The Dos and Don’ts of Story Time (Tips from a Volunteer)

Taking kids to story time can be a lovely respite from the daily grind of being a parent. It’s an effective way to help your child love books, reading, increase their literacy and to see...more

9 Fairy Tale Chapter Books (No Princesses Edition)

I have a confession. I love modern fairy tale retellings and I have no shame in admitting I’d rather read one of these...more

How to Make an Indoor Boomerang

Making and designing an indoor boomerang was the perfect...more

Math Picture Books (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades)

In this series of math book lists, we move on now to math picture books for kindergarteners through second grade. In my list of math books for preschoolers I mentioned that there is no shortage of math picture books. The trick, for me at least, is to find books to teach math concepts that are not boring ....more

Early Chapter Books for 5 to 8 Year Olds

Last week’s adventure early chapter books list could not encompass...more

Why You Should Ban Dinner Conversation (And What To Do Instead)

Does the title of this post seem a bit dramatic? (Don’t forget I am a theater nerd.) I know what...more

The Giant Hug: a Family Valentine Craft and Book

[Amy from Sunlit Pages is back with a wonderful idea for a Valentine craft to go along with your holiday reading. I especially love how it reinforces family kindness and working together, something we’ve been working on around here, too.] I love seasonal and holiday picture books, but I have not had the greatest luck with books for Valentine’s Day. Maybe I’m just looking at the wrong ones, but I’ve found most of them to be fairly shallow and gimmicky ....more

Adventure Early Chapter Books For Kids

I’ve been wanting to add to my series of book lists featuring early chapter books for kids for quite some time now, but couldn’t figure out a theme — until I hit on the idea of adventure books. My youngest son loves lots of action with heroic (and funny) protagonists so an adventure early chapter books list seemed like just the thing. (See our adventure picture books, too!) My 6 year old is an emerging reader, still working on very easy, easy readers ....more

Math Books for Preschoolers

This list of math books for preschoolers is the second in a series of math book lists I am doing in collaboration with The Measured Mom. Last time...more