An Ode to the Class Parent

comparison-is-thiefAt first, I didn’t like you. There, I’ll admit it. I didn’t like you because you made me feel like a failure. The first time my oldest child came home and asked, “Mommy why aren’t YOU the class parent” I didn’t have a great response (and it wouldn’t be the first time this question was asked of me). At the time I had a baby at home, but maybe you did too? I worked from home, but maybe you also did that? I bet you also made gluten-free non-diary cupcakes with fondant leaves on them for the “Harvest Party” and organized your children’s book library (because of course you would have a children’s book “library”) according to color just like I saw on Pinterest and pinned to a board labeled “Home Stuff” but never actually attempted.

I was jealous. I’ll admit that too. I was jealous of the time and attention that you had to pay to this important job. I was jealous of the fact that your kid was probably really proud that it was HIS mom that was the class parent. I was jealous that you knew all the other parents (including their actual names) and I had a hard time remembering what kids were in my son’s class let alone which ones their parents were. I was jealous that you probably never missed a back to school night or a book fair and always knew when show and tell was and what letter it was that week. You probably never shouted “I don’t know just grab a truck!” down the stairs, shoving said truck into a backpack while the school bus idled outside the house, waiting, the bus driver clearly annoyed.

When the class mom is introduced each year, I do size her up, and I size myself up at the same time. Thoughts in my head include: Well, she probably doesn’t work, she probably doesn’t have any younger kids at home, maybe she used to be a teacher, or she really loves doing this sort of stuff, that’s why she does it and I don’t. All these thoughts are designed to make me feel better about the job I’m doing as a parent. Because I, on the other hand, am the mom who always tries to snap up the “easy” class party items like paper plates (paper plates are my specialty) or water bottles (the easiest, especially since you don’t need to find them in any sort of “theme”). I will be honest and admit that I have secretly felt the smallest triumph when I have successfully secured the paper plates spot first, actually bought the plates AND sent them in on the correct day. I will also admit that I have loathed the times I dropped the ball and got stuck making Halloween pumpkin faces on the tops of twenty five mandarin orange fruit cups with a Sharpie in one hand and a glass of wine in the other at 10:45pm the night before the party.

You see, I always wanted to be the class mom, the one who remembered all the stuff and had time and desire to make the cute snacks and volunteer to be the special reader and could help out getting the new kindergartners off the bus. I guess I just assumed I would do it, but one (sort of unexpected) career and a couple more kids later and my oldest two school age kids are out of luck on that front. Sometimes they are lucky I actually get their lunches packed, let alone pull my act together enough (aka get out of my sweatpants/shower) to make it over to school to volunteer.

So, I stopped comparing. And not just the class mom, I stopped comparing myself to any and all other moms. The saying “Comparison is the thief of joy” rings so true for me nowadays, by comparing myself to other moms to see if I measured up, I was only seeing things that I perceived as lacking in myself. I didn’t spend enough time helping out at my child’s school like the class moms did, I didn’t spend as much effort on the snacks as the other moms did, I didn’t play enough, sing the alphabet song in the car enough, put down my phone enough, I didn’t do ENOUGH. Not as much as other moms did, or at least, what I thought they were doing. And somehow, these little holes and spaces in my perception of Motherhood and What It Should Look Like made it feel less whole than it should be, less whole than it actually is.

I started focusing on what was great about the parenting job I was doing, and at the same time, the Class Mom, perched on her pretty pedestal of perfectly prepared preschool snacks and organized mud rooms that I put her on became a friend, not a foe. I actually realized how glad I was that there were moms out there that chose to volunteer, that these moms were also helping my child have a better school experience, not just her own. It reminded me of the whole “it takes a village” idea again, and rather than feeling bad about not doing class mom stuff, I was grateful to have an ally that could help out with things on the school front.

So, thank you Class Mom. Thank you for giving your time to help out at school, for dealing with moms like me who email you back in March about an email you sent in October, for those of us that still don’t know which day library day is even in June, thank you for helping us all feel like we are contributing something, even if it is just a pack of plates.

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Mamatoga Loves: The Beaufort Bonnet Company

bbcMy addiction started out light, with just a paci clip. I picked out a sweet little rosebud print, and then added a nice green monogram to it, why not? It arrived at my doorstep, and I fell in love, and that is where the addiction went even deeper. Now I had to have a bonnet.

