How to Make Lunch Packing a Cinch!

DIY Lunchbox

Want to make lunch packing easier? How about teaching your kids pack healthy lunch themselves?  Now you can streamline lunch packing and teach your kids to pack lunches independently . . . Introducing DIY Lunchbox DIY Lunchbox : Flip, Pick and Pack solves your daily what-to-pack-for-lunch dilemma (that kids will actually eat) with simple, individual foods in each of the … [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 books I've read, all but one are recently published. I've added each of these books to my new master book lists by age! 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 olds Books for 12-year olds Happy reading! :) The … [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 stories and silly mistakes in these new picture books. The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke How can the siblings resist not … [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 Mania by Amanda Formaro (affiliate link) and Totally Washi!  by … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need to Read Non-Fiction Books

non-fiction recommendations

Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or non-fiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with non-fiction and fiction both. Here's why it's important to read non-fiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason kids need to practice reading non-fiction (informational) text is that as they progress in school and life, most … [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...]

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...]