Books & Reading

His Very First Book is Taking Flight: Meet Karl cropped

Portland-based author and illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards presents his debut picture book, Fly!, for children ages 3 to 5 at Wordstock this weekend. We caught up with Edwards to talk about his book, what makes reading fun, and why he decided to create stories for kids. The Story Worm can “wiggle.” Ant can “march.” But

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Welcome Home: Wildwood Illustrator Carson Ellis Debuts a New Book

Carson Ellis’s sumptuous, magical illustrations have graced many children’s books, including the wildly popular Wildwood Chronicles and Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead. Home is her authorial debut; it’s received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, among others. We talked to her about her new book, how having kids of her own changes her

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The Essential First Day of School Book List

Young mom and 2 year old son reading together on couch

Starting school is an exciting time for the whole family. In the weeks leading up to the big first day, it’s important to talk to your child about starting preschool. How does she feel? What can he expect? Reading stories can be a great way to start that conversation.     Here are three great

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Let’s Get Ready for School! Fun Summer Activities to Prepare for Kindergarten

Give your child a jumpstart  before school starts with these fun summer learning activities!

Every September, children across America get a fresh start: They head back to school. At KinderCare, young learners get a jumpstart by reviewing alphabet letters. The review encourages school readiness for children who are starting kindergarten in September. Think of it as a learning bridge from summer into the start of the school year. While

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Hooked on Books: 5 Reasons to Read to Your Baby

The earlier you start reading to your child, the sooner you'll set them on a path to success!

Four-month old Lily sits on her father’s lap, one chubby hand in her mouth, the other patting the farm animals in the book in front of her. As the pages turn, Lily reaches for the pictures, squealing and gurgling with excitement as her father reads. The Campos family’s biggest reader also happens to be its

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Three Children’s Books that Celebrate Differences

Reading Time With Grandma

Teaching respect for people who are different from us, whether in appearance, behavior, manner of speech, religion, or physical ability, begins early. It must. That’s why here at KinderCare, we embrace anti-bias education. We like how Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards describe the practice in their seminal textbook Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves:

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