A bonnet, you ask? Yes, a BONNET. But not just a bonnet, a Beaufort Bonnet Company bonnet. Up here in the north we aren’t really bonnet people, but once I laid eyes on these absolutely adorable (and monogrammable) bonnets I could not resist and I jumped in head first.

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 8.58.22 AMFounded in 2009, Beaufort Bonnet Company’s hallmark bonnets are based on a generations-old heirloom pattern from the coastal town of Beaufort, South Carolina. These polished, vintage style accessories are everything I love about little children’s clothing, and they were a huge hit, spawning mentions in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, InStyle, OK Magazine and People, where it was featured as a Mini Must Have.

They have baby clothing and accessories as well as boys and girls stuff, and it all has that perfectly preppy vibe mixed with the right amount of sweetness. You guys know I love classic looks for kids, there are certain things that will never go out of style, and the traditional also has a timeless appeal.

The bonnets are just the cutest, put one on your daughter at the beach, for her birthday, Easter Sunday, at the track (SO cute to wear to the track, OMG) or for that special family photo. They have summer designs in sweet seersucker and pretty pinks and classic holiday designs in traditional plaids. Boys aren’t left out either, their jon jons and shortalls, bucket hats and bow ties are to die for.


Once you get a little deeper into your own Beaufort addiction, let me introduce you to the diaper covers. THE DIAPER COVERS! I ordered one for Tallis with the teensy pink bows on the sides and her monogram in the most gorgeous light blue. This is clothing that doubles as a keepsake, it’s wearable but also photo prop worthy. I love it.

One of my absolute favorite items they have are the monogrammed bow swaddles, not your average swaddle blanket, these come with a gorgeous pink or blue bow that you can tie up on your new little bundle, again perfect for a photo and as a special keepsake once they get older. They are the absolute sweetest thing, hands down. Another unique item of theirs is the maternity sash, which I wish I had known about when I was pregnant. Use it for your bump photos or get it for a close friend as a baby shower gift, then when her baby arrives she can use it as a photo prop for newborn shots or as her own bow for swaddling.

bbc4It’s rare when I find a brand like this that I feel never hits a wrong note. Their cuts, colors, designs and styles all fit in perfectly with their sweet and proper southern style, and I am 100% on board with bringing that style up here to the north, so when you see me and Talley out and about and she is wearing her Hamptons Hot Pink bonnet, now you’ll know where I got it…xoxo




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Mamatoga Interview: Scott Campbell author & illustrator of Hug Machine

cvr9781442459359_9781442459359_hrI (fortunately) come from a family of huggers. I remember my mother telling me as a child that people need 8 hugs a day, something she once heard Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist say, who believed “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Hugging makes us feel good, makes us feel safe, and makes us feel loved. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger. Bottom line, hugs are important. So I was so excited when I saw that Scott Campbell, author and illustrator of the new children’s book Hug Machine from Simon & Schuster was coming to Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs on Friday, October 3rd at 10:30. His book, about a little boy on a mission to hug, is just so sweet and has such a positive vibe to it. I was lucky enough to do a little Q&A with Scott about his book, read more below and be sure to come by Northshire to see him on Friday (free & open to the public), you will definitely want to add this fantastic book for the littles to your family library. {ps, don’t forget to find Tally Ho! while you’re there}

This is your debut as an author/illustrator.  What inspired you to choose hugging as the focus of your book?

I have always been a real advocate for hugs and hugging.  I am known as a huggy sort of dude from all my friends.  The idea for this book came from a series of doodles I played around with one morning that depicted people going about their daily business with a child attached to them, hugging them.  I thought it would be funny if they just kept doing their things with a kid attached to them. Then it was just exploring how the kid feels about it.  The kid would probably be super proud of his skills and want to share it with the world.  So that’s why he calls himself the Hug Machine.  It is a self-proclaimed name.

If the little boy in Hug Machine had a message to spread with his hugging, what do you think that message would be?

