My Love Affair with Oliver Jeffers

OK…So it wasn’t exactly a love affair. I have never actually met the man, and I am happily married. But, I am in love with Oliver Jeffers just the same. It started the other night… While browsing through YouTube videos, I came across one of the most delightful children’s books I have ever seen. “How to Catch a Star” is a sweet tale about a boy who loves stars so much that he wants one of his very own. It is absolutely magical, and I fell in love immediately. I rarely buy picture books on impulse, but this was in…

Best Picture Books: Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

  Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (Find out more or buy through Amazon…) This is officially my new favorite picture book, hands down, no question. There are a number of things I like about it, but I think my favorite part is that Edison WANTS to read it on his own. With some coaxing, he will read other books, but he wont even let me hold this one. Aside from that,  I like Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy buttons because: It has a great voice, rhythm, and meter It reenforces basic match concepts It has content…

Cool Stuff Hidden in Picture Book Illustrations

A number of times while reading picture books to my son, we have noticed cool little things hidden in the illustrations. Normally, it is just an object that you can find on every page if you look for it. Sometimes, it relates to the story, and sometimes it is just a little thing that the illustrator threw in for fun. Edison gets such a kick out of looking for them as we read. I know there have been many more, but these are the books I can think of off the top of my head. As I come across more,…

Best Books for 4 Year-Old Boys

Well, since I already have posts for Best Books for 2 Year-Olds and Best Books for 3 Year-Old Boys, I figured it was high time for me to put together new list, now that my son is a 4 year-old. You may notice just a couple of repeats, but just because my son is a year older, doesn’t mean he no longer likes books from when he was “little”. 🙂   The Day the Babies Crawled Away (Find out more or buy through Amazon…) Right now, this is one of my top 3 favorite books. It’s rhythm and rhyme make…

How I Choose the Best Books for My 3 Year-Old

I love finding books for my 3 year-old. But, with new authors and writing styles constantly entering the scene, it can be hard to sift through the fluff and find the treasures. Below are some of the things I look at when I search for books for my 3 year-old. Commercial Books Should Offer More Than Just Marketing I try to stay away from commercial books. That doesn’t mean that I won’t pick up an early-reader book featuring the cast of Cars 2. It just means that the book has to offer more than just an opportunity for Disney or whomever…

Practice the Alphabet and Phonics with Scattergories

(I originally wrote this post when Edison was a toddler. This activity was fantastic for practicing the alphabet and phonics. Now that he is in preschool, we are still getting a lot out of it. Even though he knows his alphabet, the game is great for phonics practice and we have modified it to help with vocabulary too!) I have a lot of board games left over from when I was a kid, and I just can’t wait until my son is old enough to enjoy them. Lately, I have started adapting some of the games to work for younger…

Galway to Graceland, Ukulele Style

So, I know this post doesn’t look like it involves activities for preschoolers, but I swear it does. The ukulele is the perfect starter instrument for a 3 year-old. It is the right size, teaches music appreciation, fine motor skills, and you name it. Edison is already starting to get the hang of strumming, and I just got it today. My friend, River, turned me on to the baritone ukulele which has 4 strings that are tuned just like the highest strings on the guitar. So, if Little Man can get the hang of the ukulele, guitar would be a natural transition.…