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That Miraculous Morning

 You know the mornings that I’m talking about. The people that wake up to no alarm, the sun is shining and look pretty happy. There might be some kids strewn about, but really, who doesn’t have that? But after they wake up and smell that coffee (always Folgers) and enjoy together, it’s pure bliss. There […]

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Storytime Favorites: 12 Toddler-Approved Books

Storytime Favorites: 12 Toddler-Approved Books

I’m an avid reader, and it’s extremely important to me that my children grow up to value books and reading as well. I have tried to nurture a love for reading in my son Jona since he was a baby, however, now that he’s at an age where he can sit through a story and […]

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15 Values-Led Books for Pre-Schoolers

Finding the holy grail of stories that feature good principles, prose and pictures for preschoolers isn’t easy. I’ve spent time trawling the library and internet, so you don’t have to. I’m an English literature major. About the only thing my degree qualified me for was reading aloud to children. Fortunately, I love this. I may suck […]

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10 Best Halloween Books for kids

10 Best Halloween Books for Kids

Is it just me or does having kids suddenly make you as giddy as, well, a kid, when it comes to Halloween? I’m that crazy mom that scours stores for the perfect skeleton pajamas, frequents the Target dollar spot to stock up on festive “necessities,” and brainstorms clever costume ideas while laying in bed at night. (They’re still considered clever if […]

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Help Needed

Having twins is crazy, mesmerizing, beautiful and unexplainable. Also, overwhelmingly hard. You work constantly, as a mother, to make sure each individual boy knows how very unique and special he is. All the while knowing how many countless ways they are very much the same. Same birthday. Same gender. Same wiggly teeth. Same hair. Same […]

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Bridging the Summer Learning Gap

You know the old adage, “practice makes perfect”? Did you know it’s not actually true? Practice does not make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect. In the education world, we prefect the phrase, “practice makes permanent.” Did you know that students can lose up to 2 months of grade level equivalency in math and reading over […]

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Books for Moms: Motherhood Memoirs

There are all sorts of books targeted specifically at moms. You can simply conduct a quick Amazon search on “best books for moms” and marvel at the variety. (I mean… wow.) In my early days of parenting, the only mom books I read were of the how to genre; you know, “how get your kid […]

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Tis the Season for Holiday Books

With the holiday season upon us, we remember the joy and magic of holiday books! It might be the characters in the classic Little Golden Books like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, or The Night Before Christmas. Polar Express holds a special place in my heart. For the preschooler and toddler in my life, […]

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Utilizing Your Local Library

Where can you snag a copy of the latest movie release, catch a performance by Paul Mesner puppets (for FREE), and research an upcoming family vacation … all on the same day? Why, your local public library, of course! Since becoming a mom, I have discovered what some have known for YEARS! Your local library […]

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Diversify Your Bookshelf!

A few weeks ago, I wrote this post on talking to your kids about race. In it, I mentioned that one of the best ways you can introduce diversity into your home is through books – and today, I have a few of our favorite titles to share with you. Even though there is a huge […]

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A Teacher’s Top Three Tips for Summer Learning

No more teachers, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks … As a former elementary teacher, I know full well how this rings true in many households come summer’s arrival, the hooting, the hollering, the celebration cartwheels … and sometimes the children join in. However, after sitting through hundreds of parent-teacher conferences each fall, I also […]

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Raising a super reader

We started reading to our son, Henry, when he was in utero; I diligently read black and white books like I was told to do in those first few months of his life. Now that he’s a little person who has his own ideas about whether he’d like to read a book or grind Play-Doh into […]

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