Hi, I’m Tiffa.

Once upon a time I was a Department Chair at a small university.  I spent my days writing exams and teaching physics, chemistry, anatomy, and board exam review classes.

Now I am a stay-at-home mom.  I have two sons.  One is four and the other is rounding his way into being a toddler.

I started reading to my first son when he was a month old and the habit took.  The second son hasn’t had much of a choice and we’ve been reading to him since he was in utero.  We got rid of our television when my first son was born and we spend a lot of time reading and playing.  We’ve read thousands of picture books, board books, and comic books at this point and there are still so many I’m looking forward to reading with my sons.

I’m finally getting around to writing about the books we’ve read and enjoyed.

I hope you find my recommendations helpful.  Thank you for reading!


  1. My kids also love having books read to them and two of the kids are old enough to read for themselves and they plough through the books from the local libraries. I think reading to kids gives them a great start to life.
    I love the idea of getting rid of the television though :)


  2. I started reading to my daughter at an early age. She is now in kindergarten and excelling at learning to read on her own. I know that reading and speaking to her at a higher level all these years has helped. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  3. Thank you for the follow. What an awesome resource. I would have loved something like this when I was starting out with my son. We are a family of readers so this is great!! :) Looking forward to reading more of your recommendations and reviews.


    • My pleasure! You’ve got a great blog! Wonderful! I hope you enjoy. One of the many nice things about picture books is that you can get through a lot of picture books in a short time. (Tends to make me feel guilty that I can read through something in 10 minutes that took people HOURS to create.) :)


  4. What a wonderful blog. One of the great things about hosting the Carnival of Children’s Lit is that I get to discover great new blogs. Keep up the good work. I too, am an academic-turned-picture-book-crazed mama. :)


  5. Abbey Olson

    I just stumbled upon your blog, and it’s so much fun! I taught third grade for three years, but chose to take time off of work to raise my twins. I enjoyed doing read alouds in my classroom, and I continued them in my home. The moments cuddled up with my kiddos and a book are priceless. They’re growing up now (almost 7!), and they both absolutely love reading.

    Using your experience as a mom and including your son in your posts make your reviews genuine and trustworthy. It’s one thing for an adult to review a children’s book, but it’s a whole other ballgame when you have the child’s opinion.

    I’m a new follower, and I wanted to thank you for putting the time and effort into this delightful blog.


  6. Hey there Picture Book Review! THANK YOU so much for the like yesterday! I hope Otis Goes to School will find its way to your book collection. He’s finding a special place in hearts of all ages of folks, and it’s an incredibly fun journey. Blessings from one mama to another!


  7. covingtoncynthia73

    Thanks for following my blog. I write about different topics from homeschooling to small business and everything in between. I hope you enjoy it. I’m always open to suggestions.


  8. That is wonderful that you read so much to your children. They are blessed to have such a special mother. To give up TV is quite a feat! I babysit my grandson and I do not put on the TV. We play, read and have fun all day. Did I say I was old? When I am with him I feel young again. Bless him! He just turned one.

    Thank you for following my blog. So nice to meet you. Let’s connect. I have five children’s and just published my first novel – something for you and your children! Best wishes! 😊 http://Jemsbooks.com
    http:// amazon.com/author/janicespina7


  9. Thank you for liking my post on By Spaceship to the Moon. I love picture books as well and have written and illustrated a few myself. When I have extra money I get them printed through Blurb.com. right now they’re posted over at my Orangemarmalade Press blog. I have an extra copy of Simon Finds a Forever Home that I had printed at OfficeMax (very low-tech!) that I would love to send to you. Let me know if you would like to read and review (and keep!).


  10. Really glad I found your blog. I have two children two (ages 6 and 2.5) and I love reading with them – and I’m delighted that my 6 year old is becoming an avid reader like me! I’ve enjoyed looking at your reviews and it’s made me think I may add children’s book reviews to my blog ahouseofbooks too.
    Look forward to reading more from you!

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    • Please do add reviews! I love reading reviews and I am always looking for books to read to my sons.

      My favorite thing about doing these reviews is seeing what others have thought of the same book. It adds a lot of depth to my understanding of what I’m reading to my children.

      Your blog is wonderful! I love your reviews! The Rabbit Back Literature Society looks interesting. I will have to check it out!

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  12. What a fun idea! As a mother of two young boys myself, I am always looking for great books to share and read to them, and now that I’ve found this blog, I have a place to search. I have a page in blog dedicated for my son, who, like me, loves to read. He blogs about a book per week. Blogging is new to the both of us, so he has only posted a paragraph about him, but he will be posting his first book review soon.

    follow my blog at readwithmeromancenovels.WordPress.com

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