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10 Ways to Teach Your Child to Read

  • Read to your child every day!
  • Ask your child questions before, during, and after reading.
  • Let your child see you reading.
  • Look for letters while out and about and in the environment around you.
  • When teaching letters and letter sounds, incorporate as many senses as possible.
  • Read a variety of books and make a game out of guessing the genre.
  • Have fun rhyming!
  • Work on letter sounds and manipulating them within words (phonemic awareness)
  • Encourage your child to sound out short words (consonant, vowel, consonant).
  • Practice memorizing a few sight words each day.
  • Most of all, have fun together!

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4 Picture Books to Be Excited About in 2015

Here are just a few picture books I am excited to read in 2015. What’s on your reading list?

I Wish You More

I Wish You More is about all those big and little wishes you hope for the ones you love.

Available March 31, 2015

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt gives us a peek into the spring goings-on both above and below the dirt as a garden is started. The book is a great introduction to the science of nature and seasonal changes. Perfect for gardening fans and kids who ask all those "what/where/how" questions about nature.

Available March 3, 2015


In Aqualicious, Pinkalicious and her family take a trip to the beach where she finds a mini-mermaid named Aqua. Fans of the other Pinkalicious adventures are sure to enjoy the newest in the series!

Available March 3, 2015

Click, Clack, Peep!

Click, Clack, Peep! is the newest adventure on Farmer Brown's farm. But this time, it isn't Duck who's causing all the problems -- it's a new duckling who just can't go to sleep! Kids will enjoy all the ways that everyone pitches in to get the babies to sleep if anyone else on the farm wants to get any shut-eye.

Available February 10, 2015

How Do Kids Learn to Read?

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Tips for Creating an Inviting Reading Space

Don’t know what to do with all the books your family received over the Holidays? Create a cozy reading space, nook, or cranny for your family to read in! So, without further ado, I present five tips to consider when creating a reading space!

  1. Space- Provide ample space in your reading area for your child to invite you or another guest (parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, or stuffed animals) to join them in a story. Encourage your child to make it their own space and allow it some privacy.
  2. Temperature- Set up the reading space in warm place within the house. You might even like to add a blanket to the space. No one can enjoy a book with cold feet.
  3. Light- Set up your reading space in a light-filled room and have a lamp set up for night-time reads.
  4. Book Storage- Don’t overload the space with too many books, but make sure there is storage for a few books that are easy for your child to access.
  5. Comfy and Quiet- Create a comfortable and cozy space for your child: it could be a comfy couch, beanbag, or a whole heap of cushions. Try to set up the reading space in a quiet part of the house away from distractions such as television, dishwashers, and washing machines. This will help your child to focus on the book they are reading.