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7 Fun Ways to Study At Home during Summer Vacation

Though it’s the beginning of the official summer, ironically, we have been experiencing the most extended summer vacation, probably a bit too long for our likings. At the beginning of the semester, no one in their right mind could have possibly envisioned the extent of this uninvited hiatus. Right now, no one can project the end of this unofficial makeshift vacation as well, parents are coming up with ways to study at home since children are released from active school duties.

But, since every cloud has a silver lining, this supposed summer break, however improbable it may seem, can be used for something good. Many parents, who are understandably worried about the loss of must-needed opportunities to travel or to engage themselves into family fun, are now contemplating new ways to study at home to expedite their children to learn more, maybe even outside the realm of their stipulated course work.

I am sure many of you have already incubated ideas about how you can seize the full might of your children into worthwhile vacation-spending activities. Still, you can look into my seven fun ways to absorb your children into studying at home during this summer vacation:

1. Planning A Vacation In A Historical Place Of Interest:

Don’t get on cloud nine just yet thinking the pandemic has finally come to an end. Instead, consider it as a folly, to achieve two things.

The first can be diverting your children’s gloom to something joyous, prompting them to remind that shortly, however late it may arrive, the pandemic indeed would come to an end. So, it’s just an exercise of how efficiently you can indulge yourself in future planning.

The second aspect of this planning, a future trip to a place of historical interest, is what I am after. And I also want you to consider thoughtfully.

Request your children to make a plan for a future trip for their liking. Tell them to find out everything they can about that place. They can go online, read books about that place, see YouTube videos, or watch documentaries if they feel necessary. Also request them to pinpoint the most critical area of their future itinerary, why that place is significant, where you can stay when you go there, how much money it would cost – I mean everything they can think of importance about that place which would be necessary to know beforehand.

I hope you are on the same page as me now. When and if the children commit to this innovative project of yours, they will learn all the historical facts, geographical wonders, cultural diversities of that place – in short, the project would be a great fun project to learn history, geography, and hospitality management.

2. Teach Math – In A Way They Never Knew Possible:

This summer vacation can be an excellent time for you to invent new ways to study at home while honing your children their math skill. You see, not only teachers or the primary texts, but you and your monthly household expenditures can be great teachers for your children to teach mathematics.

Every month you have to spend more or less the same amount of money for the family as groceries. Then there is fish, meat, vegetables, etc. I mean, you know what you have to buy for the rest of the family, and you know what grocery shopping will cost you. You can more or less assume the weight as well. And of course, you know how much you are earning every month, though you don’t have to disclose the amount.

Now you assign the duty of grocery shopping to your child. Tell him or her to make a list first. Show them the freezer section, the kitchen where the imperishable items are usually are stored away. Tell them about the brands, the price fluctuation with product differentiation, in terms of money the difference between prime cut ribs or sirloin steaks – in summary, you tell them about the whole grocery shopping you usually do for the family in any particular month.

After the on-job training, assign your children the responsibility of formulating a budget for the upcoming month. Also, they need to stash away some cash for the rainy days as well. And let them know the available amount they can spend.

If you can pursue the children to go through the news ways to study at home, believe it or not, the children will learn many things. Your kids will learn how to add, multiply, subtract, or extrapolate. They will also learn the value of money and the importance of saving. They will develop a lot of respect for you while going through the whole process.

3. Train Them To Be A Physical Trainer:

The complicated modern way of life demands every breathable part you can engage in. Our young ones are not an exception to that. Daily attendance, weekly quizzes, assignments, grades, peer pressure – they also have a lot to deal with.

So unless your child is the regular fixture of the School Soccer team, you and your child both are likely in terrible physical shapes. So the summer vacation you are going to have this year, make it a promise for you and for your child that you are not going to have another bad-health-day in your life by adopting new ways to exercise at home.  

