Check out who is giving Happily Ever Elephants two “trunks” up!
“I am a huge fan of the Happily Ever Elephants website as it is a great place to learn about new books, and to find books categorized in a way that speaks to today’s parents and readers – “love yourself,” “find your courage,” “embrace your sillies,” and my favorite – “combat your preconceived notions.” This is a place where you can feel the joy of sharing the news about great, empowering books.” — Nancy Paulsen, Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin
“LKLA loves Happily Ever Elephants because Lauren does what she does from a place of love: love for her adorable boys, love for magical stories, and love for the book-reading community. She's a must-follow.” — Lori Kilkelly, agent/owner, LK Literary Agency
“Happily Ever Elephants is a beautifully conceived and thoughtfully produced go-to source for all things kidlit. Whether you’re searching for books about social justice, emotional learning, or just plain fun, Lauren, a parent and librarian, has reviews, activities, and all the book recommendations you and the little (and not-so-little) readers in your life could ever want. I give Happily Ever Elephants Two Trunks WAY Up!” — Josh Funk, author of picture books including Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and How to Code a Sandcastle
“If you’re looking for the best recommendations for children’s books then Happily Ever Elephants should be your first stop! Easy to navigate and easy to use — there’s something here for every book lover! — Varian Johnson, author of The Parker Inheritance
“So much to love about Happily Ever Elephants! With categories to navigate any search, the books you want, need, and love are easy to find. But there’s more! Happily Ever Elephants has heart. For story. For kids. For reading. Together. This is my go-to site for books to love and stories to discover!” — Elly Swartz, author of Finding Perfect (FSG 2016), Smart Cookie (Scholastic 2018), Give and Take (FSG 2019)
“Happily Ever Elephants is a terrific resource for picking the best-of-the-best books from a huge array of choices. I love how Lauren sorts books by category so you can find just what you’re looking for. Smart, revealing, funny reviews. I can’t say enough good things about it, and I refer people to the website all the time. Two trunks up for Happily Ever Elephants!” — Elizabeth Partridge, author, Printz Honor Award recipient and long listed for the National Book Award.
“Happily Ever Elephants is my go-to source for children's book recommendations. Not only does Lauren feature beautifully written and illustrated stories, she stresses reading books that feature diverse characters, encourage empathy and help instill the values that open-minded, forward-thinking parents want for their kids.” —Ilana Wiles, founder of Mommy Shorts
“Whenever someone asks me for book recommendations for their kids or classrooms, I name a few books I love - and then tell them to visit Happily Ever Elephants. Lauren has a knack for finding the most breathtaking new books and a thoughtful way of grouping books thematically, which makes it easy to discover a good fit for any reader or occasion. The way the website highlights books with deep meaning and positive messages really gives parents and caregivers the information and inspiration to make story time with their kids into a warm, thoughtful, and fun part of every day. And as an author myself, I really appreciate that HEE seeks out and showcases not just the splashy bestsellers, but also the hidden gems that turn into lifelong favorites.” — Katey Howes, author of picture books, including Be A Maker, Grandmother Thorn, and Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe
“As a teacher, I’m always looking for books that can help me address tough issues that develop among my tween students. Happily Ever Elephants is my go-to source for the highest quality books that spark meaningful conversation in my class. My students are going through a lot, and I know at HEE I will always find books to help me help them.” —Laura Haim, 2020 Miami Dade County Rookie Teacher of the Year
“Lauren is my go to for all book recommendations. Her passion radiates through her suggestions, and she is truly a gift. Lauren has been especially helpful for the transitional moments I’ve had! I needed a book to help siblings welcome a new baby and books to help my children overcome fears. Lauren to the rescue. You don’t want to miss out on all of Happily Ever Elephants’ book lists. They are the best!” — Beth Rosenbleeth, founder of Days with Grey
“Stories for classroom lessons, stories that take me on adventures, and stories that remind us that books can change the world! Happily Ever Elephants gets my trunk of approval because I can find stories for all aspects of life.” — Juan Gonzalez Jr., Third Grade Teacher and Blogger @teaching3rdwithmrg