KidLit Fridays #4 – Whatever You Grow Up To Be + Giveaway

*I received these books free for review consideration.*

I’ve been a pretty disorganized blogger lately, not gonna lie. These books? Mother’s Day, ya’ll. Terrible, I know! But things keep getting away from me lately (as in, ever since my daughter entered the world and took over), so here we are. Let’s make the best of it, shall we?

KitLit Fridays #4 - Whatever You Grow Up To Be by Karen Kingsbury | The Homemade Creative

I received a copy of Whatever You Grow Up To Be by Karen Kingsbury from my friend Liane over at Zonderkidz, for Mother’s Day. Isn’t she sweet??

Whatever You Grow Up To Be is a cute book, with adorable illustrations by Valeria Docampo. It’s written in lilting verse, from a mother to her newborn son. She imagines all of the things he may do during each stage of his life, and assures him that whatever he grows up to be, she will always love him.

Serenity enjoyed this book, and we read it together several times. She especially loved the picture of the young man with his bride! This is a very sweet book, and would be an excellent gift for any mother with a little boy.

Purchase This Book
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*Don’t forget to stick around for a giveaway of Whatever You Grow Up To Be!*

KitLit Fridays #4 - I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman | The Homemade Creative

I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman is, I’m pretty sure, my favorite children’s book that I’ve read so far this year! A big thank you to Feiwel and Friends for sending us a copy! I love it. ♥

I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love addresses the connection between a child’s wild imagination and her deep need to know that, no matter what she does or how she changes, she will always be recognized and accepted by those she loves. This important and beautiful message is told alongside stunning illustrations, and my mama’s heart aches and I tear up and can’t stop nodding every time I read this book. Serenity turned two in April, and in the five weeks since then, her imagination has exploded. A day doesn’t pass that she’s not dancing and singing, crawling around the floor meowing, walking around wearing my shoes and telling me she’s going to the store… Just last night, she wrapped a towel around her shoulders, and told me she was Queen Elsa from Frozen (her favorite movie EVER, of course)! So I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love was a very timely read for us.

I can’t recommend this book enough!! It’s a little too advanced for Serenity to sit through a full reading, but she loves the pictures as much as I do, and especially enjoys the couple of places where Tillman’s verse encourages the child hearing the story to practice an animal sound. Her favorite? Roaring like a lion!

Purchase This Book
Available on Amazon, here.

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KitLit Fridays #4 - Cheer Up, Mouse! by Jed Henry | The Homemade Creative

HMH Books sent me a copy of Cheer Up, Mouse! by Jed Henry, this spring.

Cheer Up, Mouse! is a cute book about a sad little mouse who falls victim to his pack of well-meaning animal friends, who try everything under the sun to cheer him up when he’s down. Jed Henry is a talented illustrator, and this book’s pictures are charming, clever, and entertaining. My favorite panel is pictured, above!

Serenity enjoyed this book, and I did, too, for the most part. The text is cute, but I found the rhythm a little annoying; it sounds like it’s going to rhyme, but then it doesn’t, and the cadence is a little bit awkward. It’s still a cute book, though!

Purchase This Book
Available on Amazon, here.

Connect With Jed Henry
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And that catches me up to the current holidays coming up, and wraps this week’s KidLit Fridays – almost.

Ready For A Giveaway?!

Thanks to the crew at Zonderkidz, I’m giving away a copy of Whatever You Grow Up To Be by Karen Kingsbury! If you want to win, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below; you must be at least 18 years old, and a resident of the United States, to enter or win. This giveaway will end on June 20th, 2014, and by entering you agree to my Official Giveaway Rules.

Good luck!

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What’s your favorite mother/child storybook?

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day book?

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  1. Debbie Johanesen says

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I didn’t see any question to answer. Where is it??

    • Debbie Johanesen says

      My favorite mother/child story is “Are you my Mother?” My favorite Mother’s Day book is “Over and Over”. It was a favorite when I was a kid. I was so fortunate to find it when my girls were young so I could pass it on.

  2. Jeanette Godby says

    I don’t have any favorite books with my son yet. A favorite book for me as a child was Three Little Kittens. It’d be cool to win a book to read with my boy when he gets older. :)

    • says

      Three Little Kittens is a really cute one. I’m sure he’ll love it! I know he’s pretty young, but have you read any Sandra Boynton books, yet? They’re fantastic, and not too old for him now.

  3. Chiffon says

    Well right now my favorite mother/child book with Callan is “Good Night Moon”. Though we haven’t read it together in a long while I still recite lines from it to him every so often.

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