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March 1, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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All Natural hello Toothpaste Makes My Family Smile

Thank you to hello toothpaste for sponsoring today’s post. These toothpastes would have given me a reason to smile anyway.

All natural. No artificial sweeteners. Dye free. Sure you think of these words when you think of your food, but how about your toothpaste?

I have a toothpaste that is going to make you smile in more ways than one. Recently hello sent me a goody bag of their all natural toothpastes. Just on opening the box, I couldn’t help but smile. You’re not going to want to hide these bright colored tubes under the counter. And your kids are going to reach for these fun-loving colors, making brushing their teeth just a little bit easier.

All Natural hello Toothpaste Makes My Family Smile

Don’t these colors just want to make you smile?

 

As a mom, these products make me smile because they contain no artificial sweeteners like saccharin or neon blue and green dyes. hello toothpaste is a terrific alternative for kids to standard toothpaste. Why should toothpaste be mired in glitter, cartoon characters and neon colored gel formulas to get your kids to brush? hello kid’s toothpaste allows for a naturally friendly way to prevent kids from getting cavities, in mint-free flavors that will make them actually want to brush.

Now you can find hello’s line of new toothpastes at various retailers across the USA, with the new Peach Mango Mint and kids lines found exclusively at select Target stores and Target.com.

All Natural hello Toothpaste Makes My Family Smile

All natural. No artificial sweeteners. Dye free.

 

Join the Choose Friendly campaign!

To keep bringing smiles and joy to those around us, hello asked us to participate in their Choose Friendly campaign. We were challenged to take on one new friendly initiative — just to make someone smile! I decided to start at home first, and find one little treat I could give my boys to make them smile.

One night it was an extra story before bed. Another day it was pulling out the board games and snuggling up on the floor to play. One evening I snuck a frozen fruit treat into the freezer and told them to go find it. Life doesn’t have to be about big things to make someone smile.

And what I found interesting is as I did these little treats, my boys also started to return the favor… from offering with the dishes without my asking to feeding the dog to even running upstairs to get something I had left behind. Happy smiles create happier people and kids!

Make the Switch to All Natural Toothpaste

I’m so thrilled to have been introduced to hello. Their whole line of products is a friendly choice for both my home and my family.

All Natural hello Toothpaste Makes My Family Smile

You can find these products at Target and Target.com.

Clinically proven to strengthen enamel and protect against cavities (they have the ADA Seal of Acceptance), these delicious pastes polish teeth and freshen breath in flavors like supermint, mojito mint, pink grapefruit mint and peach mango mint. For those of you with little ones at home, hello has a kid-friendly line, featuring the same great formulas but in mint-free flavors kids will love, like Bubble Gum, Green Apple and Blue Raspberry.  Leaving out the mint means kids will brush longer, for healthy, sparkling smiles!

Formulated without artificial sweeteners, dyes, or preservatives (not to mention things like triclosan or polyethylene microbeads – look ‘em up!), hello products are never tested on animals and are made in the USA.

Now you can find hello’s line of new toothpastes at various retailers across the USA, with the new Peach Mango Mint and kids lines found exclusively at select Target stores and Target.com.

All Natural hello Toothpaste Makes My Family Smile

March 1, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Favorite Caldecott Books 1938-1959

Our personal favorite Caldecott books from Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1938-1959: Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Books 1938-1959

Our Favorites

Blueberries for Sal: Blueberries for Sal received an honor award from Caldecott during its very first year. This book has truly stood the test of time.

Description: What happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born!

Marshmallow: I just adored reading this book to my boys, who couldn’t get enough of this adorable fluffy bunny.

Description: Oliver is a tabby cat who is always the center of attention. Marshmallow is a baby rabbit who moves into Oliver’s home. At first Oliver does not welcome Marshmallow, but the little bunny’s charms are impossible to resist. This is the true story of how Oliver and Marshmallow become friends.

Madeline: Doesn’t everyone just love Madeline? I know my boys do… the entire series, including the newest installments from Lugwid Bemelmans’ grandson.

Description: The story of twelve little girls in two straight lines, the smallest one being Madeline, has delighted children for more than seventy years. Now the beloved Caldecott Honor Book is available in sturdy board book format and a reduced size perfect for small hands. While the text is slightly abridged, none of the charm of the original book is lost as a new format brings this classic title to a younger audience.

If I Ran the Zoo: This book was my dad’s absolutely favorite as a boy. And my boys get a kick out of reading about Dr. Seuss’ animal concoctions.

Description: Animals abound in Dr. Seuss’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald’s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!

