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Katie Meadows  Mom of two little girls living in the Pacific Northwest. Children’s literature blogger and book list guru. Follow along to see what we’re reading!

Happy Sunday! We stopped by @barnesandnoble today and I had a chance to sneak away to do some shopping for myself (something I haven’t done in what feels like FOREVER). Now that the holidays are almost done I’ll hopefully have more time for reading, so I snagged three new paperbacks from a sale table. My sister-in-law got me Cravings: Hungry for More by @chrissyteigen for Christmas but I didn’t have her first book yet so I had to grab it! Have you picked up any new books lately? 📚









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Today is Olivia’s last day of school before the holiday break! This morning I put the finishing touches on these play dough Christmas tree kits that we made for her classmates. Each baggy has a ball of homemade green play dough with a handful of bits and baubles for decorating! Parents and teachers: what are your plans for the Christmas break? 🎄

One of our favorite new Christmas books of 2018 is "Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins" written by @suefliess and illustrated by @markachambers. When Santa wakes up with a bad cold on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus decides to deliver presents in his place! During her ride around the world, Mrs. Claus keeps her cool in the face of all manner of mishaps before returning home to North Pole with only ten minutes to spare. Chambers' bright energetic illustrations are delightful and sprinkled with modern details (Mrs. Claus mounts what appears to be an iPad to the dash of the sleigh). My daughter absolutely loved this book! •





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With Halloween only 2 weeks away, my family's collection of Halloween-themed books has been in heavy rotation. Many thanks to @scholasticinc for sending me a copy of the new board book 'Haunted Halloween' written by @suefliess and illustrated by @jayafleck. Both of my kids have been thoroughly enjoying this rhyming counting book! This cute book would make a worthy addition to a baby or toddler's Halloween library. Swipe for a sneak peek at the inside!
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Who’s ready for fall?? I’ve got a brand new book list up on the blog today (link in profile). We’re talking about my favorite apple-themed picture books that are perfect for preschoolers! 🍎🍏🍎🍏 •






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My oldest daughter’s Pre-K orientation is in 2 weeks, so we have time to squeeze in one more back-to-school book!
In HELLO SCHOOL! by Priscilla Burris (@priscilladesign) a diverse group of adorable youngsters enthusiastically experience the first days of a new school year. This fun picture book would be a great addition to a Pre-K or kindergarten classroom library!
It seems like most of my Insta-friends have already started the new school year, but here in northwest WA we always start sometime after Labor Day. Have your kids gone back to school yet?
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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by @ryan_t._higgins has been on repeat in our house for the past couple of weeks. My preschooler can’t get enough of this hilarious story about a young T. Rex whose first day of school takes an unexpected turn: all of her classmates are human children! The illustrations are adorable and the underlying message - treat others how you want to be treated - is not at all heavy handed. This book would be a perfect classroom read-aloud for younger grades!
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Here’s a peek inside “Mermaid School” written by Joanne Stewart Wetzel and illustrated by @julianna_swaney
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For more about this book check out my last Insta post or click the link in my profile to read my full review!
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If you have a little one starting school soon, run to your local library or bookstore and check out “Mermaid School” written by Joanne Stewart Wetzel, illustrated by @julianna_swaney and published by @aaknopf
This whimsical rhyming story follows a group of mer-children on their very first day of school. Click the link in my profile to read my full review! This book is a must-read for the mermaid-loving kiddos in your life. 🧜🏼‍♀️💕




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Summer colds are just THE WORST. We are in our third week of a nasty cold that has made its way through my entire house. 🤒 When it got to me it turned into a pretty bad case of bronchitis which had me laid up all weekend. I’m feeling better today but I don’t really have it in me to read to my kids, so we’ve been listening to audiobooks instead. This entertaining Dr. Seuss collection from @audible_com is performed by an all-star voice cast including Kelsey Grammer, Dustin Hoffman, and John Lithgow. I highly recommend checking it out! •
Do you listen to audiobooks with your kids? Leave me a comment with your recommendations!

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