New Educational Apps Kids Love

Rapunzel App

You're looking for educational and learning apps for your kids -- apps for reading and spelling, maybe even some good book apps -- then here are some newly published gems from app store that I recommend for your kids. Educational Apps Happi and the Word Thief $2.99 While you can't practice your own spelling words, you can practice spelling general words in a fun, … [Read more...]

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Book Bucks

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This year, I'm giving my kids Valentines' Day Book Bucks instead of stuffed animals or candy. And, I've made free printable book bucks you can easily download and print for your kids, too! Gift of Book Bucks Like most kids, my kids love to choose their own books to read. They enjoy browsing the bookstore almost as much as me. (Which is one of my favorite things EVER.) I … [Read more...]

Best Books for Valentine’s Day Reading

Books for Valentine's Day Reading

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get special books to give and read for the occasion. There's a book for everyone on this list of Valentine's Day book round-up -- from sweet to silly to yes, even gross. Valentine's Day Board Books Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz If you don't already have a Karen Katz book, run to … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to Childrens Books about the Olympics

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What are the best children's books to get them excited and informed about the 2014 Winter Olympics? But first, here are all winter sports that will be featured in this year's Olympics in Sochi. Olympic Winter Sports Alpine Skiing Biathlon Bobsleigh Cross Country Skiing Curling Figure Skating Freestyle Skiing Ice Hockey Luge Nordic Combined Short Track Speed … [Read more...]

14 Favorite Quotes from Children’s Books

Best Children's Book Quotes

What are your favorite quotes from children's books? Here are some of mine for you to share on Facebook and Pinterest. If you don't see your favorite on here, please leave it in the comments. Favorite Quotes from Children's Books Roald Dahl quote from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory J.M. Barrie quote from Peter Pan Shel Silverstein quote Harry … [Read more...]

Beautiful iPad Story App: Rom and the Whale

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"Many years ago, before our parents and grandparents were born, there was a Kingdom of gypsies called Numia . . . " So begins the magical story of Prince Rom and the Whale of Dreams, an iPad picture book story app for children. In this beautifully illustrated and written story, we hear the whispers of the wind, the tinkling notes of music, and the lilting voice of a … [Read more...]

My Child is an Advanced Kindergartner, What Should She Read?

Reader Question

Advanced Kindergartner Reader Question Dear Melissa, Hi there! I follow your blog and love it! I have a question for my daughter. She's a kindergartner. She can read just about anything put in front of her, but wants to read chapter books. But, she often gets overwhelmed by a lot of words on a page. Also, the comprehension skills need work. She'll fly through the words, … [Read more...]

Write a Gingerbread Story with Cookie Cutters

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Write a gingerbread story using your gingerbread men cookie cutters. (Today's writing prompt idea for kids is brought to you by gingerbread people who don't want to be eaten!) Write a Gingerbread Story After you make gingerbread cookies for the holidays, I have two more gingerbread ideas for you. First, read gingerbread stories. Second, write your own gingerbread … [Read more...]