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Reading Aloud: Why You Shouldn’t Stop Until your Child is Twelve

When our children are little we spend a lot of time coming up with activities to keep them busy: open air long strolls, parks and playgrounds, play dates, story times, etc. But as they grow life takes over and some of these fade away, some get replaced by soccer practice or baseball or both. As they start school the reading and story time become a distant memory. This seems to be a natural flow of things, since they start reading on their own and school already has some reading requirements (not enough if you ask us, but that’s a whole different blog post). Continue reading

4 Creative Reasons People are Signing Up!

4 Creative Reasons People Signing Up We are constantly amazed at people’s creativity! Our subscribers are parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends. Some are looking to build a library for the children in their lives, other’s are looking to expose their children to new reading materials, and even more are trying to form a routine of reading with the kids. Recently, we’ve had a few people sign up with us with some very different reasons to subscribe and we thought we would share them! Continue reading

This is What We Do

There are days in the office when you can feel that the excitement of everybody involved is through the roof. Today is one of those days and we thought that we should, from time to time, share that excitement with our readers and followers and try to involve all of you in this, since you are already a big source of that excitement.

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Easy Readers: The Transition from Picture Books to Chapter Books

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.

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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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We Don’t Fit in a Box – Chicago Book Expo

Book Expo America 2016We were at the Book Expo in Chicago about a month ago and among a lot of the things that we realized while roaming around the halls of McCormick Place filled with a lot of exciting books, authors, writers, illustrators, was that we don’t fit in the box of the book industry. We’re neither a bookstore, nor a retailer, nor a librarian, nor a museum store and the list goes on and on. WE don’t fit in a box. How’s that for irony? Continue reading