I would say that he has two messages.  One is “Don’t worry about anything.  Hugs will solve your problems.  Or at least make you feel super good.”  But also, he is pretty proud of his hugging skills and would like the people of the world to know it.  He’s saying, “I’ve got you covered when it comes to hugging.  I will make you feel amazing through hugs.  Wherever you roam and whoever you are.  No hug is impossible!”

from Hug Machine, written & illustrated by Scott Campbell

from Hug Machine, written & illustrated by Scott Campbell

I can’t wait to read this one to my two-year-old, who has recently gone on a hugging strike and is resistant to any cuddling or snuggling.  Do you hope this book will help hugging averse kiddos be more willing to hug it out?

I hope so!  I think it is exciting to imagine everyone and everything getting a hug and enjoying it. I mean, if a tree can enjoy a hug, then you can enjoy one!  Just relax and let the hug take you into the chill zone.

Do you think this book has a message for parents as well, maybe for those of us that can sometimes be too busy for the simple spontaneous hug?

Oh, yes.  That is why many of the characters receiving hugs in this book from the Hug Machine are sort of caught mid task.  Someone might be watering a plant or waiting for the bus or eating a sandwich.  There is always time to pause and enjoy a hug.  It makes that task way more enjoyable and sometimes more endurable if it is something not incredibly fun normally.  Like doing one’s taxes.  That might be a good moment for a hug break.  A quick power up.  It doesn’t always need to be a hug to make someone feel better. It’s like a tender power-up!

Hug Machine author and illustrator Scott Campbell

Hug Machine author and illustrator Scott Campbell

Many thanks for the interview Scott! {hugs}

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in my {baby} bag

babybagA new addition to the family means that your bag gets hijacked by baby stuff. I gave up a long time ago on the traditional “diaper bag”, mainly because I could never find one I actually liked, style wise, and instead just find a bag big enough to accommodate all the baby stuff while also being able to stash in a few items for me as well. Right now I am loving my Cinco Powell monogrammed tote, it’s roomy enough for everything but polished enough that I don’t have to sacrifice any style for functionality. Inside you’ll find:

⋅ Target diapers (the best) ⋅ some choo choos to distract my toddler if need be ⋅ sweet little baby shoesthe cutest fall & winter diaper cover evera little lip stain that can double as a bit of a cheek stain in case I leave the house without putting any makeup on (happens often) ⋅ my favorite scent in a portable rollerball, not too overpowering for the little one in the front carrier but just enough scent for me ⋅ the BEST pick me up drink EVER {Tumeric Elixir of Life Vanilla Bean} find it here locallya Wubbanub, always ⋅ front carrier, so I can nurse her on the go, wherever we go ⋅ the softest bamboo swaddle from Aden & Anais, in the sweetest color, picked this one up here locallymonogrammed sunglasses, because they hide the lack of sleep under eye circles ⋅ Desitin, a workhorse product that always gets the job done ⋅ dum dums, because sometimes a little bit of sweet can go a long way for a two year old ⋅ an extra outfit for the baby {love the classic stripes of this one} ⋅ Tory Burch tortoiseshell iPhone cover, because who cares if there are more toddler alphabet apps on my phone than I’d like to admit, at least it looks pretty chic from the outside ⋅

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Mamatoga Switch Witch Giveaway! ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***

switchOctober is just a couple days away and that means kids will soon be getting Halloween fever (if they don’t have it already)! Last year was the first year that we tried doing the “Switch Witch”, where the kids trade a portion of their candy haul for a small gift or a small prize. It doesn’t have to be a toy, it can be a special activity they have been wanting to do, and it takes the aggravation out of the whole candy aspect of Halloween. Either you can keep some and dole it out as you see fit or you can find another place to bring it/donate it to. The Switch Witch is especially great for kids who have allergies and can’t have the traditional Halloween candy handed out in the neighborhood (click here for some ideas about allergy safe Halloween), or for little kids on their first Halloween outings who might be at risk for choking hazards from small candy or lollipops. Overall, the Switch Witch is great for keeping the sugar in moderation and making healthy choices.

And this year, the Switch Witch is actually HERE to help! The Switch Witch story is a great children’s book that comes packaged with the most adorable little stuffed witch in her very own cauldron, perfect for either a boy or a girl. I chatted with Lara, the author of the book about how the Switch Witch came to be, and at the end of the post make sure to enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of the Switch Witch complete with the Switch Witch herself & cute little cauldron!

