Your Spark by Lisa Leonard

Free-spirited illustrations join a message celebrating what makes us unique in this new picture book.


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This colorful picture book emphasizes the God-given spark within each of us that makes us unique:




Love is Kind by Lison Chaperon

A heartwarming story of the true meaning behind love and the many forms that it and happiness can take.


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This sweet, hard-bound picture book has a warm color palate perfect for fall, but its heartfelt message about love makes it one you'll want to return to all year long!




Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

A charming little board book perfect for reading aloud that's filled with whimsical illustrations accompanying a poem focusing on everyday blessings.


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We were excited to receive another fun board book to add to our seasonal collection:




Snuggle Time Fall Blessings by Glenys Nellist

Celebrate all the best parts of autumn with this adorable, cuddle-up, read-aloud board book!


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There are some board books that little ones quickly outgrow, but then others, like this, that are worth keeping around for years and years:




Project Snapshot - September 2019

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:


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My Snapshots

What have we been up to this past month? Take a look and see:


Gv had her first 4-H awards dinner experience. She got her first-year pin for her ribbon and all three of us enjoyed a lovely meal and the company of our club leader and her family.



A former skating student asked if Gv and I would go to the Lauren Daigle concert at Epcot's Food & Wine Festival with her. Amazingly, she had a sweet friend who worked there and had offered to get us all into the park for free.

Not only was the concert amazing -- Amazing! -- but Gv and I had a blast experiencing a bit of that Disney magic in my favorite of the parks.



Despite the fact that these two best buddies spent practically the whole day holding hands or with their arms around each other, somehow this was the only photo I managed to take of them.

We really miss our friends being right around the corner, but are SO happy we can still see them (almost) every month at our favorite nature preserve's science day!


I've been once again starting a synchronized skating team from scratch and the girls are all so sweet and enthusiastic. Gv's been loving it, even though she's just a little shorter than the rest...


And then one of her cousins had a surprise party at the roller rink. Gv had to miss skating with me that day, but she managed to still get a bit of practice in...



And that pretty much wrapped up our month! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?

What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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“Write” Habits from the Start

Think writing is something to wait to tackle until the kids are older? Think again! There are many ways you can begin introducing writing instruction to your kids.

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All of the Molly of Denali graphics are actually photos of the show on my tv. 

I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again today, sharing my The Importance of Writing for Young Children post that explains not only why young children should write, but how to promote the practice with your kids.

Click on over to see what I've shared there, but also make sure to read the ideas here on how to begin easing into formal writing instruction with your children.

Play to Their Strengths by Analyn & Brandon Miller

Bring out the best in your children by shifting the focus to what's right with your kids instead of what's wrong!



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I was so excited to get this book and read it, but it took me a bit longer to digest, since it's just a few pages longer than a children's picture book {wink}:







The Berenstain Bears: The Trouble with Tryouts

Join old pals The Berenstain Bears in this early-reader chapter book that's perfect for those ready to take the next step in reading! 



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The transition to chapter books is a tricky one in the life of a new reader, but this book will help make the journey as smooth as possible:







Bible Gems to Remember Devotions for Kids by Robin Schmitt

52 sparkling devotions with easy-to-memorize Scripture verses in 5 words or less!



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This devotional book shows how God can accomplish amazing things with just a few words:







One Big Heart by Linsey Davis

An adorable picture book that is a celebration of being more alike than different!



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One can never have too many picture books and this one will put a huge smile on your face from the moment you spy its cover: