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

memorize a poem

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...]

The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story Contest

Pigeon LEGO Story Contest

If you are a 2nd - 5th grade student or classroom, love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, and like to build with LEGOs, then you are going to love this totally cool contest. You could WIN a 2-foot LEGO brick Pigeon from LEGO® Education by retelling any Pigeon story with bricks! The LEGO  Pigeon Builds a Story Contest The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative … [Read more...]

10 Minutes a Day for Long-Term Reading Success

long term reading success

Do you know what one thing you can do for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers to make them good readers? Read aloud to them EVERY day. Babies and toddlers need books, too! They especially love clever and charming board books that are interactive --lift the flap, pull the tab, flip sturdy pages. Want to see the research? There's lots of research on the … [Read more...]

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...]