Try these four simple activities to help build pattern recognition and categorization skills in science and math (in English and Spanish). Then head out into the great outdoors to discover all the amazing patterns found in nature!
Science explorations give kids a chance strengthen observational and record-keeping skills by keeping a special journal to fill with sketches, notes, and graphs. Try these ideas to get your child started. (In English and Spanish).
With our garden-themed Reading Adventure Pack, kids can earn how to create a kitchen herb garden, nurture seedlings, and map out a fantasy garden. Activities are paired with recommended fiction and nonfiction books. Find more themed books, hands-on and outdoor activities, apps and more in Start with a Book's Our Green World section.
Build a stick raft (and test the waters!), write an original river song, and explore the sounds of water with our rivers-themed Reading Adventure Pack. You'll also find great fiction and nonfiction books about ponds, rivers, and streams. Find more themed books, hands-on and outdoor activities, apps and more in Start with a Book's Oceans, Ponds and Rivers section.
Summer … the perfect season for cool drinks, fresh-air reading, and a towering stack of books inviting kids to visit new worlds, real and imagined Our children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, carefully chose each book to keep your child reading (and listening) all summer long.
Looking to refresh your home library? Try organizing a neighborhood book swap. Here's a simple how-to. One idea: have kids make a simple bookmark for each donated book with a short review or rating. (In English and Spanish)
Writer Stewart and illustrator Small have published many award-winning picture books together, including The Journey, The Library, and the Caldecott Honor Book, The Gardener. Find out the secret to their joyful collaboration.
Join our summer blogger Carol Shen as she and her daughter Addie explore the idea of being President. With a candid "what if I were President" interview with her mom, see the world through a young girl's eyes.
The summer season is full of sounds! Create a fun and educational summer listening program for your child. Active listening is an important literacy skill and can be especially helpful for kids with learning disabilities.
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