Another day, another wonderful book recommendation for those of you who love reading books that may help your children become better people with them… This time, I bring you a book about perseverance, hard work, selflessness, and generosity. The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett is a gem that somehow conveys all of these lessons in almost-solely sepia-toned illustrations, sparse splashes of color, and no words! Continue reading “The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett”
A few months ago, I posted a list of our favorite books about fear and worry… And that’s obviously a topic you all want books to help you address in your homes or classrooms, because that’s been one of my most popular posts on Instagram!
Long before I wrote that post, author Michael Cascio sent me his book When I Was a Child, I Was Always Afraid to share with you all if I felt so compelled. Admittedly, I received his book just before the holidays, and between the holidays, school breaks, and other books and lists I had already planned to share in the first part of 2019, his book got pushed to the bottom of my stack… And then I read it a few weeks ago and knew immediately that I wanted to share it with you all too! So, consider this to be an addendum to my fear and worry list! Continue reading “When I Was A Child, I Was Always Afraid by Michael Cascio”
Yes, I know that the first day of spring was almost a month ago, but given that we have a small space and only room for so many front-facing books, I chose to combine our spring- and Earth Day-themed bookshelves into one larger “earth-themed” shelf. As with most holidays, I’m always looking for good books that can be used to celebrate a specific holiday or season, but that are also impactful for year-round reading. I also believe one of the best ways to help our Earth is to help children learn about plants, animals, and the actual makeup of the earth around them– the more they understand about the environment around them, the more they will be inspired to take care of it. So, if you’re like us and spring seemed to come late to your area, or if you’re looking for wonderful books to teach children about our planet and how to care for it that you can read year-round, look no further than the list below! Continue reading “Earth Day Books to Read Year-Round”
Hello, everyone! While I was spending time with my girls over their spring breaks, I hit 2000 followers on Instagram! I am thrilled that so many people are excited to get good books into their children’s hands, and I’m happy so many of you are looking for fun, laid-back ways to help your kiddos develop into independent and excited readers and writers. It’s hard enough to be a parent, so I’m glad I can help make one thing a little more fun and easy!
Since it’s been so long since I did an intro, I thought I’d take this first day back to share a bit about myself… You may be wondering who I am, why I do this, and what experience I have in the areas of literacy, so here goes! Continue reading “A Little About Me”
A few weeks ago, I took our girls to a “reading to furry friends” event at our local library. Going into it, I figured our kindergartener, who is just starting to read independently, would enjoy picking out a book she’s familiar with and reading it to the dogs. And I assumed the 3.5-year-old would just be along for the ride, as she usually is… Continue reading “Viewing Early Literacy Through a “Reading” Lens”
If you have children or work with children, you probably know they LOVE to listen to the same story over and over… and over… again. In fact, one of the earliest literacy tip posts I did on Instagram was about the benefits of repeated readings!
Pictured above are 3 books that have been on heavy repeat in our house these last few weeks. They’re all drastically different, with different characters, plots, and themes. And this variety made me wonder— do these book choices tell me anything important about my children? Would paying more attention to those choices would give me a little window about what my girls are processing or needing right now? Continue reading “Subconcious Messages Through Children’s Book Choices”
For those of you who love to read books about bunnies, eggs, chicks, etc during springtime and the Easter season, this list is for you! Below are some of our very favorite books that generally relate to Easter festivities, but can easily be incorporated into your year-round library.