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A Book Vacation(ish)

Welcome to another edition of Elephant Notes . . . our periodic take on some of the ideas, issues, and news impacting parents, children, and reading. This week...the idea of the book vacation. If you’re a parent taking your kids on vacation, chances are you’ll be...

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Our Five Steps to the Perfect Book

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is how we make our book selections and what we look for in an “Elephant Books-worthy” title. We thought this week we would give you some insight into that process. For starters, we’re firmly of the belief that there’s no...

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More About Us . . . Val’s Story

What do they want for their birthdays? I'm a mother of four children ranging from pre-school to middle school, and while I'm by no means an expert on raising children, I do have some experience. The question of what to get for the kids was first posed by my mother...

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More About Us . . . Stephen’s Story

I wasn’t an early reader. Sometimes that’s just the way it is with kids. As my mother, an educator of thirty-plus years is fond of saying: with kids and reading, at some point it just clicks. That point—from being read to, to doing the reading—is not something you can...

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More About Us…Trudy’s Story

Welcome to another edition of Elephant Notes, our periodic take on some of the ideas, issues, and news impacting parents, children, and reading. This week, one of the founders of Elephant Books, Trudy, shares her story and why she helped create Elephant Books. I’m a...

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The Perfect Baby Gift . . . Every Time!

Welcome to another edition of Elephant Notes . . . our periodic take on some of the ideas, issues, and news impacting parents, children, and reading. This week, our author tackles (and solves) the perennial question of the perfect baby gift. So, we’ve all been there....

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Screen Time, Kids, & the Power of Books

Welcome to Elephant Notes, our periodic look at some of the issues, ideas, and news impacting children and reading. Over the past few weeks and months you’ve probably noticed a barrage of negative headlines, some even using the word addiction, related to children’s...

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The Perfect Family Holiday Gift

Get ready for it. I can’t tell you exactly what "it" is, but because December is just around the corner, it most likely will feature plastic, buttons, batteries, plugs and, of course, noise. Parents and children (and even those who aren’t parents but used to be...

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Four Easy Steps to Making Reading Count for Kids

My three-year-old daughter’s favorite bedtime ritual was picking out five books every night that I would read to her. I can’t tell you why it was always five (at some point we probably negotiated it down from ten), but it became our nightly routine and it was so...

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