For Families

Editor’s Picks for January 2018

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Continue reading

Saving Smarts

Start teaching your kids about saving as soon as they have a regular income—i.e. an allowance. Help them understand that all the money they receive is not for spending immediately on candy, toys or games. To help teach kids about … Continue reading

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Frindle is a book about a young boy who invents a word. That may not sound like a great premise for a book – but I can assure you it is. This was a favorite read aloud in my third-grade … Continue reading

Have Fun With Words!

Enjoying words and language expands a child’s vocabulary. A strong vocabulary is the basis of a lifelong love of learning that fosters communication and reading ability. Have some fun with words around your house. Here are some ideas: For one … Continue reading

Holiday Gathering Fun Facts Game

Holiday gatherings are a chance for children to learn about their family history and even get information about how historical events have impacted their families. It is a time to foster conversations that promote family bonding as well as support … Continue reading

Thank You First Responders

We received lots and lots of beautiful artwork created by our readers thanking first responders. Continue reading

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Everyone is a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these “upside- down puppets”? In Melissa Sweet’s award-winning … Continue reading

Half Empty of Half Full?

Some people hate rainy weather. They complain about it and grumble beneath their umbrella. But other people enjoy the rain, knowing it provides fresh water, wildflowers in the spring, fills rivers and lakes. It’s all a matter of one’s attitude. … Continue reading

Making Hand Washing Fun

With the cold and flu season here, it is very important to talk with kids about why washing their hands matters. But they probably think that it’s BORING. To make it more fun, learn the Kid Scoop Scrub Squad Sing-a-Long … Continue reading

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