Watch For These New Picture Books

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   Ooh, there's so many new picture books to tell you about! If your kids are under 4, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and What's In Your Purse are my favorite recommendations. If your kids are 4 - 8, there are many books with good lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking!   What's in Your … [Read more...]

Should You Download SylvanPlay Apps?

Playing SylvanPlay Apps

Yes! You're going to want to download SylvanPlay's 9 FREE apps. Why? Because they're fun, educational, and high-quality. My kids loved the SylvanPlay apps - especially Sushi Scramble - and they're the pickiest testers. I was impressed with the SylvanPlay app's beautiful graphics, the easy usability, the this-is-so-fun-I-can't-stop quality, and the embedded learning within … [Read more...]

What’s New in Picture Books?

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You won't believe the picture books published this spring about animals! From funny to informative, I'll tell you my top picks for new spring animal-themed picture books. This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Hilarious! This is a moose. Who wants to be an astronaut. But the narrator of this book says no way and neither can giraffes, who … [Read more...]

Memorize a Poem for Poetry Month

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Since it's National Poetry Month, let's all pick a poem and memorize it -- our kids, too. It's so rich to have those words hanging around our brains. The Academy of American Poets created National Poetry Month in 1996 to celebrate and promote the achievement of American poets. We can participate by memorizing a poem! Memorize a Poem in April Kids love funny poems, … [Read more...]

Hot Off the Presses Chapter Books

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I loved all of these books - from detectives to manicurists, fantasy to mystery - and I think you'll find something new and exciting for your child to read. :) Sparkle Spa: Purple Nails and Puppy Tails by Jill Santopolo (ages 7 - 10) Surprisingly, I thought this was a delightful new series. Sisters, Aly and Brooke, start their own nail business in the back room of their … [Read more...]

Host a Book Wars Party

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Make reading social by reading with your friends this spring. Host a book club where each person picks what to read-- then have a BOOK WARS party. Which book will win? (dunt-dunt-dah) Hosting a Book Wars Party 1.  Decide who to invite. (Group by interest, age or gender.) 2.  Select the first book, date, time and location. For this Book Wars meeting, each child picks a book … [Read more...]

9 Essentials to Creating an Enticing Book Nook #PointsforPassions

DIY Book Nook

You don't need to break the bank to pursue your passions. I actually find that the bigger hurdle is finding more time! One thing I do is use a generally untapped resource – my American Express Membership Rewards® points – to help me get merchandise to help me pursue my passions. Amex wants to encourage you to do the same and makes it easy through their ShopAmex site... As … [Read more...]