Picture Books

Polar Express
December is here, and already we’re seeing beautiful holiday decorations and light displays around town!  The air is getting colder and snow is in the forecast!  After growing up in Southern California, I love knowing snow is a possibility here each winter! We celebrate Christmas at our house, and we […]

25+ Christmas Books to Enjoy

book fair
School book fairs are a great way to build your family’s home library while supporting your child’s school.  Studies have shown that children with more books in their home do better in school than their classmates with fewer books in their homes.  It is a great goal to build a […]

6 Book Fair Tips You Need to Know

The Read-Aloud Handbook
The Read-Aloud Handbook is not a new book.  In fact, the first edition was published in 1979, and my mom used that edition as a reference for choosing books to read aloud to me when I was young.  But the information that Jim Trelease includes in the handbook is arguably […]

The Read-Aloud Handbook

Classic Children's Books
Books acquire the “classic” designation for a reason.  They have withstood the test of time.  Generations of people have enjoyed them and found them worthwhile.  However, while we consider certain books to be classics, many of them we’ve never actually read!  Or sometimes we are so familiar with them– we […]

20 Children’s Classics Worth Reading

Grandpa reading aloud
The more I read about reading, literacy, and growing readers, the more I realize just how important reading aloud to our children actually is.  Why is it so important? Why Reading Aloud is So Important According to ReadAloud.org, “Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start […]

Reading Aloud: Trouble-Shooting Tips

“I like reading books about real things.”  My younger son made this observation when he was only in Kindergarten.  Luckily, he told his school librarian, who helped connect him with some great non-fiction titles appropriate for his age.  Now, as a rising 4th grader, he will read and enjoy fiction, […]

Non-Fiction Fun!

Happy 4th of July!  In preparing to celebrate America’s birthday next week, I was motivated to pull out some patriotic themed books and put them on display on our living room shelves this past weekend. When my boys were younger, I started displaying books on the shelves of our entertainment […]

Celebrate the 4th of July with Patriotic Books!