Hold on to Your Bookmarks! March Book Madness is Around the Corner

March book madness. A friendly (sort of) book competition!

Fun fact: I had no idea that March Madness (the basketball version) even existed until I was in my mid twenties? I think it’s safe to say that I am not a sports fan and the university I attended did not have a team. I was probably reading a book or in the library while others… Keep Reading →

The Dos and Don’ts of Story Time (Tips from a Volunteer)

Story time tips to make the most of your library visit.

Taking kids to story time can be a lovely respite from the daily grind of being a parent. It’s an effective way to help your child love books, reading, increase their literacy and to see the library as an amazing resource. But if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time (Hurray! You are… Keep Reading →

9 Fairy Tale Chapter Books (No Princesses Edition)

Fairy tale chapter books for kids ages 8 and up. These are non-princess stories.

I have a confession. I love modern fairy tale retellings and I have no shame in admitting I’d rather read one of these middle grade fairy tale chapter books than a “grown-up” book any day. So why have I not made a book list before now? Well, the mysteries of the universe are vast, but at least… Keep Reading →

How to Make an Indoor Boomerang

How to make a paper indoor boomerang.

Making and designing an indoor boomerang was the perfect accompaniment to my kids’ recent obsession with making paper airplanes. (Did you see their awesome landing strips?) It was a nice way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon when we were stuck indoors.  The kids got a little science tinkering time in, and testing out the boomerangs released a bit… Keep Reading →

Math Picture Books (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades)

Math picture books to teach concepts in kindergarten to first grade

In this series of math book lists, we move on now to math picture books for kindergarteners through second grade. In my list of math books for preschoolers I mentioned that there is no shortage of math picture books. The trick, for me at least, is to find books to teach math concepts that are… Keep Reading →

Early Chapter Books for 5 to 8 Year Olds

Early chapter books for 5 year olds on up.

Last week’s adventure early chapter books list could not encompass all the early chapter books I have been wanting to recommend lately, so here is one more list. I simply could not come up with a specfic theme for chapter books for 5 year olds to 8 year olds, and so you will have to accept the eclectic-ness of… Keep Reading →

Why You Should Ban Dinner Conversation (And What To Do Instead)

No need to force family dinner conversations. Try something fun for family bonding time.

Does the title of this post seem a bit dramatic? (Don’t forget I am a theater nerd.) I know what you are thinking: “Why would she ban dinner conversation? I want to encourage family dinner conversation! I want family bonding! I want to know what my kids do at school, help them get in touch with their… Keep Reading →

Adventure Early Chapter Books For Kids

Adventure early chapter books for kids ages 5 to 8.

I’ve been wanting to add to my series of book lists featuring early chapter books for kids for quite some time now, but couldn’t figure out a theme — until I hit on the idea of adventure books. My youngest son loves lots of action with heroic (and funny) protagonists so an adventure early chapter… Keep Reading →