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ELEPHANT and PIGGIE 10th ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY

Here at the Smith house, we end every day with reading. While our seven year old has bookshelves full of titles to pick from, he has one special pile he keeps right next to his bed: Elephant and Piggie. Our collection may not be as big as some, but it's...
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BOOK HAUL: NOVEMBER PICKS

The leaves have fallen, the cold winds are starting to blow... November is here. It's the perfect time for new books. I love to grab a whole stack and curl up on the couch. I have a fire roaring, a hot cup of coffee and fluffy socks that are perfect...
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12 BEST BEDTIME BOOKS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SLEEP

Bedtime can be the sweetest moments spent with your children. You snuggle up, exchange hugs and kisses, and watch as they drift peacefully off to slumber land. Sometimes. Other times, your little loves aren't quiet ready to say goodbye to the day. That's when a fun story comes in handy....
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NANETTE’S BAGUETTE : Teaching Children About Regret

Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET! As children grow, they are eager to help out in all kinds of ways. Sometimes, taking on new responsibilities can be stressful - especially when things don't work out the way you planned. But, that...
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THE PROTECTOR BY JODI ELLEN MALPAS

THE PROTECTOR / By Jodi Ellen Malpas / In stores NOW THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY AND ONE NIGHT TRILOGY   ABOUT THE BOOK -- People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy's girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father's bank balance to fund her...
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LEARN WITH LEGOS

My youngest son likes to keep moving. He runs, he dances, he does comedy shows - basically he never sits still. Except when he's playing with LEGO®. We found, as young as 3 years old, that building with LEGO not only kept his mind busy, but it also gave him a sense of...
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BABY DOLL by Hollie Overton

Title: Baby Doll  //  Author: Hollie Overton // Genre: Thriller  // Pages: 288 Available: July 12, 2016  //  Pre-Order Available: Amazon "What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Die Again I'm a huge fan of novels...
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THANK-O-RAMA : ELEPHANT & PIGGIE

We say "Thank You" constantly. You say it when someone opens the door for you. You mumble it when someone passes you something from across the table. Sometimes you probably say it without even realizing it because it's become such a common phrase. Wouldn't it be nice to have an...
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The Story Starts Here: Scholastic

From a very young age, I read everything I could get my hands on. My mother likes to say I was born with a book in my hand. It wasn't just books, however. It was also shampoo bottles, magazines, billboards and more. I had a natural, and strong, love of all words. If they...
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Our 5 Favorite Books & Back To School With Scholastic

If you ask my five year old what his two favorite parts of school are, he'll say math and library. While the math doesn't translate as well once he gets home ("Homework?...can't I do that later?!") his love of reading never stops. Since he was little, he has loved reading...even...
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Power Up & Read – Scholastic

This post is brought to you by Scholastic and Energizer, sponsors of the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge This summer we had a blast with reading both at home and on the go with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The theme is “Power Up & Read,” powered by Energizer® and we definitely powered...
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The Hand on the Mirror by Janis Heaphy Durham

In 2004, Janis Heaphy Durham's husband, Max Besler, died of cancer at age 56. The daughter of a Presbyterian minister, she practiced her faith as she struggled with her loss. Soon she began encountering phenomena unlike anything she'd ever experienced: lights flickering, doors opening and closing, clocks stopping at 12:44, the exact time of Max's death. But then something startling happened that changed Heaphy Durham's life forever...
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JOIN THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

This post is brought to you by Scholastic and Energizer, sponsors of the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Reading has always been a valued activity in our family. That's actually an understatement; it's a huge part of all of us. From the oldest to the youngest, books have helped us imagine,...
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5 Summer Reads You Don’t Want To Miss

William Styron had it right when he said, “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” Right now I'm digging into Little Mercies (available today!) by Heather Gudenkauf - it's going to be the next title checked off my...
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The Pigeon Needs A Bath: Pigeon Party!

You guys all know The Pigeon, right? Well, he needs a little convincing to take a bath. In this latest title from beloved children's author Mo Willems, The Pigeon has gotten super stinky and refuses to take a bath. After all, he just took one last month! To celebrate the...
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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR 45th Anniversary

One of the most treasured times of the day is when the sun sets and you get to snuggle up with your child(ren) to read a bedtime story. Your children will always remember those times just as we still remember many years ago when we were the ones excited to...
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First Day of School with Tony Baloney

Little Man starts preschool in only one week. He's very excited; a new lunchbox, new sneakers and a ton of questions daily. "Who is my teacher? Will it be fun? What will I do? Can I eat there? Do we paint? Can I bring rocks home from the sandbox?" I'm...
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Dear Pocket Books, Incest Is Not Romantic

I remember reading Flowers in the Attic in my young adult years. In a nutshell, it's the horrific story of children abused and locked away. "Told from the perspective of the teenage daughter Cathy, the story is about the four beautiful blond-haired Dollanganger kids, who are forced to live in...
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