Author Archives: Karyn Rufus

FEATURED BOOK: Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

Kate Tamed the Wind LFC

The stories we need most in our day and age are ones of compassion and sustainability. Kate, Who Tamed the Wind is one of those stories. It raises great talking points about resourcefulness, friendship, and the gift of the environment.

Young Kate hears the cry for help from the old man at the top of the hill who is haunted by the howling wind. Kate comes up with an environmentally-friendly plan, that not only stands the test of time, it creates a sweet and long lasting friendship between her and the grateful senior.

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FEATURED BOOK: The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

Uncorker of Ocean Bottles LFC

If you have a quiet, introspective child, this book is perfect! The story follows a solitary man who lives on a high spot by the ocean. His job is to uncork bottles that wash up on shore and retrieve the message inside. Most importantly, he figures out who the message is for and sets off from home to deliver it to them. One day, he finds a message in a bottle that doesn’t have a recipient – it is simply an invitation. As he sets off to find out who the message is for, he is in for a heart-warming surprise! Continue reading

FEATURED BOOK: The Best Bear in All the World

Little Fun Club Winnie the Pooh

The folk of the hundred acre wood had such a lasting effect on us, that 90 years later,  a handful of writers decided to revisit it and create amusing new stories featuring our beloved Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl. In The Best Bear in All the World, renowned illustrator Mark Burgess provides provides colorful illustration that brings the woods to life. Continue reading

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: Duck! Rabbit!

Little Fun Club Duck Rabbit

There is always more than one side to every argument. So, if you or your child 😉 are having trouble settling a conversation, Amy Rosenthal has created a book that can help do just that! Utilizing the century old duck-rabbit illusion, Tom Lichtenheld and Rosenthal have created a visual narrative that is humorous as well as perspective shifting. Will the two narrators decide whether they see a duck or a rabbit?

This is a gentle and funny way to teach children to, one, have an opinion, and two, that other’s may have a different opinion and that’s okay. Of the illusion itself, psychologists say that those that can see both perspectives tend to be more creative minded. So look out for that when reading this with the kids!

We love this New York Times bestseller so much we wish we could send a copy to everyone who spends far too much time arguing on the internet!

Theme: Animals, Humor, Decision-Making
Ages: 2-4

FEATURED BOOK: Bloom – A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Little Fun Club Bloom
If you don’t know Elsa Schiaparelli, Bloom is the perfect way to discover her. Elsa was a fashion designer who defied the idea of the day (1920’s) that women’s fashion had to be plain and unassuming. Our featured book for best books for Ages 6 to 8 is Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear (Author), Julie Morstad (Illustrator). As you turn the pages you realize just how her bold and playful imagination translated into bold and playful fashion statements! Continue reading

Easy Readers: The Transition from Picture Books to Chapter Books

Easy Readers: Maisie HitchinsThe ages between 6 and 8 are generally considered the transition age in the reading world. The child will jump from picture books to easy readers. Easy Readers have a combination of illustration and text - usually the font is larger than longer chapter books. The stories have chapters and are much longer than picture books, so it’s highly unlikely that it will be completed in one sitting. Easy readers and abridged versions are also a great way to introduce classic literature to younger kids. Make time for continued reading and remind the child what the story is, as you continue reading.

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