Pirate-Packed Kids Giveaway: Potatoes for Pirate Pearl

International Talk Like a Pirate Day was 9/19 and we are celebrating with Pirate Pearl and her parrot, Petunia, as they grow tired of their hardtack biscuits and abandon ship in search of new vittles. Their treasure map leads them to an unlikely place: Farmer Fay’s potato farm. Farmer Fay shares her grub and her knowledge with Pearl, teaching the pirate everything she needs to know about growing and caring for a potato harvest. The unlikely friendship between the landlubber and the seafarer teaches children that friends are even more valuable than treasure.

How to Inspire a Reluctant Reader

Stop sparring with your kiddos and try these tactics
Let's face it—some adolescents approach reading with all the enthusiasm of a snail on a Monday morning. This can be aggravating and demoralizing as a parent or educator (since we all know the value of reading), but we’ve got some ideas on how to ignite a new obsession between reluctant readers and words.

How to Inspire a Reluctant Reader

The Impact of Reading on Children's Intellect and Development

Reading is an important element of language development in children. It nurtures and expands the child's verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Reading encourages children to better understand their environment and world by offering new experiences. It develops their language skills fun and engagingly and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Here are other ways reading impacts a child's language development.

four children of different races reading a book together

Celebrate National STEM Day with National Geographic Kids Books!

National STEM Day is November 8th and National Geographic Kids is celebrating in a BIG way with new releases that inspire and allow kids to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering and math -- and have fun doing it!

FIN-TASTIC Titles from Nat Geo Kids Books

FIN-TASTIC Titles from Nat Geo Kids Books

Attention shark lovers! Looking for some jaw-some new books for your favorite fin fans? National Geographic Kids Books is celebrating this majestic beast and its habitat with a fantastic shark-themed review opportunity and giveaway for all ages. Dive into these six picks for stellar shark info, vibrant photos, exciting first-hand accounts of shark encounters and weird, wild and fascinating facts that your kids will fall for hook, line, and sinker.

Summer Must-Reads for 2022

Summer is here! Don't let your kiddos suffer from summer slide. Summer reading is critical, not only for helping kids maintain learning while school is out, but also for fostering social-emotional development, discovering the joy of stories, and elevating the importance of lifelong learning. Educators and parents agree summer reading matters. Below are some great selections plus you could win some copies of your own!

Summer Must-Reads for 2022

#EscapeTheIndoors with Nat Geo Kids Books

Today is National Get Outdoors Day! Summer is here and there is no better time for outdoor adventures. Whether it's going on a hike, visiting a park, planting a garden, camping, geocaching or stargazing, Nat Geo Kids makes it easy and fun for kids of all ages to #EscapeTheIndoors and explore their world.

#EscapeTheIndoors with Nat Geo Kids Books Giveaway

How to Help Your Child to Fall in Love with Reading

It’s common knowledge that reading is an important skill for children, but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Reading helps children and adults to exercise their minds, become exposed to new ideas, and expand their vocabulary. There’s no “wrong thing” to read because almost everything has a benefit.

How to Help Your Child to Fall in Love with Reading

However, not every child has a natural inclination to read. Some children would rather watch television, play video games, or do something active. There’s a time and place for everything, including sitting down with a good book. So, how can you make reading less of a chore for your child?

Introducing "Ada and the Galaxies" Plus Make Your Own Galaxy Slime

This post is sponsored by Candlewick Press. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes we want something so bad, that we forget to soak in and enjoy the wonders of life happening around us. Written by New York Times best-selling author Alan Lightman, in collaboration with Olga Pastuchiv, "Ada and the Galaxies" explores how interconnected the natural world is.

Ada is like so many children. Her focus is so much on seeing the stars, that she almost misses the wonders around her. That single-minded determination and disappointment when it doesn’t come to fruition is something all parents and children will identify with. There are even adults who are like this as well.

Something to Read at Christmas for Truck Loving Kids {Free Coloring Sheet Printable}

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Candlewick Press. All opinions are my own.

Looking for gift ideas for a truck loving kid? I don't like to over buy or overwhelm for Christmas, but I do purchase based on the idea of something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.

Something to Read at Christmas for Truck Loving Kids

My family and I were recently sent "Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of Christmas" Hardcover by Mark Lee and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. The creative team that conceived Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street wants to add a big dose of Christmas cheer to an array of trucks for counting with the components of read-aloud holiday magic.

One doughnut truck, on a cold winter day, drives into town and parks and stays.