There are over millions of free training regimes available online – you can print them, or you can stream them. So after a bit of research with your child, select a trainer or a fitness center to follow and then start following them for real. There are many little hidden gems inside a detailed training program that is well-researched and can make the physical change you want. So, your child’s physique will not only get a right push in the right direction, but he or she will also learn many vital details about general well-being scenarios.

4. Make Them A Reader:

From the moment you knew for the first time that you were going to be a mom or a dad, you probably have read for the millionth of time about the importance of raising a reader. And they all were written for valid reasons. It is a fact that you can’t overstate the importance of reading.

Excellent and jolly good! But how are you going to rope them in to new ways to study at home without being overtly patronizing? First, do it yourself and let them see it. Never miss a bedtime story-telling opportunity or making a subtle condescension about any particular book. When they are in, and surely they will be – because every child loves mimicking their first real-life superheroes – make books available all the time.

But for this summer, be a bit of an honest manipulator. If the next year’s school curriculum is possibly full of science-heavy, get books were accessible, funny, and easy-to-do experiments are described vividly. If your child doesn’t see anything unusual in Physics or Chemistry, like he or she is never going to be a science-buff, gather literary classics as much as your abode can provide space for. If your kid is a handyman with his or her hands, make DIY books available.

In short, let them direct towards their path, about which they might have not yet been sure.

5. Get The Greens Grown By Your Kids:

I can add nothing new about gardening, which you probably don’t know already. Gardening can be used as one of the ways to study at home for your kids. So, just let me tell you how you can get the children to be active in gardening this summer.

It’s simple – you do gardening at first. Let them show how you make the little piece of land around the house, giving the greens that are on your table – during lunch or dinner. No matter what type of vegetable you have grown or how little the quantity is – make a big deal about it, let everyone know what a great job you have done. That should be enough to lure them in. As I mentioned earlier, every child imitates their parents unknowingly. So, you have got a high chance of having them with you shortly.

So, when children start gardening, they will know many things about the natural environment. They will know about the density of the soil; they will learn about earthworms or roundworms, and in general, many other things that would be directly beneficial for achieving a good grade in biology.

6. Encourage Them To Be A Writer:

I can give at least two ideas about how you are going to get your children to be a writer.

First, announce giving a prize every two days to the best logbook writers of the house. Let everyone know that everything is permissible, and anyone can write about absolutely anything they want to write. Never whine about the length or the grammar – as long as you can get the writer’s thought no matter how slight the way he or she has written – the entry in the competition is granted. The only disqualifying incident will be copying – from anywhere.

Another way to inspire about writing is to encourage them to compile a book of favorite recipes of the family members. It worked for my 12 years old who started collecting recipes from her grandmother – in her logbook, with little drawings and incoherent descriptions about the cooking process. But whatever the end product looked like, the thing got her into writing.

You can try this as well.

7. Encourage To Embark On A Project Of Their Own:

This is an idea to instill a sense within your child. Encourage them about starting a project of their own. It can be anything – like learning origami. The Internet is full of ideas that can be implemented during this ‘stay-home’ summer vacation. All you need is to encourage your child to find their ‘niche’ and embark upon it.

There you go – my seven fun ways about how to study at home during this year’s summer vacation.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my writing and find the ideas helpful.

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15 Most Amazing Unicorn Birthday Cakes

We all know how birthdays are important to kids. As a parent, you spend countless hours on the internet looking for the perfect cake design. If your child, niece, or nephew is about to celebrate their birthday, and they are unicorn fans, consider getting them a unicorn birthday cakes for their birthday.

Planning Unicorn Birthday Party

When you are throwing your daughter a unicorn-themed birthday party, make sure to incorporate other unicorn themes, such as pastel-colored balloons and rainbow streamers. You can also give your little guests, little jars of glitters to sprinkle to play in the garden and you will have them screaming with happiness. The party would not be complete without a unicorn piñata.

Make sure that the dessert table is filled with unicorn designed treats, such as donuts, cupcakes with unicorn horns, and cookies. You can also buy your daughter a unicorn dress. To make the party more fun, ask you minnie guests to dress up in a unicorn theme, or give them a unicorn headband when they come to get them in the party mood. You can also install a face painting booth, where the kids can get painted in the colors of the rainbow and glitters.

