How I Got 1 Million Followers on Pinterest (+Kindle Fire Giveaway)

Pinterest Savvy Kindle Fire Sweepstakes

Mary Prather gained 1,000 followers in one day. Rachel Miller tripled her Pinterest following from 9K to 36K. Amy Mascottincreased her Pinterest following more than 8,000 followers–in only about three weeks. How? With my new book, Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers (Strategies, Plans, and Tips, to Grow Your Business with Pinterest). (You don't need a … [Read more...]

Dot-to-Dots That Will Blow Your Mind (& a Giveaway)


When I read through Dr. Toy's top 100 best toys, I saw Monkeying Around's Dot to Dot books. I wondered what could make a dot-to-dot book that different than any other dot-to-dot book - enough to win an award? Dot to Dot Books for Big Kids These aren't your preschooler's dot-to-dots. They're the coolest dot to dot pictures you'll ever see designed by David Kalvitis. You … [Read more...]

Newmark Early Readers

New Reading Genre Series from Newmark Learning

Ever since I first read Newmark Learning's books for early readers, I've been a fan. I'm equally impressed with their newest series, Jump Into Genre for grades 2 - 3. It's quality, engaging reading material in different genres. In the widely adopted Common Core Standards, the following genres are required for students: Tall Tales, Fables, Fairy Tales, Pourquoi Tales, … [Read more...]

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...]