Picky Readers Need New Flavors

Picky Readers Might Like the Kindle

We adopted a cat recently. . . and started a cat-food collection. Ugh. I tried so many brands of cat food but with little success. She didn't eat for a week. (Anyone want some cat food?) Eventually, I found a cat food she liked. Finally. No more starving kitty. It’s not so different with picky readers. Often we must persistently offer every flavor, size, genre, … [Read more...]

23 Reasons to Read Printable Poster

23 Reasons to Read Printable Poster

Why do we read? I spent some time thinking about this . . . and how we want our kids to read for so many reasons. Reasons such as . . . to imagine to understand to dream to discover to meet to empathize to grow . . . there are so many reasons, aren't there? I wrote the "23 Reasons to Read" printable poster for you, your kids, your classroom, and your … [Read more...]

Wacky Books for Reluctant Readers

Reluctant Reader Idea: Try Silly Books

When you have a child who doesn't want to read, a reluctant reader, try to get them engaged in a wacky book or silly story. Help your child get started on a book by reading the book aloud to them for a few chapters. If it's funny, chances are good that he will continue on his own when you get too "busy" to read to him. (One of my favorite tricks!) We've been reading … [Read more...]

A Reader’s Gift Guide: Best Children’s Books

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Ok, this post is a bit long but it's worth it . . . today I'm giving you my picks for the best children's books of 2012: board books, picture books, and chapter books. Also, I've generally used the publisher's book descriptions due to time constraints. However, I've read all of these book and highly recommend them. (Some anecdotal comments are sprinkled throughout.) Best … [Read more...]

Best Art and Creative Gifts for Kids

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I know for sure that children are artists. So, I've found some great ideas to share with you that will keep your child imagining, creating, and drawing. Use them for holiday gifts or anytime gifts ideas. Hopefully, they'll spark lots of creativity and fun! TAPEFETTI FASHION DESIGN CHALLENGE Young fashionistas will be completely over the moon about this Project Runway® … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek at My Educational Gift Guides for Kids

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As in years past of publishing learning gifts for kids, I've compiled a guide of the best educational gifts for kids -- toys, games, kits, puzzles, and so forth -- in many learning categories: writing, reading, science, math, art, and games. Since many of you have asked, I want you to have a sneak peek at ALL the learning gifts in this year's gift guide. (It's a LONG list! … [Read more...]

Today’s Free eBooks for Kids

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Hi! I'm Bethany from the kid lit and play blog No Twiddle Twaddle. Imagination Soup is one of my favorite blogs, so I am thrilled that Melissa has invited me to share my list of free kids' eBooks with you today. Many people don't realize that you can download hundreds of free children's eBooks a week through the Amazon store. With the free Kindle app, you can then read these … [Read more...]

Christmas Books for Kids

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Wow! There are some great new Christmas books for kids this year. I'm posting early so that you can have time to buy and enjoy them before the holidays. Christmas Books for Kids The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup We ADORE this picture book story -- where no Pirate cookies are harmed . . . Jim and his mother make gingerbread pirates and leave out the pirates for … [Read more...]