Thanks to Barnes & Noble for sponsoring this post! Barnes & Noble is my happy place. There’s one near us that has a kids’ storytime every Friday morning, so I take whichever kids are home (and whatever friends are around), and we head over where they hear stories and play at the train table and […]
(This post contains affiliate links.) Read something with your child. Not to teach them anything. Not to practice sounding out words or get an early start on learning to read. Just because sometimes there’s no greater feeling than sitting down, with a kid on your lap, looking at pictures and books together. Figuring things out […]
So a summer reading list ain’t just any reading list. It’s a science, my friend. No one wants anything too ponderous over the summer. You want fun, and adventure, and mystery, and not too much thinking. Or at least, if you’re going to be thinking, you don’t want to realize you’re thinking, you know?
It’s Nature Week here on the blog! And today — children’s books that will inspire kids to get outdoors and investigate things. But as I was making up this list, I realized that “books about nature” encompasses a lot of stuff. Animals. Oceans. Birds. Bugs. Hiking. Camping. Boating. Eco-friendliness. You could go just about anywhere […]
When it comes to reading, my son is a fantasy-loving geek like his mama. During our quiet reading time, right before bed, he’ll reach for Percy Jackson or Harry Potter or The Hobbit. But, as I’ve mentioned before, the kids don’t have required reading lists at school. It’s as though everyone is so excited the kids are reading, that no one’s concentrating on what […]
We love a good, goofy book around here. We’re especially partial to rhyming books, which — aside from being fun — help kids with things like cadence, memorization and early reading skills. Here are six of our favorites (for more reading fun, check out our Valentine Reading List): –Bear Hugs: Romantically Ridiculous Animal Rhymes by Karma Wilson: I love […]
A friend and I were talking the other day and we realized — our kids don’t have required reading lists in elementary school. And while I want the kids to read what they like, I also want them to be exposed to books they probably wouldn’t pick on their own. I’ve learned I can get […]
I’ve discovered Valentine’s Day is really much more fun with kids. No outlandish romantic ideals to be crushed. No overpriced dinners for two. Just a fun day where (hopefully!) everyone feels loved, with a small treat at each person’s spot at the dinner table. And as much red or heart-shaped food as I can possibly […]