Flora and the Flamingo – A Picture Book Review

Flora and the Flamingo - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of healthy competition, but trying to out-dance a flamingo is not a contest for the faint of heart.

Then again, Flora—the determined star of Flora and the Flamingo, a sweet lift-a-flap book by award-winning children’s author, Molly Idle—is no ordinary dancer.

Continue reading…

Beautiful Oops! – A Picture Book Review

Beautiful Oops - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

Go ahead and make a mistake.

It’s okay. Really, it is.

Life is full of “oops” moments and there’s no time like the present to start embracing your oops.

The next time you think you’ve made a mistake, look at it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!

Continue reading…

The Story Behind the Story – “Chasing Henry”

Have you ever made an exciting discovery?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Dilly the armadillo, Seth the sloth, and Opal the ostrich in “Chasing Henry,” a short story from All About Reading Level 3.

“It was a warm summer day
when the three friends spotted it.
There it was—just down the path,
sitting in a shaft of sunshine.”

Continue reading…

Waddle! – A Picture Book Review

Waddle - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

What’s all the commotion? Animals—IN COLOR—in motion! The commotion is definitely coming from Waddle!

This “scanimation” picture book by Rufus Butler Seder isn’t just fun, it’s captivating!

And as you flip from one page to the next, you’ll begin to wonder, how can animals move like that in a picture book?

Continue reading…

Cozy Reading Nooks for Your Kids

Cozy Reading Nooks for Kids - All About Reading

Would your child enjoy a cozy reading nook?

Make Reading Comfortable and Fun with a Reading Nook

Would you like to add an extra dose of motivation to your child’s day? It may be as easy as creating a cozy and creative reading nook. When you create a space your child loves, chances are he’ll spend more time reading. Need some creative ideas? Some of our readers have shared photos of their kids in their favorite reading spots!

Continue reading…

K Is for Kooky Kite

K Is for Kooky Kite - An ABC Snack from All About Reading

Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite, and send it soaring!

When the breezy days of spring or autumn arrive and the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time to fly a kite.

But what if it’s raining outside or the wind isn’t blowing?

No problem…you can fly this kooky kite right in your very own kitchen.

In fact, this ABC Snacks recipe is more than a snack—it’s lunch!

Continue reading…

Wonderful Wordless Picture Books

Wordless Picture Books - All About Reading

Have you and your children discovered the treasures to be found in wordless picture books?

Wordless books are exactly what the term implies—books that tell a story, but without printed story text.

Instead, wordless books rely on the illustrations to draw readers into the tales they tell. The illustrators of wordless books communicate emotion, humor, and engaging detail without writing a single word.

Continue reading…

ABC Snacks – Summer Snacks Cookbook

ABC Summer Snacks Cookbook - from All About Reading

Summer is here, but that doesn’t mean learning has to take a break!

Just in time for summer, I’ve created a follow-up to our original ABC Snacks series that will keep you and your preschooler learning (and snacking) all summer long.

The ABC Snacks Summer Snacks Cookbook features ten yummy, easy-to-create snack recipes along with fun activities and helpful teaching tips—all designed to support important pre-reading skills.

Continue reading…

Green – A Picture Book Review

Green - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

What do you think of when you hear the word green?

A traffic light?
A summer cornfield?
Kermit the Frog?

Clearly, there’s more to this color than meets the eye.

In her Caldecott Honor-winning book, Green, Laura Vaccaro Seeger paints a portrait of this color that reveals its vast diversity and its multifaceted beauty.

Continue reading…

8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets

8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - All About Learning Press

Here are eight fantastic ways to promote pre-reading skills (without mess or fuss!) using alphabet refrigerator magnets.

The letter sets (uppercase/lowercase) shown in the activities below are perfect because the color of the letters match the letter tiles used in All About Reading and All About Spelling, but you can use any set that you have on hand.

Continue reading…

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad – A Wordless Picture Book

Unspoken - A Wordless Picture Book Review from All About Reading

Although the story is told without a single printed word, Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole speaks volumes.

Exquisitely detailed pencil drawings tell the story of a young girl who discovers a runaway slave hiding amid the corn stored in her family’s barn.

Continue reading…

K Is for Kiwi Kabobs

K Is for Kiwi Kabobs - An ABC Snack from All About Reading

It can be hard to get preschoolers to eat healthy food, but our ABC Snacks series is jam-packed with recipes that you can feel good about making with your little ones.

This kiwi kabobs recipe is going to make everyone happy. It combines a few of the foods that kids love best with some hands-on fun. And because it’s made with wholesome ingredients, you don’t have to worry about adding this yummy snack to your menu.

Continue reading…