Have you heard of Sparkup? This magical book reader allows you to record and listen to any book! We were sent a Sparkup device to try out, and we have really enjoyed using it! It is very easy to use – seven-year-old Emma has recorded a few books, and four-year-old Lily especially enjoys listening to them back. The Sparkup reader clips onto any book. When you turn it on, … [Read more...] about Reading and Recording Books with the Sparkup Book Reader
Acting books out is one of my favorite ways to make story time extra fun for kids – and it’s a great way to bring books to life! So when the people from The Gruffalo – one of my all-time favorite children’s books – offered me the chance to host a review/giveaway for my readers, I knew exactly what products of theirs I wanted to feature. We already had a copy of the book, so … [Read more...] about Fun Story Time Ideas for Kids: Act It Out – The Gruffalo
Our family first discovered author Julia Donaldson when some UK friends sent us a copy of The Gruffalo when Johnny was born. This cute story about a spunky mouse became an instant hit in our house – such a hit, in fact, that our board book copy needs replacing! I’m still working out the details, but I should have a fun activity and giveaway to go along with this book later this … [Read more...] about Books by Julia Donaldson and Book Activities
I’m thrilled to be representing Massachusetts for today’s Booking Across the USA blog hop! Make Way for Ducklings was the obvious choice – it is a book I remember loving as a child, and my kids adore it, too! Visiting the Make Way for Ducklings statue is a highlight for my kids every time we visit the Boston Common (that’s a two-year-old Lily in the picture), and this book has … [Read more...] about A Book for Massachusetts: Make Way for Ducklings!
I was delighted to hear that Jan Brett was the December Author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. We adore Jan Brett! Here are a couple winter-themed favorites of ours, along with activities from this blog you can use to accompany them! Christmas Trolls is a delightful story about two little trolls who just want to celebrate Christmas. This book is the perfect read to go … [Read more...] about Favorite Jan Brett Stories and Activities