Literacy Sensory Bins

Literacy Sensory Bins

If you know me well, you know that I don’t teach my own children to read before kindergarten (nor do I spend time teaching my kindergartener to read when she’s home from school). I believe in play, in exploration, and in a literacy-rich environment. So, my girls LOVE to “read” and to listen to books, but our oldest didn’t read independently before kindergarten. Our youngest might not either. And that’s just fine with me, as long as they’re excited about words, reading, and writing.

So, what do we do instead? We read aloud… a lot. We have books around for the girls to “read” on their own… a lot. And we play! We play for fun. We play to build social skills and to learn about the world. And we play with words and letters. Continue reading “Literacy Sensory Bins”

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

While I love funny, silly children’s books that are purely enjoyable, I am a sucker for books that help my children to become better people. Books that help them better understand themselves; books that equip them to deal with life in a more productive, positive, kind way. And books that help them better understand others; books that help bridge gaps and build relationships; books that help people understand and respect those who look or act differently. Books that make our large world a little smaller, a little more familiar, a little less scary. This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World by Matt Lamothe is one of those books. Continue reading “This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe”

For the Love of Clipboards

For the Love of Clipboards

I write a lot about the importance of making reading and books exciting, engaging, and accessible to children (see this post, this post, and this post). But recently, a friend asked me why we always have clipboards around our house, and I realized I should share easy ways to make writing accessible, too! So, today is all about… clipboards! Continue reading “For the Love of Clipboards”

Instagram Giveaway!

Instagram Giveaway!

To celebrate the month of love, kindness, and giving, I have joined some amazing Instagram accounts to bring a little more bookish love into your February. This month is often filled with chocolates and flowers – but you know we love good kids’ books around here!!

The giveaway includes:

1.  Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

2.  The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems

3.  Pigeon Soft Toy from Yottoy Productions, Inc.

4.  A Malala Yousafzai themed WonderCrate Box (including Who is Malala Yousafzai book, Give Voice Postcards, Roll Models Card game, Metal carrying case and magnet) from Wonder Crate

5.  A white library card tote bag from Out of Print

Do you want a chance to win? Simply visit my Instagram page (you can find it by clicking here!), find my post from Monday, February 4, and follow the directions to enter! Best of luck to you– I hope you win!

Our Caldecott Medal Opinions 2019

Our Caldecott Medal Opinions 2019

The Academy Awards of children’s literature, the American Library Association’s youth media awards, were announced Monday morning… A few followers had asked me to hold off on sharing my thoughts, because they were still reading through hopeful award winners for their own mock votes with their children, but given how absolutely excited I was for the day to come and to see what won each award, I’ve held off as long as I can! Continue reading “Our Caldecott Medal Opinions 2019”

Books for Valentine’s Day 2019

Books for Valentine’s Day 2019

Ok, something you’ll learn about me over time is that while I love a good themed bookshelf, I really love when the books I choose for said bookshelf can serve multiple purposes throughout the year. So, when it comes to holiday books, I get pretty excited when I find books that work for a given holiday, but can also be read anytime over the course of the year (like this list of my favorite Halloween-y, but not Halloween, books, or some great books to read at the beginning of the school year that aren’t specifically about the first day of school). So, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, our shelf has a few Valentine’s Day books (only 2 out of 15 featured here, to be specific), but we read mostly love and kindness stories with wonderful year-round lessons. Continue reading “Books for Valentine’s Day 2019”

My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko

My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko

I received My Papa is a Princess, by Doug Cenko, from Blue Manatee Press in exchange for an open and honest review before the holidays, and I knew immediately I’d share it soon into the new year… a picture book about a dad who is everything to his daughter? This book hits close to home in our 2-daughter house. Continue reading “My Papa is a Princess by Doug Cenko”