Reading Tips & the Best Books for Kids

In our home, helping the kids learn to read was what we called 'a full contact sport'. 

Constant movement.

Non-stop questions.

Continuous encouragement (and honestly, even some arguing).

It was not an easy task. 

Both of our kids have always loved books (as you can probably tell with the number of book lists we share) but let me tell you, LEARNING to read can be challenging for both kids and parents too!

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Kids Books that Celebrate the Joy of Summertime

Summer is the time to kick back, relax and enjoy those long, don't-need-a-schedule type of days. 

Kids relish in having time to explore, create and head out on a few adventures. 

Plus fun reading ideas always make it on our Summer bucket lists!

And there are so many wonderful activities that you can only do during summer -- catching fireflies, visiting the fair, enjoy cold treats on a hot day, spending a day near the water and having a lemonade stand.

It's also the perfect time to reconnect with the kids -- those long summer days allow parents and kids more time together to talk and learn about each other.

This week's book list focuses on those popular summer moments & traditions. 

We've hand-picked picture books, early readers and chapter books that all share the joy of summertime along with some fun questions to kick-off a few get-to-know-me discussions!

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100+ Free Online Games & Book Activities

I love getting kids excited about books! 

Sometimes it's not as easy as just handing them a book though.

Getting kids into books isn't just about reading -- it's also about making the story interactive.

And there are quite a few children's book publishers who know this and also love to get kids excited about reading. 

So this week's 5 Fun Finds features some of the top Children's Publishing websites and the amazing games & activities they offer -- all linked to great kids books.

 

 100 Free Books Activities

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5 Creative Ways to Learn and Build the ABCs

 

We had so many fun ideas for learning letters and numbers at the Discover & Explore ABCs & 123s linky last week! 

Learning letters and numbers is a long process for kids and one that requires us to introduce a variety of activities to keep them engaged.

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Fun on the Farm: Places to Learn about Farm Animals & Food

Have you ever taken the kids to visit a farm?  We have so many conveniences in our lives that most children don't understand how their food is grown or where it begins.

Farm visits can be lots of fun for children -- seeing the animals, learning how food is grown and gaining some knowledge about food and agriculture.

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