Someone Else’s Shoes: Children’s Books About Diversity

Children's books about Diversity

While meandering through the Birmingham farmers market several weeks ago, my oldest and I stumbled upon a stall with a local author and illustrator. She had created a children’s book about Birmingham and I was immediately drawn to it’s vibrantly painted pictures. I decided to pick up a copy and ended up reading it for the first time with my sons before naptime.  As we were reading, I realized that the book did not shy away from Birmingham’s packed racial history.  I knew most of this was over my 3 year old’s head, but I saw a few flickers of understanding and processing in my 5 year old. After we finished, my 5 year old asked to if he could look through the book on his own. read more

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Halloween Printables for Your Little Boos

Halloween printables

I love seasonal printables! Especially Halloween printables. I’m a bit of a crazy Halloween fan, so it makes sense.

I love to create my own printables for my kids so that I can tailor them to be exactly how I want them.  I’m sharing the love this Halloween and making my latest batch downloadable for all!

Here are the current printables that my kids are loving….  Click the links above the pictures to access the PDF download.

Happy printing!

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Where to find the best children’s books

Do you ever think “I totally could have written that” after reading a children’s book?  I know I have! But then I tired to write one for my Master’s Project and GOODNESS GRAY it was tough.  Probably one of the hardest things I’ve completed in my academic career.

There are so many different components that go into a quality piece of children’s literature.  Even though a 18 page picture book seems simple, there is A LOT of thought behind every detail.  It’s hard to know and appreciate the complexities of what constitutes good children’s literature, and even harder to determine which books represent quality children’s lit.  Therefore, I often refer to my favorite book lists to help guide me.  I certainly don’t think every book you read to your child has be awarding-winning literature – believe me, we read a lot of books just for kicks. But I do think it’s important to read your child a balanced diet of children’s literature. The good stuff helps expose them to more thought-provoking and stimulating content matter. read more

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Reading Readiness and Pre-Reading Skills

how do children read

Ahhh Fall….  The cooler temps, crisp winds and falling leaves always remind me of the start of the school year. I loved this time of year when I was teaching.  I have to admit, I mainly loved it because it marked the start of the buying of all things school supplies.  I have a major soft spot for colorful notebooks, character shaped erasers and pencil cases with lots of useless cool compartments.  I grew up in the Lisa Frank and Trapper Keeper era, so it’s hardly my fault.

As a Kindergarten teacher, this time of year also signaled the start of parents questioning me about their child’s reading readiness. read more

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When and What to Read to Your Baby

Understanding when and what to read to your baby can be tricky.  Back in my teaching days, parents often asked me questions about reading aloud to their infants.  In particular, they wanted to know when they should start reading to their sweet little newborns.

“Right now,” I would tell them.

They would look at me puzzled and say, “Now? But he/she’s just a baby.”

“Exactly,” I would respond, “get started before she gets older!”

Why Should you Read to Babies?

Sometimes when I read to my kids, especially when they’re babies, I feel like they’re all… read more

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