Book Video, Summer Reading

Beginners Animals Box Set (Video and Link)

Do you have a beginning reader that loves animals? This set contains 10 of the best-selling Beginners Animals titles, all with simple text and great illustrations, perfect for beginning readers. Check out the video to see what 10 animals are featured and to see inside the “Bears” book in the set!

Beginners Animals Box Set (IR)


Book Video, Summer Reading

Fortune Tellers to Fold (Video and Link)

This pad contains unique fortune tellers. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions to learn how to fold and use them. Most of the fortune tellers have hidden messages for you to discover, and there are some you can write on yourself. Fortune tellers are hugely popular for sleepover parties, playgrounds and long trips — fold and play for hours of entertainment!

These would be the perfect thing to keep your kid busy this summer! Do you know someone who would love this? I loved doing these when I was a kid!

Fortune Tellers to Fold

Summer Reading

My Own Book Club

My husband and I left NY state and headed to the in-laws in Michigan for a week on July 1st. It was a wonderful week! We did lots of things, saw his friends and extended family, and just had a general wonderful time! You can find those adventures HERE!

What I wanted to share, though, was about my 9 yo niece and 8 yo nephew, Molly and Remi. Now, Molly LOVES to read just as much as me. She always has a book to read at grandma’s house. Remi, not so much. But he’s recently found some books that are easy so he likes them.

Last Thursday, they came over while their parents were both at work. I watched them most of the day while my husband and father-in-law worked on his classic car. At one point we all went outside. Remi played some baseball by himself for a while, Molly joined in, then they both came and sat beside me, where I was reading a Merlin book. Molly had brought her book outside and it was on the table where we were. Remi decided to go get his too so we could all read together. I love these kids!

July 2017

Book Video, Summer Reading

100 Birds to Fold & Fly (Video & Links)

100 full-color, tear-out sheets featuring stylish bird artwork – simply tear a page out and follow the simple folding instructions (featured on gatefolds at the front and back of the book) to create one of four different decorative origami birds that fly.

We also have 100 Paper Planes, 100 More Paper Planes, 200 Paper Planes (those 2 combined), 100 Dragons, and 100 Spaceships.

My husband couldn’t resist getting his hands on these paper birds! Check out the video and how simple and easy and fun they are! Which type (planes, dragons, spaceships, or birds) would your household enjoy?

100 Birds to Fold and Fly

100 Paper Planes to Fold and Fly

100 More Paper Planes to Fold and Fly

200 Paper Planes to Fold and Fly

100 Dragons to Fold and Fly

100 Spaceships to Fold and Fly

Book Video, Summer Reading

Coding for Beginners Using Scratch (Video and Links)

My nephew will be 10 in August and absolutely LOVES these books! My brother (his dad) is a computer programmer so they have a lot of fun together. 🙂

An introduction to coding for complete beginners, this friendly and accessible book will teach children the basics of Scratch (a free, online program developed by MIT which is widely used in elementary schools), allowing them to get inside the code of their computer and create simple games and animations on screen.

We have another book like this using Python. Both are $14.99 each! Do you know someone that would have a blast with these?



Summer Reading

Summer Reading Bingo – For Kids+ Book Giveaway!

Summer Bingo

Who wants to win a free Usborne book? Who’s kid/grand kid loves to read? You’re in luck! When we have at least 2 people that want to participate, I’ll give out the prize! You have 2 months to work on this. The last day will be August 15th. So, how does it work???

First, join my Facebook VIP group here:

Next, print off this picture. Snap a picture while each box happens, then put an X through the box! Send me the pictures every Friday of your kids reading on Facebook. For every BINGO you get (down, across, diagonal through center), you’ll get 1 entry into the drawing!
Comment on this same picture in the Facebook group if you’re ready to do this!



Summer Reading

Continue Learning in the Summer


Some of these statistics are surprising! Do you agree? How do you keep your kids minds busy during the summer months with no school? If you go adrift in the summer, sometimes it takes a while to get back in the swing of things once school starts back up!