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Kids

Serious fun for K-3 readers

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerK-3Reading By Sheri Boggs If you’re a parent or teacher of a grade schooler, you’ve probably heard the term “summer slide,” sometimes also called “summer learning loss.” Summer slide refers to what happens to student brains when they are inactive over the three months of summer vacation. Although kids are getting a much needed break, they […]

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The dirt on gardening with kids

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_TheDirt By Rachel Edmondson I feel the need to start with a disclaimer: I do not have a green thumb. Nowhere close to it. That said, we have a small, raised garden bed in our backyard, and each year we’ve attempted to grow a few vegetables with varying success. Before our kids came into our life, […]

Board books you’re bound to love

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_BoardBooks By Sheri Boggs Board books are undeservedly one of the most easily dismissed formats in all of children’s literature. With their chunky spines and thick, laminated pages, they’re designed to withstand the worst a baby can deliver, from a good, saliva-drenched gumming to being hurled from a high chair. They’re short by necessity—most around […]

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Fourth graders explore our U.S. National Parks for free

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_4thGradersUSParksFree By Rachel Edmondson There is a growing body of research indicating the importance of spending time in nature. In his book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit.” Louv asserts that our technology-centric world has led to kids spending less and less time outdoors enjoying nature. He directly links this “nature-d […]

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4 New picture books about love

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_4PictureBooks_Love By Sheri Boggs My favorite kinds of picture books about love are the ones that transcend romance and/or Valentine’s Day to say something far broader and universal about love, affection, friendship, and family. Here are some fresh new arrivals that do exactly that: The Most Wonderful Thing in the World By Vivian French; Illustrated by Angela […]

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5 Great kid reads for Black History Month

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_5KidsBooks_BHM By Sheri Boggs Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is celebrated in the United States during the month of February. While the holiday is sometimes criticized for reducing the history of an entire race to just one month, it can also be a useful time to recognize and honor black achievements throughout American histor […]

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What does it mean to be human?

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_WhatDoesItMeanToBeHuman By Gwendolyn Haley When we talk about the things that makes us human, we might start with our ability to reason, to love, to show compassion, to have faith. At the most fundamental level, the things that make us human start with the DNA in our cells. When I was a kid in the 1980s, […]

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Holiday gift guide: Great kid books for all ages

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_GiftGuide By Sheri Boggs The winter gift-giving season is almost upon us, so I thought I’d share some recent releases that would be perfect for giving to the young people in your life! From picture books to nonfiction to middle grade chapter books, there’s something here, I hope, for everyone. And if not, leave a comment and I’ll […]

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4 Things to consider before letting your preschooler use a tablet

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ToddlerTablet By Gwendolyn Haley I admit it was a rookie mistake. I had just upgraded my smartphone but all the apps were still loaded on my old phone. I thought my then 5-year-old would enjoy playing some of her games on it during a family car trip. After putting it in airplane mode, I passed the phone […]

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You don’t have to be a kid to love these picture books

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_AdultPictureBooks By Kelsey Hudson Although I am an adult (allegedly), I spend enough time working with children that it’s safe to say my personal taste is a bit more child-like than most. I love that part of my job entails digging through picture books for storytime, school visits, and other occasions. Every once in awhile though, […]

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