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Using Activities to Show Reading is Fun



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The kids may be back in school, but that doesn’t mean reading at home should stop.  Parents may just have to get a little more creative in finding ways to keep it fun.  Parents can show their kids the fun side of learning by doing some cool activities with them.  Check out some reading activities on Education.com, and show your kids there is a fun side to learning. If you’re looking for some titles to share with Junior, consider these:

Ages 2 to 6



Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater (Candlewick Press, 2012), $15.99.  In this lovely tale about a random act of kindness, the bear wakes up one morning to find something special just outside his cave.  He has no idea what it is.  It’s orange, long, has a point at one end and something bushy at the other.  He tastes it.  It’s so sweet and crunchy!  The next morning, he finds two of the wonderful crunchy things.  But, who left him these wonderful treats?  It’s a mystery!

Ages 3 to 7




Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press, 2012), $16.99.  You’ll have a hard time suppressing a grin as you read this book with your kids!  Amelia is always smiling.  And, her smiles are contagious!  When she smiles at Mrs. Higgins, her neighbor, Mrs. Higgins not only smiles but decides to send cookies to her grandson.  That makes her grandson Lionel smile, which gives him an idea.  See how Amelia’s good cheer turns a small dose of kindness into a big positive influence.

Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse (Candlewick Press, 2012), $15.99.  A castle can be such a lonely place.  So lonely, it makes the princess cry for some company.  She longs for a dragon, and little does she know that a dragon longs for her too.  The lonely dragon follows the princess’s sad trail of tears, and a wonderful friendship is born.  Daytime is filled with games and whispering, and bedtime isn’t lonely any more.

Ages 5 to 8

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson

by Kenneth Kraegel (Candlewick Press, 2012), $15.99.  Young readers in search of adventure will love this story of imagination.  Henry Alfred Grummorson, the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of King Arthur wants to celebrate his sixth birthday the way his very great grandfather may have.  Henry wants an exciting adventure!  So, armed with his helmet and sword, Henry sallies forth on his quest for adventure only to find that the fire-breathing dragon just wants to blow smoke rings; the Cyclops only wants to have a staring contest; and the griffin is just not that into fighting.  Will Henry finally meet his match in the fearsome leviathan?

And for Mommy (or Daddy)

The Innocent by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, 2012), $27.99.  Will Robie had a job to do.  Assassin is what most people might say his job title was, but Robie took little stock in what most people said.  He just did what he was told to do, and he took his orders from one place – the government of the United States of America.   And, America has enemies.  But this time, something doesn’t seem quite right, and Robie does something he’s never done before; he ignores the order to kill.  Then, the games begin.  Running from the scene, Robie crosses paths with a 14-year-old whose own life is in danger.  This book will have you on the edge of your seat from page one with twists and turns that have you guessing till the very end.

DVD Review

Mia and the Migoo With its gorgeous scenery, exciting storyline and wholesome message of love, loyalty and forgiveness, parents can feel good about Mia and the Migoo from studio Folimage. When Mia has a premonition, she sets out to find her father, trapped in a lakeside construction site landslide, and encounters the Migoo, sweet forest spirits protecting the Tree of Life and surrounding lake from the construction. Together, they team up to find her father and save the tree. This Dove Foundation-approved animated film features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine and James Woods. Distributed by GKIDS ($19.98)


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