Children’s Book Review: You can do it, Squirrel

Children’s Book Review: You can do it, Squirrel

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Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: Independently published (December 28, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1790452503
ISBN-13: 978-1790452507.


Squirrel and Elephant are best friends. One day, when Squirrel sees delicious nuts high up in a tree, she is scared to climb it. Elephant motivates her and supports her, and when things go wrong, he is there for her. Together, they overcome the hurdle, and they can’t wait for their next adventure.


This lovely picture book tells about the genuine friendship between two good friends— Squirrel and Elephant. One day, Squirrel finds nuts in a tree but is fear to climb up the tall tree to get one. Then, Elephant motivates and helps her to overcome her fears.

The beautiful illustrations immediately catch my eyes. I think it will offer kids a great visual. Also, It reminds me of an old saying, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.” What a great teaching book for kids to learn about what true friendship is. Moreover, its bilingual text in German and English makes it really a must-read for raising a bilingual baby.

About Author

Born in Heidelberg, Germany
Twitter:  katebreuer
Genre:  Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children’s
With the help of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, as well as Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, and the like, she began writing fantasy novels and short stories. One of her first finished books, and one of the most embarrassing choices of her writing career, was a sequel to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

It was years before she finally went on to original work and even longer before any of it had much value. In 2015, she wrote this very book during NaNoWriMo, well, a very rough first draft. In 2018 it is now finally edited and ready for you to read.

Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy for an honest opinion.


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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


10 Best Board Books for Baby and Toddlers

10 Best Board Books for Baby and Toddlers

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My son is a little book worm. We never have to remind him to engage in his reading. I think one of the reasons is that I read to him as early as he was born. Board books can bring a safe, simple and fun early reading experience to your baby. This list is my son’s favorite when he was a baby. It makes our read-aloud time really enjoyable and I hope it can also delight your little ones.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

We have a great number of collections on Dr. Seuss’s work. My son enjoys catchy alliterations and rhymes in his books a lot. There is no exception for this book. It makes learning the alphabet in such a fun and easy way. The colorful illustration will also catch your babies’ eyes.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

The cute book is about a baby bear’s journey to find his mother, in which different animals appear along the journey. In this book, beautiful illustration and repeating words will sure to delight your baby.

Dear Zoo

When my son was still a baby, he enjoyed picking up flaps on each page of this book to find different animals. The story tells about a little boy writing letters to a zoo for a pet. But he fails as none of them meets his requirements. Different characteristic of each animal is introduced in such a fun way.

I Love You Through and Through

This sweet simple book is one of my boy’s favorite when he was a baby. We used this book to play games with him. Whenever I read it to him, he will touch his ears, nose, toes or pretend to cry or laugh… Its round corners will be safe for little ones.

I Wish You More

There are 14 different wishes in this book. All of them convey the love message to kids— they are loved by others. It’s important for a little baby to know that. Moreover, its beautiful illustration and simple lines on each page match perfectly with each wish, which makes its content easy to understand by little ones.

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA

This super simple book is appealing for little ones. “DADA” is repeated to help little baby to recite. Different sounds of animals will delight the ears of your little ones. Read it to your baby and share the humor in this book.

Mommies Say Shhh!

It’s a simple fun book for young ones with different animal noises and the beautiful scenery of the rural area. When my son was about one year old, I read it to him in read-aloud time. He really enjoyed the animal noises and tried to make these noises. It’s really fun.

Little Blue Truck

Animal sounds and truck noises are introduced in this book. Your little ones must enjoy these sounds. You can also play sound-matching game with this book. Meanwhile, this book tells us a great lesson—friendship and teamwork can help us overcome any difficulties.

That’s Not My Bear

It’s one of the sensory book “That’s not my” series for babies. Little ones can touch different textures in this book to develop their sensory. The repetitive lines will help little ones learn to read.

Vegetables in Underwear

As the title says, vegetables in this book wear underwear. It seems so silly, but in this way, little ones can make sense of these adjectives— big, small, clean, dirty, serious and funny. When my son was in his diaper, I read it to him. It brings him a lot of fun. You can’t miss it in your read-aloud time for your baby.