What gave you the idea to create the Switch Witch story?

Lara: Rob, founder of The Switch Witch LLC, was frustrated last Halloween when his two sons came home with enormous heaps of trick-or-treating sweets.  His kids and wife told him about the idea of a Switch Witch: a friendly Halloween witch who switches kids’ candy into gifts!  Rob was so intrigued by this amazing idea that by the next morning he had set his mind to bringing the tradition and magic of Switch Witches to families everywhere with a children’s book and doll.  He called Lara, to write the book and be his business partner – and the rest is history!

How did you come up with the design for the doll? It is so cute!

L: Our primary goal for the doll was that it would be soft, cuddly, and friendly – an irresistible, sweet pal that kids would want to play with and even bring to bed with them.  Nashbox, our fabulous art design team, brought to life these ideas for the Switch Witch doll (and illustrations) is such a magical, perfect way.  We love the way they turned out.

What do you hope your Switch Witch doll & book does for families?

We hope that Switch Witch gives families a new Halloween tradition to enjoy together, while also helping them celebrate this holiday in a healthier way.  Switch Witch is perfect for parents who are concerned about dental health and teaching their children about moderation and healthy habits.  It’s also great for kids with food allergies. Also, Switch Witch is just plain ol’ FUN!  We hope Switch Witches bring more magic, playfulness, and memories to kids and parents every Halloween.

switchwitchThe Switch Witch folks were kind enough to send our family a copy to check out for ourselves and the kids absolutely loved it. The story is fun and playful and my 7 year old, 6 year old AND 2 year old loved it. I especially liked the “Switch Log” at the end of the book where the kids can record what costume they wore that year for Halloween and what they got from the Switch Witch, it’s like an extra keepsake for the parents.

We are certainly going to make this little cutie a part of our Halloween tradition, find out more about the Switch Witch here, and to enter to win your signed copy of the Switch Witch simply go like them on facebook here and then comment below! ONE winner will be chosen at random on Friday, October 3rd at 5pm and will be notified via email. Thanks so much to Lara and Rob for the giveaway, we can’t wait for Halloween! xoxo

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Thanks to everyone who entered!


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my weekend in photos

We usually try to keep our weekends family focused, with activities that we can all do, or at least make it a little balanced out between the kids, but this past weekend was heavily Leven focused as she had the Northeast Ballet Nutcracker auditions and a horse show at North Country Horses. She was thrilled to once again get a part as a Gingerbread in this year’s production, and did a fine job with the pony Scooby at the horse show, adding a few more ribbons to her budding collection. Jack and Finn did their best to keep themselves entertained (Jack played farmer while Finn pretended he was a Native American warrior with a bow and arrow) and Talley snoozed in the carrier amidst all the running around. The weekend was topped off by a refreshing dip in the dunk tank at the Henry Street Harvest Festival, all to raise money for the Gateway House of Peace, and I would like to sincerely thank all of you who donated money to get us all into that tank. xoxo


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Cooking with Kids {stuff I love}

photoAs you guys know, cooking with the kids is one of my favorite things to do, and these adorable little accessories will make it that much sweeter. Scroll down for what I am absolutely dying to add to my kitchen right now, along with some of our tried and true family recipes. Want the kids to pick up some cooking skills of their own to try out at home? Click here for the Healthy Living Market and Cafe Learning Center schedule full of great kids classes (fun stuff for adults too)!

bibimbap make it yourself ⋅ rainbow pancakessmoothiesthe family tablespaghetti & eggsapple crumbleeasiest pasta evernutella croissantssweet crepes ⋅ magic quinoa breakfast cookies

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Do You Have a Parenting “Style”?

styleDuring a recent Bravo binge watching session I happened upon a new reality show on their roster which is all about parents and their parenting “styles” called “Extreme Guide to Parenting”. Each episode features a family with a “unique” parenting style, like the “Everything on Demand Baby” (more or less the classic attachment parenting), “Body Positive” Parenting (I’ll just let you guys see that one for yourselves), and other families like the ones that live out of their car and travel the world, the mom who uses hypnosis on her kids, and more. I have to admit, the show is pretty entertaining, but of course I take it with a grain of salt as it is a reality show and we all know reality shows often have very little to do with actual “reality”.

