Raising a Book Lover (Tips from an Author) and Book Giveaway

Raise a Book Lover (Tips from an Author)

To celebrate early, please welcome Helen Perelman, author of the uber-sweet Candy Fairies Series and mother of two.  When I was an editor, people would ask me what I was reading all the time. Now I field questions like what are you reading to your kids? What are your kids reading? Everyone agrees that reading to your child is beneficial, but here are some tips on how to make … [Read more...]

A New Literacy-Based Craft Kit: Page’s Corner

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Page's Corner's StoryCraft Box™ wants kids to activate their imaginations through books and build literacy skills. The kit arrives with a wonderfully unique picture book, two crafts with a literacy tie-in to the book, enrichment activities, and website links. . We tried The Big Orange Splot Box and enjoyed the book and crafts. (And I couldn't believe we'd never read this … [Read more...]

Make Your Playful Life Easier: Kiwi Crate

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If you're a family that loves creative play and learning, you'll love Kiwi Crate. Hours of fun per dollar spent, it's an investment that really is worth your money. I love it because of . . . clear, kid-friendly directions. engaging and interesting to my kids of different ages. plenty of supplies --you can do the activities several times over. high-quality … [Read more...]

Writing Idea: Say It, Play It, Write It

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Grab a stuffed animal, tell a story, pretend play the story, then write it down! It's the best way to get young writers writing fluently because once they've said and played the story, they're primed to write it . . . already knowing what they want to say. SAY IT So, pick a favorite stuffed animal or several. Make up a story with your plush toy. Use your props … [Read more...]

Book Rhymes with Nook (Enter to Win!)

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You, my wonderful readers, go to the library with your kids. I know this. Now I’m wondering about your home libraries; so is Target. And Target wants to give one of you a . . . NOOK . . . and to tell you about the Target School Library Makeovers and Literacy Pilot program. Nice, right? :) School libraries need our help - badly. (Did you see this post about DC Schools … [Read more...]

Recommended Game: The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

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I'm sure you read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steve Covey and maybe even Sean Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Educational Insights teamed up with Sean Covey and Franklin Covey to create The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game. This game gets kids learning about the habits and applying them to their lives and we're huge fans. (Scroll down to find out how to win … [Read more...]

Easy Art Journaling For Kids

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Guest Post by Violette Clark, author of Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric. Kids love to create art and if you give them a few tools and ideas on how to art journal they will go to town and come up with some colourful pages  they will treasure for years to come!  Art journaling is great for young children as well as for teens. Kids can … [Read more...]