Mashed Potatoes: A Little Brother Story


One of the biggest joys in writing LifeasMOM is getting to know you, my readers. I have developed some fantastic friendships thanks to blogging and met some wonderful people.

Amongst those wonderful people is Carrie from Carrie’s Busy Nothings. Carrie has been the source of some fantastic book recommendations over the year and I’m so thankful that she started Booking It this year.

Today, Carrie’s got a book recommendation of a very fun kind — a book that she and her husband co-wrote.

Mashed Potatoes: A Little Brother Story is a sweet tale of a young boy who learns a lesson in self-control. I had a crowd about me last time I read it, as my younger kids, age 8 and down, gathered around to listen. FishBoy6 was mesmerized and a little concerned for the fate of Little Brother.

Never fear, it all works out in the end.

You can buy the book on Amazon or through Create Space at a 20% discount when you use the code VEYN69RM. (The code does not work at Amazon, but it does qualify for free shipping because Amazon is Amazing.)

This week one LifeasMOM reader will win a copy of Mashed Potatoes.

To Enter

Simply tell us your favorite book to read aloud to your children.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, December 19th at 8 pm, PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. You must respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

:: For more holiday inspiration and daily giveaways, check out The Christmas Fun series.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book. My opinions are my own. For more information, read my disclosure policy.

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  1. We are currently loving a whole host of Christmas books, but my little one is loving “Guess who is coming to our house” while my older one is loving Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. I love everything in the basket – after all, I am the one who stocked it!

  2. Our current favorite read-aloud is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. That’s one I remember from when I was little and it’s so much fun to read it to my children and have them love it just as much as I did/do!

  3. My girls love “The Real story of the Big Bad wolf.”

  4. My little one loves Truck Talk.

  5. My Son love’s Good Night Sweet Butterflies!!!

  6. You Are My Miracle and You Are My I Love You by Marianne Cusimano!

  7. I love you forever…makes me cry πŸ™

  8. I love reading “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch (I think that’s his name) to my kids!!

  9. My daughter loves “I’m a Big Sister” right now, as she’s about to become one!

  10. Right now it is between How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham

  11. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is our all-time favorite.

  12. Any Dr Suess book gets picked again and again. Right now its Myrtle the Turtle. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Anything by Mercer Mayer, with the most chosen one rotating. The current favorite is “Little Monster at School”.

  14. _The Gruffalo_ is such fun to read. You can say “Terrible teeth and terrible jaws…” so fast it makes your giggle.

  15. dr seuss book – go dog go

  16. Rebecca Pearson says:

    “Raindrop Plop”

  17. We enjoy Click Clack Moo and The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss.

  18. the legend of the candy cane

  19. our favorite right now is Wiggle. It’s hilarious.

  20. At the moment it’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear. My 2 and 4 year olds read it to each other.

  21. An absolute favorite is SO hard to choose, but our favorite Christmas read-aloud is Wombat Divine.

  22. i love goodnight moon.

  23. I’d have to say “Where the Wild Things Are”. I think we have read it about 100 times. πŸ˜‰

  24. Right now we reading and re-reading, “Hands are not for Hitting” to our 2 year old!

  25. Guess How Much I Love You is our family favorite.

  26. We have a new author that we are enjoying – Peter Brown. We found “Chowder” at a consignment sale and then the next night found “The Curious Garden” at a Scholastic sale. I have to say we love them both, but The Curious Garden is mommy and daddy’s favorite!

  27. One of my favorites is “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” by John Lithgow

  28. So many favorites, but I just realized that I still love “I Love You As Much” b/c I have been reading that one since my oldest was a tiny, tiny baby. Now I am reading it to my forth baby.

  29. my son love , fly guy

  30. We have two at the moment- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Sam I Am. Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. Our favorite family book is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” My daughter likes to say all the animal sounds as we flip through the pages. We even taught her that the teacher at the end says, “Hi, Emily!” and the kids all shout. Haha! She’s so cute saying, “Hi Emmy” at the end.. I think we all have it memorized!

  32. Asking me to chose a favorite would be akin to asking me to choose among friends. I grew up in a dysfunctional household and I credit books, among other things, with keeping me sane. So I don’t choose favorites. For the purpose of the this giveaway I’m going to choose Nancy Tafuri’s I Love You Little One. It’s the book I read to my youngest when he was a toddler. I’d encourage him to repeat the “Do you love me mama?” and then respond. ” I love you like the river loves you, wide and deep….etc, etc until we hit the end of the book.” Some of my favorites for my children I don’t even need the book. I can recite from memory.

