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The Four Gift Rule Giveaway

The four gift rule is something new to me. From what I have read some parents follow this rule when it comes to gift giving. Each child receives 4 gifts: Something they want Something they need Something to wear Something to read I was inspired by this idea and decided to offer a giveaway with … Read more

Read Aloud Picture Books

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Picture books are perfect for reading aloud. Reading aloud to children every single day is one of the most important things anyone can do in order to help children grow and become better thinkers, readers and overall human beings. Research has shown that parents or teachers who read aloud motivate students to read. The rhythm … Read more

Why Children’s Book Week Is Important

Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Since 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This year it is celebrating its 101st anniversary of spreading the joy of reading. Inspire children to read during this week by sharing and recommending your favorite picture books. Your influence … Read more

November is Picture Book Month

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If you love picture books as much as I do then you are going to love the month of November. Picture Book Month is an International Literacy Initiative that celebrates picture books during the month of November.  My posts for the month of November will be designed to share some of my favorite picture books … Read more

7 Reasons to Use Picture Books

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Any reader, no matter their age or reading level, can read a picture book time and again, and still find something new within those pages. Picture books deserve a place all classrooms including upper elementary and middle school grades. Here are a few positive reasons you might want to consider using more picture books in … Read more

Early Literacy Skills and Picture Books

Picture books help in developing early literacy skills. There are many benefits for children who are in the early stages of learning to read.  1. Build language skills by expand vocabulary –You may not realize this, but your child is actually learning new vocabulary when they read an average picture book. This also works if you read … Read more

Writer’s Notebooks Outside of the Classroom

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Writer’s Notebook The concept of a writer’s notebook is simple:  All children need is a blank notebook and a pencil or pen. Children write or draw in their notebook, for at least a few minutes each and every day. It is an activity that encourages writing practice and nurtures creativity. A writer’s notebook removes the … Read more

Teaching Letter Writing: Writing to an Author

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Letter writing can be fun and is an essential writing skill. Writing emails and text messages may be popular, but everyone has to write a letter at some point. There are friendly letters, complaint letters, job application or cover letters and thank you letters to mention just a few. I think it is important to … Read more

New Book Authors

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Let’s be honest post book launch is a bit of a let down. It’s a little like Christmas morning and all of the presents have been opened and you are not sure what to do next.   Everyone who has supported you during your book the launch has bought the book and moved on.  Some will ask … Read more

Interview with the Author-Karen Patricia Nespoli

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I have found from my many years of teaching that children ask the best questions. They are open and honest and get right to the point. What follows are my answers to questions that children have asked during author visits to my classroom or they have asked me about my book. I hope you will … Read more