Why Kindle Kids Edition Belongs in Your Family Library

Why Kindle Kids Edition Belongs in Your Family Library

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As a parent creating a literacy-rich home environment, you may have considered purchasing an e-reader for the young readers in your family. As much as children benefit from exposure to traditional picture books and chapter books, there’s no doubt that e-readers have many advantages.

  • They’re light and portable, making it easy for your child to have reading material handy at all times.
  • E-readers can store thousands of books, making it possible for your family to own titles without worrying about physical storage.
  • Reluctant young readers often find an e-reader more exciting and “cool” than a traditional paper book.
  • Struggling readers benefit from the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, and most importantly, font size.
  • Embedded tools such as dictionaries boost comprehension on the spot.

These advantages make e-readers a powerful part of a literacy-rich home environment.

If you’ve been thinking of adding an e-reader to your family library, you’ll want to check out Amazon’s Kindle Kids Edition.

No Apps, No Videos, No Games – Just READING

Here’s what I love best – unlike tablets or phones, Kindle Kids Edition is only for reading. There are no apps, no videos and no games. If you’ve ever thought your child was using a tablet or phone to read, only to discover they were watching YouTube videos or playing Minecraft, the Kindle Kids Edition may be just what you’re looking for.

Designed for smaller hands, Kindle Kids Edition measures 6.4” x 4.7” x 0.5” and weighs just over 10 ounces. It comes with your choice of four cute cover designs, and the covers are built to withstand heavy use. A fully charged battery can last for weeks of daily reading sessions.


A Gift That Packs a Punch

Kindle Kids Edition comes with one free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. This is what makes it a terrific gift option. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a monthly subscription that offers more than a thousand popular titles for children ages three to twelve years old.

When you give Kindle Kids Edition to a child in your life, you are also giving them more than a thousand books.

                                               It’s hard to imagine a gift with more impact on a young reader.


With Kindle Kids Edition, parents and kids can set reading goals together, and kids can earn “Book Worm” and “Over Achiever” badges. There are three built-in features which enhance comprehension and study skills. Word Wise provides quick “pop up” definitions above difficult words, and the Kindle Dictionary allows kids to look up words themselves. The Vocabulary Builder turns words that have been looked up into flash cards for extra practice.

Kindle Kids Edition comes with a 2 year worry-free guarantee. If anything happens to your Kindle Kids Edition, you can return it and Amazon will replace it for free.


Part of a Literacy-Rich Home Environment

Kindle Kids Edition makes it so easy for kids to always have books at their fingertips – it has a well-earned place in every literacy-rich home environment.

 

 

 

 

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11 Powerful Reasons to Make Audiobooks Part of Your Family Life

11 Powerful Reasons to Make Audiobooks Part of Your Family Life

If you are trying to create a literacy-rich home environment and raise kids who are passionate readers, be sure to add listening to audiobooks to your list of family activities.

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Here are eleven compelling reasons to make audiobooks a regular part of your family life – or to give the gift of audiobooks to the families on your holiday gift list.

1.  Listening to audiobooks promotes a literacy-rich home environment. Kids who grow up in a literacy-rich home environment tend to learn to read easily, and develop a lifelong passion for books and reading.

2.  It fosters your family’s identity as readers and book lovers. Prioritizing time to listen to audiobooks together sends the message loud and clear, “We are a family that loves stories and books.”

3.  Enjoying audiobooks together creates shared memories you’ll treasure forever. My husband and young adult children still reminisce about listening to Holes by Louis Sachar on a road trip to Sedona, Arizona.

4.  Listening to audiobooks can involve all family members, no matter their age level. You’ll be amazed at how many children’s chapter books and novels are enjoyable for adults, too. Did you know that kids’ listening comprehension levels are typically two years above their reading comprehension levels? Younger children who may not be ready to fully understand a story can sit nearby and enjoy quiet activities or a snack while listening and being a part of family time. You can choose a wide variety of books without worrying about leaving anyone out.

5.  Listening to audiobooks together leads to terrific family discussions. Listen to a chapter while cooking dinner, and then discuss it together as you eat dinner. While listening in the car, pause after each chapter to let everyone share their thoughts and reactions to the story.

