Good Picture Books to Own

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   Ooh, there's so many new and good picture books to tell you about! If your kids are under 4, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and What's In Your Purse are my favorite recommendations. If your kids are 4 - 8, there are many books with great lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking! Good Picture … [Read more...]

Finally! An ABC Simple Way to Make Eco Art Kit

eco-art with Artterro

Confession time: I'm not crafty. (Or cooky, but that's a different blog post.) HOWEVER, I can read directions (how else would my family survive?) but I need things to be simple and well-planned out. I'm talking ABC here. Today (Earth Day) Artterro relaunched their Eco Art Kits. And I'm happy to report that because the kits are so easy to use, my kids and (even) me got our … [Read more...]

What’s New in Picture Books? Picture Books About Animals

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You won't believe the picture books about animals! From funny to informative, here are my top picks for new spring animal-related picture books. Picture Books About Animals This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Hilarious picture book! This is a moose. Who wants to be an astronaut. But the narrator of this book says no way and neither can … [Read more...]

Memorize a Poem for Poetry Month

memorize a poem

Since it's National Poetry Month, memorize a poem -- and have our kids memorize one, too. It's so rich to have those words hanging around our brains. The Academy of American Poets created National Poetry Month in 1996 to celebrate and promote the achievement of American poets. We can participate by memorizing a poem! Memorize a Poem in April Kids love funny poems, … [Read more...]

The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story Contest

Pigeon LEGO Story Contest

If you are a 2nd - 5th grade student or classroom, love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, and like to build with LEGOs, then you are going to love this totally cool contest. You could WIN a 2-foot LEGO brick Pigeon from LEGO® Education by retelling any Pigeon story with bricks! The LEGO  Pigeon Builds a Story Contest The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative … [Read more...]

10 Minutes a Day for Long-Term Reading Success

long term reading success

Do you know what one thing you can do for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers to make them good readers? Read aloud to them EVERY day. Babies and toddlers need books, too! They especially love clever and charming board books that are interactive --lift the flap, pull the tab, flip sturdy pages. Want to see the research? There's lots of research on the … [Read more...]

Hot Off the Presses Middle Grade Chapter Books

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I loved all of these new and very good middle grade chapter books - from detectives to manicurists, fantasy to mystery - and I think you'll find something exciting for your child to read. :) Middle grade refers to the chapter books for children ages eight or nine to about twelve. (I've added a favorite YA - young adult - book, too.) Sparkle Spa: Purple Nails and Puppy … [Read more...]

Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

books for kids who love Diary of a  Wimpy Kid

If your kids like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, you'll want find similiar books like Diary to keep them reading. So I've gathered a book list of books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid that are similar and just as appealing. Happy reading! Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce Another funny book with a combo of text and comics that will crack … [Read more...]