Blogger and Writer #Shelfies

writer and blogger shelfies

You know about selfies, but do you know about sHelfies? Shelfies are photos of your bookshelves, with or without you, OR photos of you reading a book. Today I asked some of my favorite writers and bloggers to share their own #shelfies with us. See what you think -- I think it's a fascinating peek into someone's life. Don't you? (Scroll down to the bottom to see mine.) Susan … [Read more...]

The Best Card Games for Kids

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My family loves family game night which is pretty much every night for us. We buy and test games regularly -- for us and for you. Here are our picks for the best card games for kids of all ages. For those small hands, try a chip clip to hold all the cards, or just allow your kids to put their cards on the table -- even though they will be visible. Also, the recommended … [Read more...]

The Best Reading Logs for Kids

reading logs

Books Make Me Happy -- what a positive presupposition! Indeed, this is what we want for our kids. That books make them happy. (And sad. And curious. And thoughtful.) Of all the reading logs, this is the best suited for young readers so they can savor their favorite books. Assigned Reading Logs Bluck. I very much dislike reading logs from school -- you know, those … [Read more...]

My Backpack Free Learning App for 4 – 7 year olds

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Waterford Early Learning doesn't just make computer-based curriculum, now they have a free bilingual iPad learning app for kids ages four to seven called My Backpack. It amazes me how much is packed into this app -- all for free. There are story books, learning songs, math games, and nursery rhymes which are in English and in Spanish. From a user perspective, the app has … [Read more...]

Easter Activities with The Artful Parent

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Jean Van't Hul's second book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes--Over 175 Family- Friendly Activities, arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago. It's an amazing resource with art activities, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. We decided to give some of the Easter activities a go. Easter Activities with The … [Read more...]

New, Fascinating Fairy Tale Picture Books

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We love fairy tale picture books with their life lessons, heroes, heroines, magic, and unusual creatures. It's interesting to watch as fairy tales adapt and change like the story below of Goldy Luck instead of Goldilocks. But equally as fascinating is the original versions retold to new audiences as with The Snow Queen and Little Red Cap. Finally, there are authors who invent … [Read more...]

10 Engaging Beginning Chapter Books

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Introducing ten new beginning chapter books for your growing readers with fun, adventure, hilarity, and curiosity . . . perfect for kids needing a good book to read and adore. Beginning Chapter Books   Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative beginning chapter book. Oliver must rescue his explorer parents … [Read more...]

Cooking Science: Eat Your Science Homework

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Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds by Ann McCallum, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez shows kids how cooking is chemistry! Although some might say that my cooking and refrigerator are often accidental science experiments. Eat Your Science Homework We tried Invisible Ink Snack Pockets with my own gluten-free recipe substitution -- which turned out to be … [Read more...]

Free YouTube App for Kids

youtube app for kids

I'm thrilled with Google's release of a free YouTube Kids app, it's been too long in coming quite frankly. This app will finally make YouTube watching safer for kids since the channels are pre-screened and kid-friendly. So far I'm impressed with the functionality as well as the selection of YouTube channels and parental controls. (And so grateful there are no … [Read more...]

New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet

books about books and stories

Recently I read several amazing picture books about books, stories, and the alphabet -- which seemed to all fit together. I figured these books were something you might just love for your own kids or your classroom. Here we go, . . . books about books. Picture Books About Books Once Upon an Alphabet Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers My kids and I ADORE … [Read more...]