Raising a Reader (Tips from an Author)

Raise a Book Lover (Tips from an Author)

by Helen Perelman, author of the uber-sweet Candy Fairies Series   Everyone agrees that reading to your child is beneficial, but here are some tips on how to make your child a book loving reader. Raise a Reader 1) The “B Routine” Long before babies can understand stories, the pictures and your voice stimulate them. Get in the habit of reading before the last bottle … [Read more...]

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


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


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

Woodours Papa and Baby Bear Play Set

Sometimes your kids need help with writing idea development. So grab a stuffed animal, tell a story, pretend play the story, then write it down! Writing Idea Development 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 … [Read more...]

Book Rhymes with Nook (Enter to Win!)


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


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...]

Beginning Art Journaling For Kids


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!  Beginning art journaling is great for young children as well as for teens. Beginning Art … [Read more...]

PBS Kids Cat in the Hat-a-Thon


“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" is the PBSKids show based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.” The show fuses STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math – with new, whimsical Seussian adventures. The kids, with the Cat as their guide, learn by observing, collecting and managing clues, making … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – Book Event and Sweepstakes from Target

Dr. Seuss snack

Celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2 with Target and the National Education Association for Read Across America Day. On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. Target is partying early for Read Across America Day. Visit Target Saturday morning and you'll receive a reusable Target bag filled with activities for children, a bookmark, crayons and snacks (while … [Read more...]