A Blog By Maria Dismondy

10 LGBTQ Picture Books

10 LGBTQ Picture Books

"LGBTQ Pride is important for kids, families, and allies because we must work together for equal rights not only under the law but culturally. Visibility is everything, and we are all in this fight together," said Ricardo Cooper, who is helping to coordinate a family...

Picture Books for Summer

Picture Books for Summer

School just let out, it’s probably getting hotter, and you are preparing your child for all their summer activities. While it’s important to keep them active outside, it's also equally crucial to keep their minds active. Reading picture books can be a fun way for them...

Poetry Roundup

Poetry Roundup

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate we thought it would be fun to round up some of the best current poetry books out there for children. Afterall, teachers and parents can sometimes shrug off exploring poetry with their young ones due to its complex structure...

Parenting Book Review-Middle School Matters

Parenting Book Review-Middle School Matters

Seasons change and so do our seasons in parenting. Dave and I are entering a new season and it's called "Having a middle schooler!" To prepare, I have been reading, listening and exploring different approaches to this new phase our daughter is entering. The most...

Children’s Books To Raise Problem-Solvers

Children’s Books To Raise Problem-Solvers

Whether in the classroom, on the sports field, or at home, problem-solving helps kids thrive. These ten children’s books promote everyday problem-solving and resiliency, whether the issue be a missing toy or a struggling friendship. 1. STUCKBy Oliver JeffersAmazon...

Books About Friendship

Books About Friendship

Understanding what a good friend is and how to be one is invaluable for children’s social wellbeing. These ten fun books demonstrate how to grow a caring, generous, and empathetic friendship. 1. STICK AND STONEBy Beth Ferry and Tom LichtenheldAmazon I ...

PRIDE Books for Families

PRIDE Books for Families

Cardinal Rule Press is celebrating Pride month with a book line-up that promotes self-expression, diversity, and inclusion among young readers. Read on to explore our favorites, including the Cardinal Rule Press 2019 release DAZZLING TRAVIS. DAZZLING TRAVIS: A STORY...

Picture Books Set in India

Picture Books Set in India

Over the last several months I have been checking out books set in India from our local library. It is important remember that we can open our children's eyes to the world beyond their homes by simply reading a picture book. Diverse picture books allow children...

Book Review: Inspired Mama

Book Review: Inspired Mama

In the last few years, I have been declining books for review for simply a lack of time. If I am reading, it's a book that I want to read for personal growth or entertainment (my book club meets monthly!) However, this book showed up in my inbox and I was intrigued....

STEAM Children’s Books for All

STEAM Children’s Books for All

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. In the past, these were not areas girls and women were encouraged to study. Today, we embrace equality across genders and encourage our boys and girls to engage in play and learning that leads...

Book Comparison-The Fruit Salad Friend

Book Comparison-The Fruit Salad Friend

Have you ever wondered, “I like this one book so much for my classroom/family, I would love to read MORE JUST LIKE IT!” Well, we gathered up some books JUST LIKE ours for you to enjoy! If you like… The Fruit Salad Friend Chloe loves going to school, but lately...

Book Comparison-The Jelly Donut Difference

Book Comparison-The Jelly Donut Difference

Have you ever wondered, “I like this one book so much for my classroom/family, I would love to read MORE JUST LIKE IT!” Well, we gathered up some books JUST LIKE ours for you to enjoy! If you like… The Jelly Donut Difference Leah and Dexter are brother and sister....

Parenting Book Review-Simplicity Parenting

Parenting Book Review-Simplicity Parenting

For the next few months, I am going to do a brief recap of some powerful parenting (with educational topics) books I’ve read. Sometimes reading quotes from books helps shift my mindset on certain topics and gets me focused on what’s really important when raising...

Parenting Book Review-The Whole-Brain Child

Parenting Book Review-The Whole-Brain Child

For the next few months, I am going to do a brief recap of some powerful parenting (with educational topics) books I’ve read. Sometimes reading quotes from books helps shift my mindset on certain topics and gets me focused on what’s really important when raising...

Book Comparison-Pink Tiara Cookies for Three

Book Comparison-Pink Tiara Cookies for Three

Have you ever wondered, "I like this one book so much for my classroom/family, I would love to read MORE JUST LIKE IT!" Well, we gathered up some books JUST LIKE ours for you to enjoy! If you like... Pink Tiara Cookies for Three Sami and Stella are best friends and...

Book Review-Books in the Park

Book Review-Books in the Park

Book Title: Books in the Park Author: Elle Montemayor Book Description Dawson is a little boy who loves games, knights, and swords, but he doesn't like to read. Until one day he is playing in the park when all the other children gather to see what a woman in the park...

Parenting Book Review-This Is Me

Parenting Book Review-This Is Me

For the next few months, I am going to do a brief recap of some powerful parenting (with educational topics) books I’ve read. Sometimes reading quotes from books helps shift my mindset on certain topics and gets me focused on what’s really important when raising...

Book Comparison-The Potato Chip Champ

Book Comparison-The Potato Chip Champ

Have you ever wondered, “I like this one book so much for my classroom/family, I would love to read MORE JUST LIKE IT!” Well, we gathered up some books JUST LIKE ours for you to enjoy! If you like… The Potato Chip Champ Champ and Walter Norbert Whipplemoore are about...

Book Review-My First Book of Basketball

Book Review-My First Book of Basketball

Book Title: My First Book of Basketball Author: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids Book Description My First Book of Basketball, the sixth book in the best-selling Rookie Book series from Sports Illustrated Kids, coaches young kids through the game of...