Reading with Kids: An exploration into the fun of Chapter Books, and a Meatheads Giveaway

We went to the playground to meet up with my sister and her kids recently. Wally, Vivvi, and I got there a little early and played for a little on the lower "big kids playground" before heading up to a playground meant for younger kids. We had to scale a landscaped step that was about 3 feet high. I gave Vivvi a boost and Wally followed behind. Then the kids sat by me on a bench to have a snack.…

Ode to Books: Why I Love to Read to My Kids

I love books. I am known to make swooning comments about books, like "Books can take you places you have never been!" (These comments have inspired my friends and family to roll their eyes and say, "Okay, Reading Rainbow!")