6 Favorite Preschool Books from My Childhood

Dad reading to his preschoolers

Reading the same books you read as a child can bring you back to your own childhood. Here are some of my favorites that I just had to share with my preschooler. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey Set in a small town in Maine, this is the story is of a little girl Sal and her mother as they … [Read more...]

9 Misconceptions about Disney Princesses

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Many parents worry that the Disney Princesses might not be the best role models for their children. After all, life isn’t a fairy tale. But a closer look at the stories may help you see that this group of princesses can be a positive influence. It’s All About the Dress Many little girls love … [Read more...]

Favorite Books from Childhood: Toddler to Third Grader

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I'll bet you had a list of favorite books when you were a child. Maybe it was a book that spirited you away to new worlds or introduced you to a character you admired. Maybe you loved the sound of an adult reading to you as you got ready for bed. Perhaps it was the discovery that the words strung … [Read more...]

5 Favorite Third-Grade Books from My Childhood

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As a third grader, I remember curling up in a window seat to read. As I became more proficient, more books became accessible for me to read on my own. Here are some of favorite books that I just had to share with my own kids. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Narrated by a horse, Black Beauty tells of … [Read more...]

6 Favorite First-Grade Books from My Childhood

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Reading to your first grader is great fun! For this age, there are chapter books and ongoing series that keeps kids asking for more. Here are some of my childhood favorites. Thank you, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia is the housekeeper for Mr. and Mrs. Roger, who gets everything … [Read more...]

5 Favorite Kindergarten Books from My Childhood

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Reading to children is often touted as the best way to put them on a good path to learning. My parents read to me early and often. Here are some favorite kindergarten books that I read to my own children. Corduroy by Don Freeman A cuddly bear, who wears overalls that are missing a button, is in a … [Read more...]

5 Favorite Second-Grade Books from My Childhood

Dad reading to his second grader

I loved to read as a child and I loved being read to. While there are wonderful new children's books being published all the time, here are some favorite second-grade books from my childhood that I had to share with my own children. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Mary Lennox is a … [Read more...]

6 Books I Couldn’t WAIT to Read to My Toddler

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Many of my own fondest childhood memories revolve around reading. Reading some of my treasured childhood books brings me back to that simple magical time. Here are five of my favorites that I couldn't wait to share with my children, small nieces and nephews. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt This … [Read more...]

Sesame Street Celebrity Cameos

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Sesame Street, the children’s program, known for its Muppets puppets such as Big Bird, Kermit, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, and Grover has featured some very special guests of the human variety. Numerous celebrities have appeared with their Sesame Street pals, to help children learn their ABCs … [Read more...]

Cookie Monster Eats – Carrots?!

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Say it isn't so. Cookie Monster eats carrots? If you have young children, no doubt they are enthralled with Sesame Street and Jim Henson's alphabet-reciting and number-counting Muppets. Characters such as Miss Piggy, Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, Kermit and Oscar the Grouch have delighted kids for more … [Read more...]