  33. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs , What Snowman do at Night , I love you Forever – we do love our books! – Nice variety and will have to check out some of the other choices

  34. I’ve always loved Curious George stories and sharing them with my son

  35. One of my all-time favorite books to read to the kids is “the little engine that could”. I love the syncopation near the end that makes it sound like a train “I think I can . . . I think I can . . . I think I can. . . ” I always start off real slow and then speed up as he gets up over the hill. πŸ™‚
    Another book my kids and I find funny (because it’s sooooo true) – is “5 minutes Peace”. Poor momma elephant only wants 5 minutes peace to enjoy her tea, etc amidst caring for her 3 little elephants and messy house. πŸ™‚ I know some moms don’t like that book (I think they are in denial for the need to have some alone time . . . or maybe they get alone time and so they don’t understand?? Nah . . . ). Anyways . . . we think it’s a funny story. πŸ™‚

  36. I love reading to my little boy! I think my favorite right now is Good Night Moon.

  37. Anything Strega Nona and No David!

  38. I love to read Fox in Socks (my favorite part to say is the tweetle beatle battles!)!

  39. Katie Amoureux says:

    I love to read a book called How Many Trucks Can A Tow Truck Tow? to my children. My older son received it as a birthday gift 20 years ago when he turned 4 and I still read it to his (much) younger sisters.

  40. Right now our favorite book is The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

  41. I loved to read Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson to my boys. Books are such wonderful friends. πŸ™‚

  42. It changes regularly but right now we like If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.

  43. You can’t beat Little House on the Prairie on a cold winter’s night!

  44. A Charlie Brown Christmas

  45. Jennifer M says:

    My 5 yr old’s fav book is “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny.”

  46. Making me pick a favorite? That’s hard!
    I love reading the Skippyjon Jones books to my kids. They are so fun, and the kids might learn a Spanish word or two along the way.

  47. Mine would be Goodnight moon, my kids might say five little monkeys.
    They love to have books read to them!

  48. Anything Curious George. Would love to try something new!

  49. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

  50. We love Good Night Moon!

  51. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    My favorite book to read to my kids is Green Eggs and Ham. They love it when I am able to read it really fast with all of the rhyming words. AND they really love it when I get all tongue tied trying to do it. It’s also inspired some really good conversations about food and us really trying green eggs.

  52. Currently it’s various books about Baby Jesus. My oldest is totally obsessed with Jesus, which is definitely nicer then her being obsessed with Santa Clause. She also loves the whole set of “What do you see” books (Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Baby Bear). She also really likes the 5 Little Monkeys books and Robert Munsch books.

  53. My favorite is probably my daughter’s favorite- Cleo’s Counting Book or Alphabet book.

  54. Right now, my favorite book to read to my 3 yr old is The Gruffalo. It has a really nice rhyme to it and I find myself almost singing it as I read.

  55. We love The Big Red Barn

  56. Our current favorite is “It’s the Bear” by Jez Alborough. My 4 year old recites it through out the day…so cute!

  57. Dyan Euler says:

    Our favorite books (still) to read are all the” If you give a mouse a cookie”, if you give a moose… My boys are 14 (in 13 days,11 and 9 and they still love me reading those books. lol Right now though My 14 year old and I are reading Christmas Jars together (I have already read) This by far hands down is a book EVERYONE should read and I bet after you do~you will be eager to pass the book on and start your Christmas Jar. πŸ™‚

  58. Connie Corey says:

    Love You Forever is a fave!

  59. My daughter’s favorite story is Chika Chicka Boom Boom.


  60. I love reading Skippy Jon Jones to my 4 kiddos. They love the adventures he goes on. Even though my two older ones (9 &7) can read them on their own, they like to sit and listen to me read them to their younger siblings.

  61. My favorite book is I’ll love you forever. But we really just love to read and we read a lot every day. Susan

  62. Owl Moon is a beautiful read!

  63. The Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker or The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne

  64. When we have children, I think my favorite book will be Horton Hears a Who.

  65. Heather Brewer says:

    Berenstain Bears! Any of them πŸ™‚

  66. We love reading the SkippyJon Jones books aloud. Lost in Spice is our current favorite!

  67. Right now my 18mo is insisting on Eloise Wilkin’s Mother Goose every day. I’m okay with thatβ€”I love Eloise Wilkin.

  68. Its a touch and feel book called “That’s Not My Car”. I wouldn’t say its necessarily my favorite book to read but its definitely my daughter’s :).

  69. Right now, we’re enjoying “A Visitor for Bear” pretty often.

  70. anything Dr. Seuss!

  71. Right now our favorite books are the Skippy Jon Jones series.

  72. We do “Time for Bed” most nights, and my little guy loves to point at the animals. We’re also loving anything Sandra Boynton!

  73. GoodNight Moon!!!!

  74. One of The Lord’s Prayer. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for entering us.

  75. My daughter gets a kick out of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

  76. My daughter is loving The Magic Tree House series right now. She gets so excited each time we check a new one out of the library.

