Five Books for Christmas

Christmas is the holiday that has won and captured America’s heart. The bright lights, delicious food, Santa Claus monuments, and more importantly, the birth of Jesus Christ, has made Christmas everyone’s favorite and most celebrated holiday. In addition to opening up presents, drinking egg nog, trimming the tree, and watching “A Christmas Story”, families should join together and read.  Here are five books to read for Christmas.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Books to read with your children during Christmas

Children ages 3-6 will love to read this Little Golden Book retelling of the classic 1964 holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All of the other reindeer make fun of Rudolph and won’t let him play in their reindeer games because he’s different. But when Christmas is almost cancelled because of a huge snowstorm, Rudolph comes to the rescue with his wonderful shiny red nose.

The Story of Christmas

Five books for Christmas

A classic bestseller presented in a new size with fresh, bright illustrations. Here is the story of the Nativity told in 200 words that are simple enough for a toddler to understand. From the Annunciation by the angel through Jesus’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the journey of the wise men, the Christmas story is presented in its most traditional form. Vibrant new illustrations are paired with classic text to bridge the connection between the biblical story of Jesus’s birth and today’s Christmas celebration. This book is unsurpassed as an introduction to the significance of the Christmas holiday.

A Christmas Carol

Five children's books to read for Christmas
The perfect gift for children and adults alike, Charles Dickens’ tale of self-discovery has become one of his most famous and best loved works. On Christmas Eve the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him that he will be visited by three spirits. During the night, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come show Scrooge the scenes of his youth, the poverty-stricken Christmas currently being endured by his loyal clerk Bob Cratchitt and his crippled son Tiny Tim—and the lonely future that awaits him if he continues in his grasping ways. He awakes on Christmas morning chastened by his nocturnal experiences, and resolves to be a better man. This volume also includes Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Tree,” with its evocative description of the delights of the season. With stunning, atmospheric new illustrations that evoke Dickensian London at Christmas time, award-winning artist Robert Ingpen has worked his wonders on this timeless tale.

Merry Christmas Daniel Tiger!

Books to read during the Christmas season

It’s a very merry Christmas with all your friends from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in this charming board book with flaps!

It’s Christmastime in the Neighborhood of Make Believe, and Daniel Tiger and his family can’t wait to celebrate! Join Daniel as he makes cookies for Santa with Baker Aker, decorates the Christmas tree with Mom Tiger, unwraps presents with Baby Margaret, and much more! This board book features lift-and-reveal flaps on each spread.

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus’ Birth

Books to read for Christmas

It’s the Christmas season during a time when people had little money to spend. Cookie jars held pennies, not Christmas cookies.

So when Jack smells something delicious coming from the kitchen, he can’t believe his nose. Cookies!

But his excitement turns to disappointment when he learns the cookies aren’t for him. Instead, Mother is baking them for the needy people at their church. While Jack helps roll out the dough, his mother tells him the legend of the Christmas cookie.

In a captivating interplay of simple words and beautiful illustrations, The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells a tender story of giving—not just cookies, but gifts of the heart that last forever.

Five Books for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays.  Over the years, it’s become more about the turkey and stuffing, and less about love, family, and life.  Thanksgiving is an opportunity to show our gratefulness to God and the people around us.  It should be an outward expression of our inner gratitude.

Here are five books to read to your children during the Thanksgiving season to inspire them to love, give, and be thankful for their lives.


Berenstain Bears The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessing

Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they- and YOU-can be thankful for…including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s.


Building Voices - five books for Thanksgiving My Thanksgiving Prayer

My Thanksgiving Prayer, written by Crystal Bowman and illustrated by Claudine Gevry, delights with the tradition of Thanksgiving as a young child offers praise and thanks for big and small things in her life.



Five books for Thanksgiving Being Thankful

Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter® and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Tommy Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the Inspired Kids line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.

In Being Thankful, Little Critter isn’t gettinganything he wants. Gator gets cool brand-new sneakers, while Little Critter is stuck with his boring blue ones. Tiger’s dad has a boat―but not Little Critter’s dad. And even at the ice cream shop, Little Critter can’t enjoy his chocolate ice cream cone because he would rather have a huge ice cream sundae instead. But on a trip to the farm, Grandma shows Little Critter why thankfulness is so important and helps make any situation seem so much happier.

Based on Psalm 107:1this book will show children what gratitude is and why we should be thankful for all of the blessings God has given us.


