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The Ultimate Parent’s Guide to Teaching Your Teen to Drive

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. ~ Erma Bombeck Is your teen ready to start behind-the-wheel driver education with you? Are you feeling lost and unsure where to start? Teaching your teen to drive can be scary and intimidating. After all, it’s your baby who sits behind the wheel! …

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Awesome New Middle Grade Books to Read for Black History Month

Are you looking for new middle grade books written by black authors to celebrate Black History Month? The list below includes books featuring protagonists of color. Each one is written by an author of color as well. February is Black History month in the United States. Books are one of the many ways you can …

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Five Surprising Benefits of Audiobooks for Kids

Sometimes getting children to read is tricky. In the beginning, they convince you they’ll be diehard readers for life. You buy ALL the books. You take them to your local library so they can pick out reading material that interests them. By the time they hit middle school, they spend more time on video games, …

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Teach Your Teen Personal Responsibility: Five Easy Tasks They Can Do on Their Own

Have you ever wondered what you can do to teach your teen personal responsibility? You’re not alone. Confession: I’ve woken up my teenager for school every day since he started kindergarten… This year, it bit me in the butt. During the first week of my teen’s sophomore year, I forgot to act as his human …


The Best Subscription Book Boxes for Kids

Are you curious about the subscription book boxes you see all over your social media feeds? They’re not just for adults. They’re for kids, too! Perhaps you’re looking for a bookish gift for your kid. Or maybe you want to curate a list of books personalized to your child. I did the dirty work for …


It’s Ok to Let Your Children See You Cry

Have you ever wondered if it was healthy to let your children see you cry? A few months ago, my 7th grader tried out for the school basketball team. For months, he had brushed up on his ball handling, dribbling, and shooting skills. As a parent, you know when your child really wants to crush …


Why Participate in a Buddy Read?

A buddy read is when you read a book at the same time as someone else so you can discuss it–either during the process or once you’ve finished. Think of a buddy read as a mini-book club with more flexibility and less pressure. On Goodreads, the Nothing But Reading Challenge Group classifies different types of …


Five Ways You Can Support Your Local Library Through Covid and Beyond

Why is it important to support your local library? Libraries are an essential part of any healthy community. They matter now more than ever because they create equal access for all. They’ve evolved into hubs of learning and innovation. As a child, the library meant books, story time, and random collections of VHS tapes to …


Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love to Read

It’s that time of year again when you might be searching for gift ideas for your kids. If your children are anything like mine, they like experiences more than anything else, but sometimes you want to give them one small thing that fits their personality. In my home, that’s lot of books and bookish merchandise! …


The Hobbit: A Kid Reviewer’s Review

The Hobbit has been reviewed a million times. What makes this review different from the others? This is a kid reviewer’s review of The Hobbit—a review written by a kid for other kids. That makes it different and special! THE WHAT: Even though The Hobbit was published in 1937, it remains popular and is recognized …