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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


15 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

15 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is coming. What gifts do you prepare for your kids? I think picture books about Valentine’Day is a good idea to share and feel love. (Here are more reading benefits for kids) Read these books with your kids and they will definitely enjoy.

If You’ll Be My Valentine

It’s about a boy’s loving wishes to all the family members. Its rhymic poems and adorable illustrations will be sure to attract young readers. It’s fun to read aloud with kids to celebrate the romantic holiday.

Love, Ruby Valentine

Ruby, a Valentine’s fan, is crazy about Valentine’s Day. In the holiday mood, she prepares it ahead of time. However, accidentally she sleeps through the big day, missing it. What’ll Ruby do next? Read it with your Valentine’s fan and try to get the love message— every day is the perfect day to say “ I love you”.

The Valentine Bears

Hibernating through the winter, Mr. and Mrs. Bear never have the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But on this Feb.14,  Mrs. Bear sets an alarm clock…… How do they spend the special day together? Share the story with kids and feel the true love of these two bears.

10 Valentine Friends

It’s a simple counting book on Valentine’s Day. In this book, the ten friends are eager to make perfect Valentine cards for their friends. It’s such a fun way to learn counting and the special day. Count with your kids and try to get how many cards are there in this book.

Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game

My kid enjoys the TV show of Peppa Pig. This book is one of his favorites. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, on Feb.14 Peppa’s family plays a “ I love you game”. What’s the special game is about? Read this book to your kids and try to get the answer.

Mouse’s First Valentine

The two cute little mice in this book are really fascinating. They tell us about the genuine love between siblings. Besides you can introduce Valentine’s card-making to your kids with this book.

Why? Because I love you!

“Why do I have to wear a hat?” As a parent, you may come across this kind of question with your kids. What’s your answer? In this book, you can get the best one, that is, “Because I love you.” Follow little Dup’s adventure and feel the warm love between child and parent.

Plant a Kiss

What do we usually plant? A tree, a flower or some other things. This time, the little girl plants a kiss. What will she get in the end? Read the cute tale about hope, kindness and sharing to explore the surprise the book gives us.

The Biggest Kiss

This is a perfect book for younger children. Its rhyming text and stunning illustration make it an adorable bed story. Whenever I read it to my kid, he will create kissing noises. We can’t help laughing about it. You can add it to your must-read list on Valentine’s Day.

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar

If you have ever read the counting book Very Hungry Caterpillar, you must be amazed by its beautiful and vibrant illustrations. In this Valentine’s Day, you can’t miss this book because this book is the typical Eric Carle’s artwork. Read it with your younger ones to join the celebration of this special day.

My Fuzzy Valentine

On Valentine’s Day, Elmo receives an unsigned Valentine. Who’s the sender? Elmo begins his exploration in sesame street to find out the mysterious sender. Read this touch-and-feel board book to your kids and try to figure out the sender.

Love Monster

In Cutesville, the only monster is looking for a friend. He looks everywhere but fails. When he’s about to give up, another monster appears. On this Valentine’s Day, the cute story will send us the love message “love will appear at the most unexpected moment.”

Too Many Valentines

If you are the fan of the Robin Hill School series, you can’t miss this book. Neil thinks Valentines are silly. However, when he doesn’t receive any Valentines at school, he feels left out. I think the most important thing in this book is to tell your kids that other kids also encounter problems in their life.

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool

One of the great books of Pete the Cat series about Valentine’s Day. At first, Pete isn’t into the holiday. After his friend Callie explains the special meaning of the holiday, he changes his mind and decides to make Valentines to all his friends. The colorful illustrations, stickers, and cards included in this book are great attractions for kids.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!

This is also another good read on Valentine’s Day. A little mouse makes Valentine cards for all his beloved friends to celebrate the holiday. Each Valentine card shows why he loves each friend for their specialty to him. I think your kids will fall in love with it.

Want more Valentine’s Day ideas?

