Entertaining NEW Early Reader Books

Early Readers 2014

Your beginning readers need good books (that make sense!) to read. You also can play fun reading games while you read. For example, try searching for words that begin or end with one sound. So, while you read, search for words that beginn with the "p" sound or end with a "d" sound. Remember to track the words across the page left to right using your finger or a reading … [Read more...]

Storytelling Play

Storytelling Play

Are you looking for more ways to encourage your kids to write and invent stories? Here are more storytelling ideas to inspire word play, storytelling, and writing. 1. Haikubes  Haikubes are meant to inspire haiku but we use them to make silly sentences. They make a great centerpiece for the dinner table. Then you can play around with the words while you're … [Read more...]

Innovative Thinking Game for Kids: Disruptus

disruptus

Check out this new game that will make your kids think outside the box. Disruptus. It's completely unique and innovative. It forces your brains really think creatively. (I'm positive this is harder for adults!) Disruptus Basic Play: 1. Roll the dice to see which type of "disruptive thinking" to do: CREATE, IMPROVE, TRANSFORM, DISRUPT. 2. Draw one (or 2 in some … [Read more...]

Spotlight on New Comic Books

best new comics 2014

"Comics are a gateway drug to literacy."--Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus and TOON Books Series Advisor Don't you love this quote!? I totally agree. Kids need a variety in their reading diet. Let kids read comic books + chapter books + non-fiction books. It's like a healthy eating: a little of everything from each food plate category adds up to the … [Read more...]

3 Engrossing Word Games for Kids

the best word games for kids

Three word games, WordARound, Bubble Talk, and Junior Scrabble, are always top choices for my kids for family game time. (Although I think my husband could play Bubble Talk by himself just because he thinks it's so funny.) Let me tell you about them.  1. WordARound WordARound cards have three rings, black, red, and blue, with words written around each ring. To play, start … [Read more...]

The Latest Chapter Books for Kids Ages 6 to 12

latest chapter books, summer 2014

Grab a good book from this list of the latest books I've read, all but one are recently published. I've added each of these books to my new master book lists by age! Books for 5- and 6- year olds Books for 7-year olds Books for 8-year olds Books for 9-year olds Books for 10-year olds Books for 11-year olds Books for 12-year olds Happy reading! :) The … [Read more...]

Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

new picture books summer 2014

As Todd Parr says, It's Okay to Make Mistakes. Like when Very Little Red thinks the Wolf is a Foxie or the birds don't quite get the message right (or even close) in Mac Barnett's book, Telephone. Discover more outstanding stories and silly mistakes in these new picture books. The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke How can the siblings resist not … [Read more...]

DIY Washi and Duct Tape Gifts for Teachers

duct tape flower top pencil

Make your new teacher a special gift she or he can use in the classroom -- out of washi tape or duct tape. I LOVE duct tape and washi tape. So do my kids. We found that even us not-so-crafty types can follow directions like nobody's business. Our most recent get-our-craft-on books? Duct Tape Mania by Amanda Formaro (affiliate link) and Totally Washi!  by … [Read more...]