4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]

26 Books Similar Harry Potter

books for kids who like Harry Potter

If your kids are big Harry Potter fans like mine, here are 26 books similar to Harry Potter they'll also love and I highly recommend. (Also, I highly recommend encouraging your Harry Potter enthusiasts to write Harry Potter fanfiction -- basically their own Harry Potter stories. It's so fun and gets kids writing A LOT.) Books Similar to Harry Potter 39 Clues by Rick … [Read more...]

Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

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Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, wordless picture books provide a great springboard for writing poetry. Wordless Picture … [Read more...]

Good Picture Books to Own

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   Ooh, there's so many new and good picture books to tell you about! If your kids are under 4, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and What's In Your Purse are my favorite recommendations. If your kids are 4 - 8, there are many books with great lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking! Good Picture … [Read more...]

What’s New in Picture Books? Picture Books About Animals

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You won't believe the picture books about animals! From funny to informative, here are my top picks for new spring animal-related picture books. Picture Books About Animals This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Hilarious picture book! This is a moose. Who wants to be an astronaut. But the narrator of this book says no way and neither can … [Read more...]

Memorize a Poem for Poetry Month

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Since it's National Poetry Month, memorize a poem -- and have our kids memorize one, too. It's so rich to have those words hanging around our brains. The Academy of American Poets created National Poetry Month in 1996 to celebrate and promote the achievement of American poets. We can participate by memorizing a poem! Memorize a Poem in April Kids love funny poems, … [Read more...]