Books



Wonder by R. J. Palacio is a must read book! It teaches not to judge others by how they look.
Sometimes, kids can really be cruel to other children. When our daughter was in the 4th grade, one boy mercilessly teased her because she needed braces. The orthodontist said more permanent teeth needed to grow in before she could get braces. So, she had to wait. Because of the teasing, our daughter […]

Great Summer Read for Kids


Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan is a great book that introduces young children to the world of classical music. This interactive book leads them on a musical journey while introducing them to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Check it out!
(NOTE: I was given a copy of this book for review but it didn’t influence  my opinion in any way.) Before I get to today’s review, I want to share a funny story. When our children were young, I had some cassette tapes of classical music that I would play […]

Welcome to the Symphony



The Midwife of Bethlehem by Shad Driggs would be a nice addition to your Christmas book collection. This would be a great book to read to your children during the Christmas holiday season.
(Note: I was given a free copy of this book for review but the opinions are my own.) Have you ever thought about some of the people besides Mary and Joseph in the story of Christ’s birth? The book The Midwife of Bethlehem by Shad Driggs tells the Christmas nativity […]

The Midwife of Bethlehem


Here are 12 tips to help foster the love of reading in your children.
Today is Book Lovers Day. I should have been organized enough to write about it in advance so that you could celebrate it with your grandchildren. I know. I’m a day late and a dollar short. Le sigh, as the French would say. . . Oh well. My list of […]

Book Lover’s Day




Middle-grade readers love the Magic Tree House series.
During the summers when I was in grade school, I would take a blanket and a book out to our windbreak on our farm and read, and read, and read. I loved to read then. I love to read now. And, I want to do my best to inspire a […]

Wonderful Books for Boys


Here are the top 34 kids books chosen by kids.
Thursday night, I babysat two of my grandsons. After playing with a marble game, we snuggled on the couch and I read books to them. They were exceptionally snuggly – which I absolutely loved! Their soft little arms linked through mine . . . their tender cheek pressed against my […]

12 Tips for Fostering a Love for Reading


Home for Dinner by Anne Fishel is a great book for having mealtimes together as families. GranmdaIdeas.com
One of my fond memories of family mealtime is when our oldest son was in junior high school. Reading to my children was very important to me. During grade school, I read to my kids — and they read to me — on most school nights. When our oldest entered […]

Home for Dinner