Monday, February 12, 2018

Welcome, February!

How To Raise A Voracious Reader by Bari Walsh

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice” Peggy O'Mara

17 Comforting Books for Cold Days

Toddling Toward Reading- “We once thought a child's education started in kindergarten — but that could be years too late. Hosted by Reba McEntire, "Toddling Toward Reading" examines what it takes to give our preschoolers the early literacy skills they need to become successful readers.
Happy reading,

PS We have two free reading assessments coming up ($75.00 value)!  Click for more details.
PPS And the winners are...
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hi! Quick Question...

I’m a little embarrassed about asking πŸ™ˆ
but I also know that if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Here’s the thing, is a website that connects parents to local events and businesses in their community 
as well as to each other.  It’s a wonderful resource for families!

They’re currently running, ‘The Most Loved Awards,’ πŸ’˜ 
an award that recognizes the best local resources for kids and families in hundreds of communities across the country.  Kid-friendly restaurants, tutoring centers, play gyms, pediatricians, toy stores, preschools, libraries, dance studios, sports centers and more.

Would you mind showing your love for Preschool Readers by voting us the “2018 Most Loved” in our category?  
It takes less than a minute and we would be incredibly grateful for your support!  Just click on your city below.  Voting ends this Friday  ** Princeton & Hoboken, NJ doesn’t seem to be participating in this contest.
We're so proud of the progress our students make while in Preschool Readers!
Developing a love of reading, making learning to read fun and building their confidence is of utmost importance to us!
Our Preschool Reading Specialists are well-educated,
highly qualified and experienced in the field of early literacy development.   All specialists have their Master of Education & teacher certification.  They are are caring, fun, patient, creative, high energy, motivating, and positive!
As a small business, referrals are the only way Preschool Readers grows.
This small favor would give other parents a sense of the benefits of our reading services.

Thank you in advance for your support!  
Voting ends Friday, so please take a moment to vote now :)
Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola

PS After voting, hit REPLY to this email letting me know you’ve voted, and you’ll be entered to win a gift card of your choice!
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 #1 Program To Prep Your Preschooler For School 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Review

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Review
I’m beyond excited to be a Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Reviewer again this year! 
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in the home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.  
This year, I had the honor of reviewing- A Tall Tale about a Dachshund and a Pelican: How a Friendship Came To Be.  Written by Kizzie Jones and illustrated by Scott Ward.  

Author: Kizzie Jones
Illustrator: Scott Ward
Publisher: InterNet Associates, 2016
ISBN: 0997364106, 978099736410
Length: 54 pages
Subject: Juvenile Fiction > Animals > Dogs
“In this charming picture book sequel to her award-winning book, How Dachshunds Came to Be, Kizzie Jones shows us that true friendship is not just about looking past each other's's about discovering and celebrating those differences.”
My first thought while reading this story?  This is a perfect read-aloud for a lesson on using describing words in writing in a K-1 classroom.  Not only is the story filled with descriptive words (soft sand, magical sea, amazing creature, long muzzle, golden fur, massive mouth etc…) but the font is so fun!  They use all caps for words like MASSIVE and stretch out the word l o n g.  They use gold font to write the word golden and every other letter in the word ‘different’ is a different color!
Another skill that can be covered with this fun story is comparing and contrasting characters.  Using a poster size Venn diagram, students can help to fill in what makes the Dachshund and Pelican the same and different (they are both animals, they are both long, one has feathers the other has fur etc…).
Additionally, I see this being a great fit as a read aloud during Back to School time.  After reading aloud the story, a circle time class discussion can be held around the idea that although we may not look alike or act alike, that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends and be kind to each other.
In conclusion, this is a great, quick read for teachers in the classroom (or parents to read at home). The pictures are big and beautiful, the font is fun and the story is just the right length to hold and keep little one's attention. It’s also a relatable story, as students know what a dog is, what a bird is, and have been to the beach.  

A little more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day….
Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet BallettaAuthor Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-GrandAuthor Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2LaunchBollywood Groove BooksAuthor Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Eugenia ChuAuthor Lesa Cline-RansomeAuthor Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 PublishingDesi BabiesAuthor Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek PressAuthor Judy Dodge CummingsAuthor D.G. DriverAuthor Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl PublishingDebbi Michiko FlorenceAuthor Josh FunkAuthor Maria GianferrariAuthor Daphnie GlennGlobe Smart KidsAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleAuthor Quentin HolmesAuthor Esther IveremJennifer Joseph: Alphabet OdditiesAuthor Kizzie JonesAuthor Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.comAuthor Karen Leggett AbourayaAuthor Sylvia LiuAuthor Sherri MaretAuthor Melissa Martin Ph.D.Author Lesli MitchellPinky Mukhi and We Are OneAuthor Miranda PaulAuthor Carlotta PennReal Dads ReadGreg RansomAuthor Sandra L. RichardsRealMVPKids Author Andrea ScottAlva Sachs and Three Wishes PublishingShelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah StevensonAuthor Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa TakaokaAuthor Christine Taylor-ButlerNicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. WangAuthor Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00 pm.
Join the conversation and win one of the 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators:
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Can you answer this question? (+ free giveaway)

Happy, Wednesday!
A little mid-week fun…  hit REPLY to this email and share with me your preschoolers favorite animal to be entered in this month’s giveaway!

My good friend, Gina Lipstein is the founder of Refresh-a-Kid & Refresh-a-Baby.
A former elementary school teacher and a mother of two, she invented and patented a quick & easy way to hydrate babies and kids on-the-go!

I’m giving away one of her Refresh-a-Kid Sippy Cup Adapters!
For your chance to win, simply hit REPLY to this email and share with me your preschoolers favorite animal.  It's that simple!

Find all of Gina’s products here >> Refresh-a-Kid & Refresh-a-Baby.

Good Luck!

PS We have two free reading assessments coming up ($75.00 value)!  Click for more details.
PPS We’re now providing reading services in more towns than are mentioned on our website.  If you’re interested in working with us, but not sure if we’re offering services in your neighborhood, reach out and I’ll let you know ;)

Not sure if your preschooler is ready to learn to read?  Download our checklist and find out >> 5 Signs Your Preschooler Is Ready To Read.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Welcome, January!

Book Of The Month πŸ“•
Stars Will Still Shine by Cynthia Rylant

Article Of The Month πŸ“°
The Sooner The Better: Early Childhood Education, A Key To Life-Long Success.” -

Quote Of The Month 🍎
“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.” Bill Gates Sr.

Video Of The Month πŸ’»
Concentration & Focus- Scholastic Parents Videos

Happy reading,

PS This Friday, January 12th we'll be holding a FREE reading assessment at  Princeton Playspace.  Click for details >> Princeton Playspace Free Assessment.
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 #1 Program To Prep Your Preschooler For School 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Welcome, December!

Dream Snow by Eric Carle  (Looking for more holiday book ideas? Download our List of Christmas Stories).

How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns By Katie Hurley.

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”


Storytime Online – 100+ Free Video Read Alouds.

Happy reading,
PS Has your Elf On The Shelf been #caughtreading yet?  When you spy your elf reading, take an #elfieselfie- a picture of your child, their elf, and the book their elf was #caughtreading.Then post your picture to social media and tag us using the hashtags #elfieselfie, #getcaughtreading & #preschoolreaders
PPS SAVE THE DATE {Princeton, NJ} our next Free Assessment at Princeton Playspace is scheduled for Friday, January 12th from 4:30-5:30.  Sign up information coming soon.
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 #1 Program To Prep Your Preschooler For School