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!

Celebrate Baby Einstein's 20th anniversary!

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...]

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

Dr Seuss and His Friends Collector's Checklist

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...]



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

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...]

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...]

Dr. Seuss Themed Party Ideas!

Boys and girls celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday

Dr. Seuss Party Ideas If your little one is a big time Seuss fan and it's his or her birthday, there's so much fun to be had. If you are looking for the perfect way to celebrate with Dr. Seuss themed party ideas, you're in the right place. Here are just a few tips for creating an adorable, tasty, … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Love Elmo (in honor of his birthday!)

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Everyone's favorite furry red monster is turning 3 1/2! In honor of the momentous occasion, we've compiled a list of our top 5 reasons kids (and their parents!) just can't get enough of the little guy.   1. He’s not afraid to try new things. Much like a toddler, Elmo spends his time … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud to a First Grader

6-year-old girl reading

The emotional rewards of reading aloud to your 6-year-old are many--for both you and your child. Kids this age typically can read on their own. Most are proud to show off their newly acquired skills to an appreciative audience of parents, siblings, and grandparents. Taking turns reading aloud can … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud to Your Second Grader

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For many kids, second grade brings the excitement and challenge of reading books with fewer pictures and more words--chapter books. Kids also spend more time learning about their world through non-fiction books. But that doesn't mean that the emotional rewards of reading aloud to your 7-year-old … [Read more...]

Emotional Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Third Grader

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Although most third graders can read independently, the emotional benefits of reading aloud continue to be important. Reading aloud to kids 8 years (and older!) helps keep the lines of communication open between you and your child, which is so crucial to bonding--especially as your child approaches … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Child: 5 Years Old

boy reading at the library

As your 5-year-old is most likely thinking about starting school, reading can be an emotionally rewarding way to reconnect for both parent and child: As your child starts school, she will be exposed to reading in a more academic way. But keeping it personal and fun at home is important. In … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to a Preschooler

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 At 4, your child is mostly likely beginning to recognize letters and their sounds. If you want to foster the emotional rewards of reading in your child, be sure your child has access to a home library of books that you read together. It helps children start to view themselves as readers, which … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Baby

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Congratulations! You and your baby have made it through the first year of late-night feedings and sleepless nights. At 1, your baby is much more aware of the world around him, and the emotional rewards of reading to your baby have evolved. Reading books can continue to be a treasured part of your … [Read more...]

Emotional Benefits of Reading Aloud: Age 3

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All those years of reading to your child as a baby and toddler should be really paying off! At 3, you may start to notice that the emotional benefits of reading aloud are beginning to change with your child's development. Reading aloud together not only help your child grow to love reading, but it … [Read more...]