Oct 12

This book is fire safety week, and no matter what age your child is, they’re never too young to learn not to play with fire. With this in mind, Apples4theTeacher.com has come up with a list of fire safety picture books that your little one will love. They’ll help you teach something very important while holding your child’s interest.

Oct 10

There’s no better way to get in the mood for Halloween than by diving into a spooktacular story. Check out Reader’s Digest’s list of 9 Great Halloween Books for Kids to find fun Halloween books for kids of all ages.

Oct 6

Remember that controversy surrounding the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  What about Little Red Riding Hood?  Me, either. It may seem strange to see them on the list of books that have been banned over the last decade, but believe it or not, these books and others were determined to be too problematic for children to handle by school systems around the country.

Sep 25

Are you or your daughter tired of all of the pink, frilly princess products always aimed at little girls? If so, you’ll want to check this out. Babble has a list of picture books that “empower” little girls. You’ll find old favorites like Madeline and Elosie, as well as some new books from your favorite authors.

Sep 24

Does your child love to read?  School is back in session and what better way to celebrate than going to the library or the book store for some new books?  Daily Candy has put together a list of picture books that are new this fall and you will definitely want to check it out – there’s even a new Dr. Seuss book!

Sep 23

It’s never too early to teach your kids the importance of exercise and movement, but chances are your preschoolers aren’t yet old enough to play organized sports, and they’ll probably get a little bored jogging laps around the neighborhood. PBS Parents has put together a list of ways to get young kids moving, including obstacle courses, balancing games and even a list of books that encourage fitness.

Sep 19

Let’s face it: if you have an iPad and a child, there’s a good chance said child enjoys playing with said iPad as much you do. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your iPad can become a great learning tool for kids of all ages, especially preschoolers. With in mind, Lil Sugar has compiled a list of great iPad Apps for Preschoolers.   You’ll find a little bit of everything, from reading and science to puzzles and games.

Sep 17

Reading to your baby may seem like a waste of time; surely they can’t understand what’s going on, right?  Not so! Reading to babies during the first year teaches everything from communication to memory skills and can help shape a lifetime of learning, language and a love of reading.

Sep 13

Looking for some books for your child but don’t know where to start?  Maybe you can start with the PBS Parents Bookfinder.  It’s a nifty little tool that helps you find children’s books by age, subject, key word and more.  It also helps you find popular children’s books from PBS programs, such as Arthur, Curious George and Reading Rainbow.

Sep 12

Is your child starting to read or learning to recognize words? If so, you might want to try having a little fun with the new skill to help build your child’s reading confidence. One way to do that is by having a word hunt expedition. All you need are some magnetic letters and a place to visit that has signs, labels or words on display in some other way.  Pick a letter and start exploring for words that start with that letter. After that, there are a lot more things you can do on your expedition.

Sep 12

If your child was not yet born or too young to understand what was going on ten years ago, you probably spent a good bit of time this weekend explaining what September 11 means. With everyone talking about where they were the day the World Trade Center fell and news stations playing non-stop footage, your little ones may have a lot of questions.  If you don’t think your explanation alone is enough to teach your children about that day, you might want to check out these child-friendly books about September 11. The books are deemed age appropriate enough to help even the youngest of children learn about that tragic day.

Sep 2

Ever heard of Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?  What about My First Cavity Search?  Is Latawnya, the Naughty Horse Learns to Say “No” to Drugs a favorite book in your household?   Believe it or not, these are real books that are out there on the market and just three of 15 Bizarre Kids Books chosen by Lil Sugar. Take a look at the rest if you need a good laugh or want to shake your head at some of the crazy themes.

Aug 26

A book can be a kid’s best friend when they find the right one.  Getting kids to read more can be a really difficult task, but once you help them find something they love, you’ll have a reader for life on your hands.  If you’re looking for some ideas for the little readers in your life, check out these tips on finding the right read.  It breaks kids down by age level and gives many interesting suggestions.

Aug 24

Every parent wants their child to become a good reader, but how can you help encourage that?  Keeping lots of books around the house is great way to start. Setting up a quiet, comfy place for older kids to read by themselves is another great way to encourage a love of reading.  Want more tips? Check out KidsHealth.org’s tips for Creating a Reader-Friendly Home.

Aug 16

Fall can be a great time to sit out on the front porch and read or cozy up at night for a bedtime story. With this in mind, Lil Sugar has put together a list of books for every age, genre and gender, based on August bestsellers and this year’s award winners. You won’t want to head to the library without this great list.