Games & Fun with the Gingerbread Baby!

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gingerbread-babyGingerbread Baby by Jan Brett tells the story of Matti, a little boy who opens the oven too early while making gingerbread men. A gingerbread baby pops out of the oven and leads Matti’s parents and a slew of other characters on a chase. Jan Brett’s twist on the traditional story of the gingerbread man provides kids with a sweeter ending. Her beautiful illustrations of the Swiss mountains are detailed and colorful and will keep kids entertained as they follow the little cookie’s escape. There are so many wonderful ways to use gingerbread to bring this story to life! Read More!

Best Christmas Board Books

best-christmas-board-booksDon’t forget the little ones when you are buying your holiday books! There are a wide variety of wonderful Christmas board books for babies and toddlers to enjoy during the holiday season. From touch and feel interactive books to sweet stories introducing them to traditions and symbols, you are sure to find something for your child! While several of the classic Christmas stories are also available in board book formats, I tried to keep this post to mostly books aimed at very young children. (This post contains affiliate links. In order to support this blog and continue providing free content, I may receive a commission from purchases you make through the links in this post). Read More!

Ride into the Holidays with the Polar Express!

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polar-expressThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a Christmas classic and a personal favorite of mine. It tells the story of a young boy who isn’t quite sure if he still believes in Santa, until he sees a mysterious train appear on his street on Christmas Eve. He jumps aboard the Polar Express and learns about the spirit of Christmas. This is a great story to share with kids around the holidays and remind them to believe in the magic of Christmas. The story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations which will draw kids into the North Pole. There are many ways to make the magic of this story come to life while also embracing learning opportunities. Read More!

Bringing Joy Back to the Holidays!

Stress Free HolidaysDo you remember the joy and wonder you experienced as a child during the holiday season? From Halloween straight through New Years, your days were probably full of songs, games, gifts, food and parties. As we get older, we start to feel some of that magic fade away. We rack up the bills buying gifts, baking supplies, tickets to holiday shows, and more. We stress ourselves to the limit making travel plans, planning parties and making sure that we get every minute filled with holiday fun to try to get back some of that joy we felt as kids. Does overbuying and overplanning really bring back the joy? Read More!

Celebrating The Night Before Thanksgiving

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celebrating-the-night-before-thanksgivingThe Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing tells the story of a family preparing for Thanksgiving Day. As the parents prepare the food, the kids help to get the home ready. When the holiday arrives, they spend the day enjoying delicious food and fun games with their family. This is a great rhyming read aloud to get kids excited for all of the traditions of Thanksgiving! There are many activities that you can easily do with this book to further the learning and get your family ready for turkey day! Read More!

Terrific Thanksgiving Read-Alouds!

terrific-thanksgiving-read-alouds-pin-2Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of family, food, fun and thankfulness. There are so many great Thanksgiving books to entertain kids while teaching them about this holiday. I wrote about several Thanksgiving books this month, but there are so many more that I couldn’t get to yet! This is a list of even more awesome Thanksgiving books that I recommend adding to your collection. So curl up under some warm blankets, grab some yummy snacks (or leftovers) and enjoy some family reading time! (This post contains affiliate links). Read More!

Ring in the Holidays with Family Read-Alouds!

favorite-books-to-ring-in-the-holidaysThere are so many amazing books to read during the holiday season. From Santa Claus to snowmen and dreidels to trees, there are so many wonderful stories to share with children and get them excited for the season! I could not possibly list all of the amazing books out there, but I have managed to compile a list of books that are personal favorites of mine that I am excited to share with my daughter for many years to come. (If your favorite is not here, don’t worry! Other holidays and traditions will definitely be recognized in posts to come). Read More!

Celebrate a Cranberry Thanksgiving!

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cranberry-thanksgiving Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin is a classic which has been shared among many generations. Maggie and her grandmother invite guests to Thanksgiving dinner every year, especially those who are poor or lonely. Grandmother doesn’t trust Maggie’s guest because she worries he will steal her famous cranberry bread recipe. However, when the recipe goes missing, Grandmother may be proven wrong! This classic story reminds us not to judge a book by it’s cover and to be gracious during the holiday season. It also provides an opportunity to enjoy a lot of cranberry fun! Read More!

Turkey Fun for Thanksgiving!

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turkey-trouble-2Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano is a hilarious story about a turkey who doesn’t want to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner! He decides to disguise himself as other animals so he can hide from the farmer. The story is entertaining for all ages, and kids will surely enjoy Turkey’s funny costumes throughout the book. This book also presents an opportunity to have a lot of turkey fun just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday! Read More!

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving!

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giving-thanks-for-thanksgivingThanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes and Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson are great stories for introducing kids to the idea of being thankful. Thanks for Thanksgiving explores the many small things that kids may be thankful for in their lives. Bear Says Thanks tells the Thanksgiving story of Bear and his friends. While preparing a feast, Bear is sad to realize he doesn’t have food to contribute. His friends remind him why they are thankful for his company. Read More!