Danielle Hittle is with us today to share her favorite back-to-school read-alouds. Not only are they a great way to set the tone for the upcoming school year, they are also a wonderful way to introduce children to the concept of genre.   In planning for back to school with my second and third graders, I spend a significant amount of time researching which books to read aloud to them. I am often asking myself…

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Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some inspiring insights and book recommendations from the great author, Oliver Jeffers.   I consider Oliver Jeffers to be a modern day classic author/illustrator. Both his writing and illustrative styles are unique and each and every new release is welcomed into our home with huge smiles and the need for the story to be read over and over again. Oliver has the very clever…

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Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some lovely suggestions for introducing poetry to the children in our lives.   Poetry is such a delightful way to introduce children to the beauty that is a collection of words. Poetry in itself is not always about telling a story, but capturing a moment, as a photographer might when seeing an amazing landscape in front of them.   Through exposure to poetry we…

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Randi from Swoon is with us today to share a fun project to compliment the inspiring book, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. Being displaced and living with family this summer has made doing activities with my children especially difficult. This week they reminded me that the best projects don’t have to require a lot of skill, time, or materials and preparations. While reading one of our favorite picture books, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, my daughters…

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Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share a great list of graphic novels to enjoy with the young readers in our lives. We adore picture books in our home and believe that you can never have too many! Recently we have become interested in a new genre—the graphic novel.  My son loves the fact that there is a chronological tale told though visual images and that the text that accompanies is…

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