52 Favorite Children's Books to Read in 2015 (Get 1 FREE!)

A year in the making, the list is finally completed: 52 creative, fun, and amazing children’s books to read.

Just as I did last year, I compiled a list of my kids’ favorite choices (and mine too!). From fun rhymes to beautiful illustrations to books that were requested again and again, these selections were by far the best reads of the year.

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And now, you can win one of these books for free! How? In an effort to thank my email subscribers, I’ll randomly pick one of them to win a book of their choice from this list. If you’re already subscribed to my email list, you’re good to go. Not a subscriber? Simple: Sign up by December 31 for a chance to win!


I hope you enjoy these selections—I know my kids and I did. Here are 52 children’s books to read in 2015:

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Have you seen those parents who engage so well with their kids? They read children’s books with inflection and change their voices for each character. They rough house with gusto and never seem to tire. They sit in miniature chairs and drink “tea” then commence building intricate structures out of Legos and wooden blocks.

Then there’s you.

You don’t think you’re good at playing with your kids. Sitting still and solving a puzzle is a challenge, especially when you have a zillion other things to do. No doubt you’re affectionate with your kids, but you find yourself “faking” the fun of playing house or dancing to music.

And the guilt creeps in.

What do you do when you don’t enjoy playing with your kids?

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Imagine this horrific scenario: A woman is terrified as she watches her husband repeatedly kick their five-year-old son in the stomach. Any move she tries to intervene and she is also pummeled with fists and kicks. Rather than call 911—which in the past has only made his anger flare even more—she waits and hope his temper will recede. That he will return to his senses once his anger has dissipated.

Abused Moms: Victim Herself or Not Protecting Her Kids?

A few hours later, her partner indeed has calmed down. He has even changed your five-year-old into pajamas, placed a band-aid on his forehead, and tucked him into bed.

Except your son is groaning, clutching him tummy. He’s inanimate and a bit delirious. And just a few hours later… he’s dead. The cause? Physical abuse.

The father is charged and hauled to jail. Just as you’re mourning the loss of your child and perhaps relief from finally being free of your husband, authorities have come to convict you as well.

The charge? Not protecting your child.

This was the story of Latricia Chance, along with a few other abused mothers charged and in prison for not protecting their children against an abusive partner.

Unfortunately, they’re not alone—many more women and children live in this environment every day. And while the men are rightfully charged, some wonder whether the mother—abused herself—also deserves to be in jail.

Do they deserve that sentence?

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So you’ve committed to cooking family dinners and have even planned your meals. You eat healthy food your kids actually like. But then you see your food bill, you add up your monthly budget… and you realize you just spend over $1,210.58 on groceries.

How I Slashed My Grocery Bill by 37% (While Still Eating Good Food)

That was my story. For the last few months, my family of five (two of whom are only one-year-old) have been spending over $1,000 worth of groceries. The voices in my head justify the hefty bills, from buying at the farmers market to prioritizing good, healthy food in lieu of processed cheap food.

Still… $1,200+ is a lot to spend on a month. Thankfully, your grocery bill is one the most malleable expenses. Determined to cut costs without resorting to terrible food, I found 10 tactics to slash my grocery bill while still eating good, healthy food. The result? $763.44.

How do you slash your grocery bill without sacrificing quality?

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How to Stop Nagging Your Kids to Get Stuff Done

Maybe you can relate to your fellow mom’s struggle with nagging her two children:

Her first- and fourth-grade kids have three hours to get everything done when they come home from school. From everyday tasks like brushing their teeth, to changing out of school clothes, to finishing homework, every to-do requires nagging just to get them done.

Her kids can’t complain for lack of time—three hours is plenty enough to get these tasks done and still have down time.

Yet she can’t seem to motivate them to initiate the tasks themselves—she nags her kids to get things done.

Evenings with the kids can be difficult enough as it is, but how can you stop nagging when your kids have zero motivation to do the tasks they need to do?

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