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7 Great Tools to Teach Your Kids to Read

We all know the importance of reading. We’re even told to start reading to our kids when they are still in the womb. Once they get to school they get a lot of instruction on learning to read from their teachers at school, but it’s so important to reinforce those lessons at home. From the board book stage to...

Get Your Kids into Reading with National Geographic Books

We all know the importance of reading to our children and the importance of having them read frequently to themselves. In fact, the National Education Association reports that students who do more reading at home are not only better readers, but also have higher math scores. Research also shows that the more types of reading materials that are available...

Audiobooks: An Essential Ingredient for a Great Family Road Trip

As many of my friends know, I am a huge fan of audiobooks. With over 300 books in my Audible library, I have been listening to books on walks, during long road trips, and while I do the dishes for years. Although technically it could be called multi-tasking, escaping into a great audiobook removes the tedium from chores while...

10 Best Picture Books of 2015

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We all know how important it is read to our children to help them learn and grow. The local library and bookstores are filled with racks and racks of books for children of all ages. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to find the ones you think your child will love. We all know the younger the...

Great Halloween Books for Kids

It’s no secret kids love Halloween. What’s not to love? There are the costumes, the parties, and don’t forget the trick-or-treating and all the candy that goes along with it. While kids love all that candy, you can switch it up a bit by dropping in some great Halloween books for kids too. Whether you have a toddler or...

5 Great Audiobooks to Take the Drudgery Out of Spring Cleaning

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Audiobooks I am a firm believer in using audiobooks to multitask your way through mind-numbing chores like spring cleaning. Before I started a family, I was an avid reader. I could read before bed and for hours on the weekend. That time all seemed to vanish with the addition of a child. Most of my waking hours are now divided...

Childrens Books: Why Kids Need Diverse Books

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Childrens Books Each year, the Cooperative Childrens Book Center studies how many childrens books were published in that year by or about African Americans, American Indians, Latinos and Asians. And, each year, the statistics are rather sobering. As you have probably already heard by this point, only 93 out of 3,200 childrens titles published in 2013 were about Africans and...

Celebrate Easter and Reading with An I See Me Book

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Celebrate Easter Recognize the importance of reading for your child and to have a special gift for your Easter basket.Share Your Child’s Excitement on Easter:I See Me! Books and Gifts for Their Easter BasketsAs an educator who taught reading at the Bank Street School in New York City, I saw reading skills consistently improve when children were able to write...

The First Rule of Book Club Is…

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Book Club Standing on the corner of Lexington Avenue, buses whirring by, children storming the schoolhouse, a friend and I were doing the normal post-drop-off mom chitchat – this time comparing notes about what our kids were reading. Our third-graders’ homework included at least thirty minutes of “independent reading” a day, and it was hard to keep them flush with...

Self Publishing your children’s picture book – on a shoestring!

  Self Publishing your children's picture book - on a shoestring! You have a fantastic idea for a children's picture book. Now you want to create and publish it. The only worry? Money! What is it going to cost you to get that beautiful book in your hands and ready to share with the world? It can cost a lot to self publish...