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Have you seen our Shine-a-Light series yet?

Pair these with a small flashlight and these make fantastic gifts. Each right-hand page has hidden secrets that can be discovered by shining your flashlight behind the page. What fun you’ll have gathering round at bedtime to discover the hidden pictures!
12208694_1181254538556140_2372607589844695684_nChildren love learning about the habitats hidden in the foliage, a tree trunk, or underground. Train lovers and fans of construction vehicles get to see the inner workings normally hidden from sight. Get one or invest in several. Your kids are going to love these!

These three have moved to the very top of our Top 100 Sellers

11147177_10153006778589983_5046624678524064532_nOur Shine-a-Light books are a great big hit with kids from ages 4-8.  As you read the story they get to shine a flashlight behind every right-side page to reveal the hidden secrets of nature.  What fun!  
Let your kids guess what they’ll find hiding in each illustration.  They won’t easily forget what they learn about habitats, tide pools, and tree trunks.  Pair these titles with a small flashlight for a delightful birthday gift or a special treat for overnights at a grandparent’s house.  Purchase one or purchase several in the Shine-a-Light series.

Has your 2-year-old started (or are they still) waking up at night?

My kids are teenagers now so this no longer applies to me though my kids are often up at all hours of the night too.  Thankfully that doesn’t mean I have to be awake with them.  But if you’re in the throws of toddler hood and your child’s nights are still challenging, here’s a tip you may not have tried from Becky at Your Modern Family.  (See original post at http://www.yourmodernfamily.com/waking-at-night-advice/)

My 2 year old is still waking up at night – advice from a Pediatrician 

A few years ago, when our child was still waking up at night, I went into our Doctor’s office with this complaint…  “My 2 year old is still waking up at night .”  Her advice changed our nights!

2, 3, 4 year old waking up at night

I wanted to share this with you, because our son was the BEST sleeper.  He came home from the hospital and slept through the night.   


At one year of age, he continued to sleep all night long.  He did this until he was about two years of age and then it started.  He started waking up at night and it was happening every night.  He was waking up not feeling rested… even, might I say… “Crabby”?


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Once we started watching his patterns more often, we realized that it was around the same time every night.  He was going to bed around 7:00 every night (6:00 if he didn’t nap at all) and waking up in the morning around 7:00 or 8:00.  If he goes to bed at 6:00, he wakes up between 6:50 & 7:30 – he always gets at least 12 hours, sometimes 13, which is about what he needs.

He started waking up at midnight, too.  He would wake up and cry.  We would just go in, cover him up and he would go back to sleep.  Sometimes he wanted a drink or different pajamas (not sure about this one, he just liked to change his pajamas – haha!)  It was impacting his mornings.  He just wasn’t acting like himself because he was waking up and not getting his much-needed rest. After a few weeks of this, I was exhausted (We have three other kids and one was a baby at the time.)  He was exhausted, too.

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I wish I could say that it was a short phase, but it kept going.  A few months later, I was even more exhausted.  When his 3 year well-check came around, this was brought up and we received great advice!

THIS ADVICE CHANGED HIS SLEEP PATTERNS AND HE BEGAN TO SLEEP ALL NIGHT LONG…

She told us that when WE go to bed, go into his room first, hug him, kiss him, lay with them, cover him up…. all things to rouse him just a bit.  Wake him just enough to break him out of his sleep a little.  What this does is that it breaks up his sleep cycle.   He was waking when he was switching from his REM sleep.   I studied child development in college, so this makes complete sense to me, once she said it.

I wish I would have thought of it sooner!  It worked PERFECTLY!  He no longer woke up at night and he sleeps the full night.  I was so excited the first night and I have been happy ever since!  So the key is just to ‘stir him a bit’ before you go to bed.  That was it for us!  I hope that it works for you, too!

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I’ve highlighted some of these new picture books already but it’s nice to hear when others shower praise on them.  Pick on the book picture for detailed info about notable features of these titles.  Pick on the title of the book to purchase, or contact me today to find out how to get these books for free.

