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...]

The Pigeon Builds a Story . . . out of LEGOs

Pigeon LEGO Story Contest

If you are a 2nd - 5th grade student or classroom, love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, and like to build with LEGOs, then you are going to love this totally cool contest. You could WIN a 2-foot LEGO brick Pigeon from LEGO® Education by retelling any Pigeon story with bricks! The Pigeon Builds a Story The Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative storytelling contest for kids. … [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...]

17 Book Series for Kids Who Like Junie B. Jones

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Last week I met with a group of parents who were reading my book to help reluctant readers, Book Love. (Yeah!) One of the moms ask me for ideas of books that were similar in reading level and interest to Junie B. Jones (which is about a first grade reading level.) I actually don't like the Junie B. books. The grammar? I just can't do it! Her sass? Hate it. BUT, lots of … [Read more...]

New iPad Literacy and Book Apps That Kids Love

Rapunzel App

You're looking for  learning apps for your kids -- apps for reading and spelling, maybe even some good book apps -- then here are some newly published gems of the app store that I recommend for your kids. Happi and the Word Thief $2.99 While you can't practice your own spelling words, you can practice spelling general words in a fun, game setting. The goal is to … [Read more...]