Nevertheless, it got me thinking about all these different parenting styles, and the people who gear their parenting along the parameters of said style, and started me wondering if I had a parenting style and didn’t even realize it? If not, would adopting a style make things easier in some ways or would it be restrictive? And what if you and your significant other disagreed about which style was best?

I decided that my parenting style is really a mix of all of them, and also varies with each child and each child’s personality. Of course there is a common undercurrent with all of the parenting in our house, but right now I’m more or less an attachment parent with the baby, a permissive parent with the toddler, a somewhat strict parent for the older two, and a positive parent for all of them. I’ve also changed the way I parent as I’ve gotten older. Between when my first child was a baby and now with my fourth, things have come a long way. And of course, parenting changes as kids get older. As much as I’d love to be an attachment parent of my two year old right now, I’m lucky if he sits still long enough to let me give him a quick kiss. And my 6 and 7 year olds need a little bit more structure while also giving them more responsibility and freedom.

So what is your style? Do you adhere to one type of parenting or is yours a hodge podge mix like mine is?




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What’s Wrong with a Little Pink?


Halloween is just around the corner, and after a few close calls at a nearly empty costume shop I am happily on board the planning early train when it comes to this holiday. So the other day I sat the older kids down and asked them what they wanted to be:

2 year old boy: “Choo choo head”. Okay, we can work on that…I think…

7 year old boy: “Star Wars”. Okay, sort of broad, but we can definitely do that.

6 year old girl: “Pink princess”.

At first, I have to admit I tried to talk her out of it. Why all the focus on pink and princesses? Why not be a strong female character like Amelia Earhart? No, she did not want to be Amelia Earhart, and I was slightly relieved as visions of me trying to construct a cardboard wearable plane popped into my head. How about Frida Kahlo? After perusing through some Google images she decided a firm no on the famed Mexican artist (although we both liked all the flower headpieces). I suggested Nancy Drew, since she just started reading my old books my mom had stored away, but she pointed out that costume wouldn’t be very “fun” and I had to agree with her. Princess it was, and she wanted it to be pink. And “fluffy”. And she wanted a tiara and maybe a wand. Oh and high heels, definitely high heels.

Instantly I thought I should steer her away from all the princessy stuff, all the pink stuff, the frou frou stuff. But why? Recently it seems like the knee jerk reaction is to challenge our girls to think outside the pink and challenge the notion that all things girl have to be pink and princessy. There is an underlying idea that the “girly” stuff is somehow less smart and less strong than more gender neutral items. Articles with headlines like “The War on Pink” have popped up, even a petition asking toy stores to desegregate their toy aisles. I’ve seen time and time again parents and kids alike be praised for nonconformity if they have a girl that plays with trucks or one that likes to “get dirty” or roughhouse, as if somehow girls must be either one way or another, either they like the “girly” stuff or they are “tomboys”. The tomboys are viewed as stronger, more powerful, whereas the girls who play with the pink vacuum cleaner and the tiaras are seen as weaker. Parents feel the need to temper their children’s girly sides by saying things like “Well she loves princesses but she also loves playing with the boys”. Why must the “girly” side be viewed in any way as a negative, or one that might hinder her as she grows up? Can’t the girly stuff be just as good as playing with the boys?

Levy is surrounded by the more stereotypical “boy” toys like superhero stuff, trains and trucks, and our garage is filled with pretty much every piece of sports equipment you can think of (I think we even have a cricket bat in there), and she can freely play with anything she chooses. But what message am I sending if I tell her what she chooses is somehow wrong, or worse, not the “smart” or “strong” choice? Is a pink princess fishing pole really that different from a red Iron Man fishing pole? Are we getting a little too hung up on the notion of “girl” toys and “boy” toys and losing sight of what is really important in a childhood?

