Fun with Books

Books provide a whole new world to kids! There are so many fun and exciting ways to introduce books to children and teach them important skills and concepts through the joy of a book! This page is dedicated to giving parents and caregivers ideas and inspiration to make books come alive! Some jump in with us and start making some memories with your bookworms!

Fort Building Fun for All Seasons!

Did you enjoy building forts as a kid? I remember using old refrigerator boxes, sheets, and whatever else we could find to create our own little hideaways. We didn’t have a tree house, (and probably shouldn’t have with our...Read More »

Creativity Through the Windows in Our World

Do you ever take a walk around your neighborhood at night and notice all of the different windows lit in the buildings around you? Do you think about your neighbors or the people in the office buildings and wonder...Read More »

A New Year's Eve Tradition for the Whole Family

I am a huge fan of the holiday season, and I get really sad when it’s time to take down the decorations and turn off the Christmas music. New Year’s Eve is the last  big hurrah of the season,...Read More »

Get Moving with the Elf in the House!

Christmas is right around the corner, so the elves are hard at work! As the weather gets colder and we find ourselves spending more time indoors, I’m always looking for fun ways to get us moving and get some...Read More »

Christmas Tree Activities for the Whole Family

I love having the Christmas tree up. When I am playing in the living room with my daughter and the lights are on the tree and Christmas music is on the radio, there is a sense of peace and...Read More »

Christmas Cookies Around the World

Christmas is celebrated in countries all over the world, but we all celebrate it a bit differently. I have always been fascinated with the various traditions and symbols of the holiday season. I even taught an entire unit...Read More »

Recognizing Veterans

As Veteran’s Day approaches, it is important to explain to kids why we spend a day recognizing our Veteran’s and honoring them for their service to our country. There are lots of great books about honoring the brave soldiers...Read More »

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

Pumpkins provide so many fun opportunities to learn and practice important skills. Plus, who doesn’t feel festive when surrounded by bright orange pumpkins? We have already visited at least one apple orchard and pumpkin patch this year, so I...Read More »

Pumpkin Learning Activities for Day and Night

I love the fall! If you regularly read the blog or follow me on social media, you may already know this since I tend to mention it a lot. I love the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. I’ve been...Read More »

You Are Wonderful

As a mother, it is so important to me that I raise my daughter to be proud of who she is. I want her to have confidence to do the things she loves and surround herself with people who...Read More »

How to Create a Special Place to Read with Your Kids

Do you have a favorite place to read? The Internet is full of amazing reading nooks and dream libraries. I find myself getting lost in the pictures dreaming of spending a day there. When it comes to getting kids...Read More »

Fun Leaf Activities That Will Get Kids Excited for Fall!

The bright and colorful leaves of fall just beg you to have fun with them! From jumping in piles of leaves to creating fun art projects, the possibilities are almost endless. I love when the trees around us start...Read More »

Testing Your Memory with George!

How’s your memory? Not going to lie, I have a pretty terrible memory about some things. I still know all the words to random TV shows from the 90s (get out of my head Fresh Prince!), but other things...Read More »

Preschool in a Box!

As a teacher and a mom, I am always looking for ways to entertain my daughter while also teaching her. I try to fill our days with various learning activities or opportunities to be creative and practice important skills....Read More »

Drifting to Sleep in the Rock-a-Bye Room

Reading together is an important part of our bedtime routine. While her routine has changed as she has grown, our reading time has remained the same. I love finding peaceful books to read to her that can help lull...Read More »

Wanted: Pet Shark

Are you a fan of sharks? Shark week has become practically a national holiday it seems. The Sharknado movies are now a franchise. Even if you haven’t seen Jaws, you know the theme song. (I actually taught my daughter...Read More »

What Makes You Laugh?

My favorite sound in the world is my daughter’s laugh. My family tends to laugh until we can’t speak, or until tears are running down our cheeks. I love that my daughter has developed this trait already. Whether she...Read More »

Boost Your Imagination!

Imagination is such an important part of childhood. Do you remember the games you used to play when you were younger? We hear a lot of parents lamenting about how they didn’t have electronics and devices to entertain them...Read More »

Cheese Tasting with Anatole & Heluva Good!

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Teaching Kids to Love Themselves with the Whale Who Wanted to Be Small!