And don’t forget to keep your little party of guests hydrated due to too much play. The party wouldn’t be complete without pink-colored juice. Also, keep your adults entertained with pink cocktails; even adults love a bit of magic.

My daughter loves unicorn, and I do too. I went online looking for the perfect unicorn birthday cakes design, I loved many, but everyone has favorites. I narrowed down to 15 of the most amazing birthday cakes, which I have shared below with you.

  1. Unicorn birthday cake with buttercream icing and merengue sea shells details by One by One Cake

2. Unicorn birthday cake by Krazy Kool Cakes

3. Unicorn 4-tier Cake by Ana Brum Biscuit

4. Unicorn Drip Cake with Meringue Wings by With Love and Confection

5. Unicorn 2-tier cake by CforCupcakes

6. Lavender Unicorn by Unik Cakes

7. Unicorn cake by Bake a Cake

8. Unicorn cake with a flora bottom layer and a magical top by Desserts by Jordan

9. Unicorn cake with a horn by Kerry cake lady

10. Unicorn Rainbow Cake by Carola cakes

11. A unicorn cake with buttercream rainbow icing and horn detail by Little House of Dreams

12. Unicorn Cakes by Frosted Fuji Cakes

13. Three-tiered Unicorn Cake by Sweet Brantley’s cakes

14. Gold Drip Naked Unicorn Rainbow Cake by Rose Bakes

15. Buttercream Unicorn Cake by Dame Cupcakes

Buttercream Unicorn Cake by Dame Cupcakes. Butterfly & Insect ...

Bake Your Unicorn Cake

Instead of buying a ready-made cake, you can make your unicorn birthday cake, but make sure to practice baking and decorating several times before making the final cake. Putting in the work and baking the cake for your daughter makes it more special. You can opt to take cooking classes to eliminate the hustle of learning baking on your own.

After having settled the cake issue, you can proceed to make other party arrangements such as sending out invitations, making other snacks, and always have a backup plan since not everything goes as planned.

If you have more ideas on how to make a unicorn-themed birthday party more fun, kindy share in the comments.

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Best Toddler Books 2020

We are living in a strange period where we are forced to stay at home as much as possible. It was/is weird and difficult but it has also presented us with ample time to reconnect with our families as well as invent new fun activities to fill our time.


One of our favorite activities was reading the best toddler books 2020. That isn’t a surprise since I am always going on and on about the importance of reading to and with children.

There were just so many wonderful toddler books, but we had to shorten the list. Most of them were my picks, but I especially love it when my daughter picks out the story, based on the cover or description. So, as you can imagine, our collection of children’s storybooks is getting bigger and bigger every day.

There are so many new children publications from 2020 packed with knowledge, and with such positive and uplifting stories. They have me drooling to snuggle up with my little one as we read these beautiful books.

Here are some of the best toddler books 2020 to read out loud to your children:

The Seed of Compassion

The renowned speaker and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dalai Lama, shares with us some of his childhood memories. As a young child, his mother taught him the importance of compassion and kindness.

Grandma’s Garden

Grandma’s garden teaches children to respect and celebrate family and traditions. While some people pass down furniture or jewelry to their children, Grandma Dorothy passes down her love for nature and gardening. This book is a celebration of the bond and memories that are cultivated across generations as we do things we love together.

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind

This is a sequel to Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave. It is a reminder to all children to make a difference in the world.

The latest book by Jessica Hische is a reminder to both the young and the old to be kind to one another. It encourages empathy, compassion, as well as the development of social-emotional skills in children. This one was one of my favorites from my list of best toddler books 2020.

The Bug Girl

This is a true story of a seven-year-old, Sophie Spencer, who was fascinated by all things bugs, such as ants and fireflies. However, other kids did not share her hobby; thus, they bullied her until she stopped sharing her interests. But, a group of women scientists rallied around her and encouraged her to pursue her passion. This beautiful story encourages children to embrace and pursue their curiosities in the face of resistance.

