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Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles Book by Candlewick Press

Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles Book by Candlewick Press

Muddy puddles made their way into my house this last week in the best possible way: in a book called Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles, which I received for a book review — to be completed by the most stringent of critics – my boys. At age 2 & 5, they let me know quickly if they like an item or not. Peppa Pig is best known for its hit television series; and now, Peppa … Read entire article »

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I See Me in a Personalized Pirate Adventure Book

I See Me in a Personalized Pirate Adventure Book

We have several personalized books for my daughter but none for our sons so my older boy was delighted when My Very Own Pirate Tale, personalized with his name, arrived from I See Me. This charming book centers on a pirate captain’s search for a new first mate. Sea creatures suggest qualities the perfect candidate should possess–and the first letter of the sea creature’s name and the character trait help spell out your child’s name. Each … Read entire article »

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A Tale of Confidence: Ida Louise and The Lucky Sweater

A Tale of Confidence: Ida Louise and The Lucky Sweater

Around the time she turned five, my daughter became more aware of the opinions of others around her. “What if they don’t like my project?” “What if they laugh at my jacket?” We look for confidence boosters so that my daughter will focus on being true to herself. Books with a strong girl protagonist help spark discussion in our household. Ida Louise and the Lucky Sweater, by Julie Augensen, is a charming story about finding confidence. Believing … Read entire article »

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Press Here

Press Here

Press Here is a surprise blockbuster hit in our household. My children are avid picture book readers and my eldest is starting to read independently. Although the text and concept of Press Here is spare and simple, it is one of the most engaging books I’ve seen for the under six crowd. On each page, the reader is asked to perform a simple task, such as the “press here” of the title, tilting the book, or … Read entire article »

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Who is Fuddle?

Who is Fuddle?

At two years old, part of my son’s daily routine is to read to him. You can imagine how thrilled he was to get a new book that included a stuffed animal. When I first handed over the stuffed animal I was a little bit apprehensive as to what his reaction would be. Fuddle resembles nothing in particular and yet has a cuteness about him that I can’t quite define. My son absolutely loves this stuffed … Read entire article »

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Read for the Record

Read for the Record

Jumpstart believes in the potential inside of each child to succeed and learn and focuses on early literacy as the path to fulfilling that potential. In 2006, Jumpstart created Read for the Record, “an international campaign to bring preschool children together with valued grownups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world.” As a mother, as an educator, and as a human being, I believe that literacy … Read entire article »

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Customized Book for Your Creature

Customized Book for Your Creature

Personalization is enjoying a renaissance in the children’s market.  But why settle for just having your kid’s name in a book when the main character can look like your kid. Even better, MJM Books publishes original personalized, customizable children’s stories with illustrations drawn by an artist. All three available books are sweet stories about the unique perspective children have on the world.  My favorite is What Animal Are You? — a version of a game my daughter … Read entire article »

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Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

LeapFrog makes learning products that blend innovative technology with time-tested teaching techniques for fun and educational results. We are big fans of our LeapFrog TAG and LeapFrog just sent us a new way to enjoy it: two sets of early reader books that teach short and long vowel sounds. My daughter knows her letters and the sounds they make and she is just about ready to make the jump from pre-literacy skills to literacy. Every day she … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Contests, Electronics, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children

Back-to-School with Amelia Bedelia

Back-to-School with Amelia Bedelia

One of the charming things about young children is their literal-mindedness. Last Valentine’s Day we sent the grandparents cards and then my daughter feared we were going to mail her little brother when I asked if he was her Valentine. So, just imagine our often confused but always well-meaning friend, Amelia Bedelia, as a kindergartner. In Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School, the classic character enthusiastically, and literally, jumps right into class. She takes … Read entire article »

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Leap Ahead in Summer Reading

Leap Ahead in Summer Reading

As LeapFrog Summer Reading Ambassadors, we’ve been showing off the LeapFrog TAG and TAG Junior systems at schools, libraries, and playgroups in our area. When I reviewed the LeapFrog TAG last year, I was impressed. As an educational consultant, I believe the TAG system is a great example of technology that genuinely engages kids in learning.  Download classic stories onto the reading pen and children can listen to the whole story, hear individual words, and play … Read entire article »

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