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May 13th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Fun Children’s Books to Read

For Mother’s Day I got a poem from my oldest and one of the lines read, “I love to hear mom listen to me when I read.” Children love to read to you and listen to you read. Nothing is better than snuggling together and reading a good book.  Sometimes it feels like you are reading the same books over and over and want some fun new books to be a part of reading time. A great way to try new books is to visit your local library or do a book swap with friends!

Here are some fresh book  ideas for you:

Pinkaliscous by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann

Any Dr. Suess Books

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek

Pete the Cat by James Dean

Leo the Lightening Bug by Eric Drachman

The Ugly Pumpkin by David Horowitz

Here Comes the Big Mean Dust Bunny by Jan Thomas

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

The Dog House by Jan Thomas

The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

Llama llama Books by Anna Dewdney

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

These are just some of the favorites I have to share. Another key is to listen to the audio version if it is available. While visiting preschool the other day, my son’s teacher was reading Pete the Cat, Rocking in my School Shoes and had the CD playing along. There was great music that went along with it that the kids danced too.

What are some fun books that you like to read with your child?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.



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January 10th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Snowy Day Reading


Winter is a great time to start a daily reading hour with your kids. Someone once told me the single most important activity you can do with your child is to read. Reading to kids regularly makes the transition to reading independently an easy one.

If by some miracle the kids are getting sick of building snowmen and coming in with wet coats and mittens, have them join you for some quiet reading time. Make some hot chocolate, snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and dive into some books.

Here are some suggestions:

Ages 0-3: Spot’s Snowy Day, Eric Hill

Young kids adore Spot and the story of a puppy playing in the snow is a sure winner!

Ages 3-6: Mama, Will It Snow Tonight?, Nancy Carlstrom

Your beginner readers will enjoy the rhythmic language of this book as each young of a species asks its mother if it will snow tonight.

Ages 6-9: Snow Day!, Lester Laminack

What happens when an entire family wakes up to no snow after a huge storm was predicted?  After your child finishes it, ask him or her what they would do in that situation!

If by some miracle you find yourself with some alone time, this is a grown up book I highly recommend::

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

A must-read for dog-lovers, especially those who believe that their pups think like people! This funny and uplifting novel tells the story of a race car driver, Denny, from the perspective of his lab-terrier mix, Enzo. Enzo relates everything he has ever learned about race car driving to life, teaching us along the way about family, love and life’s absurdities.

Warning: You may need tissues at times for this one!

Bonus: This story was adapted into a version for the kids and is titled Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog.

What are your favorite books?

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