I come from a very tall family. I am 5’10” and I am considered kind of short (at least according to my 6’3″ sister!). My sister and I have grown to be proud of our height, thanks to our...Read More »

Taking the Sting out of Mosquito Season with Learning Fun!

Summer is here, which means the bugs are out! In my family, we are pretty prone to bug bites, so mosquitoes are a big part of our summer festivities. I decided to take some of the sting out of mosquito...Read More »

Birthday Traditions to Start with Your Kids!

I loved my birthday when I was growing up. I was always a shy kid, but if there was one day when I didn’t mind the attention, it was on my birthday. My parents made our birthdays special with...Read More »

Teaching Dental Health to Kids with the Brushies!

Teaching your kids to brush their teeth can sometimes be a struggle. My daughter has gone through stages of loving to brush her teeth, and also hating it. At her first visit to the dentist, he told me that...Read More »

Hunting for Fun with the Big Honey Hunt!

When we were younger, one of the books that my sister insisted our parents read over and over again was The Big Honey Hunt by Stan and Jan Berenstain. It was her favorite book, and...Read More »

Put Down the Phone! Raising Kids in a Digital Age

Raising kids in a digital age comes with a whole new set of difficulties. From managing screen time to monitoring what kids have access to, parenting with screens can be a difficult balance. While screens may be part of...Read More »

Learning to Be Brave with the Free Rain Chickens

Sometimes as adults, we see our kids being fearless and we forget that the world can be a big scary place for them. My daughter almost never shows fear, so when she gets scared and hides behind my knee,...Read More »

Saving the Day with Nani the Brave Little Turtle

Being brave is something that we all struggle with from time to time. We tell kids to be brave whenever they encounter something new. It can be a hard thing for them to understand, but there are some great...Read More »

Learning with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

My daughter has a fascination with caterpillars lately, so we have been reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar a lot. I was very excited when the Monthly Crafting Book Club chose this book as the theme for the month!...Read More »

Teaching Old Tracks New Tricks!

Kids are full of imagination and creativity. Watch kids on Christmas morning. Boxes are almost as much fun as the toys that come in them! The great part about this creativity is that it can be harnessed to create...Read More »

Talking to Kids about Fear

Fear is something that we all have to deal with in our lives. As parents and teachers, it is important for us to help kids learn to address their fears, in order to conquer them and live their lives...Read More »

And Then It's Spring

Spring time means the dreary days of winter are behind us, and bright sunny days are ahead. I love watching flowers bloom and turn the world into a more colorful place. Today’s book and Spring activities recognize that the...Read More »

When Will it Be Spring?

Waiting for Spring to arrive can feel like it takes forever. We look for signs of Spring as soon as the temperature rises a few degrees. Today’s book is about an adorable bear who thinks he sees signs of...Read More »

What Will Grow? - Fun Seed Activities for Kids

Spring is coming! I love the spring time. The snow melts away, the flowers start to pop out of the ground and we can get outside again. Springtime feels like it is full of possibilities. We bought our house...Read More »

Learning About Rainbows with Roy G Biv the Leprechaun!

I love the colors and decorations of St. Patrick’s Day. The bright greens and golds and all of the rainbows are so bright and cheery after the dull grays of the winter months. The mischievous leprechauns and all of...Read More »

Helping Kids to Untangle Their Minds with the Tanglelows!

The human brain is a powerful and interesting thing. I took a philosophy of the mind course in college, and the idea of thinking about how and why we “think” blew my mind! (I think…. The whole class made...Read More »

Getting Down with Gerald the Giraffe!

Coming from a very tall family, giraffes have always held a special place in my heart. When the Monthly Crafting Book Club, run by Raising Fairies and Knights, selected Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, we had to rush to...Read More »

Celebrating Mardi Gras with the Bourbon Street Band!

Since my daughter was born, my parents have started a new tradition where they bring her a book from the places that they visit on their trips. They include a note about their visit and the things they saw...Read More »

Mixing it Up with the Mixed Up Chameleon!

Chameleons are awesome animals. They can blend in with their surroundings and change their appearance to suit their needs. Who doesn’t want to have that ability sometimes? The beauty of chameleons is that no matter how they change on the...Read More »

Go on an Adventure with River Rose!

