When you and your little ones need some downtime from summer sun and fun, story time may be just the thing. There are indoor and outdoor story times all over the Boston area, almost every day of the week throughout the summer. So, drop in to one of these free story hours we’ve rounded up for you – then sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone else read to your child for a change.
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, and not just because the local library gives out prizes (though we are big fans of prizes). Whether your kids are nose-in-book types or the sort that require a little literary nudge, our SUMMER OF PLAY has plenty of room for playing your way through some great kids' books. Check out my time-tested list of vintage classics, modern classics, and recent best sellers that inspire fun activities beyond their pages—and at very little cost. And if you snap any photos along the way, remember to share them as entries in our weekly SUMMER OF PLAY prize drawing!
After visiting Concord Museum's annual exhibition Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature for the first time last year, my family now has a new holiday tradition. Concord Museum celebrates the town’s rich literary heritage year-round with exhibits featuring literary giants, and during the holidays, the presentation becomes even grander. For almost two decades, the museum has celebrated classic and contemporary children’s books with Christmas trees (and wreaths) inspired by those books. Each tree pays tribute to or brings a story to life in its own unique way. Here's more about the exhibition and what’s happening at the museum during the holidays, plus some tips for getting the most out of your visit with kids.
Kids love reading books about places that are familiar to them, but you can only read Make Way for Ducklings so many times. If you are looking for other books with a local flair, Boston's rich history and culture have inspired several writers and illustrators.
Carolyn Dalgliesh and I belong to the same club – the Parents of Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder Club. OK, it’s not actually a club, but we both know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by trying to manage the challenges of our sensory kids’ rigid, anxious, and distracted behaviors. After each of our kids’ diagnoses, we both wanted to figure out how to cultivate moments of fun with our families and make our homes more than our sensory children's emotional unloading zones (as Carolyn so astutely puts it). While I set out to read everything I could get my hands on about sensory issues, Carolyn, a professional organizer, started coming up with her own strategies to provide support to her sensory child at home. Ten years later, she is a bit of an expert on the subject. In fact, she has written a book about it, The Sensory Child Gets Organized, which just came out earlier this month.
Keep reading for a whole houseful of super helpful tips from Carolyn for getting your child – with or without sensory issues – organized at home. If you want to meet Carolyn and learn additional strategies, you’re in luck: She, along with other parenting book authors, will soon be making local appearances at the Harvard Bookstore, the Book Shack in Kingston, and the Barnes & Noble in Hingham to talk about ways to have a calm and organized school year.
From local to national, there are many programs that provide guidance, inspiration, incentives and rewards for your kids to keep reading all summer long. The “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program at Massachusetts libraries is a great place to start. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to continue reading this summer and some fabulous freebies, read on for reading programs in Boston and beyond. Check back soon for our updated roundup of free summer storytimes in and around the city.
I love Robert McClosky’s Make Way for Ducklings as much as the next person, and so does my daughter; it’s hard not to get excited by how hyper-local it is, and how photogenic kids look posed atop of one of the bronze ducklings in the Public Garden. (Umm, especially when the ducks are wearing bonnets. Such cuteness).
But here are five local authors you may not have met yet (or maybe you have…at the playground!): Rebecca Bond, Mil Niepold, Peter Reynolds, Anna Stanizewski, and the Middle School Students at Mission Hill School in Roxbury. Read on for more about them and their wonderful books.
This week promises to be a grand time for fans (or fans-to-be) of The Boxcar Children, with a festival this weekend in Connecticut and a book giveaway right here on Mommy Poppins Boston! Read on for more about the festival and how to enter the contest.
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