Five books for Thanksgiving Thanks for Thanksgiving

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!

Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable, while Doris Barrette’s beautiful and striking illustrations bring her thoughtful words to life.


Five books for Thanksgiving Thankfulness: A Gratitude Attitude

How do you teach a child to have grit? How do you encourage youngsters to show empathy to their peers? The books in the Rookie Talk About It series are a great way to introduce character education. Engaging text introduces each topic to the readers, while anecdotes provide real-life examples of how they can build these character strengths themselves.


Library of Congress National Book Festival – Promote Reading and Literacy

This year’s National Book Festival highlights the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and the Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson who wrote, “I Cannot Live Without Books” sold his personal collection to the Library of Congress two hundred years ago.

The National Book Festival is free to the public and takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sep 5, 2015 from 10am until 10pm. It features over 170 authors, poets, illustrators, and presenters. All book lovers in that area should attend this event!

For a list of presenters, please click here!

Children Retain Information – Build Their Individual Voices

Children are like sponges and therefore they are able to retain information at great levels.  Their brain is able to absorb anything that is presented to them.  If they listen to inappropriate music, then their brain will memorize every word.  If they watch violence on television, then their brain will remember the images.  If they read a book, then their brain will absorb the vocabulary and creativity.

What sort of information do you want your child to retain?

Teaching Through Technology – Use Apps to Build Voices

Teaching through technology has become the newest and most innovative way for the academic community to reach the youth.  Kids are fascinated with the complexity, simplicity, and the overall function of technology…so why not use this to our advantage?

The old-fashioned style of teaching where the teacher just lectures for hours and hours without any visuals, powerpoints, demonstrations, guest speakers, or use of technology, has come to an end.  More and more teachers are using overhead projectors, document readers, smart boards, and tablets in order to enhance their lessons.  The term technology in the classroom is becoming more popular everyday and has been discussed and featured in the media, ie. US News, Huffington Post, NEA Today.

Using technology as a support for learning has brought education into the 21st century.  It is every teachers and parents dream that their child is the next Bill Gates or JK Rowling…so what are we waiting for?  Let’s jump on this technology train while we still have a chance.


Check out the list below of popular apps that teachers are currently using.

1. Educatext is an educational app created to bridge the communication gap that exists between schools, parents, and students. It is a motivational, informative, and educational tool to help your child succeed by staying on top of the latest information. Start off by using the teach alters to remind your child to study for their upcoming test.  Use our app to motivate and challenge your child to achieve a greater knowledge and understanding of any subject matter.

2. Book Creator is only available for iPads, allowing kids to easily create their own iBook by importing images, multimedia, text, and audio. Its simplicity makes it good for kids of all ages. Even though it has been around for quite some time, some educators still call it their number-one tool.

3. Edmodo was founded in Chicago, Illinois, when two school district employees set out to bridge the gap between how students live their lives and how they learn in school, Edmodo was created to bring education into a 21st century environment.

4. Visual Routine is a simple, easy to program visual schedule that helps your autistic or special needs child keep a routine.  Routines can be tailored to their needs with audio feedback, and customizable pictures, audio, and text.  Instead of carrying around pecs or a laminated schedule, this app will let you have routines preset and then run them to show the child in an easy way what they have to do.

5. Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. Teachers can monitor all activity within their blogging community.

Interested in more apps?  Check out the following article.  This post can also be found on the Children’s Writer’s Guild website.

Reading Builds Character – Promote Reading

Reading Builds Character

Reading Builds Character is a reading program and nationwide initiative which encourages kids to read at least 15 minutes per day.

There are many benefits to reading. Each time your child reads, they are introduced to new vocabulary words, creativity, and overall knowledge expansion. We’ve discovered that reading builds character and character opens the door to more creativity. We must change the mindset of our children at any early age by incorporating reading into their daily regimen. It’s never too early to start building a stable foundation of learning for your child. Click here to see how you can get involved!

Reading Tips

1. Sign up for a library card to gain access to thousands of free books ranging from picture books to young adult literature. September is library card sign up month, so please be sure to get one.

2. Check out websites like Goodreads and LibraryThing for suggestions on great books for children.

3. Start off by encouraging your child to read at least 15 minutes per day. Overtime, increase it to an hour per day. Before you know it, your child will be reading one book per week.

4. Make sure to purchase high interest, educational, humorous, and inspiring literature that encourages your child to turn off the television and pick up a book to read.

5. Check out our CEO’s READING CHALLENGE!  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………