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5 Tips for Reading at Home with Your Kids During Coronavirus

5 Tips for Reading at Home with Your Kids During Coronavirus

5 Tips for Reading at Home with Your Kids During Coronavirus Well—it’s been an interesting few weeks to say the least. As we’re all staying home and doing our best to practice social distancing to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, I’ve been trying to stay positive and practice gratitude. …

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Frog & Toad and the influence they’ve had in children’s books

Frog and Toad and their influence on children's books

Over a span of 26 years, Arnold Lobel wrote and illustrated many children’s books and received many accolades, including a Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, and a Newbery Honor. He’s among a select few to have been recognized for both his illustrations and his writing. Yet, while his name resonates …

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3 Reasons Why MY FIRST I CAN READ is Perfect for Shared Reading

It’s never too early to start reading aloud to your child. As they start showing signs that they may be able to begin to read on their own , shared reading offers many benefits. Among other things, it can help improve memory retention and build their vocabulary. It can also …

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5 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for School

Do you have a child who’s entering kindergarten or first grade this fall? A summer reading routine can help improve their reading comprehension and literacy and prepare them for school. With I Can Read stories, reading can also be fun! Here are a few tips and tricks to keep kids …

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How to Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

It’s normal for young children to experience separation anxiety. Whether they’re hesitant to leave you or attached to a favorite blanket/stuffed animal, kids find comfort in the familiar. There are things they’ll never outgrow (like you!) but as they enter school, they may be faced with situations in which they’ll …

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How to Help a Child Struggling with Reading

Early readers progress at all different rates. If you have a child who’s struggling with reading, the summer holidays can be a welcome break from the routine. It can also be the perfect time to help them build their literacy skills in fun ways. Here are five things you can …

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How to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary

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Did you know that if you read to your child for 20 minutes every day, they will hear 1.8 million words per year? Just a small investment of time each day can improve their vocabulary drastically. As they start learning how to read on their own, you can actively help …

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How to Explore Nature with Your Children

It’s finally spring, and Little Critter is heading outside to explore! In Little Critter: Exploring the Outdoors, Little Critter and his classmates take a field trip into the woods to study their natural surroundings. The change of season can make it easier to get outside with your kids too, and …

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The Story Behind Everyone’s Favorite Little Yellow Puppy, Biscuit

Guest post by author Alyssa Satin Capucilli Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I always dreamed of having a puppy. Through weekly trips to the public library, my puppy existed in the many books and stories I read voraciously. But with one story the librarian pressed into my hands, I felt …

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Benefits of Reading Aloud: How Storytime Can Teach Early Literacy

Benefits of Reading Aloud

Reading aloud with your child has a ton of benefits. Some developmental experts even suggest that it sets them up for success later in life. Among other things, reading aloud can help improve vocabulary, encourage empathy, and aid in social and emotional development. It can also help prepare them to …

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Why Amelia Bedelia is Still So Iconic After Five Decades

Did you know that the first Amelia Bedelia books were published over fifty years ago? That means the eccentric housekeeper has been teaching children and adults the original use of the word “literally” for half of a century! While the original books are still just as relevant and popular as …

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The 5 Flowers Pinkalicious Would Give on Valentine’s Day & Their Meanings

If there’s one thing Pinkalicious loves (besides the color pink), it’s her garden! In a brand new I Can Read book for early readers, Pinkalicious and the Flower Fairy, Pinkalicious is absolutely positive that a flower fairy will visit her garden. After all, flower fairies love pink, and so does …

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Free Valentine’s Day Cards from I Can Read

Happy Valentine’s Day! These free Valentine’s Day cards featuring your favorite characters will be a hit in your home or classroom! Simply print, cut them out, and customize. You can download all the characters at this link. 

