RECENT POSTS

More superheroes
Boys Great books Superheroes

More superheroes

Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero. Awhile ago, I posted about four great books that have the best of comics (superheroes, action) and the best of books (age appropriate, no violence). Here’s another one that looks really good. Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero is about a boy who is just a normal kid […]

Research Tips

Singin’ in the Brain

Singing helps children learn to read When my son was little, our life was a musical. If I could sing something rather than say it, I would. “We’re… puttin’ our shoes now, tying up the laces, goin’ to the park!” (to the tune of Top Hat, White Tie and Tails). […]

Attention grandparents
Gift ideas

Attention grandparents

Here’s a great gift idea. It’s a personalized book from Kids Shared Book.com. You visit the website and choose a book; there are a lot of great classics. I chose “The Prince and the Pauper.” Then you type in a message for the first page. I wrote: This is a […]

1-hour ideas Tips

Avoiding library fines

Libraries don’t have to cost a lot of money.Here are some tips:1) Renew your books online. When your deadline is approaching, go online using your library card, and hit “renew” for all your books. It buys you some time. 2) If your books are overdue, renew them online anyway. It […]

5-min. ideas

Hoppity, by A. A. Milne

Hoppity by A. A. Milne Christopher Robin goesHoppity, hoppity,Hoppity, hoppity, hop. Whenever I tell himPolitely to stop it, heSays he can’t possibly stop. If he stopped hopping,He couldn’t go anywhere,Poor little ChristopherCouldn’t go anywhere… That’s why he always goesHoppity, hoppity,Hoppity,Hoppity,Hop.

Tag helps kids read, learn
Gift ideas Toys

Tag helps kids read, learn

“Tag” could be a great learning device for your not-big-on-reading child. It’s essentially a wireless, electronic pen. When you poke a special “Tag” book with it, the book talks. Kids can hear the story, listen to the characters speak, play games and identify words.You have to use the Tag books, […]