Helping children connect and engage with stories is a valuable component of the reading process. One way to foster connections is to tie a story to a related activity. This allows children to understand the story at a deeper level through experiences and connections in their own lives. Fizzy painting is a great activity for kids of all ages that involves plenty of creativity and science. Children are able to explore chemical reactions and play with color mixing and design. We
Going back to school often brings about complicated feelings in teens, whether that be the excitement of seeing friends and classmates, the anxiety of moving to a new school, or the anticipation of starting classes. We know that not all kids feel the same way about starting the school year. Books are a great way to create community and help kids feel less alone. The recommendations below encompass what it means to be an adolescent and the ups and downs that come with it (and
The first few weeks back to school are hugely important when it comes to building relationships and nurturing classroom culture and community. Each classroom on the first day of school is full of students harboring every emotion imaginable. It feels impossible to meet the needs of everyone, and yet, it’s what's tasked to educators every day, all year long, and the stakes are especially high at the beginning of the year. We believe that the right book has the power to draw in
Reading with your baby can have long-term and profound impacts on growth and development as well as deepening relationships and connections. Research shows that benefits of reading with your baby start right away, so incorporating reading into your daily routine is key. Keeping in mind that all reading and exposure to language is beneficial, we want to share some of our favorite tips and suggestions for creating a routine and environment that your baby will love. You can find
Children's books documenting the changing of the seasons bring so much joy into classrooms and homes. Both kids and grown-ups often look forward to what a new season may bring- new activities, foods, celebrations and so much more. Enjoy these videos of book recommendations celebrating seasons. You can find all these recommendations on our Bookshop page.
Picture books celebrating all types of families are some of our favorites to share. We know that it can be incredibly meaningful for children to see families that look and act like theirs, as well as ones that don’t. In the videos below, we make a number of recommendations honoring caregivers, family members and intergenerational relationships. You can find all these recommendations on our Bookshop page.