6.  Relaxing by listening to an audiobook reduces stress and calms the mind and spirit. When life gets crazy and the energy level in your home is too rambunctious, load up a favorite audiobook and feel the chaos subside.

7.  Listening to audiobooks improves language development and vocabulary in children of all ages, and improves speech articulation in younger kids. Audiobooks are a fantastic way to expose your children to the rich vocabulary found in high quality literature. Skilled voice actors model crisp, clear pronunciation and speech articulation.

8.  Audiobooks help kids improve their listening and visualizing skills, which are crucial for good comprehension. Children who listen to audiobooks develop the ability to listen carefully and visualize the events in the story.

9.  Listening to audiobooks is a powerful, effective way to support struggling or reluctant readers. Listening while following along on a device or in a book improves decoding, fluency and comprehension.  It also builds confidence and motivation by giving kids access to the same popular books their peers are reading.

10.  It improves fluency in readers of all ages, by modeling reading rate, phrasing, tone and expression. Kids start to model their own oral reading after the expert readers and voice actors who narrate audiobooks.

11.  Audiobooks offer an attractive, persuasive alternative to screen time. Instead of breaking out the tablets in the car, load up an audiobook. Experiment to find other times to substitute an audiobook for screen time. Once your kids have become accustomed to listening, you might be surprised at how willing they are to accept this alternative!

 

Listening to audiobooks is a powerful strategy for developing literacy in your children.

 

Fortunately, audiobooks are easy to find these days, and the cost doesn’t have to be prohibitive.

My favorite way to get audiobooks for free is through Overdrive, a network of libraries and schools. With a card from a participating library, you can check out any eBook or audiobook for as long as 21 days. Unlike many sites that feature free audiobooks, Overdrive provides access to just about any title available. This is important because you will want access to quality children’s literature.

The easiest way to purchase audiobooks is through Audible by Amazon. You purchase credits by the month or in bulk, and then use them to buy audiobooks. (Each audiobook costs one credit.) Credits start at $14.95 per month for one credit and range up to $229 for 24 credits.

Credits do roll over from month to month, but not indefinitely. Be sure to check the current terms of service. The selection of available titles is vast and up-to-date, and Audible offers a 30% discount on any additional titles you purchase.

To start your family’s free 1 month Audible trial, click here.

Looking for a thoughtful, meaningful gift for a birthday or holiday? Audiobooks are a fantastic gift option for anyone from families to individuals of any age. To give the benefits of audiobooks through Audible by Amazon, click here.

I hope you’ll make audiobooks a part of your family culture today. The benefits are priceless, and I promise you won’t regret it!

 

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Delight Your Baby With These Adorable Interactive Books

Delight Your Baby With These Adorable Interactive Books

Babies and toddlers need sturdy books that have simple, clear illustrations with minimal text, and also present early learning concepts in an engaging way that invites interaction.

Keep reading to discover highly unique, carefully crafted, interactive books for babies and toddlers.

When you give these books as a baby shower or birthday gift, you’ll introduce the recipient to a whole new world of delightful books. You’ll also find charming books for your own baby or toddler, that are sure to become treasured family favorites in no time.

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First Focus Frieze Books

Does your baby resist tummy time? Then these First Focus Frieze books are for you! Each book folds out and stands up, so you can position it in front of your baby. High contrast, simple pictures capture your baby’s attention and make tummy time easy and fun.

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Little Red Penguin Books

On each page of the Little Red Penguin “lift the flap” books, this adorable little guy asks your baby or toddler a question. Then, your little one can lift the flap to reveal the answer!

 

Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Books

Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Books include a sensory element, with each animal having a different texture for babies to feel. With lots of colors, objects and adjectives in the simple text, these books are great for vocabulary development. High contrast illustrations make these books especially appealing to babies and toddlers. books for toddlers

 

Baby’s First Rolling Books

The cardboard wheels on Baby’s First Rolling Books actually roll, adding an extra element of fun to these books. Help your little one develop sequencing and memory skills in Baby’s Very First Bus Book. Each book also develops critical thinking skills with questions that involve the reader in the simple story.

