Category Archives: Books

Favorite Books for Children

I’m at an age where my children are school age but a new wave of friends having babies has started. All the little feet and round bald heads have made me nostalgic for that time when I used to read to my little babies and toddlers. As an actress, I was a total ham and remember many a nights when I was completely exhausted and forced myself to find the energy to read to them. I didn’t think I would miss it as much as I do, but thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite books.

Good Night, Gorilla

One of my all time favorites and it really doesn’t contain many words. This one is fun because you can look at the pictures and find the balloon floating away on every page.

A great little section is when all the animals are saying good night, the kiddies always loved that Mommy and Daddy used different voices for every single one.

Goodnight Moon

This book is not a surprise, as it is a classic. Another great book for finding little items on every page and there is nothing cuter than a toddler saying good night to everything in the room. I also owned a Spanish version of this book which let me introduce them to a different language at a very early age.

The Snowy Day

It is no surprise that this book is a Caldecott winner. Living in Florida, means my children were fascinated with snow, and Peter’s day outside playing with it let them join in, on the fun. The children loved that Peter enjoyed the snow so much, he wanted to take a snowball in with him at the end of the day.


This little book carries a big punch, as Swimmy, a very little fish; tries to stay alive in an ocean of very big ones. It is a very clever book and by the end, the little fish comes up with the best solution for making himself bigger than he is.

Where the Wild Things Are

Another no brainer in the land of children’s books, but it really does deserve all the praise it has received. Max is so mischievous, and his imagination so vivid; you can’t help but be swept up in his story. A wonderful lesson and at the end of the day, even those who are mischievous, love to come home.

I Love You, Stinky Face

A wonderful story that lets your child know, that your love is unconditional. It doesn’t matter what kind of creature your imagination can create, a mother will love you no matter how scary or stinky you can become.

The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog

As an actress, this one is lots of fun to act out. This poor little frog is quite a talker and his inquisitive nature tests the patience of some of the animals he runs into in his journey. Humorous and fun as children learn the value of asking questions.

Time For Bed

I have fond memories of reading this book to my little ones. A lovely story about Mommies putting their babies to bed. Beautiful pictures and lovely words give a lulling sensation to the listener and reader alike.

Guji Guji

A fun adventure about a crocodile egg that is accidentally included in a nest of ducks. Although Guji Guji is extremely different than his siblings he is loved exactly the same. Follow the journey as Guji Guji meets some other crocodiles and has to decide who is family really is.

Robert Guillaume reads the book on Storyline Online and does a wonderful job. I recommend checking it out and the other books available.

And You?

Now it is your turn, share your favorite books and memories, in the comments. I would love to hear about them.

Acting Out Mama!

Little Girl Growing Up

First things first, my daughter is 10 years old and I am in absolute denial. I have a severe case of wanting her to be 6 years old again and it didn’t become evident until we went Halloween costume shopping last year.

As we walked into the store, her eyes were drawn to the costumes whereLittle Girl Growing Up the girls were young but standing with one hand on their hip and looking very mature. I had to put my foot down on some of her choices and really was quite flabbergasted by what people consider okay for a child to wear. I tried really hard for her to turn her attention towards the cute costumes that were much too young for her. A Mother behind me with much older kids was watching me and when we made eye contact she said, “Oh boy, you are in serious denial.” She was right, but I am happy to say that my daughter and I compromised and I was quite okay with the final costume: age appropriate but not adult looking. I never forgot what that Mom said and continued to think about it for awhile.

At  my daughter’s 10 year Wellness visit the Pediatrician asked me if I had, had the talk with her about her changing body and getting her period. I was floored and admitted right away that I hadn’t done that yet. She told me that girls are developing earlier and recommended a book that discussed puberty and did it really well. She couldn’t remember the name but said it was by American Girl. That evening I immediately got to searching for it on Amazon and ordered it.

When I got the book, I absolutely loved it. It is wonderfully written and very informative. I decided that three times a week I would read a chapter with her before bedtime and that way she could ask questions.

The book not only discusses the changes that the entire body goes through during puberty but also educates them about how and why you should take care during these trying times.

I can’t believe I am admitting this, but even I learned some things along the way.

So, does that mean that I am no longer in denial? No way, but hopefully the book and  my own daughter, will help me accept it with time.

Acting Out Mama!

The Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke

If you read my post on house parties, you might have seen that the one I attended was for the release of Joanne Fluke’s new book in the Hannah Swensen series, Blackberry Pie Murder.

If you like mysteries, quirky characters and wonderful recipes; these are definitely books for you. Below I have provided links for you so you can purchase them. The great thing about Amazon is if you are looking at the ebooks, they provide you with a sample of the book so you can take it for a test drive before committing.

I have included some bundles that Amazon has put together but will admit, the links below do not include all of the books; so, don’t hesitate to see the entire list of books in chronological order at the following link:

Because I have become a huge fan of the baked goods in the books, I have included a link to the recipe book.

Happy reading, and in my case, baking.

Acting Out Mama!

Free and/or Inexpensive ebooks

I love, love, love, love to read. I love it when most of the networks are airing reruns of their shows because I bundle up and read until bedtime.

The following websites provide me with free and/or inexpensive ebooks.



Here is how it works:

Sign up to receive your daily emails

Open up your daily emails and look through the deals they have on ebooks

Choose which ebooks you would like and it will link you to your ebook account and download them for you

I have collected many ebook with these sites and always have something to read.

If you know of any others, feel free to share.

Acting Out Mama!