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Why Danny the Dinosaur is One of the Best Dinosaur Books for Kids

There are a lot of dinosaur books out there. One of our absolute favorites is Danny and the Dinosaur, which has been popular for more than fifty years! The duo has definitely earned their spot on the list of classic children’s books. Here are four reasons why we think that …

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4 Ways to Help Your Child Face Their Fears

As children grow and develop, it’s normal for them to feel nervous or scared, especially in new situations. Even the bravest of us sometimes wish we had a bit more nerve. But bravery can be a tough thing to teach. Perhaps the best thing you can do as a parent …

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Things I Learned from Biscuit – Guest Post by the Author

Guest post from Biscuit author Alyssa Satin Capucilli to celebrate Biscuit’s 20th anniversary “Dear Alyssa Satin Capucilli, I think you should write a Biscuit book called, Biscuit Learns How to Read.” So begins a letter I received after visiting with first grade students recently. Although the young author goes on …

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4 Ways to Get Your Child Excited About Kindergarten

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If you have a child entering kindergarten this fall, they may be feeling a bit anxious about the new experience. Even if your child rocks transitions, kindergarten is a big step, both for them and for you! Whether this will be their first time in school, or if they’re old …

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Try Reading Aloud – To Your Pets!

Parents, caretakers, and educators all know the importance of reading together early and consistently. But sometimes even the most eager young reader can get stuck or feel self-conscious about their ability. What’s an adult to do? Try reading to your pets!

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How to Identify the First Steps to Reading

Is your child ready to start reading on his or her own? Listening to them sound out their first words can be incredibly satisfying and exciting! But kids develop at all different rates, so knowing what signs to be on the lookout for can help make the learn-to-read experience a …

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6 Tips to Get Your Child Reading This Summer

      It’s summertime! Families everywhere are looking forward to a well deserved break from the routine of school. While everyone loves the sunshine and smiles that come around this time of year, it’s important to remember the “summer slump” or the common decline of academic achievement that happens …

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5 Lessons to Learn From I Can Read Books!

  New research shows that what children hear at a young age through reading aloud is likely to help shape their perspectives and how they act. Take advantage of this by finding great books to read aloud that teach your children great lessons while having fun! 1. To be themselves: …

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Lovely, Silly Poems for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is full of candy heart, paper cards, and poems! You can introduce poetry to kids at an early age with the help of children’s poetry. Jack Prelutsky is a popular children’s poet who was also the nation’s first children’s poet laureate, and his I Can Read! collection It’s …

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6 Things You Might Not Know About Paddington Bear!

Paddington is available in I Can Read! for the very first time. Did you read the Paddington books growing up? Chances are you, you did! Maybe you watched the television show or had a Paddington stuffed bear as well. That’s because Paddington Bear has been around for over 50 years …

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7 Steps for Sharing Spooky Stories with Beginning Readers

Halloween is right around the corner! Here are seven spooky tips for reading with your kiddos this holiday:

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5 Reading Tips for Back to School

A new school year means a whole new schedule and routine for families. Below are some tips to keep reading front and center as your children head back to school!

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Finding the Perfect Book for Your Child: A Guide to I Can Read!™ Levels

One of a child’s proudest achievements is learning how to read, and one of a parent’s proudest achievements is guiding the child from reading together to reading alone.

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Classroom Activity Ideas: My First I Can Read! Books

The My First books in the I Can Read! series tell stories that new and emerging readers love because the stories are relatable. The characters in the books at this level are often experiencing the same types of events the children at this age level may be experiencing. Below are …

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Your Child Is Starting to Read Independently. Now What?

When your child advances through the I Can Read! reading levels and becomes a more confident reader, it’s a proud moment for any parent. But it’s also an important time for parents to make sure their children get the help they may need.

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Get Caught Reading!

It’s never too early to introduce your child to the world of reading. A good place to start is by creating a home environment where reading is not only enjoyed, but is part of everyday life. Here are some simple ways to make it easier and more fun for your …

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Introducing My Very First I Can Read!—The Entry Point for New, Emergent Readers

To help kids discover the path to reading, we recently launched a new reading level: My Very First I Can Read!. This level features three box sets that guide children from Guided Reading Levels (GRL) 1 through G and, of course, a loveable character named Tug the Pup!

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Too Easy, Too Hard, or Just Right?How to Know When Your Child is Ready to Advance

As parents, it’s important to help guide our children through the stages of reading and to find the perfect book for our child’s reading level. The book shouldn’t be too easy or too hard—it should be just right. But what is just right for one child isn’t just right for …

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Pairing Reading with Activities

As a parent, there are many ways you can make reading more fun for your child: using voices, asking questions along the way, and letting your child choose the books. But another great way to spark your child’s interest in reading is by using I Can Read! books in conjunction …

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