Books Alive: I Like Myself

Cream Cheese Cookie recipe via @PagingSupermom

Hi! It’s Emily from Is This Really My Life. I’m super excited to be participating in Bettijo’s Books Alive series again this summer. Last time I shared one of my favorite Elephant & Piggie books along with a recipe for salted caramel swirl pecan ice cream. Mmm…now I want ice cream…

This year I had a hard time choosing a book because we are avid book readers in our home and our bookshelves are crammed with favorites. But a few children’s books stand out thanks to engaging illustrations and powerful messages. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont is definitely one of them.

"I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

Don’t let the crazy cute illustrations and simple verse fool you—this book teaches one of the most important lessons of all: liking yourself just the way you are.

One of my favorite sections reads:

Inside, outside, upside down,
from head to toe and all around,
I like it all! It all is me!
And me is all I want to be.

And I don’t care in any way
what someone else may think or say.

Can I get an AMEN? Though written for children, I feel like this book is applicable to grownups as well.

"I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

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One of the best illustrations features the main character with “purple polka-dotted lips.” That was the inspiration for the recipe I’m sharing today: purple polka-dotted cream cheese sugar cookies.

"I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

Cream Cheese Cookie recipe via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: The Watermelon Seed

The Watermelon Seed -- make these fun puppets with a free printable template via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

Hello! It’s Kelly from Cloudy Day Gray, and I am so excited to be a part of the Books Alive reading series! Before I became a blogger and donate-life advocate I was, in fact, a teacher and reading specialist. Picture books are such an important part of every childhood and can foster a beautiful love of reading, storytelling, imagination, social skills, relationship building — I mean, I could put a 100 things on this list!

The Watermelon Seed -- learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

The Watermelon Seed -- learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

The Watermelon Seed --  learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

It is always a good idea to practice re-telling a story, and with a simple book like The Watermelon Seed, by Greg Pizzoli, practicing can easily be turned into a full puppet show!

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Books Alive: Cookies 

Have you read Cookies: Bite-Sized Life Lessons ? Such a cute book and love this fun idea to bring it to life via @PagingSupermom

Summer is here, which means it’s time for another round of our Books Alive summer reading series. Today I’m happy to welcome Melissa from Lulu the Baker.

I’m so excited to be participating in the 2016 Books Alive! series here on Paging Supermom. I love children’s book, and look forward to the minutes I get to spend each evening reading to my kids before bedtime. When my oldest turned 3, my parents gave her the book Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal for her birthday, and we’ve been in love with the whole Cookies’ series ever since. The illustrations are beautiful, and each page offers sweet and funny lessons on kindness, generosity, hope, and more.

Have you read Cookies: Bite-Sized Life Lessons ? Such a cute book and love this fun idea to bring it to life via @PagingSupermom

Inspired by Cookies, my kids and I had fun creating these easy and delicious ice cream and cookie parfaits for a fun family night treat. First, we went to the grocery store, which all by itself is quite the adventure with 4 kids in tow, and each child chose a pint of ice cream and a small package of cookies. When we got home, we built our parfaits!

Ice Cream Cookie Parfait - ideas for fun and delicious toppings!

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Books Alive: The Big Hungry Bear

Big Hungry Bear Book & Craft via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

You Guys! Today is the last day of our Books Alive Summer Reading Series — it’s hard to believe summer is over already. We hope you have enjoyed all the books and crafts. We are excited to be joined by Becky of The Crafting Chicks with one last classic story.

Hello! I’m so happy to be here sharing a family favorite book and fun activity to go with it.

Big Hungry Bear Book & Craft via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR, is a such a clever little book. My girls loved having it read to them over and over, and now enjoy reading it to each other. We all laugh and giggle at the cute little mouse and all the things he tries, to keep the Big Hungry Bear from his fresh picked strawberry.

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Books Alive: One Good Thing

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We are excited to have Jill Nystul of the blog One Good Thing By Jillee visiting today with her daughter Samantha to share a cute story and project idea for our Books Alive summer reading series.

I have probably read a million children’s books to my four children over the years (my oldest is 25 now, and my youngest is 15) and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would ever be able to say I have a children’s book of my own! But last year my nephew and business partner Scott and I came up with the idea of doing at children’s book based on the nickname my father gave me when I was little and a dream was born! Little did I know that within a year the dream of a book would not only become a reality but it would end up being my favorite children’s book of all time. Of course there’s the chance I might be a little prejudiced, but I hope after you read it you will agree!

