13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults)

13 places to look for children's and adult's book reviews

Recently a reader asked me where I find all the good books I read. What websites do I read? How do I find good books -- both for myself (an adult) and for kids. It's a good question so I thought I'd give you a behind the scenes peek at my process. And, I read a LOT -- so much that I sometimes have to stop myself and make sure I'm being present in my life. But that's another … [Read more...]

13 Sight Word Apps and 26 Alphabet and Phonics Apps

reading apps

Learning letters and letter sounds start a child's journey to reading words and these alphabet and phonics apps will help. Learning "sight words," or words to recognize at a glance, is another step. Download these sight word apps when your child is ready to learn these commonly used words. Click on the image or name of app to see or buy it in the Apple App store. Android … [Read more...]

Parenting an Introverted Child

parenting an introvert

“How come you never pick her up?” my friend Kristen asked, looking at my four-month-old baby, Ani, sitting on the floor. We sat sipping ice tea in my living room. “Oh, you don’t know her yet,” I said. “Watch this.” I scooped up AJ, and she immediately began to cry. I put her back down on the floor and she stopped just as suddenly. “See? She doesn’t like to be … [Read more...]

Emotional Intelligence Activities for Kids

Activities for Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Kids

Because it's an assignment from school, I've been reading aloud Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves to my 13- year old daughter. It's been exactly what she needs. It's helping her label not just the emotions that are floating around her adolescent brain, but is providing strategies to improve both her emotional self-awareness and emotional … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading 2015

chapter book recommendations for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade

It's mid-summer and I've already got another long list of good books for your kids to read. New! Hot of the presses! I love new books, as you can tell. :) So if you need new chapter book ideas for your summer reading, check out these reviews. Hopefully something will stand out to you that will interest your kids. Happy reading! 16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading … [Read more...]

Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books

Disney's Desendants Books

written by Annika Taylor Get ready for the Disney Channel's newest movie, The Descendants, by reading all the Descendants books first. The Descendants movie is coming out this summer, 2015, but the books are already here! Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books Isle of the Lost Isle of the Lost is a prequel to the Disney movie, Descendants. It takes place … [Read more...]

14 Notable Chapter Books for Summer Reading

new chapter books summer 2015

Let your kids look through these new book reviews and see what grabs them. Will they want to read a fantasy or mystery? What kind of characters do they like? Remember that choice is so important to give kids ownership over their own learning -- especially in reading. Of these 14 new and notable chapter books for summer reading, I hope you consider Pip Bartlett, Unusual … [Read more...]

How Reading Easy Books Helps Your Child

why kids should read easy books

This weekend, my daughter read three books. In about two hours. No, she's not a speed reader, she just read books that were really easy for her. And, I totally endorsed it. In fact, I want you to try it with your kids as well. Reading too easy books is a great strategy to get your kids back into the habit of reading over the summer. But, that's not all. There are specific … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books Spring 2015

new books spring 2015

What should your kids read next? If they're like me and love to read the new chapter books. Here are 16 I highly recommend from middle-grade to YA. New Chapter Books Spring 2015 Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day by Nick Bruel HUMOR ages 6 - 9It's delightful to read a series where every book is consistently good. Well, in this case, hilariously good. Bad Kitty is raging! Puppy … [Read more...]