Archives for July 2011

Book Review: 15 Minutes Outside

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot’s Wife.

We are outdoor people, no question about it. The picture above is my 32 month old picking through a box of worms to help his Grandpa go fishing.

So far this summer we’ve enjoyed hiking, swimming, park playing, hitting up our local farmer’s market, and much more.  Summertime just begs you to get out of doors and revel in all that glorious sunshine, doesn’t it?

I have to admit, though, I sometimes struggle with finding creative ways to get our little family off the couch and into nature. Especially when the temperatures soar above 100 degrees or in the dead of winter when it seems so much more appealing to snuggle up under blankets and watch a movie.

When a friend recommended the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, I thought that sounded like a book I needed to read.

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My Summer Reading List

The following post is by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck.

This summer I’ve been sharing with you some of the children’s books that my kids are reading as part of the iVillage PBS Kids Community Summer Reading Challenge.  I have really liked hearing what books you are enjoying with your kids, too.

I’ve mentioned to you before that I feel like one of the best gifts we can give our children to encourage their literacy is to let them see the adults in their life reading and enjoying books. Today, I thought I would share with you the books that you would have been able to catch me reading so far this summer.
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