1. What Is the Best Time to Read to Your Child?

    Mother and daughter reading togetherYour parents may have read aloud to you before bedtime, and your grandparents may have read aloud to your parents before their bedtime, but have you ever wondered about the benefits of all of that reading aloud before bedtime?

    Is bedtime the best time for reading to your child? At what age should you start reading to a child? What is the most beneficial time to read to your child to facilitate word retention?

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  2. How e-Books Can Save You Money

    Two teenagers look at a tabletNew books aren’t cheap, and costs can quickly pile up if your child is an insatiable reader. Luckily, there are ways to provide your child with books that won’t break the bank.

    Of course, your local library is an excellent resource for free books. Sometimes though, the library isn’t always the best option. Exuberant children can damage books, return deadlines can be forgotten, and busy schedules can make getting to the library a challenge.

    If that is the case for your family, you’ll need to find another way to save money on books. With the rise of digital technology, e-books have increasingly become a cheaper alternative to new books. If you hadn’t considered e-books yet, here are a few reasons why you might want to: 

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  3. 5 Children’s Movies You Never Knew Were Books

    Illustration of a Family at the MoviesIf you’ve ever seen a movie that was based on a book, you’ve probably said, “The book was better” at least once. Why? Maybe you visualized the main character to look or act a certain way, and the actor portraying him or her just didn’t stack up. Or perhaps the movie took some liberties with certain chapters of the book that you may have loved as they were originally written.

    On the other hand, there may have been movies you’ve seen that you didn’t even know were books. Don’t believe us?

    Here are five children’s movies that are also books:

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  4. Publish Your Child’s Book with This Awesome App

    Children Reading a Book TogetherWouldn’t it be great if your child could write a book of his or her own? Writing is a skill that definitely should be encouraged, and that has many benefits for children throughout their lifetime, including benefits not related to school.

    However, isn’t it really expensive to publish a book? Fifteen or 20 years ago that might have been the case, but nowadays there are book-publishing apps for children that make it easy, inexpensive, and efficient. Learn more about two apps you may want to consider:

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  5. DIY Reading Loft Ideas for Your Family

    Most parents want their children to be able to read well and enjoy reading, too. If a child doesn’t enjoy spending time with books, he or she is unlikely to devote the time it takes to learn to read well.

    An ideal way to help foster a love for books in your child is to create a literary-rich environment in your home. This can be partly achieved by providing plenty of books and reading materials, displaying a positive attitude toward reading and writing, encouraging reading and writing for both pleasure and practical reasons, and reading aloud to your child every day at the same place and time.

    Having a dedicated physical reading space isn’t a requirement for a literary-rich environment, but having an enjoyable space can be a huge ally in getting your child to love books. With that in mind, what would be more enjoyable for your child (and you) than having a reading loft for your daily reading sessions? Follow these simple steps and build your dream reading spot:

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