Summer Reading

August is National Family Fun Month | Activities that Celebrate Summer, Adventure, and BOOKS

As the carefree and easy days of the vacation season begin to wind down and our thoughts turn to back to school, we want everyone to pause and really think of ways to squeeze out the last drops of summer. With this in mind, we know your family is likely not the only one looking …

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Girls Know How® Books for Summer Reading

Chapter Books Inspire Girls to Consider Careers without Limitations Compelled to inspire future generations of girls and her own daughters to dream big, author and youth career education advocate Ellen Langas created Girls Know How® books, the award-winning series that inspires young readers to discover careers, and the life skills to help them achieve them. The series was …

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Picture Books that Teach Kids About Gardening, Nature, and Food

(Guest post from Becky Flansburg) Many of us, thanks to the last few wild years, are embracing a slower, simpler, and nature-based lifestyle these days. I grew up on a hobby farm with a ton of different animals and several massive gardens. My mom worked two jobs yet still found the time to cook, garden, …

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Color The Town Orange: Kubota Partners with Crayola Giving Kids Fun Ways to Dream Big

Kubota Tractor Corporation and Crayola announced a partnership today to inspire the next generation of business owners, builders, farmers, do-it-yourselfers, and leaders by highlighting the unique and creative role that machines play in building and shaping communities. Kids across the country are encouraged to dream big through a myriad of national partnership activities, including experiencing an immersive, interactive …

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Money DOES Grow on Trees | A Success Story That will Fire You Up

When the AP Team was first approached to review Esra Banguoglu Ogut\’s new book, Money Does Grow on Trees, the first thought that popped into all our minds was the childhood adage that was uttered (at some point or another) by pretty close to every parent. \”Money doesn\’t grow on trees.\” Which, as we all …

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Great Swedish-Inspired Fiction Thrillers for Poolside Reading

Long hot days, a gentle breeze, the sound of water gurgling in the fountain…balancing our hectic lives with the relaxation and pleasure of summer.  Is there any better way than curling up with some great reads by the pool? Lately, my days consist of busily getting ready for my much-anticipated trip to my grandparent\’s homeland–Gotland, …

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Oldies, but Goodies | Great Kidlit for Summer Reading! {PART THREE}

As I mentioned in previous posts, sometimes, as readers and reviewers, we get so caught up in the \”newest and best\” releases that we forget about the goldmine of exceptional kids\’ books that already exist! Great Kidlit for Summer Reading! {PART ONE} Great Kidlit for Summer Reading! {PART TWO} The following are MORE books the …

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Sissy Goes Tiny

Happy Second Birthday to Sissy Goes Tiny!

{Guest post from Sissy Goes Tiny co-author, Becky Flansburg) Happy 2nd birthday to Sissy Goes Tiny! What a wild ride it\’s been! It started as a nugget of an idea between myself and bestie, B.A. Norrgard one sunny afternoon on the patio of a small-town pub. I had been in total admiration of B.A.\’s tiny …

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Did You Know? Fun Facts About Hans Christian Andersen

In the past, April the 2nd has been chosen to mark this day for young literature lovers because its the same date as Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. As the author of many famous children’s stories like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Andersen is a well-known name in the world of classic children\’s books. His …

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A summer reading solution for reluctant readers

Yay summer! Bring on the sun, fun, and FREEDOM! As adults, we can completely understand our youngster\’s reluctance to do any sort of \”school-y\” things during the off-season; but we also have a responsibility to keep little minds sharp. Not long ago, the AP blog shared some great info on offering up books that pique …

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