Words Have Wings

Happy New Year’s Eve!

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Happy New Year’s Eve! Let me start by thanking each and every one of you for reading and following my blog posts. It has been quite a year and I greatly appreciate the fact that you are on this adventure with me! Children’s author Julie Hedlund challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series … Read more

Top 5 Books To Inspire Writers

It was not an easy task to narrow down my top 5 books to inspire writers. As a lifelong learner and I am always looking for books that will help me to become better a stronger writer. One misconception that I hear too often is that being a writer is all about spelling, grammar and … Read more

Gifts To Inspire Young Writers

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Are you looking for the perfect gift to inspire the young writers in your life? I love giving gifts, and planning the perfect present for each person. Gift shopping is not always easy, but I do try to match the gift with the person. I love listening to children tell me about their interests. Then … Read more

Best Picture Books for Writers

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Every Child is a Writer Children want to write. Children as young as two years old make marks on paper to express their feelings and communicate with others. In fact, research has shown that the earlier adults encourage and support writing skills in children, the more successful those children are as writers later in life. … Read more

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