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the national book festival: what it is and why you should go
September 17, 2013 No Comment

the national book festival: what it is and why you should go

The National Book Festival is this weekend, September 21-23, 2013. Go. It’s awesome. And it’s free. It’s on the National Mall here in DC, but if you can’t make it, ...

the new rules of boy world: rosalind wiseman speaks at PEP (ticket giveaway)
September 1, 2013 2 comments

the new rules of boy world: rosalind wiseman speaks at PEP (ticket giveaway)

I have loved what Rosalind Wiseman has to say ever since I read Queen Bees and Wannabes and then Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads several years back. Both are ...

homemade tooth fairy boxes
August 28, 2013 8 comments

homemade tooth fairy boxes

    originally published as ‘tooth fairy, we’re ready!’ on October 13, 2009 If you check around the internet, dozens of sites exist with perfect, beautiful tooth fairy pillows. If ...

learning during read-alouds: improving fluency
August 13, 2013 16 comments

learning during read-alouds: improving fluency

This is a re-post of a November 16, 2011 post because it’s totally worth revisiting.   Fluency is a tricky–but totally important–element of reading comprehension. No. Question. About it. And ...

independent learning, poetry and play: tabletop surprises
August 11, 2013 No Comment

independent learning, poetry and play: tabletop surprises

    The greatest thing about tabletop surprises is that they afford my kids the opportunity for some seriously fun independent learning in cool and creative ways. Because learning–especially in ...

how to help kids choose just right books
July 2, 2013 4 comments

how to help kids choose just right books

It’s hard to watch a child struggle trying to read a book that is too difficult, especially when the kiddo is adamant about plowing through it.  Whether the struggles be ...

how to host a summer reading book swap event
June 25, 2013 No Comment

how to host a summer reading book swap event

Summer is almost in full swing, and for our family, there’s no better way to begin our summer fun than with a Summer Reading Kick-Off Party! Each year, we invite ...

pbs kids twitter event: create a literate home
June 16, 2013 No Comment

pbs kids twitter event: create a literate home

    Everyone wants to create a literate home–but how? By reading all day long, every day of the week? By talking about books 24/7? By wallpapering your kids’ rooms ...

how to create a cool, kid-friendly book nook
June 9, 2013 9 comments

how to create a cool, kid-friendly book nook

Every home should have a cozy spot reserved for reading. Call it what you want–a Book Nook, Reading Corner, Big Book Chair, whatever–but with a few key pieces, your home ...

target school library makeovers:  what they are and why you should care
June 8, 2013 2 comments

target school library makeovers: what they are and why you should care

    Maybe you’ve heard or maybe you haven’t, but Target is big on giving back to the community. So big they’re on track to give $1 billion to education ...

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books
June 7, 2013 No Comment

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books

Sometimes it’s all we can do to just read with our kids. And honestly? That counts.  Big time.  So we should be happy if we’re reading with our kids. Woot! ...