Try the following list to spend an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with your children!

How To Spread Love On Valentine’s Day And All Year Long from Happy Science Mom

Valentine’s Day Activities Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Will Love from Fab Working Mom Life

Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts For Toddlers from Spit Up and Sit Ups

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Infants and Toddlers from A Flourishing Rose

Valentines ideas for dads from life with little and lula

How to Help Kids Make a Valentine’s Day Countdown Calendar from Coffee and Carpool

Valentine’s day – Book gift ideas for toddlers from Reading And Living




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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


8 Dinosaur Picture Books for Young Dino-fans

8 Dinosaur Picture Books for Young Dino-fans

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Dinosaur is a popular topic among kids. There’s no exception for my 4-year-old dinosaur-fan. He likes roaring around like a little dinosaur, asking endless questions about the topic.

If you have a dinosaur lover, add these 9 picture books to your dinosaur theme. You and your young readers will be sure to enjoy.

by Molly Idle

Tea Rex

It is such a fun, hilarious read that my son begs for reading over and over. The two siblings in the story are planning a special tea party for a huge roaring T-Rex. As a carnivorous beast, does Mr. T-Rex, the guest, can help himself? Does everyone have a good time? Read it and see!

by Catherine D. Hughes

Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs

This book serves as an ideal read for young dinosaur fans. The catch is that you can find everything you ever expected to know about dinosaurs in this book. Moreover, the suggested activities on the tip page provide ways for parents and teachers to extend the learning experience. Read and explore the prehistoric creatures with your young readers.

by Henrietta Stickland

Dinosaur Roar!

This is a nice book to introduce opposite, adjectives, and dinosaurs. Its beautiful illustrations marry with rhymes in such a good way. Read with your young readers and get them to repeat after you. They will enjoy the art and be more engaged in the story.

by Byron Barton

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

In this book, you will find dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes, and characteristics. As its word choice is simple, it serves as an appropriate read for beginning readers. Get into it and enjoy its colorful and vivid illustrations with your kids.

by Syd Hoff

Danny and the Dinosaur

One day Danny visits a museum to see a dinosaur display. A dinosaur comes alive and asks Danny to play with him. Then, the two friends spend the day together to go through their adventures in the town. Read and explore their one-day journey.

by Penny Dale

Dinosaur Rocket!

It is a good read for fans of both dinosaurs and space. Did you ever imagine the prehistoric creatures in their spacesuits are zooming across the face of the moon? In the story, they are preparing for the space travel to explore the moon. Colorful illustrations and repetitive text will delight the young fans.

by Bernard Most

If the Dinosaurs Came Back

What would the world be like if dinosaurs come back to life? Are they helpers or destroyers to human? This book will answer these questions and nurture your imaginations. Brightly colored dinosaurs standing out against black and white detailed background can also excite readers.

by Bernard Most

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

This funny book is about how the dinosaurs got extinct. How? A meteorite? No, it is a fight for underpants. Funny and astonishing, isn’t it? Read and travel to the past. Its vibrant illustrations and rhymed sentences will also entertain your young readers.



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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


8 Picture Books to Inspire Bravery and Courage

8 Picture Books to Inspire Bravery and Courage

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My kid used to be fear of many things. I turn to books to help him recognize he is not alone and other kids are faced with the same emotions of a fight. Now he understands fears are universal and we just need to use our courage to conquer them.

So I choose these picture books about being brave and facing fears from my bookshelf to share with you. If you meet similar problems, go ahead and read them. I hope these books can help your kids overcome their fears.

by Mercer Mayer

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

It is a story about a brave young boy, who conquered his fear of a monster in his closet. To keep the monster away, every night, before bedtime, he will shut the closet door tightly. Then, one day he decides to fight the “nightmare”… Did he succeed?

by Brian Pinkney

The Adventures of Sparrowboy

It is a good read for young boys who want to be superheroes. The boy in the story gets the superpower to fly from a sparrow. Then, he uses these powers for good to protect from evil in his town. It’s also an excellent read for young comic lovers.

by Karen Kingsbury 

Brave Young Knight by Karen Kingsbury

This fairy tale is about a young boy who competes with other young knights for a princedom. In the end, the king announces him as the winner for his bravery, honesty, integrity, and kindness. Read it with your kids and it will tell you what the meaning of true bravery is.


by William Steig

Brave Irene

The little girl, named Irene helps her mother deliver a package to the duchess. In the journey, brave Irene overcomes obstacles to accomplish her mission. The “special delivery” must impress your young readers.


by Marcus Pfister

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!

