February 2014

Who Doesn’t Love Animals?

by On February 28, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

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This week’s fresh crop of books features stories about animals. In no particular order, we’ve got horses, sea otters, roosters, penguins, bunnies, dogs and dragons (ok, maybe dragons aren’t real, but neither are talking bunnies). We think the illustrations in this week’s set are particularly great; we hope you enjoy them too!

Lastly, don’t forget, March is <a href="http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm">National Reading Month</a> — so cuddle up with your little ones and read!

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4 Reasons Why Mystery Readers Rock

by On February 19, 2014 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

Can kids guess the mystery reader?  Credit: wintersixfour@morguefile.com

Can kids guess the mystery reader?
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Last week, I stood with my daughter outside her first-grade classroom, waiting with other kids and parents for the door to open.  But since it was Mystery Reader Friday, the kids were also busy staring at parents, giggling and speculating. Which parent was going to secretly wait outside while the kids settled in, then reappear at the door as The Mystery Reader?

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Parent Spotlight: Jay and Scott

by On February 12, 2014 in General, Reading

Jay and Scott, parents of two Bookboard fans

Jay and Scott, parents of two Bookboard fans

Meet San Francisco Bay Area parents Jay and Scott! They kindly agreed to share some of their family reading experiences with daughter Gracie, age 5 and son Austin, age 3.

 

Q: Help us picture the reading scene in your home.?

Jay:? Scott does the nightly reading with both kids. Gracie likes to do daily reading as well. When she was little, she always loved to read. With Austin, not so much yet, but we have a routine; at nighttime, he lets us read to him.

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Cheetah Love: More Than Critter Couture

by On February 4, 2014 in Childrens Books, General, Holidays, Reading

She loves cheetah prints for a reason! Credit: Diana Dull Akers

She loves cheetah prints for a reason!
Credit: Diana Dull Akers

If you’re the parent of a young girl, you’ve probably noticed that cheetah, leopard and zebra print designs are everywhere on kids’ clothing, backpack and shoes. I’ve never been a fan of the animal print look, but my 6-year old Hope assures me it is “definitely cool” to be sporting spots and stripes at school. And for her, the cheetah print reigns supreme.

What makes me smile is that my kid’s love for cheetah couture is not fueled by a goal of being cool or fashion forward. Nope, Hope’s inspiration comes from her love of actual cheetahs, a passion inspired by books and educational programming.

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