Archive for February, 2014 Visits a Science Fair!

Friday, February 28th, 2014


This week, members of our editorial staff visited Captain Jason M. Dahl Elementary School in San Jose to act as guest judges for their annual science fair! Since we spend a lot of our time reminiscing on our own science fair projects and coming up with new ones, we were understandably stoked to be there.


Excited by the possibility of bubbling volcanoes and model solar systems, we entered the school with sharpened pencils in hand and our metaphorical judge caps on. We were delighted to see that the auditorium was filled with a range of science fair topics and experiments! The room was full of statically charged balloons, televisions covered in tinfoil, oobleck, cabbages, and the obligatory volcano or two. We even saw a few projects from our own collection of science fair activities.


The students came up with some impressive trifolds and displays, but our favorite part of the day was meeting the kids in person! We spent the majority of the afternoon speaking with energetic kids with a passion for scientific discovery. The students regaled us with tales of failed experiments, chemical reactions, and ‘ah-ha!’ moments. Everyone we spoke with learned something new and seemed genuinely excited about their science project.


A big thank you to Mrs. Feria at Captain M. Dahl Elementary for hosting us, and for the school’s young scientists for sharing their discoveries!


It’s “I Love Reading” Month!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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February is “I Love Reading” Month! Now, we at love reading every month (we post about books all the time!), but “I Love Reading” Month is a special time when we get to share our enthusiasm for the written word with friends, family, and—most exciting of all—the members! To celebrate a month of books and reading, we’re asking our members to take a reading pledge.

During the month of February, we’re asking members to commit to helping their kids read four books. Kids and parents will get to spend time bonding over old and new favorite books, and exploring all that children’s literature has to offer.

Families that read all four books and log their progress on the “I Heart Reading” page will be entered to win exciting educational prizes! One grand prize winner will receive a Kindle prize pack, and 100 first prize winners will receive a one-year subscription to either Brainzy or PLUS. All grand prize and first prize winners will also get an “I Heart Reading” t-shirt! Full contest rules can be found here.

Are you interested in joining us for “I Love Reading” Month? Take the pledge today!

Valentine’s Day Books That Your Kids Will Love

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Kids love Valentine’s Day for all sorts of reasons; there’s the candy, of course, classroom parties, and special surprises from friends and family. When the excitement of a heart-filled day is winding down, and a sugar crash is coming on strong, one of the best ways to show your child that you love him is with some time together and a treasured book. These picture books are new classics about unconditional love between parents and their children, and they’re perfect for your evening storytime on Valentine’s Day. Read these Valentine’s Day books with your child to celebrate your special relationship with each other.

Mama, Do You Love Me?

This sweet and simple story is a great reminder of the everlasting love of a parent. The mother in this story is constantly being prompted with the question, “Mama, do you love me?” The answer is always a resounding yes, even when the child has been bad or distant or careless. Read this story on Valentine’s Day with your child, and let him know how much you love him, no matter what.

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The Kissing Hand

This picture book tells the story of mother and son racoons who are apart for the first time. When young Chester is leaving for the first day of school, he’s nervous about being away from his mother. She gives him a very special ‘kissing hand’ so that he can feel her warmth wherever he goes. After you read this story, give your child his own kissing hand to take with him on Valentine’s Day and everyday.

Love You Forever

This book is definitely a tear-jerker for adults, but it’s a must-read Valentine’s Day book for families. The story is narrated by a child’s mother who looks after him when he’s good and when he’s not-so-good, but every night, she rocks him back and forth and declares that she’ll love him forever. As the son grows up, he learns to practice unconditional love with his mother and his own family.


What is your favorite children’s book about love? Let us know in the comments!