Beginning Reader Books

new books for early readers

If your kids are beginning readers, ages kindergarten to second grade, you'll want to buy or borrow enticing beginning reader books that will keep your kids reading over the summer. Here are lots to choose from. When you choose, remember to consider your child's interest and reading level. Beginning Reader Books Monkey and Elephant Get Better by Carole Lexa Schaefer, … [Read more...]

Learn the Alphabet with Animal Alphabet Friends Books

alphabet animal books

Is your child ready to learn the alphabet and letter sounds? You'll love the new Alphabet Animal Friends book series from Newmark Learning. Alphabet Animal Friends help your child master letters and letter sounds with photographs of real objects and animals, playful rhymes, and cute characters. I'm already a fan, and think you will be, too. (Scroll for sweepstakes.) Each … [Read more...]

My Favorite Audio Books for Kids from Greathall

Listening to an audiostory by Jim Weiss

You know how great audio books are for kids, especially reluctant readers. Now I want to tell you the absolute best audio book stories that my kids, actually the whole family, enjoys both in the car and at home. My Favorite Audio Books for Kids from Jim Weiss Jim Weiss' storytelling is so engaging. He's gifted, and so brilliant with voices. Throughout the narration, he uses a … [Read more...]

Read an Audio Book, Kids!

Audiobooks for Kids

Believe it or not, audio books for kids count as reading and are a great way to get kids into books. Benefits of Audio Books for Kids It counts as reading. It's quiet. It's motivating for reluctant readers. It builds reading skills like:  vocabulary background knowledge visualization listening skills Audio Book Choices You can listen to a book on: … [Read more...]

If You’re Using Google Reader – READ THIS! (Because Reader is going away)

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Yes, Google Reader is going away. So, if you're using it to read Imagination Soup, you need to switch to another reader, Feedly. OR subscribe by email. Click here to do that. According to my mentor, Michael Hyatt, you have several choices: Feedly, News Blur, Old Reader, Reeder and Taptu. He recommends Feedly. It's free and it's similar to Google Reader. So, that's what I'm … [Read more...]

NEW Picture Books I’m Loving

Picture Books, Winter 2013

New Picture Books 2013 "NO, mom, not that book." Ever hear that? I'm convinced that sometimes I just need to start a book for my kids to see how awesome it is. Not always. But, lately my kids' pickiness seems to permeate not just their food choices but their book choices as well. So, even though book choice is important, don't forget the "sell" -- which sometimes … [Read more...]

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...]