Great Books for Toddlers

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When choosing reading material for your one-year-old, cater to her budding independence and imagination with books for toddlers that include Velcro® closures, buttons, snaps, ties, and flaps. Any story that encourages interaction will be a big hit. Toddlers are also enthralled by books with mirrors, … [Read more...]

Oh the Places You’ll Go DIY Keepsake

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A while back we posted a sweet idea on Facebook, incorporating one of our absolute favorite Dr. Seuss titles, Oh the Places You'll Go. A super-sweet dad had the adorable idea to use this book as a sort of yearbook for collecting notes from his daughter's teachers throughout the years, and presented … [Read more...]

May Is Get Caught Reading Month

May is Get Caught Reading Month

Did you know, May happens to be Get Caught Reading Month? Get Caught Reading is a campaign sponsored by The Association of American Publishers (AAP) to promote literacy nationwide, with a special focus on children's literacy: Because of research indicating that early language experience actually … [Read more...]

Letting Go is Good – A Reflection on My First Mother’s Day

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Yesterday my husband sweetly mentioned he had a secret plan for Sunday, and that I was forbidden to check the mail today, as something special was due to arrive —and only then did I realize that this year, for the first time, I too, am the object of the mother (no pun intended) of all Hallmark … [Read more...]

Every Mom is a Superwoman

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Do you remember when you learned to read? I've been thinking about this a lot as we approach this Mother's Day. I was with family recently, and we were all talking about what, if any, memories we each had of our first days of reading. Few of us had any memory of the actual learning process. My … [Read more...]

Welcome Baby Book Bug: Our Baby Book Reviewer

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Meet Baby Book Bug, our newest - and littlest, book reviewer. His opinions are solely his, and he won't hold back. As parents and teachers, you know that the books you love to read to your kids are not always the books they'd pull from the bookshelf themselves.  Every child has his or her … [Read more...]

Earth Day Activities Featuring The Lorax

Earth Day Activities with the Lorax

Earth Day is a time to observe more than a holiday we celebrate. Still, there are so many fun things to do on Earth Day with children to introduce them to important issues that relate to our earth and environment, and keeping both protected and healthy. Check out this selection of Earth Day … [Read more...]

Fill-in-the-Blank Poem (Printable) for National Poetry Month

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In honor of National Poetry Month, here's a starter poem for your young poet. Tell your child the name of the poem is "Rhymes with Spring," and encourage your poet to fill in the blanks with words that indeed rhyme with spring. Remember, it's okay to be silly! Even nonsensical rhyming words … [Read more...]

11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Local Library

11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Local Library

It’s National Library Week, once again! A national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support each April. This year, Library week is April 10-16th. In … [Read more...]

5 Best Board Games That Are Anything But Boring

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Board games are a great way to explore and reinforce reading skills. And although Scrabble and Boggle are wonderful word games for ages 8 and up, Scrabble Junior and Boggle Junior are less-than-stellar alternatives for the budding readers in our lives. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternative, … [Read more...]

Last Minute Easter Activities for Family Fun

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Easter weekend is here, and for many, it means time spent with family, special treats, and traditions. Some parents have been planning activities for weeks—filling Easter baskets and plotting schemes for the antics of the clever Easter bunny who will visit their homes. But if you, like most, don't … [Read more...]

Who is your favorite Sesame Street human?

Celebrating 40 years at Sesame Street

Sesame Street set the standard for quality children's television from it's beginning in the late 1960s. Read about this award-winning program's history. Celebrity cameos not only entertain the kids, but they get the parents to watch, too. Here are the top Sesame Street Celebrity Cameos. List … [Read more...]



Who is your favorite Sesame Street Muppet?

Sesame Street Muppets Abby, Ernie, Zoe, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird

Which Sesame Street Muppet worked best with a celebrity? Read this list of favorite Sesame Street celebrity cameos? See a complete list of Sesame Street books. List of Polls Next Poll … [Read more...]



Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

Disney Princesses Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel

A Disney Princess these days has a lot more going for her than just a pretty face and a great wardrobe. Read the Top 9 Misconceptions About Disney Princesses. Click here for free Disney Princess printables, games, and activities. List of Polls Next Poll … [Read more...]