Weekend Links

And, speaking of Valentines, if you are purchasing Valentine cards this year, I would love it if you considered my friend Katie’s cards.  Some of you know Katie from her time as the editor of Simple Organic.  She and her family are raising money for their adoption and have designed some printable Valentines as a fundraiser.  You can check them out at Katie’s blog here:  The Foxes Thanks!

I’m spending the afternoon with my knitting and some football and packing my suitcase for Nashville.  I’m getting very excited to meet some of you at Blissdom later this week!


What We’ve Been Reading

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

With all of our talk about reading this week, I thought it might be fun to share with you what books my kids and I have been enjoying. Now that the holidays are over, we’ve savoring the slower pace of evenings and weekends.  It is the time of year for cocoa, cookies, and curling up beside the fireplace with a few good books.

Our favorites so far this winter …

Family Favorites

Cooking Together

I’m not sure that Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kidshas made it back to the bookshelf for months. This book has been living on our kitchen counter.  Rae is a contributor to Simple Kids, and if you’ve been reading for long, then you know that my oldest daughter is an especially big fans of her books.

Cooking together is a favorite family activity and lately we’ve been making Rae’s snickerdoodles, sponge cake, pancakes, and I do believe that rice pudding may have to be on the menu sometime this weekend.  Rae has recipes for all seasons, but we’ve been focusing on comfort foods and warmth during these Winter months and her recipes have been perfect.

History

Our whole family has been enjoying the Little House on the Prairie series.  We’re using these books as our bedtime reading with my oldest. Eyes were wide when Laura, Mary, Baby Carrie, Ma, and Pa were in a cabin with only a sheet on the door between the family and a wolf pack. Every day Jillian tells me what a good dog Jack is and we have discussions comparing her childhood with Laura’s.

I loved the Little House series myself as a child, so I’m doubly enjoying my child learning to love the same stories.  My husband never read the books growing up, and it has been neat to watch him fall in love with them as well.

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Target Read With Me Giveaway Winner

I want to thank everyone who entered the Read With Me Sweepstakes.  It was fun to host and get to read all of your comments regarding your favorite children’s literature and your reasons for reading to the kids in your lives.

I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it again:  Simple Kids readers are a pretty amazing group of people.  I’m thankful the kids in your lives have you to share this love of reading with them.

So, without any further ado, the winner of the iPad and selection of children’s books is:

Nina ~ Netc_phila@

Congratulations! Nina, please check your email for further instructions from me.

Nina said, “Why do I think reading is important? Because it’s a time to sit, snuggle, connect, use nice voices, explore and learn together. It’s some of my best memories As a child in bed with my three sisters while we cried as my mother read us grimke fairytales where the little mermaid died or we were terrified by the many witches. It taught me that books transport you to other worlds and words make you whole or break your heart and it filled me with a great love of them as I hope my son grows up to have.”

I want to thank Target for sponsoring this sweepstakes.  Don’t forget that U.S. residents can still sign the pledge by visiting the Target website for details.

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