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”
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”
Ok, everyone, you’re going to want to read this and then head to my Instagram page to enter– I’ve got a 3-month subscription to Page 1 Kids to give to one of you!
As you may have seen on my Instagram page over the last few months, back in January I applied to be, and was accepted to be, a Page 1 Kids ambassador. That meant that I received a 3-month subscription to receive their book boxes in exchange for sharing our honest thoughts and feelings on the service.
And, I gotta tell you… After receiving our first box, I was sold! One of the aspects of Page 1 Kids that makes them stand out from other children’s book subscription services (of which there are many, these days!) is that you can communicate specific requests, requirements, wishes, and/or needs with them, and they’ll find a book to fulfill what you’ve communicated! Continue reading “Page 1 Kids 3-Month Subscription Giveaway”
If you were following me in December, you may have noticed that I absolutely love ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist. She reached out to me around the same time and asked if I’d be interested in participating in a “blog hop” to help promote her newest book, Good News! It’s Easter!, and given how wonderful ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas is, I knew this would be a gem too. I eagerly said yes, and I’m here to tell you that this book doesn’t disappoint! Continue reading “Good News! It’s Easter! by Glenys Nellist, PLUS a Giveaway!”
When our oldest was about a year old, I saw a really cute tutorial (on Pinterest, I’m sure…) about turning a toiletry travel kit into a restaurant bag for small children. It would hold wipes, straws, kids-sized utensils, disposable bibs, and maybe some stickers, crayons, and paper… I tried to make that, though mine admittedly wasn’t nearly as cute as the one in the tutorial. The idea stuck, though, and almost 5 years later, and we still have a restaurant “Go” bag! Continue reading “Restaurant “Go” Bags”
All of the research on reading engagement AND performance points to the fact that one of the most important factors in raising readers is that they have parents who model loving to read.
Yet… I’m not sure I could call myself a reading role model. Continue reading “Am I a Visible or Invisible Role Model?”
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!