Make Way for Ducklings: This book was an early favorite in our family, having just come from a big city ourselves.

Description: Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arrive safely at their new home.

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For the full Caldecott award winners and honor recipients, click the following:

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

TELL ME WHICH ONES ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

February 28, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Bedwetting is NOT Your Child’s Fault; GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Can Help Their Confidence

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Bedwetting. The very word is upsetting to a lot of kids, particularly those who feel like they should be old enough to not wet the bed at night. But the fact is 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the U.S. suffer from bedwetting (according to a GoodNites® brand study). Children who wet the bed at night aren’t lazy. It’s a medical condition known as nocturnal enuresis.

My son, who’s now 8, still wets the bed even though he’s been potty trained for years. After talking with his pediatrician, we understand that Vman’s body just isn’t ready to make it through the night. He sleeps so soundly and deeply that any signals his body might be sending just don’t wake him up.

As a parent, my biggest concern is that he’s embarrassed about bedwetting. We have skipped several sleep overs and camping opportunities because just thinking of having to manage this issue makes him cry. I can’t imagine how upsetting it must be to wake up wet every morning wet despite wishing and wanting to be dry. His will is there. His body is not. And so the key for me as a parent is to be patient and give him the confidence he needs that just because his body doesn’t wake him doesn’t mean it won’t happen — just not right now.

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GoodNites* TRU-FIT* comes as a starter kit with 2 pairs of colorful underwear for either boys or girls and 5 inserts. They come in sizes S/M and L/XL. From there, you just dispose of the insert and wash the underwear. You can buy additional inserts as needed separately.

 

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February 28, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Favorite Caldecott Books 1960-1969

Our personal favorites Caldecott books from Caldecott Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1960-1969: Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Books 1960-1969

OUR FAVORITES

Where the Wild Things Are: I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a child who didn’t love this book. I’m sure they’re out there, but they are few and far between.

Description: In the forty years since Max first cried “Let the wild rumpus start,” Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.

Inch By Inch: We all just love the clever little inchworm who outwits a vain nightingale. And, as many of you know, Leo Lionni is one of our all-time favorite children’s authors.

Description: A small green inchworm is proud of his skill at measuring anything—a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak. Then one day a nightingale threatens to eat him if he cannot measure his song.

Drummer Hoff: Drummer Hoff is one of those books that if my son’s see it in the library, they insist on taking it home. Good thing we have the accompany audio CD for the car, which adds in the varying drumming rhythms of the story.

Description: Ed Emberley won the 1968 Caldecott Medal for his bold illustrations for Barbara Emberley’s jaunty adaptation of the cumulative folk song about seven soldiers who build a magnificent cannon and Drummer Hoff, who fires it off.

May I Bring a Friend? Kings, queens and exotic zoo animals. My boys ate up everything about this book. Try out the audio CD that goes with it. Yep… we listen to it in the car all the time!

Description: One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation — the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: “May I bring a friend?”
“Any friend of our friend is welcome her,” says the King. But their guest’s friend turns out to be someone they never expected!

Little Bear’s Visit: I recall reading this book as a child, and my boys have embraced all of the Little Bear’s series.

Description: Little Bear likes to visit Grandmother and Grandfather Bear. He likes Grandfather’s hat and Grandmother’s cooking. But most of all, he loves to listen to their stories!

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For the full Caldecott award winners and honor recipients, click the following:

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

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February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Tips For Baking the Perfect Cookies!

Oh my goodness. Who doesn’t love love love an amazing cookie? But there are some hidden tricks to baking the perfect cookies at home. It’s not as simple as popping them into your oven.

And if you want to know how to make soft cookies that stay moist, check out my ultimate chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Try these tricks next time you are whipping up a batch of cookies at home. You’ll be surprised at just how wonderful they come out!

Tips For Baking the Perfect Cookies Every Time | The Jenny Evolution

Tips to the Perfect Cookies!

1. Test your oven temperature every few months, and make accommodations accordingly. Cookies are best when baked at 325 and just until the edges are light golden brown. The middle will still be a bit soft, but they will set up during cooling.

2. Make sure you cream together the butter and sugar well. It should be light and fluffy. This can take several minutes to happen, even with a stand mixer, but it is essential to the end result. Start with room temperature butter for best results. Then combine the sugars and butter on low speed for a minute, and after it is incorporated increase the speed to medium-high. Scrape down the bowl every minute or so to ensure that the butter and sugar is creaming evenly. When you scrape down the sides after a minute or two, it will be very heavy and resemble wet cement, or really dense sand. You aren’t done yet! Keep going until the mixture has lightened in color and in texture. This can take up to 4-5 minutes, even with a stand mixer!

