Our Scholastic Parents blogs, Raise a Reader and The Learning Toolkit, offer readers everything from fun craft projects to book recommendations — here are some recent posts that you should be sure to bookmark and read this month!
New Book Lists
Read-Alikes: What to Read After the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series: Did your reluctant reader fall in love with this LOL-worthy series? Here are eight titles to try next.
7 Books to Inspire Young Inventors: Teach your younger child to imagine, dream, and create through the characters and stories within these picture books.
12 Teddy Bear Books to Read With Your Child: Encourage your kids to cuddle up tight with their favorite teddy to enjoy our best book picks featuring bears!
Children’s Books That Hit the Big Screen: And, action! Check out this hand-curated list of perfect page to screen titles from Scholastic librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey — great for all ages.
Discover the Best Kinds of Books for Your Baby: Find out which types of books should be in your little one's new library, as well as helpful read-aloud tips!
5 Ways to Build Reading Skills While Playing With Blocks: Build towers, railroad tracks, castles — and literacy skills, too.
5 Word Games to Help Preschoolers Get Ready to Read: Use these playful activities to get your preschooler engaged with language, and more prepared for kindergarten.
Literacy Building and More
7 Activities When Creating Your Child's Vocabulary Journal: Encourage your little learner to keep a book of newly discovered words and watch her vocabulary grow.
A Kid-Friendly Guide to New Reading Genres: Explore 10 genres of books with your child, along with recommended reads for each one.
A Crossword of Quotes by Historical African Americans: Use this crossword puzzle to start a conversation with your child about influential men and women who helped change history.
6 Ways Cooking With Kids Can Boost Literacy Skills: Cooking with your kids can be a delicious learning experience — for all of you!
How Humor Can Get Reluctant Readers Hooked: Discover why funny books can help struggling readers want to read.
6 Inexpensive Ways to Build a Home Library: Explore budget-friendly ideas for adding to your child's home library.
11 Bits of Trivia About Kids' Favorite Books & Authors: Share some of these lesser-known facts with your young reader.
6 Ways to Fit in Read-Aloud Time With Your Child on Busy Days: Your family's days are jam-packed, but there are still moments to enjoy reading with your child. Get started with these great ideas.
Math, Science and Crafts
Winter Weather Fun: Cold Air Balloon Kids' Experiment: Seeking a snow day activity? Blow up balloons in the snow with help from a few pantry items, and teach your kids about the reactions.
Build a Math Library With These Recommended Reads: Get suggestions for books by grade level to help your child grasp math concepts. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
Teach This Math-Themed Twist on Rock, Paper, Scissors: Playing this fun, family-friendly game can help deepen your child’s number sense — and love of math!
4 Math Games to Boost Geometry Knowledge: Try these activities to help your child grow a better understanding of geometry — at every age.
Tell Stories Through Pictures With Magazine Collages: Your pre-reader can develop literacy skills using this step-by-step art and storytelling activity.
Glow Stick Science Experiment For Kids: How do glow sticks work? Explore their chemistry by comparing what happens when you submerge them in different temperatures.
How to Use Fruits & Veggies to Make Stamps: Teach your child about symmetry and turn patterns into prints with this simple art-meets-nature science project.
Digital Learning Tools
7 Fun Alphabet Learning Apps for Preschoolers: Make screen time fun and educational with this curated collection of alphabet apps for pre-readers.
5 Cool Apps & Websites to Research Family History With Your Kids: Engage your children with the story of your very own family history with this collection of online genealogy resources.