10 Character Based Journals for Kids

Journals based on story characters

If your child loves these stories -- stories like Frozen, Magic Tree House, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, let her use the love of the characters as motivation for journal writing. See if one of these 10 character-based journals for kids would interest YOUR child and get him writing during summer vacation. Note: descriptions are from the publishers. 10 Character Based Journals … [Read more...]

LEGO Americana Roadshow

LEGO Americana Roadshow

See large scale models of U.S. national landmarks made of LEGOs at the LEGO Americana Roadshow, now in Colorado. It's impressive! The iconic buildings and architectural structures of the United States included: the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell … [Read more...]

What Roald Dahl Books Have You Read?

Mischief Mayhem

Download this free printable Roald Dahl book list so you can keep track of all the Roald Dahl books you've read. This booklet gives you fun facts, space for your book reviews, a place to put how many stars you give each book, and a chance to say if you'd recommend it to a friend. Mischief and Mayhem Good news!! You can add ONE MORE book to your Dahl book list--a new book … [Read more...]

16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015

heart-warming picture books

Are you looking for a sweet, heart-warming picture book story to read to your children? These are sure to do the trick! Heart-Warming Picture Books   Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett "Mom, this is such a good book," my 10-year old shared, handing it to me. Sure enough, she was right for the sweet friendship with the formerly scary DARK and the captivating collage-like … [Read more...]

The Best of Roald Dahl on Etsy

Roald Dahl - the best of etsy

I love Etsy. And I love Roald Dahl. So I wanted to share both with you -- my favorite Roald Dahl items on Etsy. Because just like Dahl's imaginative stories, these items are clever, unique, and wonderful. So here is my round-up of the best of Roald Dahl on Etsy . . . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Etsy 200 piece puzzle of Quentin Blake illustrated montage of … [Read more...]

Online Encyclopedia for Kids

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I'm impressed with the new online encyclopedia for kids called DKfindout! It's FREE, safe, and extensive (though not all-encompassing on every topic.) The site is easy to navigate, shows gorgeous photographs just like in the DK books, and is easy-to-read for kids ages seven and up.  DKfindout!   DKfindout! contains age-appropriate information on topics such as science, … [Read more...]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Word Inventing Activity

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activity

Readers love Willy Wonka's (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) mouth-watering sweet inventions. The author, Roald Dahl, emphasizes invention in this story and not just with savory candies; he also invents delicious words. Words such as scrumdiddlyumptious, hornswogglers, snozzwangers, and whangdoodles. They're silly, absurd, wacky and 100% invented words! We've been inspired … [Read more...]

15 Chapter Book Series That Should Be More Popular

chapter books that should be more popular

Getting into a good chapter book series is the BEST, right? Because once you finish one, there's another, and then another, and you're guaranteed lots of good reading material to last for awhile. Your kids know the popular series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter, but do you know these lesser known series? I hope you'll check them out. Read them and spread the word … [Read more...]

Gifts for Baby Showers: 11 Interactive Board Books

board books

Help baby grow up to be a reader by giving board books as gifts for baby showers. Babies and toddlers love interactive board books -- board books with things to touch, pull, lift, and slide like today's round-up of newly published board books. Happy reading! Interactive Board Books On My Beach - PUPPET by Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich Wiggle the crab puppet … [Read more...]

How to Look Like a Grammar Pro – Grammarly Review

online proofreader

Grammarly is an online proofreader app that will make you swoon with delight. Because now you don't have to take (and pass) linguistics. Or diagram sentences. Grammarly finds the spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors for you, tells you what they are, and makes you look GOOOOD. (Yes, this is a Grammarly review just for you.) Even me. A professional writer can make the … [Read more...]