All Blog Posts Tagged 'reading' (83)


Added by Dea Lenihan on September 24, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Interview with Jane Tesh, Author of ‘Butterfly Waltz’

Jane Tesh is a retired media specialist and pianist for the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mt. Airy, NC, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Series, A Case of ImaginationA Hard Bargain, A Little Learning, and A Bad Reputation, featuring former beauty queen,…


Added by Mayra Calvani on September 23, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments

The Magic of Tea and a Bit of Fun With Reading Tea Leaves

Tea is on of the most popular drinks in the world. Over three billion people drink tea every day. There are flavors to please almost everyone.

Earl Grey, a lovely black tea with bergamot, Chamomile, a delicate, green flavored tea which helps us relax, Hot Cinnamon Sunset, my…


Added by Dea Lenihan on September 18, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

We are not good with words

Once upon a time, I read 100 books in a year. And I loved it. (Seriously. Try it.) Right now I am having my son read a book every night.…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 14, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

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Added by Jody on June 29, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Are you a digital girl?

For the past few birthdays, someone usually asks me if I want a kindle or other device to read books on. I always decline. I explain that I like my physical books and I spend too much time in my workday looking at screens. I understand that those devices are more convenient and can hold an entire library's worth of books, but I just like the feel of paper too much to give up the real deal.…


Added by Lauren Markman on June 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

7 tips for nurturing a budding book worm

We have been in the used book store for more than an hour. Since my son has started reading on his own, picking out new books has become a MUCH more serious task than it used to be. I normally let him move at his own pace in the bookstore, but it is past lunch time, and I am pretty convinced he will sit on the floor all day and read every book he can if I let him.…


Added by Lauren Markman on May 5, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

The book on the shelf

I recently took all my cookbooks to our used book store and traded them in for store credit. While there, I let my son choose some new books. He was super excited to go to his section and pick out whatever books he wanted (at only $2 per book, I said yes to everything he chose.) He chose some new Disney story books, a few I Can Read books and some Sesame…


Added by Lauren Markman on February 23, 2015 at 8:01am — No Comments

Best Dallas Children's Reading Program

You know you’re a mom if you are having to find new ways to get your child engaged in reading. There are so many reading programs out there but none of them are truly engaging and hold a child’s interest. Enter

Ok, so that isn’t true! I have found a new program which actually makes your child WANT read and engages them in real time. Monster Tree House Club sends a letter every week to your child from one of their characters. On every 2nd and…


Added by Dawn Wells on February 19, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Looking for a few good books

My son's school is having a book fair this week. Of course, we will go. I have fond memories of school book fairs when I was little, and they haven't changed much. You look through the catalog, go through the tables at the fair, buy your books and stay up late over the weekend reading them all so you could trade books with friends the next week at school.…


Added by Lauren Markman on January 14, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Please, Mr. Panda Trailer

Say please for Please, Mr. Panda! Doughnuts and pandas…Manners have never been more fun! Find out more at and for teachers-…


Added by Sheila English on January 13, 2015 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Bed time at my house. (A little late)

For now, I'd say bedtime at our house is pretty calm. I know that will all change once Oslo arrives, though. So I'm really enjoying these last couple of months of easy nights.

We have a pretty basic routine.  This wasn't always the case.  Getting my son to bed was such a hassle until the past couple of years.  But now, finally we have a routine that he actually enjoys!


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Added by bobbi keener on November 3, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Starfall for Beginning Readers

Starfall is a beginning reading website for young children, mainly aged 3-7. Great graphics and fun games make learning letter sounds easy and enjoyable. There is a paid portion, but the free part has more than enough to keep children busy.

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Added by Erin on September 30, 2014 at 11:05pm — 1 Comment

Taking a page out of a millennial's book

A few weeks ago, my son and I went through his bookshelf. We pulled out all the books that he identified as "baby books," and ones that he didn't want to read. My little guy can read lots of words by himself now, and although he hasn't moved on to reading himself full books yet, I want his shelves to be ready for him. So, we said good-bye to the "I Love Daddy Because" or "Count to 10" books and took them to our second-hand…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 22, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

Meet with Donna Galanti, author of ‘A Hidden Element,’ book 2 in The Element Trilogy

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is the author of books 1 and 2 in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, A Human Element andA Hidden Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning…


Added by Mayra Calvani on August 31, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Profile: Donna Galanti, Author of ‘A Human Element’

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and the forthcoming Joshua and The Lightning Road.…


Added by Mayra Calvani on July 30, 2014 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Reading books - the paper kind - every day

Like lots of families, we are purging the massive amount of toys from our household this summer. (Seriously...why does my son have so many cars?) We go through his bins, his closet and his toy trunk, and he identifies the items that he no longer wants to play with so they can go "to other children that would probably like them."…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 28, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Technology Orphans

We've all heard the expression 'football widow', but have you heard of a 'technology orphan'? I use this term to describe children who do everything they can to get their parent's attention while the parent has their nose stuck in their smartphone. 

I may be a grandmother of five, but do get it.  I am guilty of reading a book, playing a game, or texting (or all three) on my phone while watching TV. And I see nothing wrong with occupying yourself on the phone while waiting in a line or…


Added by Lorraine Wilkie on July 23, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Book Giveaway: 123 Counting Fun

Book Giveaway: 123 Counting Fun

Book Giveaway!

For a chance to win this fun book for your toddler simply leave a comment with your name and…

Added by Kristi Bernard on July 20, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

Word Crimes

Weird Al is suddenly back in the spotlight, and he is exactly as ridiculous as I remember him being as a child. I t I know the lyrics from his Micheal Jackson parodies better than I know the originals, and there have been times when "Eat It" has gone through my head, while begging the kids to eat dinner. Just open up your mouth and FEED it. I will admit that I actually have one of Weird Al's cassettes lying around here somewhere. I'm…


Added by Dawn K Rutt on July 17, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

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