Kids often learn the most when they don’t even realize they’re learning. Online games are great for that. But the game has to be (a) fun, (b) easy to play, and (c) smart. Plangman ticks all those boxes. Kids will not only enjoy Plangman, but they’ll be thinking ahead, reading a […]
Valentines are great for getting kids interacting with words–even simple ones like “Be my valentine.” Illustrator Jan Dolby has created these lovely valentines featuring the characters from our Gabby picture book series. Just click on the image to download and then print them on your colour printer. Enjoy–and Happy Valentine’s […]
By Nicole Plyler Fisk If you want to get a kid reading, get him writing. A great way to do that? Create a story with your child. Even better? Self-publish it. It sounds hard, but if you’re at all book-y, it can be a simple and fun process. Here’s how: […]
Elmo’s suitcase full of letters will help get your kids reading.
Illustrator Jim Kay has given the Harry Potter series yet another boost, with his gorgeous illustrations. What do you think of the new Harry? This CBC article includes a flip-through sample of some of the pages.
The author of the hugely popular Scaredy Squirrel has written and illustrated a beautiful new book that kids will love—and better yet, parents will enjoy reading over and over again to their children. One of the things about reading kids picture books is that it can get tiring. And boring. […]
This is a wonderful game that hits all the right notes: reading, strategic thinking and fun. Kids won’t even realize they’re learning–plus, it’s not lame (if you’ve ever played an online game that’s “good for you,” you’ll see how important that is, and how rare). You use your computer’s arrow […]
In the summer, kids often read less. Get them interested in a great book series, though, and they’ll be hooked because the characters and setting will be familiar to them. They’ll look forward to seeing what their favourite characters are getting up to next! Here are some wonderful Canadian kidlit summer […]
If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I love superhero books. They’re a great substitute for comics, which kids love but which can be a bit too mature for some really young kids. Here’s a wonderful book. It’s about a kid whose superpowers are in jeopardy when his parents make […]
ICYMI, here’s a post I wrote awhile back for the wonderful reading website, 49th Shelf. I talk about the three “must-dos” to create a life-long reader. They still hold true. Raising a Reader: my guest post on 49th Shelf.