Best Gift Books of 2014

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Ready for the best gift books of 2014? This list consists of activity books as well as nonfiction books for kids. Also read: the best chapter books of 2014, the best picture books of 2014, the best board books of 2014, and the best YA books of 2014. Best Activity Books 2014 1. Draw Patterns with Barroux (ages 4+) This colorful activity book and kit includes the Draw … [Read more...]

Best Board Books of 2014

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Do you have a baby or toddler who needs a board book? Get him or her one of these recommended best board books of 2014. The Best Board Books from 2014 1. My First Book of Girl Power From Wonder Woman's ability to find the truth to Black Canary's powerful voice to Batgirl's keen mind, readers will find lots of girl power to admire in this unique board book. 2. Super … [Read more...]

Best Chapter Books of 2014

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We always give at least one gift that is a book, do you? If you have a child who reads chapter books or YA books, here are my picks for the BEST children's books of 2014. Best Chapter Books 2014 1. The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler (ages 6 - 9) MYSTERY My daughter and I loved this entertaining new beginning reader chapter book series about a boy ghost, Kaz, … [Read more...]

Best Picture Books of 2014

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Don't forget to give your children the gift of a good picture book or ten! Today I'm recommending what I think are the best children's picture books of 2014.  The Best Picture Books from 2014 1. It's Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr I love the message of this picture book - that it's okay to make mistakes. In fact not only will this book help remind kids that making … [Read more...]

MySELF Social Emotional Learning Books

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MySELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundations) books help children in PreK - 1st grade build both their early literacy skills and social and emotional intelligence skills. When children aquire and apply the skills necessary to manage emotions, set and achieve goals, resolve conflicts, feel empathy for others, and make responsible decisions, this is called social emotional … [Read more...]

My Best List of Nonfiction Books Ever

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Nonfiction book reading is so important for kids -- and not just because Common Core says it is best. Kids need to be able to read for information as well as for story. Not only that, nonfiction builds essential background knowledge that help fiction comprehension. But most kids spend four minutes or less each day reading nonfiction. I think that's because they haven't found … [Read more...]

Cool Tech Gifts for Kids

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If your kids are like mine, they're enticed by technology. So I've found tons of cool tech gifts for kids that are (mostly) educational and will make great gifts. See for yourself. Tech Gifts for Kids 1. Kindle Fire HD & Tablet  My 12-year old daughter reads way more now that she has a Kindle. (Most of her ebooks are borrowed from the library!) The Kindle has a … [Read more...]

Remarkable LEGO Fusion Building and Tech Toy

Lego Fusion

Combining the best of building and technology, the LEGO Fusion Town Master Kit became our new favorite LEGO toy. Both my kids loved creating their town and even better, both could use one kit. The kit gave them opportunities to be creative, inventive, and play for hours. What's not to love!?       The kit includes 256 LEGO pieces. You don't need many bricks because all … [Read more...]

Building Toys for Kids

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These building toys make great STEM / STEAM gifts for your kids because they not only are tons of fun but they improve fine motor skills, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and problem solving. Building Gifts for Kids 1. Jumperrobot (ages 8+) Build seven bouncing robots that use an electric motor and a spring-loaded mechanism to jump forward in a … [Read more...]

Early Chapter Books for the Cybils Awards

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I've been reading early chapter books like crazy to whittle down the list of top 5 early chapter book nominations for the Cybils Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literaray Awards. Since I'm a first round judge, it's my job to work with my fellow judges to pick our favorites for the second round judges. I still haven't read all the nominated books but I'm close! (Nor have I … [Read more...]