• 30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

    Picture Books

    30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

    It’s January, and that means I am eagerly looking ahead and deciding what I’ll be reading in the upcoming year, both for this blog and to my own kids. If you’re doing the same, then hopefully this list of 2018 picture books will help you to fill up your library […]

  • Chinese New Year Books for Kids

    Picture Books

    Chinese New Year Books for Kids

    Chinese New Year (also commonly known as Lunar New Year) is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. The festival traditionally lasts for 15 days, though many modern families only celebrate for a few days. The lunar calendar determines when the holiday will occur each year, typically […]

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Picture Books

30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

30 Must-Read 2018 Picture Books

It’s January, and that means I am eagerly looking ahead and deciding what I’ll be reading in the upcoming year, both for this blog and to my own kids. If you’re doing the same, then hopefully this list of 2018 picture books will help you to fill up your library […]

January 11, 2018 ×

Chapter Books, Middle Grade (9-13)

Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

I could talk all day about my favorite Christmas picture books, but every year I hear from a lot of parents and teachers who have a hard time finding the perfect Christmas chapter books for their older readers. Today I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my favorite Christmas chapter […]

November 18, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

My 3-year-old is obsessed with pumpkins! She loves reading books about pumpkins, visiting the pumpkin patch, and eating tasty pumpkin pancakes and muffins. Another thing that we both love is arts and crafts projects. When I set out to create a pumpkin thematic unit for our homeschool preschool, I searched […]

October 9, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Free Printable Mad Libs from Brightly!

Free Printable Mad Libs from Brightly!

Remember Mad Libs? Those hilarious fill-in-the-blank word games were a big part of my childhood. Who would have thought that you could have so much fun practicing parts of speech? Even now that I’m all grown up I still love Mad Libs. They’re a great way to pass the time […]

October 2, 2017 ×

Chapter Books, Middle Grade (9-13)

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code)

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code)

The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch is the first book in the Girls Who Code series. This series, which is expected to have 13 books in all, is created in partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization focused on educating girls in computer sciences. Sixth-grader Lucy is excited to […]

September 28, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Pumpkins

Picture Books about Pumpkins

It’s pumpkin season! Whether you’re preparing for a trip to your local pumpkin patch or creating a pumpkin-themed classroom or homeschool unit, these 15 pumpkin-themed picture books are sure to be a hit! From silly stories to engaging nonfiction, this list has something for everyone! I’ve provided age recommendations for […]

September 25, 2017 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Gardening

Picture Books about Gardening

Getting my kids interested in gardening has always been important to me. I spent years of my childhood helping my father in the garden, tending flowers and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Following up on my list of gardening manuals for children and families, today I’m pleased to share a list […]

July 31, 2017 ×

Movies

Netflix Movies and Series Based on Children’s Books

Netflix Movies and Series Based on Children’s Books

Looking for a new movie or television series to stream on Netflix? I’ve compiled a list of the best Netflix movies and shows based on children’s books, from kid-friendly cartoons and family films to binge-worthy young adult shows. Want to discover more movies based on popular children’s literature? Check out […]

July 24, 2017 ×

Everything Else

Stirring Up Fun with Food

Stirring Up Fun with Food

Today I am so excited to share my review of the brand-new cookbook, Stirring Up Fun with Food (©2017) by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Gia Russo. The recipes and ideas in this book take a simple and healthy approach to food crafting, which Sarah Michelle defines as, “taking basic food […]

June 5, 2017 ×

Nonfiction

Gardening Books for Kids

Gardening Books for Kids

Summer has almost arrived! Even here in the frequently dreary Pacific Northwest, the sun is shining and we’ve been spending most of our days outside enjoying the backyard as much as possible. Helping in the garden is a great way for kids to spend more time outdoors exercising their minds […]

May 22, 2017 ×