We Love Dads Who Read #dadsread

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Hey, dads! Good job on reading with your kids -- and showing your kids that you are a reader. Not all dads do though. To Raise a Reader, Be a Reader One of the BIGGEST gifts you can give your kids is to be a reader yourself. And let your kids see you reading. Which is why I want to celebrate how great it is that YOU are a reader. Good job! “As much as they may deny it, most … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]

26 Books Similar Harry Potter

books for kids who like Harry Potter

If your kids are big Harry Potter fans like mine, here are 26 books similar to Harry Potter they'll also love and I highly recommend. (Also, I highly recommend encouraging your Harry Potter enthusiasts to write Harry Potter fanfiction -- basically their own Harry Potter stories. It's so fun and gets kids writing A LOT.) Books Similar to Harry Potter 39 Clues by Rick … [Read more...]

Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

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Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Thinking with Riddles

super fun riddle game for kids

UKloo Riddle Treasure Hunt game gets kids reading, thinking, and problem solving. And it's totally fun! Don't you want to make reading and thinking fun for your kids? Especially over the long summer vacation? I know. Me, too. Which is why I'm telling you about uKloo Riddle Edition as part of my Summer Discovery Learning Series. All summer I'll be giving you ideas to … [Read more...]

How Many Books Should Kids Read Over the Summer?

How Many Books Should Kids Read Over the Summer

Summer Slide is a real thing. If kids don't practice, regression and loss happens. (Just like working out!) And get this --  46% of tweens are reading less than 4 books over summer vacation! That's not very much. Especially when reading skills get lost without practice. What number would be better? What if your kids had lots of opportunities to read? What if they … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, wordless picture books provide a great springboard for writing poetry. Wordless Picture … [Read more...]

Good Picture Books to Own

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   Ooh, there's so many new and good 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 great lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking! Good Picture … [Read more...]