Tips for helping your beginning reader

Many four year olds start to show an interest in reading. Once they have figured out that the little squiggles on the page mean something (i.e. having print awareness), their curiosity grows and they may tell you “I want to read”.  Then what? You may want to start whipping out sight word flashcards or sign your children up to reading apps like ‘Reading Eggs’. But here are three things any parent can do that will boost their child’s readiness for reading and set them up for literacy success in years to come. All three tips are based what research tells us are the foundational skills in reading, demonstrated by the Reading Rope (Scarborough, 2001).

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Best Books about Bears

You might be thinking, “Haven’t you already selected the two best books about bears in your Bear Hug book box?” and the answer is “Yes, yes we have…” BUT we do have a few more up a sleeve that didn’t quite make the cut due to various reasons. We still think these books are great so we wanted to compile this post so if your kids are wanting more books about bears! Here are our top 5:

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Q & A with Christine Sharp

“There’s a storm brewing and the hive must find a new home. With clouds filling the sky and thunder growling, Bertha bravely rises to the occasion … until she meets BEAR, that is!” Bertha and Bear is a book buzzing with friendship, about finding your place and the courage of one brave little bee.  It is one of the two books featured in our Bear Hug book box, we are celebrating its release with a 5 question chat with the author and illustrator of this gorgeous book, Christine Sharp. Enjoy! Continue reading “Q & A with Christine Sharp”

Best Books for Babies

Have you got a baby shower coming up? We all know books are a perfect addition to any nursery but did you know that there are books specifically designed to capture the attention of young babies? Read on to see the best ones we recommend. Continue reading “Best Books for Babies”

Unboxing Happy Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and we have curated the perfect book box for you, whether you are going away or staying home. Our books and activities will keep your kids’ minds and bodies busy! Let’s show you what’s inside this FUN-FILLED book box!

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Unboxing Be Brave – Part 2

Let’s explore the second half of our Be Brave box. If you missed the first unboxing blog post, you can check it out here. Our newest Be Brave box uses picture books with courageous characters and activities, to enrich your child’s speaking, listening and early literacy skills. Keep reading to find out more about each activity we have in the box (spoiler alert!)

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