Choosing the right book for a beginning reader can be a challenge. The story can't be so difficult that your budding bookworm gets discouraged, but it also shouldn't be so simple that your child can memorize the pages. Plus, the story has to be entertaining enough to maintain your little one's interest. Here, Circle of Moms members suggest 10 books that fit the bill — stories that will capture your child's curiosity and lay the foundation for an eternal love of reading.
Award season doesn't only exist in Hollywood these days. The American Library Association just announced the winners of the most prestigious children's book honors, naming the 2013 John Newbery Medal and the Randolph Caldecott Medal Award winners, as well as the recipients of several other distinguished awards — making your next visit to the library a bit more exciting. The honorees represent the best books — both written and illustrated — for younger tots. So go ahead and start reserving these medal-winners today, and your well-worn version of Where the Wild Things Are (the 1964 Caldecott Medal winner) will thank you for the break!
Encourage your child's budding reading skills by creating a reading nook that turns a boring corner into something really special. Cozying up in a corner next to a cool bookshelf with a good read is one way for lil ones to explore the wonders of reading on their own, and a reading nook can be designed to fit with any room's decor. If you're not ready to get out the hammer and nails, we've got a few simple suggestions that are easier to pull off than you think.
While Summer break means some welcome time away from homework and school assignments, it shouldn't mean shelving your kids' interest in reading for the season. For advice on the best ways to keep little ones reading (and some great book recommendations for kids of all ages), we turned to children's librarian Maggie Maloney of Smithtown Library in Long Island, NY. Heed Maggie's advice, and you just may find your kids picking up books entirely on their own this Summer.
"Sharing a book with your child is the greatest gift a parent or caregiver can give to their little one," says children's librarian Maggie Maloney of Long Island, New York's Smithtown Library. We couldn't agree more! When Maggie offered to share her advice for getting the most out of reading with your lil ones (at any age), we jumped at the opportunity. Check out her words of wisdom (and favorite kids' books), and get reading!
"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." Theodor Seuss Geisel's 48 tongue-twisting, rhyming tales have transported tots on journeys to magical locales and inspired generations to pick up a book and read. In honor of what would have been Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday on Friday and the release of The Lorax, we've pulled some of our favorite quotes. See if you can guess which book they are from.Take the Quiz
There are plenty of people who enjoy reading, but few get to incorporate it in their daily grind. Read on for seven awesome careers bookworms will appreciate and even a couple of job listings for those who are actively hunting for such positions.
Go ahead and add some silver to your bookshelf! This morning the American Library Association announced the winners of the most prestigious children's book honors, naming the 2012 John Newbery Medal and the Randolph Caldecott Medal award winners, as well as the recipients of several other distinguished awards. The honorees represent the best books — both written and illustrated — for tots. Go ahead and check out the winners and then add them to your nightly reading rotation. Your kids will thank you with a lifetime of reading ahead of them!
Dolly Parton is mostly known for her big hair and her big hits, but the country music star also has a big heart! In 1996, she founded a non-profit organization in her home county in east Tennessee to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She also wanted to ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
Fifteen years later, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library — with the help and support of individual communities — is providing books to hundreds of thousands of children in hundreds of communities in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A brand-new, age appropriate book is mailed to every registered child each month until their 5th birthday! Registering for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is free and it helps tots get excited about the magic that books can create!