Join National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day

A DAY FOR READING!? What luxury, what bliss! Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation have collaborated to invent my new favorite holiday. National Readathon Day! Well, it's not really a holiday but a way to raise money for literacy programs like BookUp which provides books to middle school kids. Because did you know that while 53% of 9-year-olds read for … [Read more...]

How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Help Raise Confident, Strong Girls

How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Help Raise Confident, Strong Girls

Lori Day didn't have to sell me on her new book, Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More, which she wrote with her daughter, Charlotte Kugler. I knew it was going to be helpful to my parenting and couldn't wait to read her advice! So, just to catch you up on my background … [Read more...]

Educational ColorKu Logic Game

colorku logic game

Logic games stretch kids' thinking, improving their deductive reasoning, organizational skills, and concentration. The Sudoku-like game, ColorKu, challenges kids to use the colorful marbles on a wooden grid to solve puzzles. The object of the game is to only have 1 of each color per each row, column, and 3x3 box. Where Sudoku uses the digits 1 - 9, ColorKu uses 9 … [Read more...]

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi is one of those games that works for almost all ages (except the ages 0 - 3) which is why it's one of our top recommendations (aka. ultimate) family night games. Have you played it yet? How to Play Tenzi Tenzi is a very simple dice game for 2 -4 players. It's fast pace and lots of fun. The object: Get all 10 of your dice to show the same number. (Yes, it can be any … [Read more...]

The Best Classroom Cleaning Hacks

easy classroom cleaning hacks

Teachers, if your classroom is starting to look worn and raggedy now that it’s mid-year, try these best hacks, tips, and ideas for cleaning to get it sparkling again and get rid of any lingering germs. These tips are brought to you by Staples, one of my favorite places to buy teaching, office, and cleaning supplies! How to Clean Dry Erase Boards If your dry erase board is … [Read more...]

Win Candlewick YA Books on Top 100 Book List

Candlewick YA books

Are you an adult who reads Young Adult fiction? Or do you have a teen reader at home? TIME magazine recently published their list of Top 100 Young Adult books. To celebrate, Candlewick Press is giving one Imagination Soup reader all six Candlewick titles that are on this YA book list!!  Win Candlewick YA Books on Top 100 Book List Candlewick’s titles include: Feed by … [Read more...]

Free eBooks for Kids

free ebooks for kids

Both my kids now own Kindles so they can read digital books, or ebooks. But I'm not ready to break the bank buying them books. Which is why we use Overdrive to download their children's ebooks for FREE! All you need is a library card. And some patience. (Because this process is a few more steps than buying a book with one click on Amazon.) Also, if you don't own a Kindle, … [Read more...]

Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

books about Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today. She's the youngest winner EVER. And one of the most inspiring. Especially to young people who want to make a difference in the world. About Malala In 2012 in Pakistan, 14-year old Malala was shot in the head at close range. She was shot by a Taliban gunman simply because was a female attending school. It was a miracle that she … [Read more...]

Writing Prompts for Kids

writing prompts for kids

Normally I dislike writing prompts for kids because I don't like prompts myself. However, I do think many kids want and even need ideas and inspiration for writing. So, I've found some fantastic online story and character idea generators that I think will motivate your kids to write. These are writing prompts about which I can feel enthusiastic! Story Ideas for Kids The Story … [Read more...]

10 Terrific Beginning Chapter Books (2014 Cybils)

terrific beginning chapter books 2014 cybils

When kids start transitioning to chapter books, they need good easy chapter books. This year, I'm jugding the Cybils Easy Reader / Short Chapter Books category and I'm looking for well-written books that kids will love which were published in 2014. Remember that beginning chapter books are characterized by having short chapters, a larger font size, and illustrations that … [Read more...]