25 Books for Your Backpack: Nature & Field Guides for Kids

May 12th - 18th is Children's Book Week so of course I thought we should celebrate with a new booklist -- a slew of great ones that encourage the kids to get outside & explore nature this summer!  Once the kids finish school, put ...
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8 Awesome Ocean Animal Books & Crafts

We're gearing up for our annual family vacation and this year we are heading for the coast and hoping to see some ocean animals!  Woohoo!  Being from the dead middle of the U.S. means that we're all pretty excited about spending...
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Marvelous Books for Mother's Day

Today we're celebrating all things Mom.  Mother's Day is a time when kids express how much they appreciate all the things Moms do for them all year round.  Homemade cards for Mom, hand-picked flowers and maybe even breakfast in b...
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Going Green: Books & Websites to Inspire Kids

Some of the newest lessons for this generation include learning about the environment, ecology and how our behaviors impact the world around us.  Earth Day is a yearly celebration that reminds us to revisit how we treat the Earth.&n...
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12 Fantastic Fractured Fairy Tale Books

Laugh out loud with these funny fairy tale books of favorite retellings for kids & tweens!My daughter is a princess-loving girl but she's also a kid with a great sense of humor. She loves to read books with puns, clever twists and ...
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Books about Trains, Boats, Planes and Things that Go

Today our Discover & Explore topic is Things that Go!  This is always a favorite topic for young kids -- cars, planes, boats, trains -- anything they can ride, drive or fly.  It's always fun to take kids on a new adventure ...
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13 Classic Books for Kids: Spring Stories

Enjoy story time this season with these classic books for kids with Spring stories!What do you remember about the spring days of your childhood? I have vivid memories of waking up to the sounds of birds and the smell of lilacs in our b...
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10 Books that Keep Kids Active

  I know what you're thinking -- reading is a stationary activity.  Fortunately, that's not always the case.  There are a number of terrific kids books that encourage the reader to get up and move with the story!  Thes...
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Fun Ways to Celebrate with Kids Books

  There will be a lot of reading going on this week - Read Across America (Dr. Suess's birthday) is March 2nd and celebrated in school throughout the week World Read Aloud Day is March 5th World Book Day is March 6th All great op...
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Children's Books about Countries Around the World

There are a lot of fun ways to introduce kids to geography and different cultures. We love to use maps with different activities to explore the world.  Having a map in your home is an inexpensive but excellent learning tool!We als...
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8 Unique Ways to Play & Create with Books

When is a book not a book? When it's an inspiration for a really awesome activity! As I was browsing through the Discover & Explore linky from last week, I was blown away by some of the great ideas that were inspired by kids books....
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10 Umbrella Stories for All Types of Weather

  Today is National Umbrella Day! I know that you might be asking "What is National Umbrella Day?" -- it's one of those little-known holidays that might not make it on your calendar but can be lots of fun to celebrate!...
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Books about Arctic Animals for Kids

Arctic Book and Craft Activities

Learn about animals who live at the North Pole with these great books and activities about Arctic animals! Well, we're getting another winter storm tonight.  Obviously the cold weather is going to hold on a little longer.  So in...
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Learning about Greek Mythology

We are joining our book loving friends today as the Poppins Book Nook heads to Ancient Greece! There's something so intriguing about traveling into the past.  We've loved exploring the some of the ancient cultures and customs of pas...
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Explore the North and South Pole: Books about Polar Animals

Today we are exploring the ends of the Earth (literally!)  If you enjoyed penguin books & resources, you'll LOVE this list of books that feature all types of polar animals! Most of us will never have the opportunity to visit the ...
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