Bedtime on Noah’s Ark by Brock Eastman and Declan Eastman

Bedtime on Noah’s Ark by Brock Eastman and Declan Eastman

Okay, everyone, I have an extremely delightful bedtime board book for you today, and to make it even more lovely, Bedtime on Noah’s Ark was written by a father/son duo, Brock and Declan Eastman! Read on to learn a little about their inspiring book.

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A Dozen Delightful Math Books

A Dozen Delightful Math Books

Ah, math… I personally loved math classes. The idea that there was one right answer and I could easily know if I was right or wrong really appealed to me. But, I know many people don’t feel the same way about math and worry about passing their feelings on to their kids, especially their girls. I also know from my teaching days that many parents are more than a little confused about “new math” and feel lost trying to help their children solve problems without just “putting a zero there” or “putting a little one up here.”

So, whether you love math and can’t wait to share that with your kiddos, you fall into the second group mentioned above, or your thoughts are somewhere in between, this post is for you! I searched high and low and read a TON of books about math to find the very best. I wanted books that were well-written and engaging, but that also a) used accurate mathematical thinking (for example, the number 10 is NOT a zero added to a one, which many a children’s book like to let kids think… Come on! 0 + 1 is 1, not 10!) and b) encouraged children to think in unique ways about numbers and other mathematical concepts.

Below, I’ve got a dozen delightful math books for your mathematical pleasure. Check them out, and then let me know if I missed any of your favorites!

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Our Favorite Day of the Year and Hats of Faith

Our Favorite Day of the Year and Hats of Faith

When everyone was sharing first-day-of-school books, Our Favorite Day of the Year popped up on tons of lists. I had to wait for our library to get it in and processed, but I was first in line for it when they did… and it’s just delightful! We paired it with Hats of Faith, a terrific board book, for a wonderfully informative and diverse storytime. Read on to see what makes these two books so special!

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Say Something by Peggy Moss

Say Something by Peggy Moss

On Sunday night, we had our next Family Focus Trait family meeting about being upstanders. During this meeting, we read the book Say Something by Peggy Moss, illustrated by Lea Lyon, and we went through a few role plays in which we practiced what we might say or do to be upstanders. If you don’t know the book Say Something by Peggy Moss, please read on to learn about it, as I think it’s a valuable book for both home and classroom libraries!

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Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub by Judy Young

Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub by Judy Young

If you’re a parent, then you’ve likely battled a child over bathtime at some point in your parenting career. And, as with most parts of a child’s day, did you know that people have written wonderful books for children about bathtime, helping to make bathtime fun and exciting for your reluctant bathers? Reminiscent of Chris Van Dusen’s If I Built books, Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub, written by Judy Young and illustrated by Kevin M. Barry, is one such book. Read on to see what makes this such a delightful celebration of taking a bath!

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Easy Ways for Parents to Prepare Kids to Learn to Read and Write

Easy Ways for Parents to Prepare Kids to Learn to Read and Write

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ve likely picked up on the fact that I’m not at all worried about teaching my girls to read before they start kindergarten (and, then, I’m not worried about teaching them myself… I trust our teachers to let me know if we need to work on anything from home!). But, I know that kindergarten readiness is at the forefront of many parents’ minds over the course of that year leading up to kindergarten. Step back and take a relaxing breath, though, because if you follow me, you’re likely already doing all that you need to do to help your child be ready to read and write when the time comes!

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Our Favorite Books About Elections, Democracy, and America

Our Favorite Books About Elections, Democracy, and America

All right, everyone, we’re just under a month away from Election Day 2020! Does anyone else remember going to the polls with your parents as a kid? I have truly fond memories of Election Days as a child (and not just because we got the day off of school!). I learned so much through those days…

So, use this Election Day as a chance to teach your children about our election process. Remember to vote, and take your kids with you (or let them watch you fill out your ballot at home). While you’re at it, use this time to talk with your kids about America, our democracy, our various elected officials and their roles in our lives, and the issues important to you and those around you.

Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorite titles about our country and our democracy in action, and of course, our presidents and presidential elections. Check out the titles here, and try to get your hands on a few between now and November 3.

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I’m Sticking With You by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

I’m Sticking With You by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Our school as a delightful birthday book program, through which you can make a monetary donation to the library and the librarian will use that money to buy new books for the library. These books are designated “birthday books,” marked with a special birthday book note in the front, and given to your child first, to keep for as long as he/she wants before they are entered into the regular library rotation. Our new five-year-old received her birthday books on her birthday (our librarian even makes housecalls for students who are learning at home or have birthdays on weekends!!!), and they are delightful! Today, I’m sharing one of her birthday books (a book that was completely new to me, so that was unusual and exciting): I’m Sticking With You by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Steve Small.

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October Family Focus: Being Upstanders

October Family Focus: Being Upstanders

On Sunday night, we officially wrapped up our September Family Focus Trait of including others and kicked off October, which is being upstanders! (You can find our list of books that highlight being upstanders here). As usual, we tacked this family meeting on to a regular Sunday night dinner, and if you’ve followed along our other kickoff nights, you’ll recognize the pattern of reading a wonderful picture book and then doing a family activity together. Read on to see what we did for Upstander month!

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DIY Recycled Crayon “Letters”

DIY Recycled Crayon “Letters”

A few weeks ago, I posted a few Instagram stories about our girls recycling their old crayons to make crayon “letters” to give to cousins and friends as gifts, and I had TONS of questions about how to do this and requests for instructions! So, here you go — instructions on how to make DIY recycled crayon “letters!”

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