Fall Favorites from National Geographic Kids Books

With Labor Day in the rearview mirror (how did THAT happen??) I'm excited to turn the page and welcome a new season AND a new school year with "Fall Favorites" from National Geographic Kids Books. Whether you are looking to add to your family's bookshelf, in need of quality resources to supplement distance learning, or starting on your holiday gift lists, these books are guaranteed to ignite imagination and bring the world to kids' doorsteps.

Fall Favorites from National Geographic Kids Books

Books to Beat Summer Slide for Tweens

Reading is an essential part of learning development. Don't your tween slide this summer and check out these amazing titles below. Enter to WIN these great titles below as well.

Books to Beat Summer Slide for Tweens

Celebrating National DINO Day with National Geographic Kids

Did you know that May 18th is National Dinosaur Day? However, one day is just not enough time to devour all the fascinating dino facts, dig into the latest dino science and discover the incredible world that dinosaurs inhabited ages ago, so National Geographic Kids is celebrating throughout the ENTIRE month of May. In honor of Dino-MAY-nia, National Geographic Kids Books is delighted to offer a super fun giveaway to my readers!

Celebrating National DINO Day with National Geographic Kids

Books to Teach & Celebrate Black History All Year Long

 It is Black History Month and I recently saw someone say that Black History is redundant and the reason he said this was because simply, Black History is American History and we should be teaching it all year long. We have been teaching a filtered version of our history to make it sound nicer, but the only we can do better is to teach our children the truth so we can actually learn from mistakes and do better.

Books to Teach & Celebrate Black History All Year Long

Today I'm sharing some books to help teach and celebrate Black History Month not just in February, but all year long.

How to Improve Your Child's Reading Comprehension

The ability to comprehend what they read is perhaps one of the most important skills that any reader will develop. If you want your child to be able to do more than just call words then you will have to teach them how to read and comprehend.

How to Improve Your Child's Reading Comprehension

While this skill is not the easiest to develop it is not impossible. The key is knowing what to do and when to do it, this will give you all the keys you need to help your child succeed. Here are the steps you should be taking to help your child to read and comprehend. 

Gift Ideas for Curious Kids from Nat Geo Kids Books

This holiday season, National Geographic Kids Books has something for every kid who is curious about the world around them. From big, beautiful, gift-worthy books about the weird, wild and wonderful to stocking stuffers that are, well STUFFED with cool facts, these books are sure to be a big hit and will keep kids engaged long after the batteries have run out on this season’s "it" toy. Here is a bit more about these must-haves this holiday season: 

Encourage Imagination and Creative Play with Prestel Picture Books

Ready for another giveaway just in time for the holiday season? These titles are great to get kids' imagination and creative play flowing while they may be staying at home.

Home Learning Essentials from Nat Geo Kids Books

Whether you are going back to school in person, home schooling, distance learning, or decided to switch to private school, this year will look different. Our children are going in two weeks to in person school and they will have to wear masks for most of the day. Right now we are virtual learning and have been having a ton of tech issues. So supplementing their education is important to me.

As millions of kids (and their parents!) embark on distance learning, what’s on the family bookshelf has never been more important. Nat Geo Kids Books has always been the gold standard when it comes to providing educational, fun, engaging books for kids, and this fall is no different. I was recently sent a National Geographic Kids Books Home Learning Essentials that I am excited to share with you as well as giveaway! I love National Geographic Kids books for my family and these are no exception. Here is a bit more about these titles that are must-haves for the school year:

Summer Fun, Facts, and Fantastic Adventures from National Geographic

With homeschooling and quarantining, I have been trying to find more ways for my kids to enjoy stay at home life. They are saying now that we shall see a second spike soon even though things are starting to open up slowly, but regardless it is a great idea to keep little minds reading through out the summer months so they retain information. And what a better way than with book National Geographic! Check out these brain-boosting, boredom-busting titles and enter to win too!

Devotionals for Busy Mom Life

I have been attending church now with my kids since last March. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I stopped going when I met my husband years ago. They even mention sometimes that it can happen. He didn't go, so I stopped going. It was right, but that's what happened. And then I was scared to go by myself for so long. Why I have no idea. But then I did the "scary thing" and started back. I am so glad I made that decision for myself and family.

We have learned so much and it has helped me through so rough patches. I have anxiety and am stressed a lot, recently I have seen online that so many others mothers are too. So I thought I would share some devotionals that may help.