Steampunk Books for Kids

steampunk books for kids too

Have you heard of steampunk? I first heard about this new sub-genre of science-fiction a few years ago. Now, steampunk books for kids are also increasing. (Both in number and quality.) So, What Is Steampunk? Steampunk is science fiction in which the Victorian era society's technology is powered by steam. In other words, no electricity or batteries or gas. Steam. The … [Read more...]

Recommended Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

good book list for summer reading

Need some recommended chapter books to stop your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read? (Or is that just my kids?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of middle grade chapter books that I highly recommend. Recommended Beginning Chapter Books My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (beginning chapter book … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]

26 Books Similar Harry Potter

books for kids who like Harry Potter

If your kids are big Harry Potter fans like mine, here are 26 books similar to Harry Potter they'll also love and I highly recommend. Books Similar to Harry Potter 39 Clues by Rick Riordan Age Range (8-12 years) This series has about a billion books so if your kids like it, they'll be reading and reading and reading. There are also series within series but you'll figure it … [Read more...]

Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

Summer joy, hammock - girl with a book resting on a hammock in the garden

Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

NEW Science Activity Book for Summer Learning

Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot Science for Summer

We found a fun science experiment book that is perfect for learning over summer vacation. ('Cause we don't want to see any summer slide around here.) It's Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot, Awesome Science Activities You Can Do at Home by Kendra Muntz, illustrated by Matt Carrington. Get it?-- "molecule"! Cute, right? Science Activity Book And it is cute with … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, wordless picture books provide a great springboard for writing poetry. Wordless Picture … [Read more...]

The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story Contest

Pigeon LEGO Story Contest

If you are a 2nd - 5th grade student or classroom, love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, and like to build with LEGOs, then you are going to love this totally cool contest. You could WIN a 2-foot LEGO brick Pigeon from LEGO® Education by retelling any Pigeon story with bricks! The LEGO  Pigeon Builds a Story Contest The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative … [Read more...]