Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving books for kids share the early history of the United States, gratitude, and thankfulness. Do you know that thankfulness is a habit - something you  must practice and make a regular part of your day? For us, we practice thankfulness each night in our family prayers. For others, it's at a family meal. If you don't have a daily routine of practicing … [Read more...]

More Learning Apps for Kids

Literacy apps for kids

Ready for new learning apps for your kids? Here are six new learning apps that we're loving for writing, reading, and storytelling. Learning Apps for Kids Superhero HD $1.99 Ready to be amazed? This comic strip learning app is so stinking cool, I can hardly stand it! Because it's not just making a comic with scenes -- each of those scenes can become little movies. So, … [Read more...]

Newly Published Chapter Book Recommendations

newly published chapter books

Do your kids need new book book recommendations to keep them reading? That's why I review the newly published books so that you can get your kids reading with new books that will interest them. There are so many great books in this list but I especially love The Lost Kingdom and Salem Hyde. See what you think for your kids! Easy Chapter Books (grades 1 - 3) The Gumaing … [Read more...]

New Picture Books to Treasure

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As you know, I adore reading new picture books and sharing the best with you. Here are some new titles for your family to enjoy.   The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud We adore this oversized picture book for the fun follow-the-baby bear story and for the gorgeous and detailed illustrations. Little Bear wanders off and it's up to Papa Bear to find him. Can you find … [Read more...]

New Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

board books

I don't often review board books but I found some unique treasures I just had to share with you. When you're looking for a good book for your baby or toddler, consider interest, interactivity, and readability (not too many words). Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli A wonderful work of art art - this is also literally an alphabet book block. Each thick page is … [Read more...]

Learning to Read: Word Attack Strategies Beyond Sound It Out

word attack strategies and printable

Learning to read individual words is a tricky business. Some words kids memorize - those are the sight words. (*Sight word printables here.) But most words require kids to decode, or figure out, the word. When your child comes to a non-sight word, a word he doesn't know, he needs strategies to attack that unknown word. Most of us parents automatically say, "Sound it … [Read more...]

Why I Dislike Homework and How the Research Backs Me Up


Do your kids spend hours a night doing homework? Mine do. And I hate it- maybe even more than they do. Seriously, I'd much rather that my kids get much needed down-time to: play, nap, read, run, swing, dance, twirl, build, create, draw, invent, or design. Yet I sit inside with them, trying to pretend that I'm enthusiastic and supportive, helping them to stay … [Read more...]

Self Censorship Better Than Book Banning

banned book week

My parents let me read any book I wanted. No they weren't without religious belief or strong opinions, they just firmly believed in growing a reader, an individual, who could make decisions for herself. Me! Yes, any book I wanted to read. With one condition -- I had to discuss it with my mom after I read it. (Much to my dismay sometimes! You try discussing sex and incest in … [Read more...]