Great Wilderness Adventure Books for Ages 9 - 12

With the first official day of summer coming this week, I sat down to review our summer reading list.Since I know first hand that it can be somewhat challenging to get those older kids reading during the summer months (or reading something ...
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Science & Water Activities for a Day at the Pond

One thing I really enjoy during the summer are days out with the kids!  We like to explore almost anywhere but since we have a summer budget, finding free places to visit is always a plus since we like to get out a lot during summerti...
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How to Start a Mother Daughter Book Club

Tips & book recommendations for starting a Mother/Daughter book club!As much as I love read aloud sessions with my kids , I also know that I can’t read to them forever – although I’ll certain keep trying ;)As kids get older, the ...
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Exploring the Library: Finding Cool Stuff in the Non-fiction Section {free printable}

The library is a magical place for kids! So many wonderful books holding everything you've ever wanted to know -- and some things you never knew you wanted to know until you get lost in a book. But sometimes the library can be a little ov...
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10 Camping Books for Kids + Where to Camp for Free!

Find free places to camp with your family and great books for camping for kids! Planning a family camping trip this year?  Or just pitching a tent in the backyard?  Camping with your kids can be tons of fun -- sleeping under the s...
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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 chi...
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50 Memorable Read-Aloud Books for Kids

Today is a double celebration at our house -- first, it's my daughter's birthday so we're doing all the things she loves :) and second, it's World Read Aloud Day! Which is very coincidental since my little girl is the BIGGEST read-aloud fan...
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Life Skills for Kids: Money Management, Map Skills & Healthy Behaviors

As parents, we all know how important it is to teach our children various life skills.  Learning about money, healthy behaviors and other everyday tasks are just as important as all the math & reading skills the kids learn at scho...
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The Best Books to Read at the Breakfast Table

When do you do storytime at your house? I know most families (ours included!) choose to read right before naptime or bedtime.  The kids are winding down and it's a great opportunity to snuggle up with a story. That's usually when we ...
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15 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2015

As am sure you know, we are big readers at our house.  And as readers, do you know what's worse than dropping an ice cream cone around here?  Waiting for the next book from a much loved author or illustrator to come out! Serious...
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14 Wonderful Winter Books for Kids & Teens

We knew it would arrive at some point - colder temps are upon us.  In our house, cold weather is synonymous with curling up with a good book (or two!).  There's just something about a classic winter book that screams 'grab a...
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Gifting Books as Adventures

A number of years ago, we started a tradition at our house -- giving books for Christmas.  Each year, our kids get to open one of their gifts early -- oh yea, they love that!  When they come home on their first day of holiday br...
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The Best Early Reader Books with Seasonal Themes

Entice your kids into more reading time with these fun holiday-themed Early Reader (ER) books & tips that are perfect for beginner readers!I've shared before about some of the struggles we had when our kids first started reading indepen...
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Classic Children's Books for Every Season

Do you introduce vintage and classic books to your kids? You know, those books we so LOVED as children during a time when the characters set off on their own adventures and didn't have cell phones, or tv in some cases, so they had to make ...
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Around the World in 30 Books -- A Trip Across the Globe

Use this great list of picture books about countries & cities around the world to raise a global citizen! I don't know when it started but I've always been fascinated with maps, globes and learning about places around the world.  I...
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