Bear and Mouse Read Summer: There Might Be Lobsters

Our second summer pick is There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi illustrated by Laurel Molk. This book is a fantastic beachy summer read that shows us what it means to be brave. Eleanor takes her small pup Sukie and Sukie’s sock monkey Chunka Munka to enjoy a fun day at…

Bear and Mouse Read Summer: And Then Comes Summer

We’re getting the blog back up and running after a long break for some family/ heavy life stuff… thanks for still following along!  I want to do a series of blogs on some summer books we’ve discovered lately, and to start it off, I’m sharing And Then Comes Summer by…

A Little Something Silly | Don’t Squish the Sasquatch & Don’t Splash the Sasquatch

We LOVE silly books at our house. The more ridiculous, the better! Do you know what makes a 3 year old’s giggle box turn over? Think of something completely absurd, I mean really use your imagination, add some silly sounds, maybe even a made-up word or two. At three you…

Lenten thoughts | Good Dirt

Here’s the honest truth when it comes to guiding my kids in their spirituality: I’m pretty often terrified I’m screwing it up. With Margaret, I wonder, did I choose to show her love today, or did I grow impatient too soon? And with Bonnie, lately, no matter how I try…

Happy birthday, Rosa Parks | board books for black history month

It’s black history month, and today I wanted to share two board books we received recently that I think are perfect to introduce some important historical figures of the civil rights movement to little minds. Did you know Rosa Parks was born today in 1913?  The Story of Rosa Parks…

Book Spotlight: They All Saw a Cat

Have you ever thought about how we can look at the same thing, and see it so, so differently? What shapes the way we see? Brendan Wenzel’s picture book They All Saw a Cat explores this concept through his beautiful, imaginative art paired with a very simple text. The cat…

Bear and Mouse Read Christmas: Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree

Sisters, Sisters, there were never such devoted sisters!               Secretly every time I watch “White Christmas” I hope one day Bonnie and Margaret will learn the fan dance, become a singing duo, and wear matching dresses forever, because look how cute they are when…

Bear and Mouse Read Christmas: Goodnight Manger

Can you believe tomorrow is December? WHAT HAPPENED?! Margaret is about to have her first birthday, but it seems like just yesterday she was our little blanket burrito baby in the hospital. I have all of the girls’ Christmas (and birthday) shopping done, and that feels good. All you other…

Blog Tour: The Berenstain Bears Love One Another

Do you remember reading the Berenstain Bears growing up? I still remember checking out books in the series from our church library as a kid. I was happy to find out that even though Stan and Jan Berenstain passed away, their son Mike continues to write and illustrate new bear…

Make Love the Loudest Voice | Walking on Water

It’s been a little while since my last post. I wanted to take some time to reflect last week, and I’ve been mulling around ideas of what book to feature next. It’s almost like the world, in all of its chaos and craziness, demanded some sort of response, and I…