5 Family Word Games

Want a screen-free family fun night? Break out the word games! Word games build vocabulary and spelling skills while encouraging interaction and creativity. Plus, they’re just plain fun! Crosley and John recommend five of their favorite word games. Play on Words. This game combines the elements of Scrabble and Anagrams. Players build words from card […]

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Snow Day Fun!

The winter weather has been frightful in the Borough where John Degraffenreidt lives! He’s already had two snow days off from school. He doesn’t like to sit around and waste unexpected vacations watching TV or playing video games. Those are ordinary activities. John believes snow days are for extra, special adventures. Here are some of […]

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Elf on the Shelf Night Buddies Style

‘Tis the season when the Elf on the Shelf gets up to all kinds of shenanigans. Crosley and Crenwinkle put on their epiphany bones together and came up with some mighty fine Excelsiors regarding what the Elf might do on a Night Buddies Program. After ensuring you had the proper clearance, the crocodile brothers now […]

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5 Far-out Gift Ideas for Readers

John and Crosley are having fun creating their holiday wish lists. Besides pineapple cheesecakes, more whatchamacallits, a new blimp, and some iguana repellant, they have their eyes on these fun gifts to use when they are settled in, reading a favorite story. Nestl Reading Pillow. A sturdy but cozy support to use in bed, on […]

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6 Fun Advent Adventures

Happy December! Last year, we ran a popular post on creating a book advent calendar. You can revisit that post here. We described how to curate books and read together in the days leading up to Christmas. Today, we share more ideas for Advent adventures. Advent is the season of preparation before Christmas. It lasts […]

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4 Tips for Great Bedtime Stories

Today, we jump in the way back machine and review Night Buddies author Sands Hetherington’s tips for becoming a master bedtime storyteller.  So you’ve decided you want to tell a story to your child every night before they go to bed, but you’ve read every book in your house over and over, and the only […]

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All the Feels: Back to School Emotions

Preparing for a new school year provides an opportunity to do more than get new backpacks, shoes, and notebooks. It’s an excellent time to help your child explore and talk about emotions and mental health. Many of us experience anxiety when we encounter change, and returning to school can mean significant changes—new routines, new teachers, […]

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6 Reasons to Read to Your Pet

Once upon a time, an emerging reader stumbled over words. She hated reading aloud in class, and when she tried to read to her family, they constantly interrupted the story to correct her mistakes. She decided she hated reading until one day, her kitten, Theo, asked her to read him a book. He really did. […]

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Kids Who Volunteer

Summer is an ideal time to introduce your children to volunteering. Children (really people of all ages) who volunteer: Learn empathy for others Discover new interests and develop new skills Learn teamwork Discover the value of community Learn to notice and respond to needs. Volunteering means freely offering to do something. Look for opportunities for […]

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Let’s Go Camping!

Let’s go camping!  Yeah, right, you think as you imagine rainy hours stuck in a leaky tent with the family. But if you’re feeling adventurous, consider a summer camping expedition (hint: an expedition can be hours, not days) with the kids. To help you get started, we offer these tips we’ve gleaned from experts far […]

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