Monday Confession: Bad Book Habits

Monday Confession: I have bad book habits. To be fair, I’ve never thought of my book habits as “bad,” but it’s apparent the bookish community begs to differ. Bad Book Habit #1: Dog-Ears As a newbie to the Twitter writing community, I posted a simple question about bookmarks or dog-ears. I meant it to be …

How to Get the Most From Parent-Child Read Alouds

Are you looking for ways to get the most from your parent-child read alouds? I’m always on the prowl for ways to cultivate extra bonding, learning, and engagement during these daily sessions with my children. My husband and I read aloud to our children for many reasons. Most important: It affords us extra one-on-one time …

New Books on Time Travel That Will Shake Up Your Reading List

Are you looking for some new time travel books that will shake up your reading list? Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time helped me discover I would forever love stories about time travel. The existence of a tesseract (a fifth-dimensional phenomenon explained as folding of the fabric of time and space) tugged on my imagination …

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10 New Middle Grade Book Recommendations for Summer 2020

Are you looking for exciting summer 2020 book recommendations for your middle grade reader? My middle grade bookworms devour books faster than I can say abibliophobia. I’m always on the prowl for books that readers age 9-12 might like, and 2020 looks lit 🔥! My young bibliophiles are getting a little bit of everything this …

Book Review: ‘Make Your Kid a Money Genius’ by Beth Kobliner

Talking to Your Kids About Money A year ago, my mother-in-law gave us Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not). I finally got around to reading it. It’s an instruction manual on how to help your children develop financial mindfulness. Beth Kobliner offers tips on how to talk to your children about …

Top 5 Read Aloud Recommendations for 11- and 12-Year-Olds

When kids hit 11- and 12-years-old, it’s challenging to find appropriate read aloud material. They abandon middle grade fiction and gravitate toward young adult and adult fiction. Intellectually, they’re ready to transition to adult fiction, but often the mature content gives me pause, especially for read alouds. For many reasons, this in-between stage is tricky, …

Middle Grade Book Series Recommendations by a Middle Grade Reader

Are you looking for series recommendations for your middle grade reader? As the mother of a young bibliophile, I’m always on the lookout for high-quality middle grade books. Perhaps your child finished Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Land of Stories, and other popular series already. What should they read next? If you’re on the hunt for series …