6 Favorite Preschool Books from My Childhood

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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...]

Reading in a Winter Wonderland

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Who doesn't love a good snow day? Okay, maybe being trapped inside with a pack of restless kids isn't exactly a spa day, but being snowed in is a perfect time to get the family together and read! After a long day of ice skating and snowball fights, your kids will love to snuggle up on the couch … [Read more...]

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights…and Books!

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No kid's holiday season is complete without a book to supplement the celebrations. Here's a starter list of Hanukkah books to bring some extra reading and fun to this month's Festival of Lights. The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel This book is a personal favorite. It tells the silly story of … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions: What Will You Read?

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As we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it has me thinking about traditions. I spend the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving thinking about my favorite holiday activity: what book I'm going to read. My little tradition Since I am not the host for my family Thanksgiving (or perhaps not … [Read more...]

So Many Gifts, So Many Tears – Surviving Holiday Shopping

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Every year, around the holidays, I get extremely emotional and cry at the drop of a hat. No, not because the holidays are a season of love and giving, but because holidays = holiday shopping and holiday shopping fills me with anxiety . . . and tears. Mind. Blown. A few weeks ago, … [Read more...]

9 Delightful DIY Disney, Dr. Seuss and Sesame Street Character Costumes

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October is here! Ask any child on the street what that means, and inevitably the answer is "Halloween!!". As the weather grows cooler, the big question looms: The old standbys remain: ghost, vampire, witch, pumpkin. But maybe your child wants something a bit different this year. We thought we'd … [Read more...]

Doing Good Nationally: Louisiana Flooding Outreach

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  Here at Sandvik Publishing, home of Early Moments and Hooked on Phonics it is important to us to find ways to give back to our community. Our community could be defined by the people in the areas surrounding our office headquarters. In reality, we believe our community stretches as far as … [Read more...]

Babies Go Gaga for Baby Einstein’s 20th Anniversary!

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As a parent, you've likely felt that feeling by now. That, "I turned around and my baby grew up faster than I ever imagined" feeling. We're having that feeling on a broad scale this year, as we celebrate our friendship with the amazing Baby Einstein brand as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary. … [Read more...]

3 Great Books to Read to Your Kids This Summer

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School's Out. Summer's here. Your child worked so hard during the school year, you want to give them a well-needed break, but you don't want them to suffer from the "summer slide" in reading skills. Here's the good news: From ages 3-13 these books are sure to keep kids interested and talking about … [Read more...]

Why Reading to Children is So Important

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What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. … [Read more...]

Doing Good Locally: Green Chimneys Children’s Garden

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Here at Sandvik Publishing, home of Early Moments and Hooked on Phonics, we love coming to work every day. There's one day, though, that we look forward to more than most, and that's our employee volunteer day at Green Chimneys. What is Green Chimneys? In their words, Green Chimneys is "a … [Read more...]

What do Frozen things do ‘In Summer’? [Olaf’s Song]

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We've heard one trillion renditions of 'Let it Go' from the hit movie, Frozen. Now it's time tp highlight a seasonally appropriate tune by everyone's favorite snowman sidekick. No one has a heart to tell the melty guy the truth about what happens to frozen things in 'In … [Read more...]

Summer Literacy Strategy #1

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It's officially summer, a time of year filled with fun, sun and relaxation, but also the challenge of keeping your child's mind sharp and his or her path to learning engaged through the summer months. We solicited advice on the topic from some trusted resources, recently. It was thrilling to hear … [Read more...]

DIY for Daddy – A Homemade Father’s Day Gift

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Father's Day is just a few days away! We won't judge if you haven't yet squared away what you'll be doing to celebrate the dads in your life.  Instead, we'd love to offer an idea for a sweet, sentimental homemade Father's Day gift that you can create with your little one for any dad (or … [Read more...]

All the books! Dr. Seuss and His Friends Printable Booklists

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Kids have such fun collecting our beloved Dr. Seuss and His Friends titles as part of our book club, and we recently realized we tend to get the same questions over and over from customers: How many books can my child collect as part of the club? * Will we receive [a particular book] as part of … [Read more...]