(The December 2020 “Fire and Ice” RABC will be available for purchase on 12/7) Welcome to the 11th installment of the Build Your Library Read Aloud Book Club! The November 2020 theme is “Back to the Drawing Board!“ This month’s selection is art-themed! It’s a wonderful story about friendship, magic, and art! The perfect read-aloud … Continue reading "Purchase: Read Aloud Book Club Pack"
Can you believe it’s almost fall? In some ways, it feels as if time doesn’t really exist in 2020. Wasn’t June just yesterday? But where we live the air is already starting to grow cooler. Before you know it, the leaves will start to change into beautiful shades of gold and brown and spooky Halloween … Continue reading "Fall 2020 Releases You and Your Children Should Look Out For!"
Maurice Sendak is widely considered to be one of the most important children’s book authors and illustrators of the 20th century. And though he died in 2012 at the age of 83, today would be his 91st birthday! Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 to Polish-Jewish immigrants and grew up in Brooklyn. He … Continue reading "Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!"
What makes a good summer read? Is it a book that takes place during the summer months? One that evokes the feeling of freedom and fun that summer captures? Maybe it’s a book that takes place at your favorite summer destination, a travel story, or a fluffy beach read. Because of COVID-19, summer vacations … Continue reading "10 Books to Read For a Summer Escape!"
Recently, we wrote a blog post about Homeschool Tips for Traditionally Non-Homeschooling Families. In that article, I discussed how to school your children at home during the COVID-19 quarantine while normal technological advances still exist. You can still order books from Amazon or your favorite independent bookstore. You can still research topics on Google and … Continue reading "Apocalypse Schooling"
Googly eyes make everything better. We have always had odd household items decorated with googly eyes. We have spice jars in the cupboard with googly eyes. Our Amazon Echo is adorned with googly eyes. The step-open garbage can in our kitchen has googly eyes on top of it. Even our Christmas tree has a set … Continue reading "Project: Googly Eyes on Book Covers"
What, it’s daylight savings time again already? Though depending on where you live it may still feel like the depths of winter, we’re finally starting to see a glimmer of spring on the horizon! The air is growing warmer, the flowers and leaves are blooming, and the world is becoming colorful again! What’s a better … Continue reading "Spring 2020 Book Releases You and Your Children Should Look Out For!"
In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to again recommend some favorite books that deal with civil rights and famous African Americans. Each Wednesday throughout the month of February I will share a selected book on our Build Your Library Facebook page. Here is the recap as it unfolds: 2/5/2020: My first … Continue reading "Black History Month Book Recommendations 2020"
Yesterday I shared some holiday gift ideas with a Language Arts theme. Today, I’ll give you some great science-themed gift ideas. Science can be so much fun, what kid doesn’t want to discover how the world works? Every child has a million and one questions about everything – give them the right tools and they … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – Science Edition"
The holidays are nearly upon us, Christmas is right around the corner! I’ve started my shopping, and as I was planning out what my children will be receiving, I thought it might be fun and helpful to share some ideas here with you. I like to try and find interesting, and sneakily educational gifts for … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – Language Arts Edition"