Beautiful Oops! by illustrator, author and musician Barney Saltzberg, is a hands-on book that demonstrates through lift-the-flaps how something that is first perceived as a mistake becomes something beautiful instead. All it takes is the tiniest dose of creativity, and maybe a little patience with one’s self. This book is fun to look through and stuffed with creativity. I found it most recently in the board book section at our local Barnes & Noble, though I think the message is equally important for older readers and adults as well. This I know for sure: it’s a great visual reminder for all of the perfectionists in our family!

More mini storybooks!

A new 2012 calendar featuring 16 photos!

Magnet cards – each card comes with its own detachable magnet!

Speaking of babies growing up too quickly, you’re looking at the first day of first grade & third grade, my friends…

…they have wonderful teachers and had a great first day back. I really couldn’t ask for anything more!

I don’t know about you but I think babies must be growing up faster these days! I could have sworn this little pumpkin was just born!

And here she is, a whole one year old already!

She’s a girl after my own heart, too, with her love of reading and literary knowledge! (We love Carl the dog!)

Favorite! Happy, happy first birthday, sweet Ava!

In honor of our first day back at school, here are two great titles for introducing your new student to elementary school.

How Rocket Learned to Read is a sweet title about a young pup and a little yellow bird who teaches him how to read. It’s a great title for your new kindergartener since it introduces new readers to the process of learning to read. Last year we had to remind Harper that learning to read takes time (she wanted it to happen instantaneously) and I wish I’d had this story to read to her. Rocket is written and illustrated by Tad Hills, whose Duck & Goose series I love as well.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes is also a great, fun read! Pete the Cat is new at school and takes a trip through the school, learning about certain places, such as the cafeteria and the library, along with his readers. I don’t know about you but the cafeteria was a big (noisy) adventure for my kids when they first started school. There’s also a downloadable song that goes with the book here.