Author Archives: Karyn Rufus

FEATURED BOOK: Bloom – A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Little Fun Club Bloom
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

Easy Readers: The Transition from Picture Books to Chapter Books

Easy Readers: Maisie HitchinsThe 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.

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Anthropomorphism in Children’s Literature


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.

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10 Books for Bedtime in our Boxes

PJsLet’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!

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