  77. My favorite to read the kids is their little kid bible. They also like Goodnight moon, Dora’s book of manners, and Pepito the Brave Little Bird

  78. The Little House on the Prairie books.

  79. I have lots of books I love to read to my son, but I think his favourite is Dear Zoo.

  80. Heather Abbott says:

    How do I pick just one? Some of our favorites are anything by Sandra Boyton, the Skippy Jon Jones series and the Llama Llama series.

  81. We love reading aloud at our house! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but my daughter is in a big “Curious George” phase, so I’ve been spending a lot of time with that series lately.

  82. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

  83. We just dug out our copy of “Owl Moon.” My husband does a GREAT owl call and it really makes the story come alive! I’m sure my husband will take our boys out owling or calling wolves when they are old enough. My two year old is also reading “by himself,” “Who is Coming to our House?” It is so fun to hear him “read” on his own!!

  84. My little one loves Geraldine’s Blanket.

  85. Yikes!! One of my favorites is Owl Babies.

  86. The Little Engine that Could, Ferdinand, Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal! I love kids books – there are so many good ones.

  87. My son loves the Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems.

  88. The book I have to read every night to my 4 yr old daughter is “Pajama Time” I have read this book to her for a few years now and I actually read it like its a song, she absolutely loves it. We had taken a break for a while now its a staple again, I dont even have to look at the words now. I love to see the light in her eyes when I read “sing” it to her.

  89. “The Monster at the End of this Book”, a favorite of mine as a child and now a favorite for me to read to my children.

  90. I ain’t Gonna Paint No More, by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow. Love this book, kids do too.

  91. I love reading Pirates Don’t Sit on Babies to my son. There’s something so satisfying about talking like a pirate!

  92. We love Llama, Llama Mad at Mama

  93. My favorite book to read aloud is goodnight moon. My four year old won’t let me read it to him anymore, so I’m hoping my one year old will like it πŸ™‚

  94. My son’s favorite book is Skippy John Jones in The Dog House. He think’s my spanish accent is hilarious.

  95. I love to read aloud to my boys and we love a whole variety of books. Most fun for me is an interesting story that I haven’t read before or at least haven’t read in a while – OR anything with a good rhythm, like Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree.

  96. We love SkippyJon Jones too!! (Have a few waiting to go under the Christmas tree) Right now my kindergartener has to read 2 books a wk so we are reading Rescue Helicopters & There’s Too Much Water. My 3yo LOVES Goodnight Gorilla & Ms Spider’s ABC’s

  97. We have so many favorites that it is hard to choose. One of these is “Is your mama a llama?”

  98. I’m fond of the “If you Give a Mouse….” type stories. Or for older kids Runaway Ralph and Ralph S Mouse.

  99. My kids LOVE “Go Dogs Go”

  100. I like to read Percival the plain little caterpillar. Thanks!

  101. We love to read Goodnight Moon.

  102. Right now it’s I’ll See You in the Morning.
    I am looking forward to Winnie the Pooh and Anne of Green Gables, though!

  103. Do I have to pick only 1?!? Blueberries for Sal is often the chosen book, especially in the summer.

  104. We like The Big Picture Story Bible

  105. Andrea Watts says:

    Are You My Mother?
    I love that book and loved reading it to my kids

  106. AllieZirkle says:

    Right now we are working our way through “Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know” on my Kindle. It’s great fun for my 7 year old!

  107. Marishannon says:

    I love reading Dr. Seuss books!

  108. For me it’s a toss up between “Toes are to Tickle” and “Love You Forever” My boys are also big fans of Dr. Suess and “Mama Do You Love Me?” and the Pigeon books.

  109. My daughter is blind so she especially likes when I “dramatize” the books. Her favorite right now is “Bunny’s Noisy Book”

  110. Right now my 5 year old loves to read anything Scooby Doo. It is great to see him smile as I read to him.

  111. The Mine-o-Saur is a fun one to read aloud or Dimity Duck. I like when books have a rhythm to them.

  112. this is a new one to me my daughter just brought home from school. giraffees cant dance. such a cute little story about finding your own way and not trying to copy others.

  113. While I enjoy reading to my sons, recently our Ped has become concerned with my youngest lack of speech progression so I am kicking it in high gear with story time going from 15 min to a hour a night… we read A LOT these days they love Tigger and Pooh super sleuth stories: D

  114. I LOVE to read aloud to my kids. One of our favorites from this past year was “House of Sixty Fathers” (a WWII story). My boys were compltely speelbound.

  115. We love all dr. Seuss books!! Read them all the time.

  116. Our favorite read a-loud book is our childrens Bible.

  117. Shannon Blanchard says:

    My girls love the Llama Llama series. All three of them love those stories..

  118. Dr Seuss “Oh The Places You Will Go”

  119. My son is in love with trains. We got a giant train catalog a month ago and he just loves to read it and asks us to read to him all the time!

  120. Good Night Moon

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