Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, and not just because the local library gives out prizes (though we are big fans of prizes). Whether your kids are nose-in-book types or the sort that require a little literary nudge, our SUMMER OF PLAY has plenty of room for playing your way through some great kids' books. Check out my time-tested list of vintage classics, modern classics, and recent best sellers that inspire fun activities beyond their pages—and at very little cost. And if you snap any photos along the way, remember to share them as entries in our weekly SUMMER OF PLAY prize drawing!
The Garden State is home to many children's writers who introduce educational and whimsical new stories to today's kids. As we continue to ease into Spring, why not head to your local library, bookstore, or Web site and surprise your children with a cherished book written by a NJ-based parent? These new releases are fun reads for the whole family and delving into them will support those nearest and dearest to us--our fellow New Jerseyans.
"Read Across America Day" is a fun and important day for your little reader! This year Read Across America Day falls on March 3, 2014, but we should be celebrating reading everyday. We're sure your local library and child's school is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America, but why let them have all the fun? Here's our roundup of fun reading events and ideas for celebrating Read Across America for New Jersey kids and families.
When it comes to children’s books, I love collecting vintage classics such as The Snowy Day, The Velveteen Rabbit, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Caps for Sale, and more. There are many “hidden gems” out there that may not be as popular or as mainstream as the literary classics, but are still heartwarming in their own special way. (My favorite children’s book will always be Russell Hobson’s A Bargain For Frances, which I cannot wait to read to my daughter when she’s a bit older.) This holiday season, give a great gift and read a new book to the children in your life—it’s precious bonding time they’ll cherish. Or encourage a tween to read more, for pleasure, school, or both!
Below is a list of newly-released children’s books. I hope the children in your life enjoy reading these “hidden gems” and personalized books as much as I enjoyed writing about them.
The smell of freshly-sharpened pencils and the crunch of a fresh apple -- it's time for school again! There are so many books out there to get your kid in the mood for everyday academia. Kids starting school for the first time may be experiencing excitement peppered with anxiety over separation from parents. First graders may be having trouble with the transition to longer days, new teachers and new friends. Starting a new school year can be tough on kids of any age. Try some books that use humorous storylines and positive ideas to help ease your child's transition into a new year. Check out our list of the best back to school books for your NJ kids preschool - 7 grade.
Community libraries are a wonderful resource for families. From story time to special clubs and fun events, they offer a wide variety of programs that appeal to all ages. Libraries are especially wonderful during the cold winter months when you need somewhere to escape with the kids for a few hours. We’ve rounded up some of the best activities currently scheduled at Northern NJ libraries—read on for some great suggestions to keep your family busy this winter.
And they'll shriek squeaks and squeals, racing 'round on their wheels.
They'll dance with jingtinglers tied onto their heels. They'll blow their floofloovers. They'll bang their tartookas. They'll blow their whohoopers. They'll bang their gardookas. And then they'll make ear-splitting noises galooks On their great big electro whocarnio flooks!
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Unless, you get them books for the holidays. In which case they will lay on their bellies in bed, feet swinging behind them, the only sound the soft rustle of pages turning as their imaginations soar. Right? RIGHT!
Boom! Pow! Crash! Zap! If your kid's hero is more Tony Stark than LeBron James, finding a local comic book shop is a must. Just think of all the cool things your kid can learn through reading comic books: the battle of good and evil, visual storytelling, hilarious (intentional and unintentional) dialogue, and how to rock a cape. Read on for quotes and recommendations from some Jersey comic book store owners and a listing of great Northern NJ stores.
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