Host a Book Wars Party

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Make reading social by reading with your friends this spring. Host a book club where each person picks what to read-- then have a BOOK WARS party. Which book will win? (dunt-dunt-dah) Hosting a Book Wars Party 1.  Decide who to invite. (Group by interest, age or gender.) 2.  Select the first book, date, time and location. For this Book Wars meeting, each child picks a book … [Read more...]

17 Book Series for Kids Who Like Junie B. Jones

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Last week I met with a group of parents who were reading my book to help reluctant readers, Book Love. (Yeah!) One of the moms ask me for ideas of books that were similar in reading level and interest to Junie B. Jones (which is about a first grade reading level.) I actually don't like the Junie B. books. The grammar? I just can't do it! Her sass? Hate it. BUT, lots of … [Read more...]

Irresistible Book Series for Kids

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To become a reader, your child needs that one story that makes him or her fall in love with reading. That story that transports; one that he can't put down. But, finding that story can be hard. So, let me help you with some favorite books in a series you may not know about. ALL of these books are series that I've read and highly recommend. See if one will be that perfect … [Read more...]

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Book Bucks

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This year, I'm giving my kids Valentines' Day Book Bucks instead of stuffed animals or candy. And, I've made free printable book bucks you can easily download and print for your kids, too! Gift of Book Bucks Like most kids, my kids love to choose their own books to read. They enjoy browsing the bookstore almost as much as me. (Which is one of my favorite things EVER.) I … [Read more...]

Get Inspired with My Favorite Reading Quotes

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I collect quotes about learning and reading. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite quotes about reading. Enjoy! "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." - Margaret Fuller "Books make great gifts . . . they have the whole world inside of them." - Neil Gaiman "The greatest gift is a passion for reading." - Elizabeth Hardwick "Once you learn to … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to Kids’ Books about the Olympics

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What are the best children's books to get them excited and informed about the 2014 Winter Olympics? But first, here are all winter sports that will be featured in this year's Olympics in Sochi. Olympic Winter Sports Alpine Skiing Biathlon Bobsleigh Cross Country Skiing Curling Figure Skating Freestyle Skiing Ice Hockey Luge Nordic Combined Short Track Speed … [Read more...]

14 Favorite Quotes from Children’s Books

Best Children's Book Quotes

What are your favorite quotes from children's books? Here are some of mine for you to share on Facebook and Pinterest. If you don't see your favorite on here, please leave it in the comments. Roald Dahl quote from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory J.M. Barrie quote from Peter Pan Shel Silverstein quote Harry Potter quote from Harry Potter and … [Read more...]

My Child is an Advanced Kindergartner, What Should She Read?

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Advanced Kindergartner Reader Question Dear Melissa, Hi there! I follow your blog and love it! I have a question for my daughter. She's in Kindy. She can read just about anything put in front of her, but wants to read chapter books. But, she often gets overwhelmed by a lot of words on a page. Also, the comprehension skills need work. She'll fly through the words, but … [Read more...]