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3. Chill the dough for a full 4 hours before baking. This helps keep them from flattening out too much during baking.

4. Get some parchment paper for baking. It makes cookies go so much faster! No need to grease a pan, and the cookies are perfect every time.

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And for the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie, check out my recipe (and the secret ingredient to chewy cookies).

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February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Secret Revealed! Perfect Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you make chocolate chip cookies only to have them turn crunchy after they cool or overnight? Today, I’m revealing a HUGE secret to baking the most chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft even overnight!

And thanks to Dollar General, I was also able to make these cookies for even less than I normally do. You might not think of Dollar General when you think of great baking supplies, but think again. Dollar General’s brand Clover Valley has many of the traditional staples on their shelves at lower prices than most stores.

Ingredients

From spices, canned goods, milk and eggs, you can make your favorite recipes for even less with Clover Valley. For this recipe, I substituted my regular, higher-priced ingredients for Clover Valley products from Dollar General, including sugar, salt, flour, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I was shocked that I walked away with almost everything I needed (plus some extra goodies for additional baking) for less than $14. And I have to say that while my wallet certainly noticed a difference, I didn’t notice a difference in taste.

Secret Ingredient for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Secret Revealed! Perfect Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe | The Jenny Evolution

You may know to produce chewier chocolate chip cookies, you have to remove them from oven when the outside edges are JUST starting to brown. But to really bake chewy chocolate chip cookies, you need to use DARK brown sugar. The darker the sugar, the more moisture the cookie will absorb after baking, helping to keep those delicious cookies chewy and soft.

And for even more tips for perfect cookies, check out my baking tricks.

Secret to Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
 
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Do you make chocolate chip cookies only to have them turn crunchy after they cool or overnight? I'm revealing a HUGE secret ingredient to making the most chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft even overnight!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 2½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2½ Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cup bread flour
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cup milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars in a stand mixer until light, fluffy, and creamy, about 4-5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  2. Add vanilla and mix.
  3. Sift together all dry ingredients and slowly add to the batter mixing on low while doing so. When well combined, mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Put all cookie dough into fridge for at least 4 hours. 24 is better, but 4 will do in a pinch.
  5. Take out and roll lightly into 1″ balls.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil (parchment paper is the best) and bake at 325 for 10-13 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven when the outside edges are JUST starting to brown for a softer, chewier cookie. Leave in another minute or so if you like them just a tad bit crunchier.
Notes
Tip: Chill the dough for a full 4 hours before baking. This helps the cookies from flattening out too much during baking.

And if you want to have fun, substitute dried cranberries and white chocolate for the milk and semisweet chips. You can also add in nuts or toss in some butterscotch chips. The possibilities are endless for this great cookie base.

For more information about Dollar General and additional baking ideas, visit them online or on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Favorite Caldecott Books 1980-1989

Our personal favorite Caldecott Books: Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1980-1989. Find these books at your local library or purchase through affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Books 1980-1989 | The Jenny Evolution

OUR FAVORITES

The Polar Express: You’ve probably heard of the movie, but did you know it’s a beloved children’s book as well? The Polar Express is a perennial favorite with my kids, because let’s face it, Santa is always in style! Plus, my boys love listening to the wonderful audio CD read by Liam Neeson.

Description: a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole.

Jumanji: Here’s another book that’s been turned into a movie. We have yet to see the movie but the book is amazing. Throw in Robin Williams who also is on the narrator on this quality audio CD and we find ourselves reading this book at home as well as in the car.

Description: Peter and Judy first found the game—Jumanji—with the instructions that once the game is started, it must be finished or it will go on forever—and thirty years ago, with this same wonderment, readers found Jumanji, too.

Truck: We read this board book until it literally fell apart. A book with no words, this toddler book was a terrific way for my kids to practice their vocabulary and description skills. All they cared about was they were in love with all of the trucks.

Description: In this wordless picture book, a large, bright red trailer truck packed with tricycles moves through pages of fog, truck stops, and crowded highways.

Ben’s Trumpet: We originally found this book because I was trying to find a way to introduce my kids to jazz. Instead I discovered a family favorite! The story is wonderful but don’t pass up on the audio CD, which plays jazz throughout the story.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears: The colorful illustrations really made this book a favorite version of Goldilocks for my boys.

