Day 30  of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books!Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel is my Nephew’s favorite book at the moment. First published in 1939, the story follows Mike and his Steam Shovel Mary Anne. They compete against other shovels and construction engines powered by electric, gas, and…

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Day 29 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! When I was little, I read all the time. I still read now, but most of my books are on Audible. Back when I was young, my nose was always shoved in a book. One of my absolute…

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Day 28 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! We have a lot of books in this house and even more packed away until our attic is finished (sooooooooon). But until then we have 2 bookshelves packed to the brim and a bunch of books scattered around…

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Day 27 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! A book has never made me so happy as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. These books are both so rich and full of amazing story, wonderment, and enchantment. I could see…

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Day 26 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! Christmas was yesterday and my children got a ton of books! One that I am very excited to read is called Little Blue Truck  by Alice Schertle. I have heard about this book before and it seems to have…

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Day 25 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! I couldn’t pick Christmas Day and not have a book about Christmas! Today’s book is a bit retro and hard-to-find now. In fact, I didn’t realize how retro it was until I read it again to my daughter…

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Day 24 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! When I was in college I took a ton of lit classes: Vampire: Blood and the Empire, Russian Fairy Tales, Gothic Imagination, and Sci-Fi East and West. I loved every class and got to discover some amazing books. In…

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For this month’s Books and Cupcakes, we’re focusing on Children’s books. Today’s topic is “I can Relate” and my choice for this one is… Before you think I hate Christmas, the whole Christmas season, please sit back and allow me to reason. I memorized this book at a very young age, cover to cover, word…

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Day 22 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! Today’s book is the children’s classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. After being evacuated from WWII London, Lucy Pevensie discovers a wardrobe in a spare room that allows transport to the mystical kingdom of Narnia….

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Day 21 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! Every year we read the book ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore pretty much nightly all through December and into January. It is a classic and a favorite within our household. Last year we read…

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Day 20 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! Today’s entry is one of my personal favorites, Saint George and the Dragon, by Margaret Hodges (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman). This is the story of the Red Cross Knight’s quest to free a kingdom from a giant…

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Day 19 of the new challenge from Books and Cupcakes where we will be focusing on children’s books! This is a book that terrified me when I was young and another book I read too many times (in the end once again my mother had to step in – it was giving me too many nightmares). The…

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For this day of Books and Cupcakes, I considered what it meant to be winter. Snow, cold, curled up in blankets drinking hot cocoa, snow days, ice, cookies… all of these things (except snow and cold) are pretty delightful. But when I looked at my childhood books, there were few ‘winter’ books that weren’t ‘Christmas’…

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For this month’s Books and Cupcakes, we’re focusing on Children’s books. You probably know the story. Family of six (Mum, Dad and four boys) are shipwrecked onto a desert island. They survive by pulling together, building a very cool house (in terms of living quarters they create what amounts to a desert island paradise by the…

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