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Tips to Encourage Struggling Readers

Tips for Encouraging Readers Who Struggle

This article is from Child First.  I know that many of us parents are gearing up for summer reading both to get our kids to enjoy reading and to complete summer homework assignments.  If your child does not love to read, this can be really stressful for both parent and child.  This is a great article that give Tips for Encouraging Struggling Readers.  Reading is like a bell curve (remember those from college science classes?  ugh!). Once your child gets over the hump, reading becomes something that is pleasurable.  I hope these tips are helpful for you. Read more…

Telling Time App for Kids

How to Tell Time Math App for Kids

My Mom Friend in Boulder, Colorado asked for iPhone apps for elementary school kids that were education and fun.  She just got back from a family vacation so I’m sure her iPhone was fought over during the long flight. Read more…

100 Best Children’s Books from Teachers First (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids Selected by Teachers

I was searching online for another random list (Top 10:  Children’s Books about Life Changing Teachers) and came across this gem which so many of my favorites that I wanted to share.  Also great if you are still pondering summer reading lists for the kids this is a great “classics or all time greatest hits” list. Read more…

Top 10: Chapter Books with Activity to Get Boys to Read

Chapter Books with Activities for Boys Book Club

Some of my Mom Friends are dreading the summer reading requirements from school because their boys are not reading for pleasure yet.  So I put together this list that combines books with a related and fun activity as an incentive for  boys to read.  Yes, I believe in bribery.  It helps get kids over the hump to change their behavior on a temporary basis but that might be enough for them to realize that reading is fun. Read more…

Top 10: Best Interfaith Jewish Children’s Books (ages 3- 16)

Best Books for Kids on Interfaith Jewish Books

In my neighborhood, interfaith Jewish families are not unusual and yet there is a real scarcity of books on this topic.  I searched online and then asked my local librarians when my original list wasn’t at my library to come up with this list.  I hope you enjoy it as much I did.  And I hope children of all faiths can read and discuss some of these books. Read more…

Support Your Child’s Passion (and The Dreamer)

Chapter Book The Dreamer Reminds Us to Support Our Child’s Passion

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.  ~Josh Billings Read more…

One Free Chapter Book For Kids at Borders (ages 6-12)

Free Books for Kids from Borders

I was a Borders today just perusing, and came across their Summer Reading Program.  It’s great and this is how it works: Read more…

Environmental Crisis and Birth of Audubon Society

Historical Fiction Environmental Books for Kids Inspire

I pair these two excellent  books together because they tell two parts of the same story:  the near eradication of the Snowy Egret caused by a fashion trend and the birth of the Audubon Society in Boston, Massachusetts.  It’s interesting how easy it is to change the natural balance of things by something seemingly so insignificant as a fashion trend.  This is a great environmental message to children that also happens to have a happy ending:  the Snowy Egret, now protected by law in the U.S., has made a come back! Read more…

Picture Book without Words for Dreamers and Artists

Best Wordless Picture Book Ever!

This wondrous book is a book without words but no words are necessary because Multi-Caldecott winning author, David Wiesner, tells the story in pictures.  And what a story it is!  If you take your children to the Jersey Shore or any shore for that matter, and your child is a dreamer or artist, then this is the book to spark imaginations! Read more…