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Moonlight the Halloween Cat Pipe Cleaner Art New book alert: Otto the Book Bear in the Snow (affiliate link) Black as Moonlight Chocolate Pudding Moonlight the Halloween Cat Apple Pie Parfaits Painted, Stamped and Scented Apple Pie Craft The Apple Pie Tree Apple Pancakes from @ourspicedkitchen Leaf Mosaic Trees Craft... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Laurenne Sala illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser Have you seen the You Made Me a Mother video? (If not, find it in the Parents' Corner below!) Just in time for Mother's Day, HaperCollins has turned this popular poem-turned-video into a beautiful and touching picture book. While the text will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Ben Hatke "Julia's house came to town and settled by the sea. Things are just a little too quiet for Julia, so she opens her doors to any lost creatures in search of ah ome. Soon she's hosting troops, goblins, mermaids, ghosts, and even dragons. Quiet isn't exactly a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by April Halprin Wayland illustrated by Katie Kath We were delighted to receive a copy of More Than Enough: A Passover Story for review, and from the first reading we were struck by the joyfulness of the story. We firmly believe any picture book can be a starting point for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Douglas Florian Illustrated by Sonia Sánchez The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits is one of our absolute favorite new books of the year. Reading this book, you'll discover that rabbits have wonderful habits we humans never knew about, from finding buried treasure to playing recorders and having dance parties, to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your young reader through picture books, kid-friendly recipes, and hands-on crafts and art activities. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Jeanne Birdsall illustrated by Matt Phelan Oh, the joys of having a little brother! In Flora's Very Windy Day the first picture book from The Penderwicks author Jeanne Birdsall, Flora has just about had enough of being a big sister after Crispin spills her paints. When the pair are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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Encourage reading and learning with a recipe, art activity and more inspired by picture book Rudy's New Human by Roxanna Elden and Ginger Seehafer. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Jerry Pinkney Come along on a journey to eastern Africa, where elephants roam and zebras graze in the Serengeti. This is the breathtaking setting of Jerry Pinkney's wordless telling of The Lion & the Mouse, Aesop's tale that celebrates kindness and courage. Is your young reader rambunctious and confident... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Jan Brett For four of the five years of Off the Shelf's existence, we have featured a Jan Brett book in at least one of the winter months. This pattern was completely unintentional, but makes sense with the snowy, usually Scandinavian settings of her stories. So, you can tell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Mike Wu What's an elephant to do when her zoo is in trouble? Each of her friends has a special talent that they use to help their beloved zoo from closing down. Ellie has lots of enthusiasm but struggles to discover her helpful gift, until one day she discovers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Off the Shelf
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by Levi Pinfold We often hear you have nothing to fear but fear itself, but sometimes (quite often, in fact), that fear takes on a mind of its own and plays tricks on us. This phenomenon is explored in Levi Pinfold's charming picture book, Black Dog . One day, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Off the Shelf
We've come to the last day of our Book-Inspired Gift Guide, and we hope you have enjoyed the picture books and ideas we have collected. Here's a recap of the past 12 days: Day 1: Holiday Books Day 2: Peter Rabbit Day 3: Olivia Day 4: Madeline Day 5: For... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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Spark young readers' love of cooking with these gift ideas. Start with some lovely cookbooks (some inspired by picture books, others with their own stories), then set them up with their own supplies! Happy baking! Christmas is almost here! Need some more ideas? Check out Day 1: Holiday Books, Day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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Don't you love Jan Brett's books? We have featured several here on Off the Shelf, including Gingerbread Baby, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Hat and The Three Snow Bears. In every book you can look at the illustrations for hours before you see all the details. So today we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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by Hallie Durand illustrated by David Small In Catch That Cookie! , it's December and, like in many schools at this time of year, the smell of gingerbread is wafting down the halls of Marshall's school. He does NOT believe the multiple stories of runaway cookies that his class had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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Although we are just heading into the winter months, you and your young reader can dream of the warm spring and summer days ahead with these gardening gifts. Start with a few garden inspired books (of course) to tide you until planting time, then get ready to dig in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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On the first day of the last week of school before the holiday break, we have gifts inspired by the best (in our opinion) teacher in children's literature: Miss Bindergarten! Did your young reader start kindergarten this year, or is he or she getting ready to start in the fall?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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Day 7 of our Book-Inspired Gift Guide is all about Winnie the Pooh! Be sure to check out our post on a Collection of A.A. Milne Books. There is a lovely recipe for Honey Hot Chocolate, and some Honey Bread to go with it! You might also enjoy the other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most beloved picture books of all time, and that shows in the number of products available featuring the caterpillar, fruit, and butterfly. Any of these would make wonderful book-inspired gifts, but I think we have chosen some that really inspired young readers'... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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Welcome to Day 5 of of our book-inspired gift guide. Today is a bit different from the past few days; we have suggestions for a few book that are perfect for budding artists and creators (and what child isn't one, the other, or both?), then there are lots of supplies... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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Spend you holiday at the old house in Paris that was covered in vines with the one and only Madeline! This is day 4 of out Book-Inspired Gift Guide; you might also enjoy Gift Guide Day 1: Holiday Books, Gift Guide Day 2: Peter Rabbit, and Gift Guide Day 3:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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We are back with Day 3 of our Book-Inspired Gift Guide, today with the marvelous Olivia! If your young readers enjoyed the Olivia and Olivia Helps with Christmas recipes and activities we have featured on Off the Shelf, you might like to bring the book alive even more with some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Off the Shelf
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In our humble opinion, it doesn't get more classic than Beatrix Potter's "little books," and no young reader's book collection is complete without The Tale of Peter Rabbit. For over 110 years, the mischievous bunny has been delighting readers of all ages, and has come to life in countless ways.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Off the Shelf
Hello friends! Are you getting into the holiday spirit? This can be such a magical time of year with young readers scampering around the house; their excitement is truly infectious! And, of course, be sure to include special Christmas books for extra holiday spirit and fun! One of our goals... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Off the Shelf