New Picture Books to Treasure

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As you know, I adore reading new picture books and sharing the best with you. Here are some new titles for your family to enjoy.   The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud We adore this oversized picture book for the fun follow-the-baby bear story and for the gorgeous and detailed illustrations. Little Bear wanders off and it's up to Papa Bear to find him. Can you find … [Read more...]

New Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I don't often review board books but I found some unique treasures I just had to share with you. When you're looking for a good book for your baby or toddler, consider interest, interactivity, and readability (not too many words). New Board Books for Baby Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli A wonderful work of art art - this is also literally an alphabet book … [Read more...]

Get Excited to Read Halloween Books

Halloween books for kids

I'm not crazy about scary books but some kids love them. But often scary books can get some kids reading more than usual -- which is a good thing. So, here's a new list of scary and not-so-scary Halloween-themed books. New Picture Books Ten Orange Pumpkins A Counting Book by Stephen Savage A bold, graphic illustrations accompany rhyming text that counts down from 10 to … [Read more...]

5 Healthy Eating Strategies for Picky Eaters

healthy eating for picky eaters

Don't you feel frustrated reading how easy it's supposed to be to get your picky kids to like healthy foods? It's not easy. Not for some kids. With my first baby I slaved over the hot stove, cooking organic vegetables into a puree to freeze for baby food. And the kid ate everything. Until about age 2. When she became a cracker-itarian. It's been a challenge ever … [Read more...]

DIY a Cryoow! Doll for Play and Stories

Cryoow! doll story and giveaway

Cryoow! dolls start with a child’s 2D drawing, transforming it into a jaw-dropping, super-awesome hand-crafted 3D doll. It's so cool. Make a Cryoow! Doll To make a doll, your child draws a picture more than 4 inches tall. We recommend using the game Pick and Draw which taught us so many fun ways to draw faces. Draw your person -- my eight year old daughter drew herself. … [Read more...]

Picture Book Character Costumes for Halloween

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Would your child like a book-themed costume this Halloween? How about one of these picture book character costume ideas? If you're looking for chapter book costume ideas, you'll find lots of ideas for older kids here.  Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems buy elephant costume buy pig costume Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold rent Fly Guy The Day the Crayons Quit by … [Read more...]

Cozi Back to School Organization App and Sweepstakes

Cozi Family Calendar

Cozi, a TODAY Show ‘must-have app’ is giving away a Kindle Fire HD! Join me in using Cozi to organize your family calendar, shopping lists, and to-dos. It's the perfect app for families juggling new routines, school events, and after-school activities. Plus, it's accessible from your computer, mobile phone, or tablet. You just use one email for your entire family that … [Read more...]

Book Recommendations for Kids

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Today I'm going to do new book recommendations for kids by each age group -- board books, picture books and to chapter books. That way there's something for everyone. Previously, I've done reviews for the same age range so will you comment and let me know if you like it or not? Book Recommendations for Kids Board Books Humpty Dumpty by Charles Reasoner A fun retelling … [Read more...]

Back to School with Zoobean Book Subscriptions

Zoobean Book Subscriptions for Kids

Imagine books arriving to your door -- perfect in every way from reading level, language, interest to background. That's what Zoobean book subscriptions give to families. Maybe your family next?! Two Teachers, a Little Boy, and a Dream Jordan Lloyd Bookey's son received the picture book, All the World, in the mail from a friend. Not only was he so excited to open his gift, … [Read more...]

Speakaboos Learning and Literacy App

New Literacy Speakaboo iPad app

When I said I wanted a slow summer, I did not envision getting a nasty Epstein Barr virus forcing me to be slow from fatigue. Since I wasn't at my parenting best, I relied on my husband, our wonderful babysitter, and educational learning tools to help. One of those tools was Speakaboos -- an interactive storybook iPad app. Even though it's recommended for ages 2 - 6, my … [Read more...]