Description: Goldilocks is one of those naughty little girls who does exactly as she pleases, even if that means sampling the three bears’ porridge, breaking Baby Bear’s chair, and sleeping in his bed. James Marshall’s offbeat and inventive telling of this familiar tale will enchant readers, young and old.

children's book week champion logo buttonFor the full Caldecott award winners and honor recipients, click the following:

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

TELL ME WHICH ONES ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Favorite Caldecott Books 1970-1979

Our personal favorite Caldecott books from Caldecott Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1970-1979: Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Books 1970-1979 | The Jenny Evolution

OUR FAVORITES

Freight Train: With two boys in the house, we have owned multiple copies of this book because we kept wearing it out. My boys relished learning what the different train cars were called while also learning their colors.

Description: Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train. The powerful words evoke the essence of inexorably rolling wheels, so that even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he has watched a freight train passing.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses: I originally checked this book out at the library, having absolutely no idea how much my son would fall in love with it. I think he gets caught up in the fanciful idea that someone could turn into something they truly love.

Description: There was a girl in the village who loved horses… She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way.” And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe’s horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations. Paul Goble tells how she eventually becomes one of them to forever run free.

Strega Nona: Strega Nona is one of our all-time favorite books. We have read this one a thousand times and have listened to the wonderfully produced audio CD in the car just as many times as well.

Description: Strega Nona — “Grandma Witch” — is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.

Frogs and Toad Are Friends: I remember this book being one of my favorites as a child and was so thrilled when my boys took to Frog and Toad as well.

Description: From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse: Leo Lionni is one of our all-time favorite authors! We fell in love with Alexander and his fanciful wish to become something other than an ordinary mouse.

Description: Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical mouse, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship.

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For the full Caldecott award winners and honor recipients, click the following:

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

TELL ME WHICH ONES ARE YOU FAVORITES?

February 26, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Friday Flash Blog No. 107 {Plus Features}

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe from Dishes and Dust Bunnies

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe from Dishes and Dust Bunnies

Wow! See this transformation from cabinet doors into a children's desk. DIY Tutorial from My Love 2 Create

Wow! See this transformation from cabinet doors into a children’s desk. DIY Tutorial from My Love 2 Create

Shamrock Shake Recipe from Three Kids and a Fish

Shamrock Shake Recipe from Three Kids and a Fish

DIY Moss Frame with FREE Printable from This Silly Girl's Life

DIY Moss Frame with FREE Printable from This Silly Girl’s Life

DIY Lotion Bars. Tutorial from Hellbilly Mama Blog

DIY Lotion Bars. Tutorial from Hellbilly Mama Blog

Skinny Dark Chocolate Chia Granola Recipe from Natural Chow

Skinny Dark Chocolate Chia Granola Recipe from Natural Chow

The Perfect Date Night Playlist from No Small Life

The Perfect Date Night Playlist from No Small Life

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Banana Pudding Cake Recipe from The Jenny Evolution

 

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Favorite Caldecott Award Winners 1990-1999

Our personal favorite Caldecott Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1990-1999: Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Award Winners 1990-1999 | The Jenny Evolution

OUR FAVORITES

Tuesday

Tuesday: What’s crazier than a book with flying frogs? A book with absolutely no words. My boys absolutely love the sci-fi plot as well as the chance to tell the story their way.

Description: The whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads will continue to enchant readers of all ages.

Seven Blind Mice

Seven Blind Mice: From learning their colors along with this book to actually understanding the meaning of this book, my boys have had an ongoing fascination with Ed Young’s version. They’ve also produced a terrific audio CD to go with it, so I often catch my kids reading the story on their own.

Description: “It’s a pillar,” says one. “It’s a fan,” says another. One by one, the seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. It’s only when the seventh mouse goes out-and explores the whole Something-that the mice see the whole truth.

No, David!

No, David!: Boy does this boy get into trouble. And boy do my boys love all the shenanigans David gets into.

Description: When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were these words: NO, DAVID! . . . and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do. Now David is all grown up. But some things never change….

Rapunzel

Rapunzel: There are many versions of the Rapunzel story out there; however, the deeply rich paintings in this book captured the imagination and attention of my boys.

Description: Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds. . . . The timeless tale of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently brought to life through Paul O. Zelinsky’s powerful sense of narrative and his stunning oil painting.

Snow

Snow: I can’t say enough about this book. It’s such a delightful, fanciful book about a boy’s wish for snow. We read it all winter long. And don’t miss the audio CD — it’s awesome to listen to in the car.

Description: No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.

Children's Book Week Champion

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Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

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