Wishing on a Star

Wishing on a Star is a beautiful and insightful children’s storybook. The story is made of breathtaking images of vibrant characters in an African American family. It is perfect for families who are expecting as it highlights the emotions involved with bringing a new life into the world.

Dare to Dream Big

This is an inspiration picture book, which encourages children throughout the world not to be afraid to dream. It also tells the children to help others, speak, and stand for what is right.

Through pictures and short stories, it also encourages them to take time to enjoy the simple pleasure of the world and be comfortable in their own skin. It encourages kids to dream and try new things.

Reading to your child is essential as it helps in developing a strong bond.  It also expands their vocabulary and thirst for knowledge. The above books are fun and diverse and will keep your child entertained.

What are your best toddler books 2020? Share in the comments section!

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Importance of Reading to Children

Reading aloud to your children is an important and enjoyable activity for both the child and the parent. Studies suggest that reading to children enhances a child’s vocabulary, literary skills, concentration, and brain development. A child is also more likely to perform better at school if they develop a culture of reading at a tender age.

As a parent, you are the most influential educator in your child’s life. You can start reading to your child even before they are born, as they can recognize their parent’s voices. You can browse the internet for the best books to read to your toddlers. It is never too early to start a reading culture in your home.

Discussed below are some of the reasons why you should read to your child:

1. Reading To Children Helps In Developing Empathy

When you are reading a story to your child, you characterize yourself in the story. This allows you to identify with the lives of the others as well as their feelings. Your child can also use this understanding to empathize with other people’s feelings in the community. Reading helps children to develop a deeper connection with their emotions. You will also find that their ability to socialize with other children is improved.

2. Creates A Strong Bond Between The Child And The Parent

Reading to your children every day strengthens your relationship. Your child has something to look forward to at the end of the day. Even if you have a busy schedule, take the time to read a bedtime story to your child. This assures them of your love and attention, which is vital for their overall wellbeing.

3. Enhances Their Vocabulary

When you read out loud to your child, they can pick up words and phrases that are not in their everyday conversation. If you read to your child daily, their pool of vocabulary is expanded. Reading is essential for children speaking more than one language as it sharpens their language skills. It also enhances their fluency.

4. Enhances Your Child’s Concentration

Start with stories that are more pictures and fewer words in children between 0-3 years. Your child will focus on the images while listening to your words. Make reading a regular and consistent habit, especially during bedtime. As time goes by, you will notice that your child can concentrate for more extended periods before dozing off. Reading will be helpful when they start school since they can concentrate for more extended periods.

5. Improves Your Child’s Creativity And Imagination

It is fascinating how your child’s imagination grows once you get them hooked to a story. Sometimes they will try to guess what happens next as they create new characters for the story.

The most exciting thing is watching how your child’s eyes light up as they anticipate what happens on the next page.

Conclusion

Introduce a reading culture in your home, and you will not be worried about the negative of screen time among your children. This is because every time they are bored, instead of switching on the TV, they will grab a storybook. Win-win situation!

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40 Best Books for Toddlers – Recommended by Reddit Parents

If you’re interested in best books for toddlers, you are in the right place. Each year on April 2nd we celebrate Children’s Books Day. Well, at least we should celebrate it. Reading is extremely important for young children.

Falling on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, Children’s Book Day celebrates toddler books and encourages children (but also their parents) to read.

In our house, we love to read, but sometimes I am not sure which books are suitable for toddlers. I decided to ask other parents on Reddit to share their best books for toddlers. And Reddit community once again prove they are the best and shared with us 55 amazing toddler books..

40 Best Books For Toddlers

Best Books For Toddlers

1. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dragons Love TacosDragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble. The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack. One of the best books for toddlers.

2. An Elephant and Piggie Book series by Mo Willems

An Elephant and PiggieGerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more…
These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse early-reader and picture-book audiences, alike. This is one of our favorite toddler books so it’s not strange that it ended up on the best books for toddlers list.

