• Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

    Chapter Books, Middle Grade (9-13)

    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 […]

  • Christmas Picture Books That Will Make Your Kids Laugh

    Picture Books

    Christmas Picture Books That Will Make Your Kids Laugh

    In my family, we can’t get enough Christmas books. I’ve probably read hundreds of them! Today I’m sharing a selection of laugh-out-loud funny Christmas books that you won’t be able to resist! These eight picture books are sure to leave your whole family in stitches! If you have any favorite […]

  • Picture Books about Hanukkah

    Picture Books

    Picture Books about Hanukkah

    Hanukkah is right around the corner! In honor of the Festival of Lights, I’m delighted to share a list of my favorite Hanukkah picture books that your whole family is sure to love. These enchanting stories perfectly capture all of the joy and tradition of the holiday. Whether you celebrate […]

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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 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

10 Children’s Books about Honeybees

10 Children’s Books about Honeybees

Bees are a keystone species, meaning they are a vital component of our ecosystem. Many people think that all bees do is make honey, but in fact, they are responsible for about one-third of the food that we eat, thanks to the pollination of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, […]

May 9, 2017 ×