On a recent visit to the library, my daughter and I discovered the book River Rose and the Magical Lullaby written by Kelly Clarkson (the singer), and she has since fallen in love with it! My daughter loves this...Read More »

Getting Through Winter with Frederick!

The long winter months can really start to get you down and make you miss the bright and sunshiny days of spring and summer. The story of Frederick by Leo Lionni combats these winter blues with bright colors and...Read More »

Celebrate Love with the Valentine Bears!

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The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting tells the...Read More »

Ladybug Girl and Bingo: A Girl and Her Dog

The relationship between a kid and a dog is a special one, illustrated throughout pop culture in books, TV shows, movies, songs and commercials. I know from watching my daughter with our own lovable dog that she adores him...Read More »

Twisting the Tongue with Fox in Socks!

Are you a fan of tongue twisting trickery and Suess related silliness? Fox in Socks is a fun read aloud for kids and adults alike. The tongue twisting trickster is a classic character for a reason! Can you beat the Fox...Read More »

Enjoying the Snowy Days!

Snowy days can be full of wonder, excitement and fun. A fresh blanket of snow makes the world seem quiet and new. Give kids the opportunity to enjoy a snowy day, whether you have snow outside or not!

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Warming Hearts and Hands with The Mitten Tree

Winter has arrived where we live. It’s time to bundle up before we go outside and play in the beautiful and fluffy snow. Today’s book gave us a chance to have some fun with the...Read More »

Red Ripe Strawberry Fun with the Little Mouse!

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Cloud Gazing Fun with The Cloud Book!

I have always loved looking at the clouds. I find them so interesting when the weather is changing and you can see a front coming in, or a snowstorm building. My daughter has recently started noticing the sun, the...Read More »

Adding Beauty to the World with Miss Rumphius

As we start the new year and leave the old behind, it is a great opportunity to make changes in our own lives and in our communities. After the holidays, it’s especially important to remind kids of their role...Read More »

Celebrate the New Year with The Night Before New Year's!

The year is coming to an end and a new one is around the corner! There are so many great ways to include kids in the New Years celebrations, and many great books to teach them about the holiday....Read More »

Sweet Treats and Gingerbread Stories!

What better way is there to bring a child’s favorite book to life than to create some delicious story inspired snacks together? The story of the Gingerbread Man is a classic tale that has been retold and adapted many...Read More »

Legend of the Poinsettia

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The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola is a beautiful...Read More »

Jingle Bells Rock!

Jingle bells are one of my favorite sounds of the season! The traditional song is one of the first carols we teach young kids (my daughter already likes yelling the “hey” part), and we introduce bells...Read More »

Learn about Elf Life with Memoirs of an Elf!

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Memoirs of an Elf by Devin Scillian follows three elves –...Read More »

Holiday Giggles with The Grinch!

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss is a holiday...Read More »

Elf Fun with the Little Christmas Elf!

There is a lot of work that goes into all the fun and festive activities during the holiday season. Get kids in on the action with these fun elf activities and an adorable read aloud that teaches an important...Read More »

Games & Fun with the Gingerbread Baby!

The smell of gingerbread is such a pleasant part of the holiday season. The cheerful decorating of houses, people and animals made out of the sweet dough is another fun tradition for many families. The sweet and spicy smell...Read More »

Ride into the Holidays with the Polar Express!

Do you have a story from your childhood that brings back memories or feelings of a special time? There are lots of fantastic Christmas books out there which take me right back to my childhood Christmases. Today’s book is...Read More »

Celebrating The Night Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I was a picky eater growing up, so my love of the holiday had more to do with the traditions and the family time than the food. My mom loves to entertain,...Read More »

Celebrate a Cranberry Thanksgiving!

Cranberries always make me think of the holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are a part of lots of meals, decorations and traditions. I was excited when I found this book which gave me the opportunity to...Read More »

Turkey Fun for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! I love all of the adorable turkey decorations around the holiday, and they inspired me to have some fun with today’s hilarious read aloud about a tricky...Read More »

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is something that I want to ensure I teach to my daughter. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to start a tradition of gratitude and thankfulness. There are lots of great books to help teach kids about...Read More »

Fun with Franklin for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, gratitude and delicious foods. My parents have always had an open door policy for our holiday meals, believing that anyone who doesn’t have a place to go has a place at our...Read More »

Plump and Perky Turkey Fun!

