How to Host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Disclosure: I’m sharing tips for hosting a stuffed animal sleepover, and this post is sponsored by our friends at Melissa & Doug. All opinions are my own. Stuffed animal sleepovers are one of the latest trends taking place in bookstores and libraries to encourage young children to read. The events combine creative play, story telling, […]

Fun Dr. Seuss Activities

Here are some fun Dr. Seuss activities to celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2nd! This list features crafts, snacks, and lots of playtime fun! Most of these Dr. Seuss activities use recycled materials or other common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple, frugal, and fun learning activities!! Fun Dr. Seuss […]

Mardi Gras Crafts and Activities

February 9th is Fat Tuesday in New Orleans! You don’t have to travel to the Big Easy to enjoy some festive fun. Here are some at-home crafts, activities, and recommended books to celebrate Mardi Gras with kids (of all ages). A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s ideas […]

Read the Book. Watch the Movie on Netflix Streaming!

This post contains affiliate links. I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, and this post is sponsored by Netflix. All opinions are my own. The Winter months can mean lots of time spent indoors when kids are home from school due to inclement weather. Did you know that many of your kids’ favorite […]

Raising a Reader for Life

Are you a parent or teacher? Do you dream of raising kids who love to read and cannot wait to get their hands on the next great book? Are you looking for simple ways to encourage a love of literacy in your home or classroom? Exciting news!! My good friends Amy of Teach Mama and […]

Kids Books to Celebrate Individuality

Kids books that celebrate individuality can help teach us that it is okay to be different! If you are looking for books to encourage kids to think for themselves, or stories that foster acceptance of others who may be unique, these are some of our favorites. It takes a lot of courage to stand out in […]

10 Beginning Chapter Book Series for Kids

This year my oldest son began venturing to a new section of the library because he now has the ability to read and enjoy chapter books independently. Watching him read on the couch, on his bed, or in the car is a beautiful, beautiful thing! I can’t help but smile when he suddenly giggles or sounds […]

Tree Nature Study

This time of year is like magic.  Trees are changing fast and every day there seems to be something new to learn about the process of being a tree.  Below are a few easy activities to do with your kids and recommended books to explore how trees live and grow for a simple tree nature study! In […]

Martin Luther King Jr Crafts and Activities

Are the kids home from school for Martin Luther King, Jr Day? Looking for something artsy and fun to do?? These Martin Luther King Jr crafts and activities are a great ways to promote peace and diversity. You’ll also find a list of recommended books for kids to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Crafts […]

Books About Camping for Kids

These books about camping for kids are sure to inspire plenty of outdoor fun! From making s’mores around a campfire, to putting up a tent, here is a great collection of camping books kids will love even if you’re camping in your own backyard (or living room). Be sure to check out the camping activity […]

15 Books for Learning About and Celebrating Earth Day

Annually celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is a day to celebrate the planet and raise awareness about environmental concerns. Listed below are many high quality children’s books that can help initiate conversations within your family about preserving our planet. Books About Gardening Franklin Plants a Tree by Paulette BourgeoisThe Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ First Gardening Book […]

10 Books for Early Readers

Reading with your child is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Listed below are 10 enjoyable books for early readers! Books for Early Readers Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo WillemsFirst the Egg by Laura Vaccaro SeegerFrog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold LobelHenry and Mudge Ready to Read Value Pack […]

Books about Telling Time

Learning to tell time can be tricky for kids.  Luckily, there are several entertaining and useful picture books out there that introduce children to the concept of time telling and the function of clocks.  Here are ten great children’s books about telling time.     Tuesday In this incredibly drawn book, artist/author David Weisner explores […]

Books about Animals in Winter

Does your child want to learn more about animals in winter? Reading is a wonderful way to obtain new information and encourage children to use their imagination. Here are ten of our favorite children’s books about animals in winter. Books about Animals in Winter Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean […]

5 Books About Thanksgiving

Every holiday, I arrange a basket of seasonal children’s books in the living room for my children to enjoy. These books about Thanksgiving are some of my favorites for welcoming the day of gratitude.  Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean This lift the flap book with groovy cat Pete makes learning about […]

Books about Healthy Eating

Halloween is quickly approaching and with it comes the inundation of many of our homes with candy, candy, and more candy.  During this time, it’s easy for kids to get distracted by all the sugary goodness in their trick-or-treat bags.  Here are 8 great children’s books about healthy eating for you to explore with your […]

5 Books about Feelings

Are you in search of high quality children’s literature to accompany discussions and lessons regarding feelings and empathy? Check out my 5 favorites listed below.   Books about Feelings The Way I Feel by Janan Cain In this delightful rhyming story, children of all ages will relate to the whimsical illustrations and real-life situations described in […]

Exploring Nature with Books

 The best part about summer for me is getting outside with my children!  I love watching their eyes light up when they pop a wild berry into their mouths or find a snail along a forest trail.  We spend hours and hours outside each day, sometimes doing more formal learning such as species identification and […]