Gift Ideas for Kids {ANY Time of Year}

Gift Ideas for Kids

Every year for birthdays and Christmas, I know that friends and family will ask for gift ideas for my kids. So I have a “secret list” that I refer to often for such occasions. You see, I’m kind of a “toy snob” and if I’m going to have it in my home, I want it to […]

Toys that Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Toys that Strengthen Fine Motor Skills - ideas for younger and older kids - This Reading Mama

Fine motor skills are vitally important to writing. These little muscles work hard to help kids hold a pencil with a good grip as well as help them write legibly. Kids who have poor fine motor skills are often frustrated with writing, especially as they get up in age. Today, I’m sharing some toy ideas […]

8 Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities

8 Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities - This Reading Mama

It’s Thanksgiving week. And that means there will be some extra time to hang out with the kiddos. So, I thought I’d round up a few last minute Thanksgiving activities, perfect for sneaking in some learning and FUN!   8 Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities Thanksgiving Cut it Out! Pack   Fun Math Games with Numbers […]

Favorite Chapter Books for Kids in 4th and 5th Grades

Favorite Chapter Books for 4th and 5th grades - This Reading Mama

Finding chapter books for kids to read that they have a high interest in is key. Listed here are some of our favorite chapter book series for kids in 4th and 5th grades. Most of these are ones that I either read as a kid or used as a reading tutor. Note that while these […]

Favorite Beginning Chapter Books & Series {2nd and 3rd grade}

Favorite Chapter Books for 2nd and 3rd grade - This Reading Mama

In about the second grade, kids typically are ready to start reading chapter books themselves. Today, I’m sharing our favorite chapter books for young readers (around 2nd and 3rd grade). Some of these are my favorite chapter books from childhood, some are ones I used often as a reading tutor, and others are ones we’ve […]

Letter and Word Bump! – New Subscriber FREEBIE!

Letter and Word Bump Subscriber FREEBIE - This Reading Mama

I am taking a brief break from my Ultimate Book List Series (as I dig through the boxes of chapter books in my attic) to bring you a NEW Subscriber Freebie that I’m excited to share with you! As you may already know, we have TONS of seasonal Word Bump! games on the blog, free […]

Favorite Picture Books for K-2nd grade

Favorite Picture Books for K-2nd grade

To say the least, I have A LOT of favorite picture books. {You can also see our Favorite Picture Books for Pre-K/K.} And once again, it was hard to narrow down our absolute favorite picture books for K-2nd grade. Many of these are texts that have such rich content, that I have used them over and […]

Favorite Picture Books for Pre-K/K

Our Favorite Picture Books for Pre-K through K - This Reading Mama

The world of picture books has such AMAZING resources for our young readers. It truly was difficult to only pick a handful and share today, but I’ve narrowed down our absolute favorite picture books for Preschool and Kindergarten. *This post contains affiliate links.   We Are in a Book was the first Elephant & Piggie […]

Favorite Board Books {for Babies and Toddlers}

Our Favorite Board Books for Babies and Toddlers - This Reading Mama

Welcome back to my 5-day series: Our Ultimate List of Favorite Books! Today, we’re sharing our favorite board books for babies and toddlers. Between my four kiddos, I’ve had a baby or toddler in the house for more than 9 years. During that time, I may have gone a little board book happy for them. […]

Favorite Nonfiction Series Books {for K-5th grades}

Nonfiction Series Books for K-5th grades This Reading Mama

Nonfiction makes up the majority of what adults read. But too often kids don’t get enough nonfiction reading. Here are 10+ of our favorite nonfiction series books to get that nonfiction reading in, from Kindergarten to 5th grades. *This post contains affiliate links. For each nonfiction book series, I’m including a brief description and an age […]