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Book of the Week This past July, Kimberly Greene introduced her new Pop Star Series at the 2010 UBAM Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was wonderful to hear first hand, her motivation for writing this spunky new series and creating an interactive blog, both which communicates to young girls that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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Book of the Week New for January 2011 365 Things to Draw and Paint by Fiona Watt Ages 6 yrs + 128pp $24.99 An inspiring book with something to draw or paint for every day of the year. All brand new activities include fingerprint monkeys, a chalky fish picture, collage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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Book of the Week New for January 2011 I lost my mobile at the mall by Wendy Harmer Ages 11 yrs + 272pp $16.99 READ AN EXCERPT Elly Pickering is dreading telling her parents that she's lost her mobile phone - again - what with the Global Financial crisis and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
Increase your child's vocabulary. Introduce a new word and ask them to guess which definition is right? Is HALIBUT a fish, a game or a President? They'll want to learn more when they're having fun! OR...Pick a new word every day and teach it to your kid. Use it so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
Do you want a chance to earn FREE BOOKS without having a party right before Christmas? You've got 2 options! Come to the Mystery Hostess Open House, December 24th from 1-8pm, or place an order online. At the end of the show, all the orders will be entered in a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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Book of the Week A Novel of the Old West When Molly was a Harvey Girl by Frances M. Wood Ages 10-14 Description: When Molly's father dies, it's up to her nineteen-year-old sister Colleen to keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately, there's not much money left, and even fewer options. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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Today I have a fabulous reader review of one of our amazing science books from Kimberly! Did you know that you can submit your reader review for a chance to win a free book each month? Science With Magnets Series: Science Activities • Ages: 6 years and up • Pages: 24 This colorful book is packed with exciting scientific activities designed to help young children explore the intriguing properties of magnets. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
Would you like to check out some of our amazing books in person? We will be at some great events this weekend and we would love to meet you! Stop by and talk to us, check our our show specials and enjoy some other amazing activies and vendors as well!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
What is it, exactly, that turns someone into a book lover? "I really think it's the age at which you find that book that you really identify with that determines the rest of your reading life. The younger you are when you do that, the more likely you're going to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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One of the reasons I love Usborne Books is because we have used these books in our curriculum (and just for fun!) for years. Nonfiction is truely Usborne's strongest area, and it's easy to see why. Full color magazine-style double page spreads with a high picture-to-text ratio and engaging text... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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DID YOU KNOW: Children understand at a higher level than their reading level. Reading aloud to them increases their vocabulary, ideas and reading progress. Book of the Week – An Exclusive Title John Bladek weaves a tale of mystery & humor. Roll Up the Streets by John Bladek Ages 10-13... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
"No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy." - Los Angeles Times, "A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area" Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
Here's a great article about book parties I wanted to pass on. I've noticed this myself, as more of the traditional home parties are having lower attendance while the excitement is still growing for book parties. :) KSL.com: Book Parties Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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Wow! I just got done with the Woman's Expo at TRAC this weekend. What a blast! I love getting to meet everyone that is helping to promote literacy in their own homes! I am super overbooked for the holidays now and I need some help. This month's starter kit is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
I'll be at the Tri-Cities Woman's Expo! Come out and visit me at booth #152, pick up some amazing children's books to take home today, and take advantage of some awesome show specials! The expo is open on Friday, October 15th from 1-9pm & Saturday, October 16th from 9am-6pm. Let... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
The road to success is paved with books: Keep teens reading. Give them books, newspaper articles and magazines about things that interest them - fashion, music, movies, TV, computers, etc... For Reluctant Readers you must check out Conspiracy 365 by Australian Author Gabrielle Lord. 12 books that teens just can't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
Reading Activities for Bath Time: 1. Sing songs together at your kid's bath time. Be as loud as you can be! Try making up new songs. 2. Write with your finger on steamy windows & mirrors. 3. Try bath crayons - they wash off bath tiles! 4. Talk to your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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Stories From Around the World I just got my copy of this one, and I have to say it's a winner! In Usborne's signature full-color, fully-illustrated style, this volume includes 22 stories from countries and cultures all across the world, including fables like How the Turtle Got its Shell from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
Try This Today: Ask your child to "sound out" the beginning sound of some words in a familiar book, on a cereal box, or on a store sign when you're out shopping. It will help your child learn that printed words have meaning, and increase their vocabulary. Always praise them... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at Andi's Books & Reading Tips
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Here's another layout to share from the awesome scraplift challenges at Scrapperie earlier this year. There are so many things I love about using bright colors and fun papers! Sierra is especially good for this, because she is quite the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at RandomScraps
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Busy busy here this last week, with one kiddo down with the chicken pox. Luckily it was a pretty mild case, but we're still waiting to see if the others are gonna get it. The weather here has been absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at RandomScraps
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Here's another one of my pages for the Scrapperie scraplift challenges. This one came from February. I had a lot of fun crushing up the background heart and sanding the creases. Tomorrow my baby girl turns 2, so tonight we're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at RandomScraps
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Yikes! How can it be April already? I have been so, so busy these last few months, and I have clearly dropped the ball on the blogging, huh? Quick recap for today, then I hope to actually have some content... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2010 at RandomScraps
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