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One Good Book Can Spark a Lifetime of Reading


October 31, 2019

I was casually looking through my home library to pick out a few Halloween books for my Kindergarten classes and found myself in an emotional meltdown.  The books sent me back to those cozy autumn evenings when my kids were little, curled up with books and blankets. Al...

May 10, 2019

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen, takes Fixer Upper to a whole new level. It's a creative book that dives into the world of limitless architecture. Told in rhyme, a boy's vision runs wild with only a piece of paper and pencil.  The boxy, boring, and basically blan...

April 26, 2019

If you're a baseball fan, you won't want to miss the amazing opportunity that is taking place in Pittsburgh next week. But before I get into the details, I want to take a minute to share the book Dugout Devotions by Del Duduit.

The book shares 30 da...

February 28, 2019

Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist are three characters on the STEM picture book scene, instilling the wonder of exploration and problem solving in kids nationwide. Written by Andrea Beaty, these books have great hooks and vintage illustrations. Not only do they ta...

January 8, 2019

If you like teaching lessons in fable form, What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada is the book for you. This is a story that both young and old can relate to. Facing the struggles we have with our ideas, including the fear of rejection, this book shares a common t...

November 29, 2018

When my kids were toddlers, Christmas was so much fun. My husband and I would spend a December evening at Toys R Us, filling our buggies with toys, toys, and more toys.  On Christmas morning, the kids would wake us up around 6 am and with each neatly wrapped gift they...

November 19, 2018

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is the current educational push these days. According to research, the STEM occupations are on the rise while the number of STEM graduates remains the same. The result? A high demand for STEM graduates in the workforce....

October 19, 2018

I'm always trying to find good books for my nine year-old. He's an athletic kid with a healthy, competitive spirit. He doesn't care about being the star. His heart is all about the team, rooting for every teammate no matter the performance or outcome. I love that about...

September 21, 2018

Picture Book Biographies are not what they used to be. Dry, factual, information and photos have been replaced with engaging, fun, and creative illustrations that portray the most fascinating people. I don't know about you, but I want my kids to be well-rounded and kno...

September 4, 2018

With summer coming to an end, it's time to get ready for fall. Light an apple-cinnamon candle, soak in a view of the green outdoors, brew a cup of something yummy, and grab a bag of books. Below are some of my recent favorites that won't leave any family member behind....

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