This post from the Family Reading Corner perfectly captures how grateful we should be that we can buy our children books and spend time reading together.

Thanksgiving Day reminds us of what we should be thankful for all year: a loving family, food to eat, warm clothes on our backs, and time spent with children reading together. Yes–reading together!Reading together is an essential part of growing up, just as important as food and shelter. Reading to your young child, snuggled up to you and a book, feeds his or her brain and makes your child feel loved at the same time, nurturing both cognitive and emotional health.

What books are your favorites to read in your family? Do you read a story with words that are bouncy and rhyming or so silly that you laugh together? Maybe a favorite book is about something familiar that is comforting that your child wants to hear again and again. If your child is curious, a book about the natural world could become a favorite.

Thank you to all the grown-ups that read to young children and help them get the best start in life. Here are some ideas of books that could become classics in your household.


  • “Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood. Rhyming, repetitive, and downright goofy, this story about Sally walking backwards and upside down into town will have your pre-schooler giggling in no time.
  • “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. Told from a young child’s perspective, this little boy discovers the wonder of snow as it falls in his neighborhood. He finds out how to make snow angels, go sledding, and how snow melts.
  • “ Pete’s a Pizza” by William Steig. Making a boy into a pizza can be a very ticklish activity! This is a book you can act out over and over.
  • “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathman. Police Officer Buckle and his dog assistant Gloria give safety lectures throughout the town. No one listens to the lectures until Gloria starts acting out the safety tips without Officer Buckle knowing. Humorous and informative, too.
  • “Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek. Is he here? Is he there? Every page is an enticement to turn to the next. Where is that green sheep?

Also, don’t forget my book, Before I Was Born.  It makes a wonderful present. When you buy Before I Was Born you are giving two gifts.  A gift to the child who receives the book and a gift to a unknown child who benefits from the sale of the book.  I donate 100% of the cost of the book to Story Storks.  The folks over at Story Storks give a new book and a packet on literacy to children born in two area hospitals.  If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, just send me an Email at  The cost of the book is $20 and will be tax deductible for you.



To start our celebration of Picture Book Month, I want to share some suggestions I read recently on  The article discussed the connection between reading and writing and encouraged parents to have their children write their own books.

Children have such vivid imaginations and love to draw.  Why not supply them with a cozy corner for drawing.  Fill that corner with a basket of books, a clipboard and plenty of colored pencils and crayons.  Encourage them to let their imaginations soar and produce their very own Picture Book from their drawings.

Another fun source for free writing fun is a weekly Email from Sias Studios,  Ryan is a wonderful illustrator who sends out weekly emails that contain original art projects to encourage children to invent their own stories and to make art without boundaries.

William Faulkner once said, “Read, read, read.  Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad…..”

Don’t forget to help celebrate Picture Book Month, I will be giving away once a week a copy of my book Before I Was Born.  Just leave a comment on the importance of picture books to you to enter the random drawing.

Happy Halloween – hope your day is filled with treats!


Before I Was Born is available on Ebay, on my Etsy Store BernadettesBooks, or contact me directly via Email.  It is a fun book to spark imaginative conversation with your children and it makes a wonderful baby present.


For two weeks in November, McDonald’s plans to distribute children’s books in an epic happy meal promotion.

From November 1st to November 14th, the fast food company will give out 20 million copies of the following titles: The Goat Who Ate Everything, Deana’s Big Dreams, Ant, Can’t, and The Dodo Goes to Orlando.

Reading is Fundamental will partner with the fast food company as well, sharing 100,000 Happy Meal Books with “children who do not have easy access to books.”

A new DK eBook will be released and available for download at on a monthly basis throughout the rest of 2014.

Books are essential for inspiring children to explore, dream, and achieve, yet far too many children do not have this basic resource.  That is why I am donating all the profits from the sale of “Before I Was Born” to Story Storks.  If you want to help children who do not have easy access to books, please consider buying “Before I Was Born”  for yourself or as the perfect gift.  “Before I Was Born” can be purchased at my Etsy Store – Bernadette’s Books or on EBAY.