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Baby’s Very First Slide and See Books

Baby’s Very First Slide and See books are perfect for helping older babies and toddlers develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They also teach cause and effect, as children operate the simple slide mechanism to change the picture. These books are super engaging physically, with just a little bit of text on each page.

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Baby’s Very First Playbook Words

Baby’s Very First Playbook Words is a series of unique books that combine fine motor activities with cheerful illustrations and vocabulary development. Each book contains grooved “fingertrails” for your baby or toddler to trace, plus plenty of holes to poke at and peek through.

books for toddlers

books for toddlers

 

What’s Happening?

The What’s Happening? series of books is an introduction to the “look and find” genre for older babies and toddlers. Each two page spread has questions about the illustrations. Little ones will love searching the colorful pictures and gleefully pointing to the object that answers the question. These books provide lots of opportunities for conversation and interaction with your child.

two books for babies

 

Very First Book of Things to Spot

The Very First Book of Things to Spot series is a set of “look and find” books for ages 18 months and up. These books provide endless hours of entertainment for toddlers. They’re perfect for teaching concepts such as shapes, sizes, colors, animals, counting and MUCH more. Children develop listening and thinking skills as they listen to your prompt and then search for that object.

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That’s Not My…Board Books

That’s Not My…Board Books are simple and delightful. Each book features repetition, different textures and clear illustrations that are similar and consistent across the whole series. Once you and your child fall in love with one of these books, you’ll want all the others that feature your family’s favorite themes. And there are a ton of themes, ranging from fairies to monsters to unicorns to trains. These are a “must-have” for any baby or toddler’s library.

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books for babies

 

My First Word Books

Each of these My First Word Books has over 200 words with matching pictures. They are AMAZING for helping your toddler develop vocabulary. Start off by pointing to a picture and saying its name. As time goes on, ask your little one, “Can you find the _______ ?” Finally, see if your child can touch a picture AND say the name by themselves.

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Are You There?

In each of Are You There? books, a different little animal is hiding. Peeking through die-cut shapes in the pages, you’ll think that you have caught a glimpse of the hiding animal. But when you turn the page, you’ll discover something entirely different. For example, an elephant’s trunk turns out to be a snake. Kids love the thrill of turning the pages and being surprised, until finally the hiding animal is revealed at the end of the book.

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Click through to add a few of these carefully designed, gorgeously crafted books to your family library today. Share in the comments – which ones did you choose?

 

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How to Fire Up Your Child’s Motivation to Write (Check Out This Video!)

How to Fire Up Your Child’s Motivation to Write (Check Out This Video!)

I love to provide kids with “cool” writing supplies. It’s a fun, effective way to increase motivation and interest.

With this idea in mind, I designed this “make your own” or “create your own” blank comic book for kids. You’ll see that I left the front cover entirely blank. It’s a good idea to have your child design the cover on a separate piece of paper and then glue it to the front of the book. This avoids disappointment and drama if it takes a few attempts to get the artwork right. Or if you prefer, your child can use Sharpie or other permanent markers to create their design right on the cover.

The inside has blank comic book pages. This blank comic strip format is really flexible, because younger or struggling writers can tell their story mostly through illustrations with just a few sentences. Older or more confident writers can compose longer text, with fewer illustrations.

Comic strip stories can be just a few pages long, or you could use the whole book to tell one long story.

Take a closer look at our “Make Your Own Comic Book” in this video.

This blank comic book would make a great daily journal for kids. They can illustrate what happened during the day, with dialogue or captions to go along with the pictures.

Wouldn’t this make a fabulous family keepsake as a travel or vacation journal for kids? The possibilities are endless! Fire up your young writer’s motivation with this “Make Your Own Comic Book.”

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Banish Summer Boredom with the Best Interactive Activity Books for Kids – Part 2

Banish Summer Boredom with the Best Interactive Activity Books for Kids – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of “Banish Summer Boredom with the Best Activity Books for kids. Hopefully you’ve read part 1 of this epic list of activity books for kids. If not, click over and check it out!

Interactive activity books for kids are an appealing alternative to screen time, and just what you need to keep boredom at bay on long summer days. Enjoy the list below and add a few to your family library today.

