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Can’t Catch a Butterfly

Can’t Catch a Butterfly

Look under a bush and high in the sky but you can’t catch all of the butterflies in the world–but along your adventure, you may just find something even more important. Can’t Catch a Butterfly is a sweet book, illustrated in the style of children’s crayon drawings. I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Zimmerman, author and publisher of Rainbow Star Books, at a local wildlife center fair. As a speech-language pathologist, Zimmerman has written a … Read entire article »

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Letter Learning Fun

Letter Learning Fun

Is your child entering kindergarten or pre-school in the fall? Teach letter recognition over the summer using two fun, educational resources: How to Build an A and the LeapFrog – Letter Factory. How to Build an A is an ideal book for tactile (or kinesthetic) learners. Tactile learners learn best by doing. This hands-on book teaches the alphabet through fun illustrations of each letter and by encouraging kids to build each letter using the 11 foam shapes. The foam shapes … Read entire article »

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Charming and Kooky: Two New Children’s Books from Neil Gaiman

Charming and Kooky: Two New Children’s Books from Neil Gaiman

The best children’s books stick in your head long past your childhood–and if you first encounter them as an adult, reading the stories to your own children, the tales transport you back to that time of childlike wonder and whimsy. Harper Collins sent us two new children’s books by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman is more than a writer, he is a creator of complex and absorbing fantasy universes. I’ve … Read entire article »

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Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Learning to recognize different coins and understanding their value is an essential part of the preschool and the kindergarten curriculum. Parents can use coins to introduce math concepts like sorting and counting. You can help your child learn to identify coins and their value while teaching them to save money using Coin County: A Bank in a Book, an award-winning book by Innovative Kids. Children can save over $20 by filling the slots in the book with pennies, nickels, … Read entire article »

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Father Knows Books

Father Knows Books

Here’s a trio of books about dads for babies and young children. Check these out of your local library or purchase at a bookstore or online to share a little bit about what makes dads special–just in time for Father’s Day! Mama Mama/Papa Papa is a beautifully illustrated board book for babies about why little animal babies love their parents. One side shows all the helpful and loving things dads do for their tiny offspring.  … Read entire article »

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Little Chefs Cook Chinese

Little Chefs Cook Chinese

In addition to being a great cook, my mother taught Spanish and Italian.  I have many fond childhood memories of cooking with my mother. I remember making flan, crepes, pasta, pizza and all sorts of different foods. I traveled around the world by way of my kitchen.  Cooking encouraged a love of languages, and I grew up to be an adventurous eater. I’ve traveled around the world, and I’ve tried all sorts of exotic and delicious foods.  If … Read entire article »

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Bedtime can be quality time rather than battle time. By establishing a consistent routine, you can make bedtime more enjoyable for the whole family. Haydenburri Lane’s Bedtime Safari products were designed in conjunction with child development specialists to help children learn the necessary skills and activities needed to get ready for bed.   Haydenburri Lane provides advice to parents on how to establish a positive bedtime routine and why routines are important. (Click here to read their Parents’ Guide.)  And … Read entire article »

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Momma Loves Her Little Son Book Review

Momma Loves Her Little Son Book Review

When I was a little girl, I asked my mother to read me The Runaway Bunny over and over away.  The imaginative and beautiful pictures captivated me initially, but the book became a favorite because it so perfectly expresses the depth and strength of a mother’s love for her child. I still remember cuddling with my mother while she read me that story.  I felt so loved and so comforted by the story. And I think … Read entire article »

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Scat Like That!

Scat Like That!

For kids, scatting is a natural creative outlet–made-up words with a bouncy rhythm? Sure! Two books provide children a great entry into this surprisingly sophisticated jazz form: When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat ($11.50) is moving, grooving story about a little girl who dances to jazz with her mother before going to bed with her mother. At night, Louis Armstrong appears in her dream and helps her compose a bubble gum scat. The hip illustrations, … Read entire article »

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Wabi Sabi: Finding Grace in the Ordinary

Wabi Sabi: Finding Grace in the Ordinary

Children already appreciate the simple beauty of the ordinary, so Wabi Sabi will just feel right. Beautifully illustrated with collages of torn paper, found objects, and natural materials, Wabi Sabi follows the eponymous kitty on a journey to find the meaning of his name. Along the way he discovers that wabi sabi is “hard to explain” but easy to be. Ordinary, imperfect, and beautiful, like tea in a plain wooden bowl, Wabi Sabi finds himself comfortably at … Read entire article »

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