Kindness Knows No Season

For many of us, tonight is a time of quietude and hope. That moment in our year that we actually stop to take time for reflection. For Christians, it is also about Christ’s birth, and a star in the East that served as a guide to shepherds and kings alike. In the story, The Man Made of Stars, a young boy discovers that his acts of kindness add stars to the sky. It seems like a perfectly apropos selection for today. We are going to close out our year with hope for a better, kinder world in 2016. I am one of those sappy people who wishes that Christmas spirit would last all year ’round … or at least well into spring! Who … Read more

Jokes Everyone Can Enjoy Laugh Out Loud Reads

When you’ve got kids of different ages, it isn’t always easy to find books where everyone can get the jokes.   Jokes the Family Can Share If family humor is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Jess Keating’s My Life is a Zoo series. The stories are fresh and fun. They would make a nice family gift that everyone can share as a read aloud, and they do equally well as a gift to keep pre-teens and teens reading (and laughing out loud!). Here are the titles in the series: Book 1: How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied Book 2: How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel Book 3: How to Outfox Your … Read more

Gardens Grow Readers – More Gift Ideas

This may be the time when we “winterize” our gardens, but that doesn’t mean we have to put away our love for gardening! Besides, not all gardens grow outdoors … which leads me to our theme du’jour for literacy gift ideas for kids.  Gardens are gifts that Grow! For kids who like to play in the dirt, gardening is a wonderful activity. There are so many directions that you can go when you pair a garden-y book with an activity. From science to sociology (and even patience), there is lots of learning packed in your gift! Here are some gift idea pairs that are sure to … Pair your selected book with a kid-friendly gardening kit. For teens and young … Read more