The Berenstain Bear Classics, originally classified as the Berenstain Bear First Time Books, are staple series of my childhood.
I fondly remember my mom reading this series to me. Each story taught life lessons and felt so relatable. But the artwork? I loved the artwork and I still do! It’s very unique, warm and welcoming.
I realize now as I research this that as much as I loved the books I knew, there are so many more I’ve never had the pleasure of reading! I am starting to collect these Berenstain Bear books to read to my daughter, so I’ve created this one-page handy dandy bibliography to keep track as I go! Please feel free to use it too if you need it!
I fortuitously found our first Llama Llama book at a local library book sale. It was October and I collected what halloween-themed children’s books I could find, then brought them home. Zoey immediately fell in love with Llama Llama Trick or Treat, handing it to us over and over again until both my husband and I could (and still can) recite it from memory.
Since October, we have collected Llama Llama Gives Thanks, Jingle Bells, I Love You and Easter Egg. As I researched the author, Anna Dewdney, I was deeply saddened to hear that she has passed away. Her stories and her artwork are so heartfelt and beautiful; we love them, and will continue to collect and read all of her books.
As we continue to introduce Zoey to more Llama Llama stories, I’ve created a bibliography of Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama series. Please feel free to use it too if you need it! Her estate has released some books posthumously and I’ve decided to include those that have the same look and feel as the originals.
Mercer Mayer’s core Little Critter books are another staple series of my childhood!
I fondly remember my mom reading All by Myself, Just Me and My Dad, Just Me and My Mom, Just Grandma and Me, and (my personal favorite) Just Go To Bed! The stories felt so relatable and cozy and the artwork, although quirky, was also very warm and welcoming.
As I research this series, I realize that as much as I loved the books I knew, there are so many more I’ve never had the pleasure of reading! I am starting to collect Little Critter books to read to my daughter, so I’ve created this one-page handy dandy bibliography to keep track as I go! Please feel free to use it too if you need it!
So many of this man’s books were read to me throughout my childhood and I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience! The artwork is uniquely appealing, his wordplay is masterful (have you read Fox in Socks?) and above all each story has a good moral that can teach all who read it!
I am starting to collect Dr. Seuss books to read to my daughter, so I’ve created this one-page handy dandy bibliography to keep track as I go! Please feel free to use it too if you need it!
Welcome to the spooky month of October my friends!
My family and I have created a playlist of family friendly Halloween music for you and yours! Halloween may be celebrated a little differently this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t kindle a little Halloween spirit!
This year we’ve decided to focus more on jazzy halloween inspired music with a few other songs sprinkled in that fit the mood. The Disney and Danny Elfman presence in this list is strong and I found myself wishing I could find more jazz covers of the Disney Villains songs.
Please let us know if we missed or left out any of your family friendly halloween favorites you feel should be included! We’d love to hear from you!
Family Friendly Halloween Playlist 2020
Linus and Lucy | Vince Guaraldi Trio
Monsters, Inc. | Randy Newman
Charlie Brown Theme | Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Scare Floor | Randy Newman
Great Pumpkin Waltz | Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Piano Duet (The Corpse Bride) | Danny Elfman
Overture (The Nightmare Before Christmas) | Danny Elfman
This is Halloween | The Citizens of Halloweentown
Grim, Grinning Ghosts | The Haunted Mansion Happy Haunts
Sally’s Song | Catherine O’hara
Jack and Sally Montage | Danny Elfman
Jack’s Lament | Danny Elfman
Ball & Socket Lounge Music #1 | Danny Elfman
Remains of the Day | Danny Elfman
They Don’t Scare Me | Mickey Mouse
Monster Mash | Bobby “Boris” Pickett
The Munsters | Jack Marshall
Trust in Me | Scarlett Johansson
Snuff Out the Light | Eartha Kitt
Witchy Woman | The Eagles
I Put a Spell On You | Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Friends on the Other Side | Keith David
Man with the Hex | The Atomic Fireballs
The Headless Horseman | Thurl Ravenscroft
Superstition | Stevie Wonder
Remains of the Day (Combo Lounge Version) | Danny Elfman
Cruella De Vil | Dr. John
Ball & Socket Lounge Music #2 | Danny Elfman
Little Birdie (Instrumental) | Vince Guaraldi Trio