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...]

Epic NonFiction Books for Kids

nonfiction books for kids

When we get huge nonfiction books, the ones that weigh more than your backpack, we don't expect greatness. We expect pontification. But not these. These nonfiction beasts (most are quite heavy!) surprised us with their excellence and power to engage. If my kids liked them, I'm pretty sure yours will, too. That's why they're epic nonfiction books for kids. (I know you already … [Read more...]

Exciting New Chapter Books, Winter 2015

middle grade chapter book reviews for kids

My favorite section in the library is the new books. They're so crisp with untapped potential. Then I can discover exciting new chapter books for our kids. Today I'm sharing with you books in the middle-grade range which is third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade, or ages 8 - 11. To find more recommended book lists for this age group of children, visit my … [Read more...]

Bunnies, Squirrels, and Bears Oh, My! Winter 2015 Picture Books

animal picture books 2015

Winter 2015's selection of picture books delivers a sizable amount of excellent animal-related picture books. Some touching. Some funny. Some thought-provoking. See what you think! Winter 2015 Picture Books (with Animals)  Otto the Owl who Loved Poetry by Very Kousky You'll fall in love Otto, a book-loving owl who teaches his owl and mice friends the beauty of sharing … [Read more...]

Poetry Daily for Kids

poetry for kids

For National Poetry Month or any time of the year, read poetry daily to your kids. It doesn't have to be poetry specifically written for kids either. But my kids weren't excited about the whole poem a day idea of mine. At all. So first, I had to find poems they would like and second, find poems they would understand. But even that was harder than I thought. Until I got … [Read more...]

Blogger and Writer #Shelfies

writer and blogger shelfies

You know about selfies, but do you know about sHelfies? Shelfies are photos of your bookshelves, with or without you, OR photos of you reading a book. Today I asked some of my favorite writers and bloggers to share their own #shelfies with us. See what you think -- I think it's a fascinating peek into someone's life. Don't you? (Scroll down to the bottom to see mine.) Susan … [Read more...]

The Best Reading Logs for Kids

reading logs

Books Make Me Happy -- what a positive presupposition! Indeed, this is what we want for our kids. That books make them happy. (And sad. And curious. And thoughtful.) Of all the reading logs, this is the best suited for young readers so they can savor their favorite books. Assigned Reading Logs Bluck. I very much dislike reading logs from school -- you know, those … [Read more...]