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...]

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...]

Win Big with our Hooked on Phonics Sweepstakes!

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We're so excited to be able to bring you a super Hooked on Phonics sweepstakes this summer, with one GRAND PRIZE Winner and five RUNNERS UP being announced just in time to go back to school with a new iPad Air and/or a Lifetime Subscription to the Hooked on Phonics Digital Edition! We'd … [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...]

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...]

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...]

11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Local Library

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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...]

How important is it to read to kids?

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Learn what your child gets out of being read to. Then turn the tables and discover what parents get out of reading to their kids. List of Polls Next Poll … [Read more...]