Category Archives: reading with kids


It’s always good to start the day with some haiku. From Kid No. 1: Musicians write songs Some of them are popular Do the Harlem Shake And: Isaac Newton said that what goes up must come down So why do … Continue reading

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Birthday of the Trees

It’s nearly Tu B’Shevat, the Birthday of the Trees, but you don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate your leafy friends. (See Arbor Day, Earth Day and Every Day.)  Here are some activities you might try with your kids, even in … Continue reading

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The best kind of mail

This is pretty much the best mail a writer can ever receive: a packet from Mrs. Gagnon’s first-grade class at Allendale Elementary School in Pittsfield, Mass. I got art work! I got book reports! And I got a quick lesson in … Continue reading

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Horton Halfpott

It’s hard to know when to celebrate Horton’s book birthday. It’s due out May 1st, but it seems to be in stores NOW, and as we’ve already read the book in my house, I figured we’d get the party started. … Continue reading

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Reading is Fundamental

The acronym RIF has been around so long that sometimes we might forget what it stands for. Reading. Is. Fundamental. And it is. The organization, which has a mission “to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life,” … Continue reading

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