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In a recent newsletter, I shared that I’ve been in a reading slump. Big time. Sometimes, to snap me out of it, I read different genres — or gasp, adult books. You should see my to-read pile of middle-grade books that I still need to read and review… But here are six that I’ve recently […]

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Use activity and puzzle books to keep your kids off screens while engaging their brains in fun thinking and learning. Here’s a selection of new choices for 2019; activity books that will make a great addition to your summer learning plans. 2019 Summer Puzzle & Activity Books 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Puzzle Adventure […]

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If you’re moving to a new house, help your kids prepare for this big life transition by reading stories about other kids who’ve moved homes, too. Bibliotherapy! Reading about the topic of moving houses can prompt important questions and encourage helpful conversations.   When we moved houses, my youngest daughter was four. She told me, […]

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Kids gravitate straight to funny stories, right? These new releases are sure to give your children the giggles and entertain them for many hours of reading. Enjoy! 5 Recently Released Funny Picture Books The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts Kids will think this book is SOOOO funny! Because the […]

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A reader recently wrote to me asking for read-aloud chapter book ideas that appeal to different ages of kids. Whether you’re taking a family road trip or at home reading with kids of different ages, you want books that ALL your kids will enjoy. But is it even possible to find a book that kids […]

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Tenzi is one of those games that works for almost all ages (except the ages 0 – 3) which is why it’s one of our top recommendations (aka. ultimate) family night games. Have you played it yet? How to Play Tenzi Tenzi is a very simple dice game for 2 -4 players. It’s fast pace and lots of […]

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Download this amazing free summer learning printable for kids that will guide them in reading, writing, and math learning. (And prevent the summer slide & summer learning loss!) Summer Printable for Kids Stick the printables into a 3-ring binder or just staple the packet. (I like the binder because then I can add math worksheets and handwriting worksheets.) […]

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Disclosure: I partnered with Mrs. Wordsmith to bring you this information.   Grow a child’s vocabulary and writing skills with Mrs. Wordsmith’s Storyteller’s Illustrated Dictionary. This deluxe, illustrated storytelling dictionary gets kids jazzed about words with over 1,000 words illustrated in entertaining cartoons.   And those illustrations? They are from Craig Kellman, the Hollywood artist […]

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Do your kids enjoy reading mysteries? I want to tell you about four well-written middle-grade mystery books with interesting storylines, excitement, and adventure. I’ve added these titles to my BIG list of MYSTERY BOOKS for kids.   New Mystery Chapter Books (Spring 2019) Digging Up Danger by Jaqueline West, illustrated by Hatem Aly You are […]

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Guess what?! Comics and graphic novels count as credible reading materials and aren’t just for reluctant readers. The truth is children need both variety and choice to become good readers. Meaning, they need nonfiction, different genres of fiction, and different formats of books. Graphic novels give readers a variety. And of course, reluctant readers often are more […]

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