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Getting Far Away with a Good Book

Jul
17
2008

Having spent a couple years in Boston during graduate school, one of my favorite books that always brings me back to Beantown is Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings . My toddler and preschooler can never get enough of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and I'm always willing to read it because there's something magical about the story, with its charcoal illustrations and the tale of the pair of ducks ... Read more >

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free books for Herndon kids

Oct
9
2008

Do you live in Herndon? Do you have kids under five? Well then, Dolly Parton wants to send you free books! No, really. It's called Imagination Library , and if you live in Herndon or one of the 731 other participating communities in the U.S. and Canada they, in cooperation with a local sponsor, will send your child a new free book every month until they turn five. Their ... Read more >

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A Good Book Lasts Forever

Nov
3
2008

We read a lot around here. In fact, our collection of books spans six rooms in our house and is slightly embarrassing, if you want to know the truth. The children, of course, contribute their fair share to the piles of bound paper lying around. One of my favorite parts about reading to my kids is sharing books that I remember my parents reading to me. Here are a few of my favorites that I ... Read more >

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Chapter Books for Preschoolers

Nov
13
2008

My three-year-old loves to read chapter books, I think they make her feel very grown up. We tried a few of the learn to read types, but the books she really enjoys are the full-length books geared to kids much older than her. I was skeptical when we started, thinking there was no way she would sit still and pay attention, but she does and can recite details of the stories and incorporate ... Read more >

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Five for Tuesday - Tickling your Funny Bone

Nov
18
2008

We all know that a preschooler's sense of humor can leave something to be desired. A great joke around here is along the lines of identifying orange as pink or declaring that a dog says moo. So here are a few books that my preschooler finds hilarious - and there are even a couple that amuse me too. If you Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff. If you give a pig a pancake, he'll ... Read more >

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Favorite Bedtime Reads

Nov
17
2008

Our bedtime ritual is always the same- bath, jammies, tooth brushing, and a game we like to call Library of Congress for our 2 year old who loves to read almost every book in his room at bedtime. While he loves to read books like Eating the Alphabet, stories of diggers and construction sites, he always ends up choosing many of the bedtime themed stories right before falling asleep. What's on ... Read more >

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Tuesday List: Funny Faves

Nov
18
2008

A book that can generate a good laugh is always a keeper. Here are my picks for the 2-6 year old set, beginning with funny books for the younger ones and progressing to one of my favorite humorous chapter books: Hippos Go Berserk - One hippo all alone, calls 2 hippos on the phone... Hippos show up overdressed, with a guest, in a sack, and sneaking in the back until all the hippos go berserk at ... Read more >

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Madam President

Nov
20
2008

At my house, we are still spending a lot of time talking about the recent election. Once we covered who the president was and where he lives, we started getting questions about what, exactly, the president does. At first, saying "Oh, he's the boss of the country" was good enough, but lately I've been getting pressed for specifics. Which is why I was thrilled to discover Madam President by ... Read more >

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Great Books for Preschoolers

Nov
24
2008

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you have a preschooler on your gift list you might want to consider one of these books: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes . A family favorite - wonderfully illustrated and lots of fun to read. Reading can often lead to discussions of imagination, perception, and how things are not always as they seem. Or, ... Read more >

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Favorite Christmas Books

Dec
11
2008

I have to hide our Christmas books in the dark corners of a closet in order to avoid being forced by my daughter to read them to her daily all year long. Now that I have liberated them from their off-season exile, here are a few of the Christmas books that we have in heavy rotation. Olivia helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer. Olivia is always a hit and is a good role ... Read more >

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More Books for Preschoolers

Dec
4
2008

It was rainy here on Sunday morning, so I took a chance and hit the stores to do some Christmas shopping. And I got lucky everywhere I went was deserted. That may not happen again before the holidays though, so if you are still looking for gifts, check out a few of these easily-shipped books: Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer . I can't begin to count the number of times my ... Read more >

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You Can Never Have too Many Books

Dec
9
2008

I know, I know, I keep recommending books! But we spend a lot of our time reading books (or eating them, babies love paper), and I just can't help myself. Here are a few more suggestions of books to share with the kids in your life. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French . I think this book is pretty funny, but my three year old doesn't quite get it. She does like the illustrations though and ... Read more >

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Book Review: Showdown at the Food Pyramid by Rex Barron

Jan
9
2009

My preschooler isn't much of an eater, and never has been. She could live happily on pasta, crackers and grapes and has mastered a look of abject horror that she breaks out whenever someone suggests that she sample a food outside her comfort zone. In looking for ways to gently help her expand her dining repertoire, I recently picked up a copy of Showdown at the Food Pyramid by Rex Barron. ... Read more >

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Leticia

Leticia never had any inkling that she would end up in the DC Metro Area but now finds herself loving everything about living here except Beltway traffic. Born and raised in Northern California's Silicon Valley, this Bay Area native spent 6 years as a New Englander and then moved to the DC Metro Area to be closer to her now-husband and teach for a local school system. By day, Leticia spends...Read more >

Beth Hoffman

Beth is a former corporate flunky turned corporate drop-out and now spends most of her time chasing her two kids; princess-obsessed brand-new preschooler, Mia, and food-obsessed chubbiest baby you've ever seen, Owen. She's a 30-year resident of Northern Virginia and enjoys dragging her kids to all the same places her parents used to drag her....Read more >

Kwanzaa Traditions with Children

Dec
23
2014

At this dark time of year, we can't get enough of celebrating light. Friday will mark the beginning of Kwanzaa, another occasion for bringing families together by candlelight. Our focus on the creation and nurturing of family rituals this month makes us especially interested in the origins of the modern ...Read more >

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