Night-Night, New Jersey by: Katherine Sulley

We’re huge fans of “Goodnight Goon” and “Goodnight Moon” and maybe more than a little obsessed with all things “New Jersey” so this book is absolutely perfect for us! Keep reading to see how much Goober loved “Night-Night, New Jersey”

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Celebrate Paddington Bear

Unfortunately, Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, died at age 91 recently. In order to celebrate the lives this book and character has touched, we’ve (Guppy and I) have chosen some cool “Paddington Bear” items to remember him by.
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Super Heart Hero By Samantha Kelly

It’s always hard to find books to help my kids understand the lot they were dealt in life. (Hypothetically of course for Goober, because he doesn’t really understand much to begin with). We have also brought Goober to Guppy’s classes the past few years, to read them a book about his heart. I seriously wish I had found this book earlier. Let’s see if Goober likes it as much as I do.
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Reading is Power

Reading takes you away to far away lands. It lets you live the life of another person, in another time. Reading informs you, and educates you. And reading comforts you. When life gets rough (as it so often can) reading can soothe your soul.

During Goober’s surgeries, I read to him. He heard about the boy who lived, and I hoped it would inspire him to do so. He said Goodnight to the moon, the stars, and the little old lady whispering hush. He made mischief with Peter Rabbit, and started a wild rumpus with Max and the Wild Things.

Guppy focuses when she reads. The girl who can’t sit still at school, who climbs every tree in the forest, who cartwheels in the outfield can read the BFG in 2 days flat. She’s memorized every spell in Mal’s Spellbook, and harshly judged her school librarian when there were no books on Alexander Hamilton for her to read.

Reading empowers our household. It unites us, and makes us unique. Guppy loves magic and spells, and it always reminds me of the line from Into the Woods: “Careful the spell you cast, not just on children. Sometimes the spell may last past what you can see…Careful the tale you tell, that is the spell. Children will listen”

This blog is here to streamline that magic. To document our family journey through books, and maybe entertain and lighten hearts along the way.

Hope you enjoy!