My seven year old is in love with Star Wars, does that mean that he thinks he’s going to actually be a Clone Trooper when he’s older? Does my two year old think he’s going to be a Choo Choo Head? (Actually I’m not sure about that one since we are still unclear as to what that means exactly, but still…) No, it’s make believe, and he loves creating games with his friends where they pretend. So how is that somehow more appropriate than letting a little girl pretend to be a princess? I doubt my first grade daughter thinks she is going to live in a giant pink castle with a talking chandelier or a friendly crab who helps her along on her journeys, but I feel pressured to steer her past this route, and onto one that has more “empowered” girls, maybe girls who don’t wear as much pink and don’t make any appearances in Fairy Tales.

The fact is though, it’s not that stereotypical “boy” toys are more powerful than “girl” toys, what is powerful is imagination, and giving kids the chance and the confidence to cultivate their own imaginative spaces, to create their own make believe, whether it’s a girl pretending to be Spiderman or a boy who loves My Little Pony (honestly go watch the Brony documentary on Netflix if you haven’t yet, pretty interesting stuff). Me telling my 6 year old that a pink princess somehow isn’t a worthwhile choice only diminishes her and sends the message that her preferences aren’t important and are somehow “wrong”. What is wrong, however, is sending the message to girls who are more pink inclined that their choices aren’t as smart or as forward thinking as the anti-pink chick from down the block.

I’m over the pink/no pink debate, and instead think the focus should be on letting kids be themselves, whichever type of toy they choose to play with and not getting crazy over the idea that they are somehow making these future life defining decisions based on their toy purchases when they are young. One toy aisle might be more pink and one aisle might be less so, but you don’t need to prove your gender one way or another to be able to walk down one to browse or to purchase. I have bought many a Lego box from the “boy” aisle for Levy and Finn has had a lot of fun building the little Lego Friends sets that were purchased from the “girl” aisle. It’s pretty straightforward, actually, if they like stuff from one aisle, get that, if it’s from the other one, get that. Don’t like the commercials that target kids one way or another? Don’t have kids watch them, it works great for us.

Finally, don’t condemn the pink princessy stuff as being silly or frivolous, because it could be a rich part of a little girl’s imagination, a special part of her childhood. Chances are, it’s not the only part of a child’s imagination either, or the only part of their play. Encouraging them and empowering them to make their own choices, to let their imaginations run free through any toy aisle or as any character they like will help build strong people, boys or girls. It will also help them to be more open minded people in the long run too, and to be more respectful of each other’s choices, be it the little boy who likes to play with dolls or the girl who has a Green Lantern lunchbox.

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Find Tally Ho! at Northshire Bookstore & Win!

tallyhoMamatoga and Northshire Bookstore are teaming up to add even more fun to your visit to the Children’s Floor of their store at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs with some great scavenger hunt fun!

In honor of Baby Talley‘s arrival, a teensy glass fox named Tally Ho! (pictured above) has hidden himself in the Northshire Bookstore Train Town (located on the Children’s Floor). He has some horses and hounds hot on his little fox tail, so he’ll be moving around Train Town quite a bit, but if your child comes to the children’s checkout desk and says “Tally-Ho!” and can correctly name where he’s hiding, he or she will get some nice loot! While you’re there check out some of these best sellers this week!

91h7wNd9PSL1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Read the first book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.





tumblr_static_81tcvl27fwg0kccookwoowswo2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.




97805443406883. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning classic is now adapted as a major motion picture by The Weinstein Company.






97805254788124. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault In Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.





97805456851605. Minecraft: Combat Handbook: An Official Mojang Book by Stephanie Milton

This official handbook will teach Minecraft players everything they need to know to defend themselves from hostile monsters and enemy players. It includes tips on how to build a fort, craft armor and weapons, set mob traps, defeat enemies in one-on-one combat, and more.




Bestsellers in Children’s Illustrated:
97806940036171. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.



812u6SS6wpL2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers.




97803991639683. Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long

A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of compassion and standing up for others, featuring everyone’s favorite tractor, Otis.





97807364305174. Frozen Little Golden Book by Victoria Saxon, illustrated by Grace Lee

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a young dreamer, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, and his reindeer on the grandest of journeys to find Anna’s sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell.




97803853755595. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager

In this clever twist on the age-old belief that there’s no such thing as unicorns, Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! This refreshing and sweet story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.




And our family’s current favorite can also be found on the Children’s Floor at Northshire Bookstore…

dragonslovetacosDragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

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