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Adorable Bedtime Board Books from Politics and Prose


My daughter is signed up for the book-a-month program from Politics and Prose bookstore and it’s been such a fun surprise each time we get a package from them. If you have little ones in the D.C. area, I highly recommend it. This month, we received two bedtime board books and both have been a huge hit with her. The art is excellent and engaging in both and the length is perfect for turning in. You can customize the types of books that you’d like to receive based on the child’s age and interests.

The Baby Bookworm Reviews L is for Law

One of my favorite kidlit reviewers, The Baby Bookworm, wrote a comprehensive, honest review of L is for Law. I'm so happy to hear that they enjoyed it!

"Hello, friends! Our book today is L Is For Law, written by Veronica Goodman and illustrated by Nicole Jones Sturk, an alphabet book for aspiring esquires.

Following the same format as its prequel, E Is For Economics, little readers are introduced to various concepts and terms from the legal world: A is for Attorney, B is for Bar Exam, C is for Class Action, and so on. Each letter and term is accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek illustration that interprets the definition of the term in either a literal or comedic way."

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Legal Cheek Reviews L is for Law

Thank you to Legal Cheek for this delightful review of L is for Law

"When it comes to children’s books, you won’t find many (or any at all) gracing the shelves of your law school library. Enter L is for Law — a new picture book aimed at demystifying legal concepts for kids."

Read the entire review by Aishah Hussain here.

Three Delightful Books About Cities for Children

Summer is my favorite season because of all of the adventures, both at home and away, that it brings. To introduce my daughter to places that we've traveled together as a family, or before she was born, I've sought out books about some of my favorite cities in the U.S. and abroad. Here are a couple of our favorites:

London: A Book of Opposites by Ashley Evanson

The illustrations and concepts are colorful, adorable, and bring back fond memories from across the pond. This board book is a hit with any Anglophile or aspiring one looking to learn about opposites in a creative, worldly way. 

Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson

This is another favorite by the same author of London: A Book of Opposites in the Hello, World series. While my daughter has never visited Paris, she marvels at the dreamy shapes of Versailles, the Louvre, and other Parisian treasures. It was also the way she learned her shapes so early! 

The ABCs of Washington, D.C. by Baby Ventures

Being a proud Washingtonian, I was extra critical of which children's book I would choose to get for my daughter. Some of the other ones on the market have errors or don't highlight aspects of D.C. life that I value. This board book has fun illustrations and feature parts of the city that my daughter has grown up learning about and seeing on our trips around D.C. It makes a great gift for other families, too. 


Picture Book Club -- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus/SkippyJon Jones

I had a blast this morning at the second meeting of a picture book club of local kidlit authors. We discussed a compare and contrast of Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The overwhelming majority favored the latter. I'm biased because I love all Mo Willems books! Looking forward to the next meeting. It's such fun to listen to what inspires others and what they're working on.

Read.Learn.Repeat. Reviews E is for Economics

Thank you to Read.Learn.Repeat. for this themed review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.

The first step toward mastering any new subject is acquiring the associated language. But the language of finance is often absent from early childhood, and probably from most conversations with children. Authored by an Economist who noted this absence,  this book is designed to build foundational language and facilitate further education.

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Picture Book Club -- First Meeting and Last Stop on Market Street

I recently founded a picture book club for local authors to discuss successful picture books and the first meeting is this week. We're going to read and discuss the award-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de le Peña. It's easy to see why it's so highly regarded. I can't recall the last time I was so moved by a kid's book. It reads more like a poem or a song, and lifts up the reader with its soaring message. If the news this week has you down, pick up a copy for a timely reminder of how we can nurture empathy in little ones and inspire them to see and create beauty in a world that is often imperfect.

The Baby Bookworm Reviews E is for Economics

Thank you to The Baby Bookworm for this thoughtful review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.

Hello, friends! Our book today is E Is For Economics, written by Veronica Goodman and illustrated by Nicole Jones Sturk, a playfully financial-themed alphabet book for budding baby economists.

Little readers are introduced to various economic principles and figures, from “A is for Adam Smith” (philosopher/father of modern economics) to “Z is for Zero Sum” (a situation in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other). Each term is accompanied by an adorably colorful illustration, often a literal or figurative interpretation of the subject, and sometimes with a tongue-in-cheek twist of humor.

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MaiStoryBook Reviews E is for Economics

Thank you to MaiStoryBook for this educational review of E is for Economics! Below is an excerpt.

As a future first grade teacher, letter recognition, phonics, and phonemics will be the cornerstone of instruction. First grade= where the reading happens! Therefore, alphabet books will be crucial to supporting students as they learn the letters and their sounds. An important part of teaching~ make lessons relevant to students lives! And what could be more relevant than the economy aka $$$. Even little ones understand the basic concepts of money~ and with this economic alphabet book, be prepared to dive further into the realms of economics. Introduce your little ones, and even *yourself* to the language of economics (there are more than a few new economic terms I learned from this book!).

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First Review for E is for Economics

"My two year old thinks that E is For Economics is the best economics book he has ever read. And I enjoyed it as well. It is a great way for children to practice the alphabet and engage with some bigger economic ideas and parents might learn a thing or two as well. Economists of any age would particularly benefit from trying to capture even a fraction of Veronica Goodman’s ability to convey ideas in a concise, humorous and colorful manner.”

- Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers

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