Entertaining NEW Early Reader Books

Early Readers 2014

Your beginning readers need good books (that make sense!) to read. Check out these new early reader books that are actually really entertaining. While you are reading, play reading games. For example, try searching for words that begin or end with one sound. So search for words that begin with the "p" sound or end with a "d" sound. Remember to track the words across the … [Read more...]

Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

new picture books summer 2014

As Todd Parr says, It's Okay to Make Mistakes. Like when Very Little Red thinks the Wolf is a Foxie or the birds don't quite get the message right (or even close) in Mac Barnett's book, Telephone. Discover more outstanding picture book stories and silly mistakes in these new titles. Outstanding Picture Books The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels … [Read more...]

Hilarious New Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

funny picture books

How's your summer going? Do you need some new reading material? One of our favorite things to do is to go to the new section at the library and see what's new and good. We're geeky like that. If you haven't read these, check out these new funny picture books. I think you'll like them!   Who Did It? (boxed set) by Ohara Hale If you like potty humor, and I do, these … [Read more...]

4 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

virtual summer camps

Kids can become virtual campers at online summer camps. Here are four fun virtual summer camps for 2015. Camp PBS Parents Check in weekly for educational activities, crafts, and experiments for you to do at home with your kids. sample activity: Make a Cereal Box Board Game Camp PBS Parents Camp Wonderopolis FREE virtual camp where kids gain extensive science … [Read more...]

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


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

Summer joy, hammock - girl with a book resting on a hammock in the garden

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

new picture books to watch for

   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...]