Make a Good Things Jar via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: See Ya Later Alligator

See Ya Later Alligator Book & Memory Game via @PagingSupermom

Today we have Kimberly, here from Packed with Fun, to share her favorite children’s book.

I am thrilled to be adding one of my favorite kids’ books to Paging Supermom’s Books Alive series. My little guy is still pretty young, but we love to read together. We especially enjoy books with animals. We are learning all about different animals and love to make animal sounds. I don’t mean to brag, but my little guy is really good at “moo,” “baahhh,” and hissing like a snake.

See Ya Later Alligator Book & Memory Game via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: I Scream Ice Cream!

This book looks so cute and love the little ice cream cone craft via @PagingSupermom

Today we are just giddy to have our friend Amber of Damask Love visiting. This girl is loads of fun, super crafty and about to become a total Supermom.

Hey there, Supermoms! I’m thrilled to be a part of the Books Alive series. As a mom-to-be, with my first little one on the way, I have been having a great time picking out books that I’ll read to the baby. Many of the other Books Alive blog posts have featured some of my favorites, and I’m hoping today I’ll introduce another fun book that you’ll add to your own collection.

This book looks so cute and love the little ice cream cone craft via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: Edgar Gets Ready for Bed

Supplies for Making a fun Scratch Book via @PaigngSupermom

Our fun visitor today is Megan of Persimmon Floral, here with a craft project we know your kids are going to adore.

Hello! I am so excited to be a part of this fun series. I just had (well, I guess a year ago) my first baby boy, so I’m excited to be joining the ranks of supermomdom! And along with that, slowly gaining a really fun book collection. Some of my favorites so far come from Jennifer Adams, author of the adorable BabyLit series. Seriously, have you seen these? Jennifer takes well-loved classics (like Sense and Sensibility, Moby Dick, Jungle Book, and Alice and Wonderland) and creates primers to introduce your child to the world of literature. The artwork by Alison Oliver is amazing too. I can’t get enough of them so when I picked a book for this post, I had to use one from the BabyLit series. And since I’m a new mom, all things sleep and bedtime are high on my list of thoughts so Edgar Gets Ready for Bed was an obvious choice.

This "Edgar Gets Ready for Bed" book looks so cute via @PagingSupermom

In this book (inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven), Edgar is a mischievous raven who answers all his mother’s requests to get ready for bed with a defiant NEVERMORE! The mother ultimately understands how to make bedtime happen however and the story ends with some snuggling and story time for Edgar. The artwork by Ron Stucki is incredible and the inspiration for this craft. Edgar is a black raven, but if you look closely he’s got a lot of fun color going on.

Edgar the Raven via @PagingSupermom

Edgar’s look reminded me of a fun elementary art project from back in the day. It’s scratch art using crayons, paint and toothpicks. Using this technique you can make a personalized bedtime routine book for your little one (with their help of course!). Let’s get started!

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Books Alive – Julius, Baby of the World

Today we have the talented Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair visiting with a little basic sewing tutorial for her Books Alive project.

Hello! I’ve had so much fun following along with the Books Alive series here at Paging Supermom this summer. Even though my kids are older now, I still love a good children’s book. When my kids were little we tried to read to them as much as possible. Some nights it went well, other nights not so much.

After we had our first daughter, we struggled with fertility problems for a few years. My oldest daughter was almost six when her twin siblings were born and was quite used to being the only kid around for a while. Overall she had a great transition to sibling”hood” but there were a few bumps along the way.

Which brings us to one of my absolute favorite books, Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes. Lilly (of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, another AWESOME book) has a baby brother and does not adjust well to his presence. She says mean words to him while he’s sleeping and warns pregnant mothers that they will regret their baby bumps. She also spends more time than usual in her “uncooperative” chair. In the end she comes around to the idea of a baby brother, but the way that she deals with him early in the book is absolutely hilarious!

Easy Doll Blanket Tutorial via @PagingSupermom #sewing

Reading this book again reminded me how it can be sometimes hard for older siblings when new babies come home. There is so much love and attention focused on the baby, and I can see why they sometimes feel left out.

I always love giving handmade baby gifts, so I thought that maybe it would be fun to give a handmade gift to a sibling instead. So, for my Books Alive project, today I’m sharing with you how to make this very simple self binding receiving blanket that’s the perfect size for a baby doll! This is a VERY simple sewing project, so simple in fact that older kids could sew one themselves with just a little bit of help.

Easy Doll Blanket Tutorial via @PagingSupermom #sewing

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