Maybe you and your kids have made it through all of our 100 Books to Read Before They Grow Up. Or maybe when you get to the library none of them are available. What to do? Below are our suggestions for ten slightly offbeat favorites from our bookshelves. When Dinosaurs Came.... read more
Sure, Dr. Seuss' birthday was just a few short days ago, but do you really have to read Green Eggs and Ham again? If, like mine, your family's copy of Goodnight Moon disappeared under somewhat suspicious circumstances (like, say, parents who can't bear to read it one more .... read more
This week, we're taking a look at some of our favorite articles from the past year. This article was originally published in September 2010. Preschoolers are known to be quite intense in their likes and dislikes, most especially when it comes to colors. We could get very th.... read more
If there is one thing that kids love, it's a good pirate tale. But who can blame them? With their mischief-making, treasure-hunting, and sea-faring adventures, the pirate life can sound like a pretty sweet gig to a kid dealing with bedtimes, vegetable dinners, and homework to.... read more
I purchased a set of Magna-Tiles a few years ago for my oldest, who was 5 years old at the time. She was fascinated with them and worked to replicate some of the patterns in the included booklet along with making her own creative structures. She loved them. Magna-Tiles are .... read more
In Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Anna Dewdney takes parents to a place we have all been. A meltdown in a big box store! She truly understands the mind of a toddler as Mama Llama deals with Llama not enjoying the day out running errands and taking care of business. If you have a .... read more
Somewhere along the way, my kids' delight in nursery rhymes and classic verses of childhood disintegrated into a jaded "poems are boring" attitude. Fortunately, I've revived their interest and appreciation of poetry with the book For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your F.... read more
The best family board games are those that include multi-age players, hold the interest of kids and adults alike, and keep everyone on their toes. Max the Cat by Family Pastimes is all of those things and more. Players put Max on his rug on the front porch, then place thre.... read more
Sometimes even the littlest among us can makes the biggest difference, and teamwork is most certainly the best way to accomplish anything that seems insurmountable. In The Enormous Carrot, Vladimir Vagin depicts these themes with rich language, a variety of characters and repe.... read more
To Margie Palatini, "silliness is serious business." All of her books have to pass her son's giggle test. She loves to write silly books knowing they make children across the country laugh out loud. Piggie Pie certainly passes the giggle test. Gritch the Witch wakes up one .... read more
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