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Best Books: Mo Willems

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Best Books: Mo Willems

Mo Willems books have been a staple in our house for over a decade. Everyone loves them from the youngest to the oldest. Storytime is a great opportunity to get to know your kids and their unique and special personalities. The Mo Willems books always bring laughter and lightness to the household. We especially love his series about the pigeon. They incite hilarity and joy with every read. This month I wanted to highlight one of our favorites, Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! It is a fun book that translates to real-life -- the struggle of bedtime! Every...

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Best Books: Roller Girl

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Best Books: Roller Girl

Books are wonderful, but many of today's youth find them boring. Publishers and writers are fighting back, using different ways to get kids more interested in reading. One fantastic way is by creating more graphic novels, like Roller Girl. Graphic novels are not a new innovation, on the contrary, they have been around for nearly 100 years. Many associate graphic novels with comic books. But graphic novels can be so much more. They can contain entire stories of nearly 500 pages, fantastic plot lines, and incredible images that make the story even more fantastic. Young adult novelists have picked up...

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Getting in the Spirit: Thanksgiving is more than just pie!

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Getting in the Spirit: Thanksgiving is more than just pie!

Thanksgiving is one of those taken-for-granted holidays and as well as getting in the spirit for it. It falls right between Halloween and Christmas, which let's face it most kids love. It can be hard to get kids in the Thanksgiving spirit. Every year my kids learn about the first Thanksgiving. We read the book If You Were a Kid at the First Thanksgiving. And we discuss what it might have been like at that time. Then we discuss how we can make people in our lives now feel as thankful and included as everyone at the first Thanksgiving did. This...

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Best Books: Who Was Charles Darwin

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Best Books: Who Was Charles Darwin

We recently discovered a new to us series, the "Who Was" series. We love to read about history and learn about new people and places. My kids love when they can read a book by themselves and not need me, and with non-fiction that can sometimes be difficult because the language used is often lofty and advanced. The "Who Was" series is great because its target audience is early readers. The language is simple and straightforward and they are meant to act as a beginner's guide to early learners. There are so many different books available in this incredible series....

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Best Books: Magic Tree House Pirates Past Noon

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Best Books: Magic Tree House Pirates Past Noon

We love to read at our house, and our kids bring home a new book from school every week to do their AR practice for class (Accelerated Reader Levels). Recently our oldest has become obsessed (and that is putting it mildly) with the Magic Tree House books. If you have never heard of the Magic Tree House books, let me explain, the series is written by Mary Pope Osborne, and each book follows Jack and Annie, a brother and sister that discover a magic tree house filled with books. The treehouse is owned by Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur's half-sister,...

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