I am a firm believer in raising kids who love to read. This is an area of life where I think the mantra, “Start ’em young!” is the perfect prescription. I’ve tried my best to encourage reading and model reading, and I am excited to see how it pays off. My boys love books of […]
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.
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. Fuddle resembles nothing in particular and yet has a cuteness about him that I can’t quite define. My son absolutely loves this stuffed animal. I have often caught him counting his toes and making him dance. There’s nothing confusing about how much we love Fuddle!
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 […]
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 games. Using the TAG helps build reading comprehension and fluency.
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 book filled with love and help for pre-readers and children with special needs…
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!
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 […]
Holiday Book Roundup: New Children’s Christmas Books
If you’re tired of reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for the millionth time, check out these newly released Christmas books for children: The Gift of the Magi– I remember reading the classic O. Henry story in school. This new version for children is beautifully illustrated. For children unfamiliar with old-fashioned things like pocket watches, […]
Halloween Children’s Boooooo-ks
Fueled by candy, children’s imagination runs wild at Halloween as they transform themselves into superheroes, animals, monsters, pirates, villains, and fairy tale characters. Feed your children’s imagination with some ghoulishly great books that they’ll enjoy long after they’ve eaten their fill of fun-size Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You won’t need to trick your children into reading these lively […]