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. Word Games for Kids  1. WordARound WordARound is a super fun word game for kids. The cards have three rings, black, red, … [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 chapter books I've read. (All but one are recently published.) Don't miss even more middle grade books in my new master book lists by age! Middle grade books are for kids ages 8 - 12. 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 … [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 picture book stories and silly mistakes in these new titles. Outstanding Picture Books The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels … [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 Craft Books Duct Tape Mania by Amanda Formaro (affiliate link) and … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need to Read Nonfiction Books

non-fiction recommendations

Recommended nonfiction books for kids Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or nonfiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with nonfiction and fiction both which is why I have a list of recommended non-fiction books for kids. Here's why it's important to read nonfiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason kids … [Read more...]

Hilarious New Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

funny picture books

How's your summer going? Do you need some new reading material? One of our favorite things to do is to go to the new section at the library and see what's new and good. We're geeky like that. If you haven't read these, check out these new funny picture books. I think you'll like them!   Who Did It? (boxed set) by Ohara Hale If you like potty humor, and I do, these … [Read more...]

Will Wreck This Journal Everywhere Get Your Kids Writing?

Wreck This Journal

I'm always trying to motivate my kids to write. I've introduced Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal Everywhere (affiliate link), a take-with-you compact book of writing prompts and activities. It's a fun little book that sparks creative thinking and wonderment. Do you think your kids need extra urging to write, too? Wreck This Journal Everywhere They might just enjoy Wreck … [Read more...]