start reading the third book in a series that has grabbed me:


Keep of the Lost Cities


by Shannon Messenger

I just love this series. The books are packed with action and adventure and magic and mystery. They are completely addictive reads. I cannot put it down once I begin, so I have waited until now to start this third book, even though The Bee bought this for me for Christmas. She does not like fantasy (with the exception of Harry Potter), but after I devoured the first two, she gave them a try…and now is hooked as well!

January is the perfect time to curl up with a good book.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel has a new Christmas present on her shelves:


Warriors Field Guide

Secrets of the Clans

by Erin Hunter

This book contains some spoilers, but she is leafing through it anyway. Right now, she is all about this series! My husband peeked his head into her room the other day to find her with all of her tiny cat figurines surrounding this tiny plastic chipmunk. When he asked what she was doing, she told him they were having a warrior cat meeting of the clans. When he asked what the chipmunk was for, she replied “Oh, that’s the prey”.

Not sure if I should worry, or be glad she has found this series. Ha!

What is your child reading right now??

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is a Christmas-sy book because as I was told this morning by a very excited 9 year old “THERE’S ONLY 4 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS”:


Merry Christmas, Strega Nona

by Tomie dePaola

I absolutely adore all the Strega Nona books. And since I have been reminded that Christmas is really soon (oh goodness I am so not  ready), we are breaking out all of our favorite seasonal books.

What are you reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves today:


Bite-Sized Magic

A Bliss Novel

by Kathryn Littlewood

This is the third book in the Bliss series. The Bee enjoyed the first book and urged me to read it. Which I did. And when I told her there were more, she was super excited to read them (even though they are not really geared for her age at all). Some books hook you with their own special magic. This series is one of those.

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Today I am sharing a sentimental book with you, since we are celebrating Falafel’s Birthday with friends today:


Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot

by Holly Hobbie

I just adore all of Holly Hobbie’s Toot and Puddle books. The illustrations are so incredibly sweet and beautiful. Every year on their Birthdays, I take this one off our shelves and give it a read.

Falafel’s Birthday is coming up on Tuesday (even though we are celebrating her today), and then The Bee is a few days after that!

It is our season of Birthdays!

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week I am sharing what Falafel is reading on her own:



Into the Wild

By Erin Hunter

Yup. She’s hooked. This is a series that our older daughter (The Bee) never got into, but our Falafel has entirely different interests. I love that.

So I don’t know much about these books, except for what she tells me. Apparently. there are several anthropomorphic “Cat Clans” and some are good and some, not so much.

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have a picture book on our shelves because I just couldn’t help myself:


Now & Ben: The Modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin

by Gene Barretta

I love how this book breaks down what Benjamin Franklin originally invented and what we use it for today. It is a simple and brilliant way to present it to kids (and some adults). I love the colorful illustrations too.

What are YOU reading this week?