Innocence lost — A final bookish April Fool’s?

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As you may know, for the past four years I’ve surprised my son with a bookish prank on April 1st. (You can see my  previous year’s efforts here: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4). This year I had to surprise him on April 2nd because he was away with his cousins for a couple nights and my husband and had a blissful, child-free weekend. I highly recommend shipping Continue reading Innocence lost — A final bookish April Fool’s?

April Fool’s Part IV

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For the past three years I’ve surprised my son with a bookish prank on April Fool’s morning. The first year was a spontaneous arrangement I put together of his stuffies reading books. Simple, quick and he got a kick out of it. Little did I know back then that I’d be racking my brain each year to come up with a something new for April first. Now that T is Continue reading April Fool’s Part IV

April Fool’s Book Prank Strikes Again

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Hard to believe April is already upon us. We’re still eagerly awaiting for the Spring weather to arrive, but April Fool’s waits for no one! In keeping with tradition, I pulled a little bookish “prank” on my son. I scanned his book shelves for inspiration and when I came upon Dig Dogs Dig, it hit me—I’ll recreate a construction site of truck-loving dogs excavating a dinosaur bone! Dig Dogs Dig Continue reading April Fool’s Book Prank Strikes Again

Share a love of books with those you love

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, but I’m not one for phony sentimentality. I am a fan, however, of getting books into the hands of kids so that is how I will be celebrating February 14, aka International Book Giving Day. For those of you not familiar with this splendid holiday, it’s aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. Celebrating is easy—simply give a book to a kid! I’ll Continue reading Share a love of books with those you love

Bringing books to life

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I’m a big fan of incorporating books into play with kids. Whether it’s a craft project, pretend play or an April Fool’s prank, using themes and characters from your kids’ favorite books is an easy and fun way to get them excited about reading. Some picture books lend themselves particularly well to arts and craft projects (have you seen what people are concocting out of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar?). Continue reading Bringing books to life