A TALE OF TWO BEASTS

Fiona Roberton  * 978-1-61067-361-7 * $12.99
Ages 5-9

Totally delightful.” – Kirkus Reviews,STARRED
“Cleverly crafted and told, this picture book explores points of view …” – Waking Brain Cells
“It’s a smart and not-too-serious introduction to the idea of empathy—and boundaries.” –Publishers Weekly

Bears Don’t Read!

Emma Chichester Clark * 978-1-61067-366-2 * $12.99
Ages 4-8

“Inherent to the story is the subtle message that there’s a difference between not being able to read and not wanting to read. …this will tickle pre-readers.” – Kirkus Reviews 

“Smoothly written and packed with dialogue, this disarming story will speak to kids who are learning to read, as well as those looking forward to gaining the skill.” – Booklist

“A delightful tale that cleverly demonstrates the joy of reading.” – School Library Journal

 

JESSICA’S BOX

Peter Carnavas * 978-1-61067-347-1 * $11.99
Ages 4-8

“The message is clear: Just be yourself, and friends will come.” – Kirkus Reviews

The solidly straightforward story arc, simple mixed-media illustration, effective use of color, and ample white space are all strengths.” – The Horn Book Magazine

“… this simple tale of the desire to make friends at a new school is so believable that one hardly notices that Jessica is in a wheelchair, and that is one of the book’s major strengths.” – School Library Journal

HERE IN THE GARDEN

Briony Stewart * 978-1-61067-348-8 * $11.99 * Ages 4-8

“A gentle story about the cycle of nature and dealing with loss.” – School Library Journal

“Stewart beautifully allows the book to speak to anyone who has experienced loss.” –Waking Brain Cells

SECRETS OF THE SEASHORE A SHINE-A-LIGHT BOOK

Carron Brown and Alyssa Nassner
978-1-61067-352-5 * $12.99 * Ages 4-8

Named a BANK STREET COLLEGE
BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

“A diverting interactive introduction to several coastal species, from otters to oystercatchers.” – Publishers Weekly

To moms of babies, introducing the Left Shoe Trick

Here’s a timely post from the Two Twenty One blog which will help insure that our precious little ones are kept safe.  What do you think of this idea?
11151013_957121194332384_3549660422488091584_n“We’re implementing the left shoe trick this summer. After buckling Owen into his car seat, I take off my left shoe and put it on the backseat. The idea is that I won’t get very far without my shoe. While I’d like to think I’d never forget my baby in a hot car, all these cases in recent years scare the crap out of me. (No judgmental comments, please. This trick is meant to be helpful.)”

Spotlight on I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, video included

This  playful read aloud for preschoolers sports thick, coated pages to stand up to your toddler’s abuse.  Kids who pick up on the rhyming, sing-song text will soon be joining along in the fun.  Enjoy this video of a kindergarten teacher reading the book, then add  I’m a Dirty Dinosaur to your library.

Teach Your Monster to Read…our FREE online game for kids

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Did you know…

the British founder of Usborne Books Publishing, Peter Usborne, and his two adult children have developed a free online game through their charitable fund, the Usborne Foundation?  Created by reading experts and gaming professionals, this game has been available to kids around the world for four years now and your kids can use a PC or laptop and  join the fun too.  A downloadable App is also available for a small fee.

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Get more information at TeachYourMonstertoRead.com .  Read the reviews, join the blog, try the demos or start a free account.  Available for use both in home or at school, this is another tool you can use to make reading fun for your kids.  Get started today!

 

Hug a doctor today!

10299931_10153162776332386_7918816044641186293_nOr at least hug your kids and share this title which explores what to expect at the doctor’s office and the work that doctors do to help us stay healthy.  One reviewer writes that this title is “ideally suited for reading to young children, for sharing ideas with slightly older children and being read by early readers.”   From the First Experiences series, you can see more about this and others in the series here.