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...]

Beginning Readers Kids Will Actually Like

Little girl reading lalalala

"I want to save these books for when I have kids and they're learning to read," announced my daughter as she organized and read each of the Tug the Pup and Friends beginning readers. So I had to read these and share with YOU. Because it's my never ending goal to find your kids beginning readers that they'll actually like! (And that aren't nonsensical!) She's more … [Read more...]

The Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Tweens

disco cat puzzle - great for tweens

My 9- and 12-year old kids are way past those 25- and 100- piece jigsaw puzzles. (Although we do have puzzle races with 4 25-piece puzzles at a time. That's pretty fun!) Anyway, I looked and looked for a little harder puzzle that wasn't too Thomas Kinkade looking like the one above. 'Cause no kid likes that. Well, at least not mine. Best Puzzles for Tweens Finally, … [Read more...]

Does Your 8 – 12 Year Old Need Good Middle Grade Books?

good book list for 8- 12 year olds

Middle Grade Chapter Books for Kids Ages 8 - 12 I read tons of middle grade chapter books for kids so you don't have to. Because we all hear our kids say, "I don't have anything good to read," right? That's why it helps to have a list of good books to recommend to those silly kids. (Do they think they can get out of reading with this excuse?!) Something will appeal to … [Read more...]