3. Agate: What Good Is a Moose? by Joy Morgan Dey

Agate What Good Is a MooseAgate is a moose with low self-esteem. He feels inadequate and plain, like an ugly brown rock, especially when he compares himself to his beautiful friends who are named after birthstones.
These friend help Agate to see that just like his namesake, true beauty lies within. Stunning original watercolors, a witty, positive message about self image plus bonus pages with birthstone and agate facts.
Perfect toddler book for reading aloud.

4. The Adventures of Mini Monster Truck by Cliff Fictor

The first four books in a series on “The Adventures of Mini Monster Truck” are available just in time for the holidays. Volume 1 A Monster Truck for Johnny (Ages 2-5) tells the story of how a father created a child sized monster truck for his son. This work contains 34 real life photos that tell the story of a little boy’s dream coming true. Along the way, children learn valuable lessons while reading about a real live monster truck. Volume 1 is targeted towards those who wish to read to younger audiences.
Volume 2 A Monster Truck for Johnny (Ages 6-8) targets first time readers with more detail and information than Volume 1.
In volume 3, Johnny’s Mini Monster Truck Tows a Train Ride, mini monster truck emerges to tow a train ride at birthday parties, fairs, and on location for children to enjoy. This book provides the Segway for a book tour with live appearances.
Volume 4 Johnny’s Mini Monster Truck Rides on a Trailer appeals to children’s interest in vehicles and towing while showing a new adventure of being loaded on and riding on a trailer.”

5. But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

But Not the HippopotamusA shy hippo makes a big impact in this Sandra Boynton classic and it’s one of the best books for toddlers.

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

6. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Bear Says ThanksBear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?
Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share. This is one of our favorite toddler books.

7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You SeeA big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.
On a train ride in 1966, the title phrase Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? popped into Bill Martin Jr.’s head. Later, he spotted an illustration of a red lobster in a magazine and contacted the creator, Eric Carle, to ask if he would illustrate his poem. So began Eric Carle’s career as a children’s book illustrator–along with a life-long collaborative friendship with Bill Martin Jr. Since then, Brown Bear and the three companion titles, Polar Bear, Panda Bear, and Baby Bear, have gone on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

8. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

Hand, Hand, Fingers, ThumbIllus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers.

It has a great beat and repetion that encourage learning in younger children. It’s a great way to get children involved in reading and making it fun.

This is a fun book to read and watch. The rhythm is easy for adults to say and children to hear.

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry CaterpillarTHE all-time classic picture toddlers book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?
“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
—Mother’s Manual
“Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative…”
—The New York Times Book Review

10. Five Little Monkeys Series by Eileen Christelow

Five Little Monkeys Storybook TreasuryThis treasury features a special introduction and five full-length picture books—Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed, Five Little Monkeys Bake a Cake, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do, and Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car—as well as a lesson on how to draw your own fabulous monkeys.
Sheets of colorful stickers and musical notation round out this amazing collection. It’s the perfect addition to any child’s classic library. This is one of the best toddler books.

11. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGeeThe Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut.

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor.

12. Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue

Sleep Like a TigerIn this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.

13. The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

The Egyptian CinderellaPoor Rhodopis! She has nothing – no mother or father, and no friends. She is a slave, from the far-off country of Greece. Only the beautiful rose-red slippers her master gives her can make Rhodopis smile. So when a falcon swoops down and snatches one of the slippers away, Rhodipis is heartbroken.
For how is she to know that the slipper will land in the lap of the great Pharoah himself? And who would ever guess that the Pharoah has promised to find the slipper’s owner and make her queen of all Egypt?