A little-stripped fish wants to join a group of fish playing flash-tag but is refused. Suddenly, a shark is coming near the little-stripped fish … Will the rainbow fish save him? I believe the illustration and the storyline will delight your kids.


by Cornelia Funke

The Princess Knight

A young princess is determined to be a knight. Although she is not as strong as her brothers, she works hard and tries her best to practice until she’s better than them. It shows with strong determination one can achieve whatever goal they desire.


by Emma Yarlett

Orion and the Dark

This is a good read to help kids overcome fears. A boy, named Orion, is fear of a lot of things, especially the dark. However, one night, surprisingly, he has an adventure with the Dark to explore the scary parts of the dark. Does the boy conquer fear after the journey? Read and find the answer.


by Ari Berk


This picture book depicts how a little bat Chiro finds his way home while facing his first night alone. “Sense is the song you sing out into the world and the song the world sings back to you.” With his these words from his mother in mind, Chiro begins to sing and explore. In this book, the concept of echolocation is introduced.



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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


7 Wonderful Counting Books for Early Readers

7 Wonderful Counting Books for Early Readers

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Good counting books can turn teaching numbers and counting in a fun way. They are more than presenting increasing numbers and illustrations. They can help kids develop number senses and numeracy skills which are fundamental for math learning.

These counting books for early readers listed below combine counting and reading together. They introduce the math concepts while drawing readers in, expanding vocabulary and sparking imaginations. With these books, teaching counting can be fun games. That’s why I choose them for my kid.

by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

It is one of my preschool kid’s favorite counting books. It tells a story about a very hungry caterpillar eating its way through a lot of food and transforming into a beautiful butterfly in the end. With its beautiful illustrations and physical design, it teaches kids counting and the days of the week.

by Lois Ehlert 

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On

This colorful counting book introduces a basic concept of counting to kindergarten students. Its vivid pictures and bright colors can help kids to learn to count, identify colors and shapes. Plus, young readers will enjoy rhymes on each page.

by Leo & Diane Dillon

Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose

It is a classic Mother Goose rhymes integrated with the concept of counting. In each page, there are familiar rhymes loved for generations and highlighted numbers in various colors. Read to your kids and it will invite them to join in the fun of rhyming and counting.

by Eric Carle

My Very First Book of Numbers

This split-page matching concept board book is designed for small children. With its pages split in half, kids can match a number on the top half of the book with the number of fruits on the bottom half. A great way to teach matching and counting, isn ’t it? It turns reading into a fun game.

by Peggy Rathmann

10 minutes till bedtime

A wonderful picture book, a countdown from ten, captures a little boy’s dreaded bedtime ritual. It’s an easy read for kids for its majority of the words are the same and the only difference is the number. The exquisitely detailed illustrations and minimal text make it such a great book for kids. Choose this book and I bet it will bring tons and tons of fun to your kids.

by Karen Katz

Counting Kisses

This great interactive book tells about the kisses a sleepy baby needs before bedtime. When you read, you can act out these actions on pages. It’s also a fun way to teach kids about counting with their body parts and calm down them before bedtime.

by Dr. Seuss

Ten Apples Up on Top

It is such a fascinating counting book. Readers are invited to count as long as the animal friends to compete to see who can balance most apples on their heads. Its nice colors and repeated rhymes will surely delight the eyes and ears of young readers and tickle their tongues.

If you are teaching or ready to teach your kids about numbers and counting, choose them! Share these books with your kids and explore the magic world of numbers in them.


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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


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