Newly Published Chapter Book Recommendations, Fall 2013

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Do your kids need new books to keep them reading? That's why I review the newly published books so that you can get your kids reading with new books that will interest them. There are so many great books in this list but I especially love The Lost Kingdom and Salem Hyde. See what you think for your kids! Easy Chapter Books (grades 1 - 3) The Gumaing Gum Girl! by Rode … [Read more...]

New Picture Books to Treasure

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As you know, I adore reading new picture books and sharing the best with you. Here are some new titles for your family to enjoy.   The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud We adore this oversized picture book for the fun follow-the-baby bear story and for the gorgeous and detailed illustrations. Little Bear wanders off and it's up to Papa Bear to find him. Can you find … [Read more...]

New Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I don't often review board books but I found some unique treasures I just had to share with you. When you're looking for a good book for your baby or toddler, consider interest, interactivity, and readability (not too many words). Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli A wonderful work of art art - this is also literally an alphabet book block. Each thick page is … [Read more...]

Get Excited to Read Halloween Books

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I'm not crazy about scary books but some kids love them. But often scary books can get some kids reading more than usual -- which is a good thing. So, here's a new list of scary and not-so-scary Halloween-themed books. New Picture Books Ten Orange Pumpkins A Counting Book by Stephen Savage A bold, graphic illustrations accompany rhyming text that counts down from 10 to … [Read more...]

Want to Fun Game to Teach Your Child Manners?

Want a Fun Way to Teach Kids Manners? Try the Blunder Game and Placemats!

The Blunders family needs to learn better manners. Pick a Blunder character and play this hilarious (but educational) Blunders game to learn your manners. Be the first Blunder kid to get to the Mannerlys’ Annual Pool Party Extravaganza to win the game. Fun Manners Game We love the Blunders board game so much that we sometimes read the cards just for fun!  I'm very … [Read more...]

Self Censorship Better Than Book Banning

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My parents let me read any book I wanted. No they weren't without religious belief or strong opinions, they just firmly believed in growing a reader, an individual, who could make decisions for herself. Me! Yes, any book I wanted to read. With one condition -- I had to discuss it with my mom after I read it. (Much to my dismay sometimes! You try discussing sex and insest in … [Read more...]

Book Character Halloween Costumes for Kids and Teens

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Ready for more book character Halloween costumes? Today I want to give you ideas for kids from 7 to 17. Book Character Costumes for Older Kids Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon make a dragon costume buy dragon costume Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis buy Prince Caspian costume Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling buy Harry Potter costume buy Slytherin Robe buy … [Read more...]

Picture Book Character Costumes for Halloween

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Would your child like a book-themed costume this Halloween? How about one of these picture book character costume ideas? If you're looking for chapter book costume ideas, you'll find lots of ideas for older kids here.  Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems buy elephant costume buy pig costume   Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold rent Fly Guy The Day the Crayons … [Read more...]