14. Welcome to the Zoo! – picture book by Alison Jay

Welcome to the Zoo!In this fanciful visit, Alison Jay summons her unique perspective and sense of humor to create a zoo like no other?where more than just the animals are on display. Children will delight in discovering small details and tracking narratives that play out bit by bit. Before the tour is over, kids will meet hippos, giraffes, penguins pursuing a platter of fish, exotic birds, bears, mischievous monkeys, and much more.
There’s a search-and-find element too: The last spread invites readers to go back and discover a number of amusing details throughout this cool toddlers book.

15. Gossie and Friends Board Book Set by Olivier Dunrea

Gossie and Friends Board Book SetWhen Gossie says “Follow me!” little ones are happy to comply! Here is a boxed set of four best books for toddlers about everyone’s favorite goslings.
Includes Gossie, Gossie and Gertie, Ollie, and Peedie.
Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children’s books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. This is one of the best toddler books.

16. Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection

Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection - best toddler booksA perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks—will be cherished by young and old alike. The best books for toddlers
Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults.

17. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight moonIn a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room–to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one–he says goodnight.

In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

18. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction SiteThe #1 New York Times bestseller for kids.

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

19. Pete the Cat series by James Dean

Pete the CatPete the Cat is back in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s picture book Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, written by Kimberly Dean.
Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along. Fans of Pete the Cat will love watching him take his positive outlook and transform a grumpy day into an awesome day!
Pete the Cat feels blue until Toad shares his “Cool, Blue, Magic sunglasses” that make birds sing, skies brighten, and the sun shine. He rides his skateboard down the sidewalk and encounters animal friends along the way who are also feeling unhappy or grumpy.

20. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Bear Snores OnBear’s cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps in this classic book from New York Times bestselling team of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!
See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!

21. Clifford Collection by Norman Bridwell

Clifford CollectionCelebrate Clifford’s 50th anniversary with this collection of classic stories! The eye-catching cover design will have red foil and matte and spot gloss.
This book includes: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford at the Circus, Clifford Gets a Job, Clifford Takes a Trip, Clifford’s Good Deeds, and Clifford’s Trick.
Also included in the book is an original letter from Norman Bridwell to the reader, information about the creation of Clifford–including an image of Norman’s 1962 painting that inspired the Clifford series, the story behind the real Emily Elizabeth, and more!

22. Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

Put Me in the Zoo Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. In this Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss, Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won’t believe what Spot can do. Beginning readers will be delighted by Robert Lopshire’s lively tale that proves there is a special spot for everyone.
Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

23. Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

Little Elliot, Big City Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy–like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter–a friend. Best books for toddlers!
“Little Elliot, with his upswept trunk and his angel-wing ears, is a cuddly-looking elephant with pastel polka dots all over his body, all the more amusingly incongruous living in a 1930s-esque version of New York City . . . Children will relate to Elliot’s experiences.” – The Horn Book

24. How Do Dinosaurs Series by Jane Yolen

How DinosaurusIn a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?
Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur’s bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave a lot like people do: They give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper “good night.”

25. The Big Hungry Bear by Rozanne Williams

The Big Hungry BearResearch has proven that children need to read aloud new material four times to achieve maximum benefit, and as many of those readings as possible should be accompanied by immediate feedback from an adult. As young readers become more fluent, they vastly improve their comprehension. To accomplish this, children need books that are captivating and inspire a positive reading experience. All books in this series include a refrain that provides students with the built-in opportunity to reread the same text. The rhythm, rhyme, repetition, and dialogue provide opportunities for students to use voice inflection and expression. The motivating content provides a fun, interactive reading experience that will inspire young readers to want to read and reread these books over and over.

26. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can't DanceThe bestselling Giraffes Can’t Dance is now a board book!
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.
With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

27. 10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathman

10 Minutes till BedtimeIt’s almost bedtime! At 1 Hoppin Place the fun begins when a family of hamsters-with ten offspring wearing jerseys numbered from one to ten-arrives at the door. There are only ten minutes left, and there’s still so much to do! But with the help of the Hamsters’ 10-Minute Bedtime Tour (guided by his own pet hamster), the little boy is able to get his toys put away, his pajamas on, his teeth brushed, and his bedtime story read-all in the nick of time. This lively introduction to bedtime rituals and the concept of counting backwards will have young readers eagerly awaiting their own countdown to bedtime.

