For Families

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began 67 years ago to help kids who needed more than candy. Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” They have helped to raise … Continue reading

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandra

In a Halloween-themed twist on the classic Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, the old lady manages to swallow a bat, owl, cat, ghost, goblin, and even a wizard. If you enjoy this book, be sure to also find and … Continue reading

Linus in the Pumpkin Patch

Kids color “Linus in the Pumpkin Patch” Continue reading

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Now that we have entered the era of female superheroes with the success of Wonder Woman, there’s a character in the children’s book world who mirrors this genesis. Princess Magnolia wears pink dresses and glass slippers, sips tea and eats … Continue reading

Back-to-School Tips

Easy ways to make it a successful year. The long and lazy summer has come to an end and everything changes in your home. Here’s some tips to help ease the transition: The night before is the time to prepare … Continue reading

How to Raise a Reader

READ TOGETHER Choose a book to read together. By reading it together, you have the opportunity to explain more complicated words and expand your child’s reading vocabulary. Or just start a conversation around the topic. BOOKS EVERYWHERE Put books everywhere! … Continue reading

Amelia Bedelia By Peggy Parish

When I was teaching third grade, any book about Amelia Bedelia was a class favorite. There are 41 books in the series and most can be found at the library. Check out a bunch and read aloud. I guarantee you … Continue reading

Big News for Better Learning

Newspapers in the home boost academic achievement! Looking for ways to help your child succeed in school? A subscription to your local newspaper is one great way to give your students an academic edge. Research shows that students who attend … Continue reading

Back to School Night is a Big Deal!

Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their school experience. Attending back-to-school night at the start of the school year is a great way to get to know your child’s teacher and to understand your child’s day-to-day … Continue reading

Growing a Reader

Like learning how to play a guitar or swing a bat, learning how to read takes practice. The more a child reads, the better he/she gets. It’s that simple. Along the way, young readers need coaches, like you the parent! … Continue reading