Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers

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A reader asked me to make a summer reading list of picture books for pre-readers that included good variety, from lesser known authors, were well-written and highly recommended. I loved the challenge. I hope you and your kids like the list! :) (Scroll down to see all three categories of picture books.) Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers The Book with No … [Read more...]

10 Fascinating Nonfiction Books for Kids

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Do you read nonfiction books with your kids? We gravitate toward fiction so I have to intentionally give my kids nonfiction books to read, some of which we read together. Which is what I figure you're doing, too. So here are new nonfiction books for kids I think you'll love! How do I get my kids to read nonfiction? I often pick out a nonfiction book to read tidbits from. … [Read more...]

NEW Spring Picture Books 2015

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Isn't spring the best? I love helping my kids notice all that is magical about it! Here are my favorite newly published spring (and Earth Day-ish) picture books. NEW Spring Picture Books 2015 A White Butterfly by Laurie Cohen, Barbara Ortelli "Sometimes butterflies are . . . " begins this simple board book. It shows us amazingly illustrated butterflies that are "pink like … [Read more...]

10 Art Activity Books for Kids

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Have you heard about the new fad sweeping the nation? It's called coloring therapy. Ok, it's not really called that. I made it up, but it IS true that more adults are taking to art activities as a way to de-stress. If it helps adults unwind, then it's definitely good for kids too. Here are 10 art activity books you and your children will love! This post contains an AWESOME … [Read more...]

16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015

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Are you looking for a sweet, heart-warming picture book story to read to your children? These are sure to do the trick! Heart-Warming Picture Books   Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett "Mom, this is such a good book," my 10-year old shared, handing it to me. Sure enough, she was right for the sweet friendship with the formerly scary DARK and the captivating collage-like … [Read more...]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar book inspires many playful book-related activities for kids including these two play favorites: making clay creations to match the story and creating a stop-motion animation movie of the story. The clay activity is perfect for kids ages 2 and up. The stop-motion animation movie is a great activity for older siblings, ages 7 and up. Very Hungry … [Read more...]

Bunnies, Squirrels, and Bears Oh, My! Winter 2015 Picture Books

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Winter 2015's selection of picture books delivers a sizable amount of excellent animal-related picture books. Some touching. Some funny. Some thought-provoking. See what you think! Winter 2015 Picture Books (with Animals)  Otto the Owl who Loved Poetry by Very Kousky You'll fall in love Otto, a book-loving owl who teaches his owl and mice friends the beauty of sharing … [Read more...]

Poetry Daily for Kids

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For National Poetry Month or any time of the year, read poetry daily to your kids. It doesn't have to be poetry specifically written for kids either. But my kids weren't excited about the whole poem a day idea of mine. At all. So first, I had to find poems they would like and second, find poems they would understand. But even that was harder than I thought. Until I got … [Read more...]

Blogger and Writer #Shelfies

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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...]

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...]