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15 Activities to Entertain Children at Home

With so many kids spending more time at home for their (and our) well being, it’s important to find activities to entertain and engage them. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen activities you can do at home to pass the time. Some are old favorites while others may provide unique and unusual new suggestions.

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Meet the Author: Carolina Rabei

A hungry guinea pig is very funny, but our March selection, “Crunch!,” is more than that.  Carolina Rabei’s picture book is a touching story with a positive message for your entire family.  Crunch, a lovable guinea pig, learns the value of sharing and helping others, and this book will make a great addition to your home library.

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Best Children’s Books about Friendship

Friendship makes the world go around! We’ve created this list of the 20 Best Children’s Books about Friendship because books are a great way to introduce different concepts about friendship. It’s so important for your child’s social development that you talk with them about friendship. This might include what it means to be a friend, how to show a friend that you care, what forms friendships can take, and what to do when a friend stops being a good friend.

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15 Best Children’s Books About Animals

Children’s books that feature animals are some of the most hilarious, creative, heart-warming, wholesome, and exciting books around. According to a survey done by librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about 26% of all picture books feature animals as their main characters. And there’s no wonder why! Books about animals allow children to not only learn more about nature, but they also often carry important themes about friendship, perseverance, kindness, and much more. They have so much to offer in terms of child development and emerging literacy, and they are consistently favorites of children of all age groups.

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Meet the Author: Sean Taylor

We were extremely fortunate to interview Sean Taylor for our February Author of the Month. Sean has won numerous awards and written over 50 children’s books throughout his career. In his spare time, he visits schools helping encourage young children’s imagination. He says, “it’s now clear to me that going on adventures to wild, new, imaginary places in stories is as important as learning how to spell.” Elephant Books couldn’t agree more!

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Best Children’s Books about Friendship

Friendship makes the world go around! We’ve created this list of the 20 Best Children’s Books about Friendship because books are a great way to introduce different concepts about friendship. It’s so important for your child’s social development that you talk with them about friendship. This might include what it means to be a friend, how to show a friend that you care, what forms friendships can take, and what to do when a friend stops being a good friend.

15 Best Children’s Books About Animals

Children’s books that feature animals are some of the most hilarious, creative, heart-warming, wholesome, and exciting books around. According to a survey done by librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about 26% of all picture books feature animals as their main characters. And there’s no wonder why! Books about animals allow children to not only learn more about nature, but they also often carry important themes about friendship, perseverance, kindness, and much more. They have so much to offer in terms of child development and emerging literacy, and they are consistently favorites of children of all age groups.

Best Board Book Ideas for Toddlers

Here are Elephant Books, we are always on a search for the best children’s books out there. We thought we’d share some of our favorites by compiling a list of the 20 Best Board Books for Toddlers. Reading from a young age is so important, and finding engaging and educational books for your child can be difficult. So for this list, we chose some fantastic books that not only excite and entertain but also support your child’s development and encourage a love of reading. Focusing on topics ranging from colors to landmarks to Christmas, each of these books offers something special and enjoyable for your young reader.

20 Best Picture Books Without Words

Wordless picture books for children are an amazing way to help your child jump into reading. It seems counterintuitive that books without words will help develop your child develop essential literacy skills, but, in reality, reading wordless picture books is one of the best ways to do so. Wordless picture books open a world of opportunity and capture the interest of children of all different ages, interests, and reading levels.

23 Best Elephant Books for Kids

What better way to inspire early reading than books about elephants! Whether the little reader is a baby, toddler, pre-schooler, or kindergartener, elephant books offer engaging and fun reading experiences. Widely known as gentle giants, elephants are renowned for their nurturing nature and strong sense of familial binds. It’s no wonder there are so many great children’s books that focus on elephant characters and behavior.

20 Favorite Winter-Themed Children’s Books

With the snow falling outside a cold bite in the air, winter is the perfect time to snuggle up and read together. We have compiled a list of Winter-Themed Children’s Books to inspire some great read alouds. These books will help your child explore different aspects of winter, from snow to changing seasons to various animals.

21 Really Unique Baby Books

Here at Elephant Books we pride ourselves in our focus on new and undiscovered reading treasures rather than the usual classics. Nonetheless we recognize and appreciate unique baby books of all kinds…be they baby’s first board book, memory books, naming guides, or baby journals. They all have a place, and we’re privileged to come across many such unique baby book finds in our explorations.

26 Tips for Making Reading Fun

Encouraging children to read and appreciate books is one of the greatest gifts you can give in terms of accelerating development and inspiring life-long learning. Children who are read to regularly have a proven leg up when they start school, and studies have shown that the number of books in a child’s home has a direct correlation on their educational advancement and future earning potential. But how do you make reading both fun and engaging?

What to Write in a Baby Shower Book

Books are an increasingly popular choice for baby shower gifts. It’s not hard to see why: they’re educational, they encourage quality bonding time, they’re enduring, they get used over and over, and, as any parent can tell you who’s trying to get a baby or toddler to sleep will tell you, you can never have too many! But what do you write in a baby shower book to make it stand out, to make your gift truly special?

Ten Cute Ideas for an Elephant-Themed Baby Shower

Finding a unique theme or ideas for a baby shower can be challenging. If you’re looking for something more than typical pink and blue color schemes, consider elephant-themed baby shower ideas as a creative way to celebrate the momentous occasion of a new life. Following are ten great ways to produce the perfect gathering for an expectant mother, one made more special with elephants, that is sure to be remembered by all!

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