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Drawing Books

These Step-by-Step Drawing books make it easy for kids to draw people, animals, dinosaurs and more. The directions and illustrations are clear, and space is provided for practice right in the book. Use these as inspiration for sidewalk chalk art this summer! 8.5″ by 10″, ages 4+, and totally appropriate for older kids and even adults.

Usborne Books Step By Step Drawing Books

 

And here’s another set of clear step by step drawing books.

Usborne Books I Can Draw Books

 

Little Transfer Books

Each 7″ by 9″ Little Transfer Book has fun scenes to fill in with hundreds of included “transfer stickers.”  Just rub the front of the image directly onto the page and watch it transfer quickly and easily. Ages 4+.

learning activity books for kids

 

Rub-Down Books

The 9.5″ by 11″ Rub-Down books are a more “grown-up” version of the Little Transfer Books, with beautiful nature themes. Ages 5+.

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Rubber Stamp Activities Books

These three Rubber Stamp Activities books include clear instructions to complete fun scenes by stamping simple shapes to create animals. 10″ by 9″, ages 4+.

Discover and Follow Your Child's PassionsMake regular trips to the library and/or the bookstore so that your child can explore different types of books.

 

Fingerprint Activities Books

There are five books in this series of Fingerprint Activity books. They are full of colorful scenes waiting for your child to add their own “fingerprint art.” Each book includes a handy attached ink pad with seven vibrant colors. 9″ by 10,” ages 6+.

Discover and Follow Your Child's PassionsMake regular trips to the library and/or the bookstore so that your child can explore different types of books.

 

Fold & Fly Books

This Fold & Fly series includes books with flying dinosaurs, dragons, bugs and spaceships. And of course, plenty of planes! Tear out the page you want and follow the detailed instructions to create your Fold & Fly craft. 6″ by 9,” ages 6+.

Usborne Books Fold and Fly

 

Paper Doll Books

Two Paper Doll books are available. One has a cover that becomes a stand-up backdrop and the other one includes outlines of clothes to draw on and design original outfits.

Usborne Books Cut Out Paper Dolls

 

Activity Books with Stickers

Each of these Activity Books is chock full of activities, puzzles, pictures to color, mazes and plenty of stickers. Themes range from “Beastly Bugs” to “Dangerous Animals” and “Telling Time” to “Fractions and Decimals”

Usborne Activity Sticker Books

 

Mosaic Sticker Books

These unique Mosaic Sticker books allow your kids to create a range of different pictures and scenes using simple, geometrically-shaped stickers. Ages 6+.

Usborne Mosaic Sticker Books

 

Maze Books

These Maze Books let your child explore their way through imaginatively illustrated mazes to find lost friends, escape danger, and discover treasure. Ages 6+.

maze books for kids

 

Find and Color Books

Each page of these Find and Color books challenges your child to find and color specific items within the black and white illustrations. Coloring in the rest of the scene is fun, too. These books are great for improving visual discrimination and attention to detail.

spot and find and color activity books for kids

 

Foil Art Books

Introduce a new art form to your family with these unique Foil Art books. Each book contains ten adhesive “picture cards,” which are divided into little shapes. Peel the paper backing off one shape at a time, and then place a piece of colored foil on top, shiny side up. Rub the foil, and it transfers into that space. Once the picture has been foiled, it’s time to use it for a craft. Each book contains several pages of ideas and examples such as birthday cards, picture frames, or nameplates.

Usborne Books Foil Art

 

Muddle & Match Books

In these Muddle & Match books your kids can make up their own funny stories and create crazy characters as they flip through the split pages.

Usborne Books Muddle and Match Books

 

Color & Pop-Up Books

These Color & Pop-Up books combine two favorite kids’ activities –  coloring and pop-up books! Color each scene and then each pop-up character. Follow the directions to fold and glue each character to its own two-page spread, and you’ve made your very own pop-up book!

Usborne Books Pop-ups

 

Magic Painting Books

Magic Painting books are gorgeous updated versions of simple water painting books of the past. Brush water over the detailed black and white illustrations and watch the colors appear.

Usborne Books Magic Painting Books

 

 

Treat your kids to a few of these interactive activity books, and watch their imagination and creativity soar. They’re a confidence-building alternative to screen time, and provide opportunities for kids to improve attention and build concentration skills. Which ones will your kids love?

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