When it comes to getting a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you probably just stop by your local grocery store or farm. For the people living in one little town, getting a turkey is much more difficult!

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Scary Fun with the Monster at the End of this Book!

Are your kids afraid of monsters? My daughter recently decided that she is scared of monsters. She only mentions it right before bed, and she doesn’t seem too frightened when she talks about it. To head off any later...Read More »

Growing with the Apple Pie Tree!

I start looking forward to fall about halfway though the summer. I love going apple picking, drinking cider, baking pies, wearing cozy sweaters and watching football. Today’s book goes along with my love of all things apple and autumn...Read More »

Fly Swatter Fun with the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is a classic song that has been retold in story form many times. There are many popular versions available with different illustration styles. The bestselling Old Lady series by Lucille Colandro has many spin...Read More »

Stop, Drop and Roll Your Way to Fire Safety!

Fire safety is an important topic to discuss with kids of all ages. You want them to know what to do in an emergency,  but you don’t want to scare them into worrying all the time. The book Stop, Drop...Read More »

Join in the Great Gracie Chase!

The Great Gracie Chase: Stop that Dog! is a story by Cynthia Rylant about an adorable dog named Gracie who gets out of the house and starts to run. The painters in the house start chasing her and soon...Read More »

Celebrating the Moon's Birthday!

Happy Birthday Moon is a classic story by Frank Asch about a bear who wants to celebrate the Moon’s birthday. He travels up to the mountains to talk to the moon and when he hears his voice echoing back...Read More »

Hanging Out with Harry the Dirty Dog

Are you looking for a way to talk to your kids about making good choices? The classic story of Harry the Dirty Dog gives parents an opportunity to talk to kids about the choices they make, while having lots...Read More »

Make Learning Pop with Popcorn!

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Learning Life Skills with Corduroy!

Corduroy is the beloved tale of a stuffed bear in a store who wants to be purchased by a little kid and given a home. When a little girl wants to take him home, her mother points out that he...Read More »

Learning with the Vanishing Pumpkin!

Halloween is the season for tricks, treats and creepy characters. Today’s book has all of these, and inspires lots of pumpkin activities and learning fun!

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Help Kids Learn to Face Their Fears!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything written by Linda D. Williams tells the story of a little old lady who refuses to let fear get in her way. It is an entertaining read about facing fears,...Read More »

I Do Like Green Eggs and Ham!

Who doesn’t like Green Eggs and Ham? It is a classic Dr. Seuss story about not making judgements. The main character declares that he DOES NOT like green eggs and ham, but Sam-I-Am insists that he will like them if...Read More »

Take a Trip to Pumpkin Town!

Fall means it is time for the harvest season. Pumpkins, apples, vegetables and more will be ripe for the picking. I always enjoy checking out the produce available this time of year at our local orchards and farmer’s markets....Read More »

Llama Llama Learning!

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney is currently my 15 month old daughter’s favorite book. We read it at least 3 or 4 times a day. It is a quick story with a nice rhyming pattern, so it is...Read More »

Prepare for Winter with Hibernation Fun!

Winter means that it is hibernation season. While bears and animals prepare for the colder weather, those of us in cold climates prepare to do the same. Warm clothes, blankets and days spent inside are ahead of us. Today...Read More »

If You Give a Pig a Pancake, You May Learn Something!

Who doesn’t love pancakes? The delicious breakfast treat can provide a lot of great ways to get kids excited about learning! Since my daughter has become a pancake fan, today’s book was a great way to practice some important...Read More »

Sharing Love With The Kissing Hand

The start of a new school year can be difficult for both parents and kids. For children starting school for the first time, it can be hard to be away from the parents they have spent most of their...Read More »

Letter Recognition with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Do you have a book from childhood that you remember word for word? The text or the illustrations jumped out at you, or you have a fond memory attached to it. Some of these books stick with us until...Read More »

Sight Words with Strega Nona

A big bowl of steaming pasta and a little old lady with a magic touch. That combination provides comfort and a bit of nostalgia to many. Tomie dePaola recognizes this and created Strega Nona, a little old woman who...Read More »