28. If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul

If Animals Kissed Good NightIn a cozy bedtime chat with her mom, a young girl wonders how animal families might say good night. Would Wolf and his pup “kiss and then HOWL”? Would Bear and her cub “kiss and then GROWL”? But what about Sloth and her baby? They move soooo slooowwwww . . . they’re sure to be kissing from early evening until long after everyone else is fast asleep!
With whimsical art and playful rhyming verse, this picture book is now in board book format for the first time, perfect for bedtime snuggles.

29. I Love You Through And Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

I Love You Through And ThroughA rhyming story of unconditional love and adorable illustrations of a toddler and a teddy bear who declare “I love you through and through!”
A toddler and his teddy bear illustrate a young child’s happy side, sad side, silly side, mad side, and more! Babies and toddlers will feel loved all over when they hear this declaration of adoration and affection!
The book has sturdy cardstock pages and a padded cover with rounded corners for safe handling by little ones.

30. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

On the night you were bornOn the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced.

Here is the best book for toddlers that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.
The birth of a baby—”the one and only ever you”—causes jubilation throughout creation in this quietly celebratory picture book from newcomer Tillman.

31. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes“There was one little baby / who was born far away. / And another who was born / on the very next day. / And both of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes.” No matter which part of the world a baby comes from—born on the ice or in a tent—that baby has “ten little fingers / and ten little toes,” the pleasing refrain of this wonderful, rhyming tribute to the chubby, sweet universality of babies of all colors. Helen Oxenbury’s soft, rounded babies are captured perfectly in soft, rounded watercolors.

32. Doodle Bites by Polly Dunbar

Doodle BitesThe inspired Polly Dunbar wraps up her series about Tilly and Friends with two beguiling new adventures.

When Doodle the alligator is feeling bitey, the backside of Tumpty the elephant looks very tempting. But now Tumpty is sore — in more ways than one — and promptly stamps on Doodle’s tail. No wonder everyone’s upset! Luckily, the friends agree to apologize, and all is well — at least until Doodle starts to feel bitey again.

33. The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell

The Day Louis Got EatenAnother gem from the award-winning creator of Manfred the Baddie and Jeremiah Jellyfish Flies High!
Louis has been eaten by a Gulper and it’s up to his sister, Sarah, to rescue him! But, pulling a boy out of a gulper’s tummy isn’t all that simple. Especially when there are many other strange and scary creatures hungry for their dinner, too.
Louis and his sister find themselves deep inside the stomach of a Saber-toothed Yumper when a leisurely bike ride through the woods turns into a monstrous chase into prehistoric lands. After Louis is swallowed by a Gulper, Sarah sets off to rescue him, but each creature that consumes him is set upon by a larger one, and the chase is on.

34. Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland

Dinosaur RoarDinosaurs of every shape and size race, roar, and stomp through this colorful book of opposites. And where are all these silly-looking creatures off to?
A dinosaur picnic, of course!
These prehistoric pranksters and the simple, playful rhymes that accompany them will delight children everywhere. Dinosaur Roar! is an entertaining way to introduce preschoolers to the concept of opposites.
Ages 3-5. Dinosaurs are the gimmick here, not really the subject. The subjects are, first, antonyms–such as above/below and weak/strong–and then lunch.

35. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Dear ZooDear Zoo is twenty-five years old — and still as popular as ever!
And with an updated look, this classic children’s storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!
Rod Campbell makes books for babies and toddlers, the best known being Dear Zoo, which has sold over two million copies worldwide. All his books have simple text, often with repeating phrases, ideal for the pre-reader. He uses flaps and touch-and-feel elements when appropriate.

