If you don’t know Elsa Schiaparelli, Bloom is the perfect way to discover her. Elsa was a fashion designer who defied the idea of the day (1920’s) that women’s fashion had to be plain and unassuming. Our featured book for best books for Ages 6 to 8 is Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear (Author), Julie Morstad (Illustrator). As you turn the pages you realize just how her bold and playful imagination translated into bold and playful fashion statements! Continue reading
In celebration of Independence Day, we are featuring I AM George Washington and I AM Abraham Lincoln. Both these men have led the charge to change during their time. Washington had the courage to do what had not been done before, and Lincoln spoke up for others! Continue reading
The best books take you on a journey and change your life a little bit! Our featured book for best books for Ages 4 to 7 is The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton that manages to tug at the heart-strings by doing just that - we follow the journey of a personifying little family cottage all through her lifetime.
Reading doesn’t begin and end with words. Therapists and Educators use visual-only aids to elicit responses from pre-readers, reluctant, or struggling readers. However, with the climbing popularity of the wordless picture book, the genre has been opened up to more than just the beginners.
The ages between 6 and 8 are generally considered the transition age in the reading world. The child will jump from picture books to easy readers. Easy Readers have a combination of illustration and text - usually the font is larger than longer chapter books. The stories have chapters and are much longer than picture books, so it’s highly unlikely that it will be completed in one sitting. Easy readers and abridged versions are also a great way to introduce classic literature to younger kids. Make time for continued reading and remind the child what the story is, as you continue reading.
There are childhood stories that live wildly in our imagination even now! We are always on the lookout for classic books that we can include in our boxes so that you can enjoy introducing your favorite stories and characters to your children.
Here are a selection of a few titles that we have and continue to include in our boxes:
With the success of films like Finding Nemo, Zootopia, The Secret Lives of Pets, it’s obvious that children respond positively to stories that involve animals in human settings and roles. Several well-known children’s stories (Aesop’s Fables, Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, etc), use this device to provide a narrative that teaches important lessons and leaves room for children to ask questions.
On July 31st, amidst much excitement, J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This would be the 8th installment in the series of books about the title character and his friends. This time, it’s not even a novel. It is a script for a stage play that has been running in London!
Let’s be real - getting kids to go to sleep can be a nightmare sometimes! Creating a ritual of reading a story or a familiar bedtime book can make the whole ordeal more than pleasant. It could become something both you and your child look forward to. Of course, you can read any book or story at bedtime but why not pick one’s that are geared towards sleeping - bedtime books that mention sleeping, bedtime, lullabies, and good night rituals may be more helpful than you realize!