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...]

Time for New Christmas Books for Your Kids

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

How Rhyming Teaches Kids Literacy Skills

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My name is Katie and I am so thrilled to be posting for one of my all-time favorite blogs! I mistakenly thought that rhyming books were meant for little kids. They aren't. There are two kinds of books for little kids: long books and short books.  My daughter (almost four) prefers the long books, with tons of words on every page, I want reading to be fun for her, so I … [Read more...]

Where to Find the Best Help-My-Child With Reading Ideas and Activities

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If you're not yet using Pinterest as the awesome, free resource it is, check it out. It's such a great way to find and save ideas. Take reading for example. In addition to my forthcoming book on reluctant readers, Book Love, Pinterest will give you great reading activities and ideas. (*Click here to learn how you can read Kindle books on lots of other non-Kindle … [Read more...]

13 + Children’s Picture Books About Great Artists

Children's Picture Books about Great Artists

When we learn about the great artists in picture books and stories, it helps us know them. It gives them a place in our lives and in our children's lives. The other night, I watched a Dr. Who episode with the great artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Now, I think fondly think of Van Gogh, as if I knew him. Just because of this television episode. So, help your children learn about the … [Read more...]

Books to Help Children Deal with Loss and Grief

How to Help a Grieving Child - Books and Workbooks

My husband's best friend died of brain cancer four years ago, leaving a two-year old and a pregnant wife. I wanted to give their daughter books. I searched bookstores and found lots of books for losing a pet, and a few for losing a grandparent, but hardly any on losing a parent. Times have changed. Now there are more available books and excellent workbooks for kids who have … [Read more...]

Scary and Scary-ish Books + New Halloween Books

Scary and Slightly Scary Stories for Kids + New Halloween Books

Your younger kids might like these newly published non-scary Halloween picture books. And your older kids might really enjoy some of these scary (and slightly scary) chapter books. (Many of my fifth graders loved the Scary Stories books. I had to buy new copies every few years because the books were so worn out.) I say whatever gets kids loving books works! New Halloween … [Read more...]

Reading Different Genres With Kids (& a giveaway!)

New Reading Genre Series from Newmark Learning

Ever since I first read Newmark Learning's books for early readers, I've been a fan. I'm equally impressed with their newest series, Jump Into Genre for grades 2 - 3. It's quality, engaging reading material in different genres. In the widely adopted Common Core Standards, the following genres are required for students: Tall Tales, Fables, Fairy Tales, Pourquoi Tales, … [Read more...]