36. Spot the Dog Series by Eric Hill

Where's SpotIt’s time to celebrate Spot?s thirtieth birthday! For three decades children have been looking everywhere for Spot in this classic, first-ever lift-the-flap book. Is he in the piano? Is he under the stairs? After finding other familiar animals, there he is in his basket!
The original “Spot” book is now offered with a Signed English translation. The text and illustrations are identical to the original, with the addition of line drawings showing the American Signed English hand move ments. Signing is simply and accurately illustrated. It is easy to distinguish the placement of the hands in each sign. Dotted lines show the beginning place ment of the hands, arrows point the direction to follow, and a solid black line indicates the final position of the hands.

37. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

How to Catch a StarOnce there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn’t fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be.
Oliver Jeffers offers a simple, childlike tale of reaching for the stars, and emerging with a friend.

38. Tabby McTat, the Musical Cat by Julia Donaldson

Tabby McTat, the Musical CatA purr-fectly rollicking adventure from superstars Donaldson & Scheffler!
Tabby McTat loves his life on the streets with his owner, Fred, singing (and caterwauling) for coins that people throw in Fred’s hat. But one day, Fred is in an accident, and the two are separated! Will Tabby and Fred find their way back to each other?
From the creators of A Gold Star for Zog and Stick Man, Tabby McTat is a touching story of friendship, loyalty, singing – and kittens!

39. The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

The Very Cranky BearFour animal friends cheer up a very cranky bear.
Nick Bland’s expressive, adorable illustrations complement delightful, rhyming, read-aloud text in this lesson about the importance of sharing with others in one of the best books for toddlers.
Moose, Lion, Zebra, and Sheep take shelter in a cave on a cold and rainy day, only to realize that a bear is there. The bear roars loudly and says that he is trying to sleep. Not understanding why the bear is so cranky, the other animals come up with ways to cheer up the bear. Moose finds antlers for him, Lion gives him a mane, and Zebra paints on stripes. Is there anything the four well-meaning friends can do to help the bear sleep?

40. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

The Little MouseFirst published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader.
The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world and it’s one of the best books for toddlers. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear…How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.

If you have some good books for toddlers you would like to add to the list of best books for toddlers, feel free to leave it in the comments.

“It’s not so much about what book you look at, it is how you interact with the toddler. Toddlers don’t read but love looking at pictures, so books with lots of pictures are great. The thing to do is to ask questions – “Where’s the mouse?”, “What color is the house?”, “Shall we count the trees together?” etc.
So you could use the Encyclopedia Britannica if you want, the book isn’t really that important as long as it’s got lots of nice pictures.
Also do funny voices, kids love funny voices.”
by James Johnson about Best books for toddlers.

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4 things to do before organizing a birthday party

Organizing an amazing birthday party for your little one can seem like an incredibly hard and overwhelming task. Well, not only ‘seem like’. It really is incredibly overwhelming. Well, the perfect party requires perfect planning and we are here to help.

Here is the simple birthday party planning checklist that will make your birthday party – the best party ever.

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  1. Choose the theme

When it comes to kids birthday parties, they are all about themes – pirates, princesses, Disney, Elsa, space, disco… Talk with your kid about what he or she wants and then go crazy from there. There are so many options out there to make your theme birthday party special. Think about the invitations, cake, games, clothes, decorations…

  • Birthday invitations

This is very important thing to have in mind when organizing a party. Try to incorporate the theme of the party in your invitations. You can find some cute birthday invitations on BasicInvite. I use the website for all kind of things. Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

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  • Make a room in the fridge for food and drinks

This is the most common mistake people make when preparing a birthday party. They order or bake a wonderful birthday cake, prepare lots of snacks – and then there is no space in their refrigerator to put everything in. If it’s especially hard to make space in your fridge, ask a neighbor or a friend if you can put some of your things in their fridge. I am sure everyone will gladly help you.

  • Have a backup plan

You don’t have a backup plan for your party? Why? There are many factors that can ruin your party and you should be aware of them. Your kid can be sick on the day of the party, it can start raining and your party is outdoor, you don’t have enough ice and the weather is too hot… Think through the entire party and have a backup plan in place for everything!



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