What’s New in Picture Books? Picture Books About Animals

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

Memorize a Poem for Poetry Month

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Since it's National Poetry Month, memorize a poem -- and have our kids memorize one, 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 LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story Contest

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 LEGO  Pigeon Builds a Story Contest The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative … [Read more...]

Hot Off the Presses Middle Grade Chapter Books

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I loved all of these new and very good middle grade chapter books - from detectives to manicurists, fantasy to mystery - and I think you'll find something exciting for your child to read. :) Middle grade refers to the chapter books for children ages eight or nine to about twelve. (I've added a favorite YA - young adult - book, too.) Sparkle Spa: Purple Nails and Puppy … [Read more...]

Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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If your kids like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, you'll want find similiar books like Diary to keep them reading. So I've gathered a book list of books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid that are similar and just as appealing. Happy reading! Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce Another funny book with a combo of text and comics that will crack … [Read more...]

Host a Book Club 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

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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 for Kids Who Like Junie B. Jones

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A moms asked me for books and book series that were like Junie B. Jones in reading level and interest. (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 kids like her. And if kids are reading, I'm (mostly) good with it. Plus, I can't turn down a parent request to recommend books … [Read more...]