Lift a flap books by Karen Katz

I came across these short, fun, colorful, lift a flap books by accident.  They have quickly become some of my favorites.  The children (ages 2-5) that I work with love them too.  They are charming for children and adults.  As most parents know, children enjoy hearing the same story again and again.…


I Know An Old Lady

The classic children’s tale, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” has a fun, new twist! In I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie,  a skinny old lady brings a pie to Thanksgiving dinner. She is hungry and can’t wait for dinner so she eats the pie. She isn’t full so she moves on and on until……


Silly Sally

  This delightful book is a fun way to practice speech sounds and language skills.  This repetitive line  story book tells the tale of  Sally is who is joined by various animals as she travels to town-backwards and upside down.   Since the lines repeat, even non-readers can retell this story…


I spy with my little eye

I spy a learning opportunity! I grew up playing eye spy on family road trips.  You know the game.  The "spy" says, "I spy with my little eye something..." and then describes it.  The other player has to guess what the item is. I love this game and play it a lot in speech sessions.  It is a great…


We all scream for ice cream!

It’s hot out there so scoop up these cool toys for some fun. These sets are great to teach sharing and politeness.  There is a lot of vocabulary to learn:  flavors, scoops, strawberry, cone, and cup.  You can talk about your child’s play focusing on school readiness concepts like location words,…


Happy birthday from Karen Katz

It's Baby's birthday, but where is his cake?  Karen Katz brings us another great book:  Where is Baby's Birthday Cake? This book makes learning like a party...FUN!  Kids love lifting the  flaps to find Baby's birthday cake.  They want to hear the simple repetitive lines again and again. Use this…


Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

Hello, reader! Did you love Hello, Animals!?  Do you want more?  Then check out Hello Bugs! This board book follows the same format as Hello, Animals! It has great black and white illustrations of adorable bugs.   The words are simple, repetitive lines:  ”Hello, bug”.  Each page also lists sounds…


Mad Libs

  Having trouble getting your kids to sit down and do school work this summer?  Of course, kids don't want to work in the summer.  Summer is about having fun.  Bring back the FUN with Mad Libs! I'm sure that you remember these from your youth.  Fill in the blanks with nouns, adjectives, and…


Melissa and Doug Tow Truck Magnetic Puzzle Game

Hooray!  Here comes the tow truck! What?  Cheering for a tow truck?  Yes!  I know.  Sounds crazy, right?  I live in Chicago, and typically, tow trucks are not much fun.  It usually means that you missed a No Parking sign.  Not this time! Little boys love this puzzle game.  They can’t get enough of…


Hello, Animals! by Smriti Prasadam

Hello, reader! Hello, Animals! This board book has great black and white illustrations with shinny splashes.  The words are simple, repetitive lines:  "Hello, animal!".  Each page also lists sounds related to the animal. This book is great for young children since they can say "hi" to all of the…