3 Engaging Back to School Reading Tips

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The school year is off to a great start and I’m thrilled to share these reading tips!

Choose Relatable Books: If your child loves books about trucks, dinosaurs and horses, find fiction and non-fiction text that relate to those topics. Children also love reading books about the things that are happening in their lives. For example, if your child is going to a new school, loves visiting the supermarket, or has a sibling on the way, find books that tackle those topics so that they can create a personal connection to what they are reading.

Create Reading Routines: Set routines around books and stick to them. For example, pick a day of the week to visit the library or bookstore, so that your child will have opportunities to be exposed to a variety of texts and pick out new books to read. Also, set time aside every day to read with your child. When reading is integrated into a daily schedule, it sends a message that reading is valued and your child will start to develop a habit of reading for pleasure. When you take the time to read with your child, they learn new vocabulary, reading strategies, author style (from a series or books from the same author), and most importantly a love of reading. Make the time spent reading with your child even more exciting by adding funny voices, acting out parts, or by creating a cozy reading nook.

Let your Wiggle Worm Move: If you have a young pre-schooler or toddler, they need opportunities to move! Sit on the floor with your child while they are playing and just start reading a book. Chances are they will periodically come over to check out the book, or finish a phrase from a book they’ve read a million times. Trust me, they really are listening, even if they are dancing or running in circles around the couch.

Happy Reading!

What are some of your favorite reading tips?


The Bravest Adventure Book Review

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Emory can’t stop reading her new book The Bravest AdventureElizabeth and Betony Coons are a sister-in-law team that wrote a magical book celebrating “Girl Power”and should hold a special place on your bookshelf. Elizabeth wrote the story and talented Betony created the beautiful illustrations.  The message of the book lets little girls know that they hold the key to discovering their path in life and the importance being themselves.

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The Colors of Us Book Review


How are we talking to our children about diversity and race? Research says that by the age of two, toddlers are aware of differences in skin color. With that in mind, since toddlers are learning to name colors for other objects like the yellow cat and the orange bird, naturally they will use their own skin as a baseline and notice people who are similar and different. In our house, this means that Emory will notice that mommy and daddy and the cashier at the grocery store all have different skin colors and she’ll be wondering what that means. This means that we need to make sure that we are exposing Emory to many different people from an assortment of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. We will also need to make sure that we talk about the assortment of skin colors and how they are all beautiful, but different. Toys and books should also represent different cultures and ethnicities, to maintain a dialogue about the importance of diversity and accepting others. We are lucky that we live in LA and can expose her to a variety of cultures and people on a daily basis.

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2017 Book Goals


Mamas, we made it to 2017! I thought I’d share my personal reading goals for the year since I love to read and I’m also a part-time literacy teacher/staff developer. If you were to visit my nightstand, you would find a stack of books that I “plan” to read and keeps  growing. With the insanity of a toddler, I don’t always have time to read, but I vow to change that this year.  Here are a few ideas that I hope will help me carve out more time to read:

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