Best Chapter Books of 2014

best chapter books 2014

We always give at least one gift that is a book, do you? If you have a child who reads chapter books or YA books, here are my picks for the BEST children's books of 2014. Best Chapter Books 2014 1. The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler (ages 6 - 9) MYSTERY My daughter and I loved this entertaining new beginning reader chapter book series about a boy ghost, Kaz, … [Read more...]

Best Picture Books of 2014

best picture books 2014

Don't forget to give your children the gift of a good picture book or ten! Today I'm recommending what I think are the best children's picture books of 2014.  The Best Picture Books from 2014 1. It's Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr I love the message of this picture book - that it's okay to make mistakes. In fact not only will this book help remind kids that making … [Read more...]

MySELF Social Emotional Learning Books

social emotional learning

MySELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundations) books help children in PreK - 1st grade build both their early literacy skills and social and emotional intelligence skills. When children aquire and apply the skills necessary to manage emotions, set and achieve goals, resolve conflicts, feel empathy for others, and make responsible decisions, this is called social emotional … [Read more...]

Kids Drawing Idea: Seek and Find Game

DIY seek and find

My daughter thought of a fun drawing idea for kids that she wanted me to share with you: make your own seek and find puzzle! Kids Drawing Idea: Seek and Find Game 1. Think of a theme: food, faces, animals, buildings, monsters, flowers, cupcakes, or whatever strikes your fancy. For ideas or drawing techniques, visit these Pinterest boards: how to draw and kids drawing … [Read more...]

My Best List of Nonfiction Books Ever

nonfiction books

Nonfiction book reading is so important for kids -- and not just because Common Core says it is best. Kids need to be able to read for information as well as for story. Not only that, nonfiction builds essential background knowledge that help fiction comprehension. But most kids spend four minutes or less each day reading nonfiction. I think that's because they haven't found … [Read more...]

Cool Tech Gifts for Kids

tech toys for kids

If your kids are like mine, they're enticed by technology. So I've found tons of cool tech gifts for kids that are (mostly) educational and will make great gifts. See for yourself. Tech Gifts for Kids 1. Kindle Fire HD & Tablet  My 12-year old daughter reads way more now that she has a Kindle. (Most of her ebooks are borrowed from the library!) The Kindle has a … [Read more...]

Best New Learning Games for Kids 2014

Top New Game Gifts for Kids

From card games to board games and dice games, here are the best learning games for kids from 2014. We're huge family game night people and it's important to me that we play educational games that make us think, use strategies, solve problems, and improve other skills. Best New Learning Games for Kids 2014 1. Spot It Holidays (ages 6 - 15) From snowmen to candy canes, … [Read more...]

Remarkable LEGO Fusion Building and Tech Toy

Lego Fusion

Combining the best of building and technology, the LEGO Fusion Town Master Kit became our new favorite LEGO toy. Both my kids loved creating their town and even better, both could use one kit. The kit gave them opportunities to be creative, inventive, and play for hours. What's not to love!?       The kit includes 256 LEGO pieces. You don't need many bricks because all … [Read more...]