book review Archive

Children today face so many different pressures that can cause anxiety. Juggling everything from learning how to cope with inner emotional tensions to handling outside stressors like academics and cyberbullying, our kids are processing a lot. As a mama managing food allergies, I’m used to navigating many different levels of anxiety in my family’s life. So when I received Sherianna Boyle’s book, The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety, I dove right in. The cover describes Boyle’s book as “a mindful approach for helping your child become calm, resilient, and secure” and it definitely hits the mark.

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Do you like doing budget-friendly craft projects with the kids that are easy and fun? If so, do I have a cool book for you…. Just before our first major snow storm of the new year, I received crafting guru Jamie Dorobek’s awesome book, “Creating Really Awesome Free Things,” to review. While other mamas and papas were going stir crazy with a week off from school, my kids and I were having fun making everything from toilet paper reindeer to cereal box puzzles. This crafty mama totally saved us during Virginia’s big dig out!

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Do you like to doodle? Have you ever had a doodle workbook? Are school, after-school and weekend activities pulling your kids in all different directions and leaving them with some very big feelings? If so, Elise Gravel’s new workbook, How Do You Doodle?, may be just what your family needs. She provides over 40 fun, thought-provoking and creative “doodle games” in a 96-page workbook that inspire doodling, writing and working through what can feel like very big thoughts and feelings.

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Are you looking for vegan, sugar-free, allergen-free treats that are delicious in both name and taste? Look no further. Debbie Adler has a new cookbook that has your name on it. To start, I would categorize Debbie Adler as a food-allergy baking powerhouse. Not only does she run a bakery that serves safe treats for those with the top food allergies, celiac disease and diabetes, but her writing is wildly humorous, fun and more eloquent than any other cookbook I have met.

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I’m thrilled to share with you a book I just reviewed for Children’s Literature, written by Jessica Jacobs and illustrated by Jacquelyn Roslyn. With two children in every classroom having a food allergy, The Peanut Pickle is a must-read for kids with food allergies, their friends, and those that care for them. Jacobs does a wonderful job explaining what having a peanut allergy means on a daily basis.

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In honor of National Children’s Book Week, here’s a new review of a cute picture book about managing our feelings that my kids can’t seem to put down. Liesbet Slegers hits a home run with this story about Kevin, a likeable and typical little boy who experiences the very big feelings life throws at him throughout his day. If you have a young toddler and a child in elementary school, this book is sure to be a big hit with both! Slegers offers colorful and cute illustrations that are perfect for engaging this age group and taking kids through all of Kevin’s very common daily activities, which leave him feeling very common emotions: happiness, anger, sadness and fear.

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With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, food allergies and other auto-immune conditions on the rise, so many parents and their children find themselves struggling to manage emotions that can be intense, challenging and confusing. Clinical psychologists Judith M. Glasser, PhD, and Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, offer us Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool: Emotional Regulation Tools for Kids With AD/HD.

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In a fast-paced world where parents type away on iPhones and families rush from one activity to the next, Visiting Feelings is a beautifully illustrated book that takes children on a magical journey and invites them to stop and take a breath. How are they feeling? Lauren Rubenstein’s easy-to-read rhyming verses are catchy and fun. She gently encourages children to recognize, listen to, feel and explore their emotions. Check out my book review!

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