Tips & Tricks

There are many different ways to sharpen literacy skills in children. From time to time we publish different ideas to help children grown and develop their reading skills.

Author Spotlight-Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

We talked to Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks about their book, Wild Things. Here is what they had to say about getting outside:


Wild Things is an outdoor activity book with a difference, packed with adventures to discover nature through imaginary play, exploration, storytelling and a sprinkling of magic. 

Give Me 20 Fall Reading Challenge 2019

Fall Challenge

Fall Challenge

November 4-December 13, 2019

The goal of the challenge is to read to your class or children twenty minutes a day, five days a week during the six-week challenge. Complete the challenge, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of fifty prize packs that include books for your class or family and a Pizza Hut gift card.

Myth Busters

This week we are busting myths about the BOOK IT! program and answering frequently asked questions about our new digital option, our traditional paper materials and our homeschool program.

Read all about how we are improving BOOK IT!, growing our program and keeping it Simple, Flexible, Fun and, as always Free to our participants!


Thank You!

Students can complete these two printables, one for teachers and one for parents, to say thank you for a great school year!

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy starts in preschool with counting, and then the introduction of basic financial concepts. Many books explore how to earn money and what to do with that money, and some illustrate what it’s like when there is not enough money. The recommended books below are perfect to start conversations about compassion and help students understand different financial perspectives. As kids get older, they will try to figure out how to earn their own money and these fiction selections feature some fun ideas.

The Importance of Daily Reading

You've been told over and over that reading with your kids 20 minutes a day is good for them; but why? Let's get down to the science of your nightly reading routine.

Family time

    Reading is a great way to spend quality time with your children. From nightly bedtime stories to trips to the library, your children will look forward to spending this one on one time with you every day.

Practice makes perfect

Growth Mindset

There are many things your student can't do yet, but it's important they learn that yet is only temporary. Print out this tree and its leaves. Have your students write their goals on the leaves and add them to the tree to show all of the possibilities they have.

Storytelling Podcasts

Listening to stories is an important part of literacy. It can improve vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency. Kids can also learn the structure of stories through listening so they can begin to create their own. Podcasts are a free and easy way to get your students listening to more stories. They are great for car rides, bedtime and lazy weekend mornings. Try out a few of our favorites!


Story Pirates Podcast

6 Tips to Get Back to School Stress Free

Enjoy these last few days of summer before your classroom is full of excited new faces.

Book and coffee

Read a book that is NOT related to teaching, a book just for pleasure. It’s a great way to get away and not have to leave your favorite comfy spot.

Movie Magic


In the lead up to the holidays, it can seem like every channel has a collection of TV shows, movies and classic claymation specials to watch. Did you know that many of those Christmas classics have amazing book companions? Why not take an evening and read them with the family before diving into the screen? Here is a list of well-known shows and their literary inspiration. See you at the library!


A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz