Celebrate Halloween with these sweet new treats

Personalized Halloween Books

Halloween offers children much more than just candy—it’s one of the greatest holidays for a child to exercise their imagination, giving them full freedom to express themselves however they choose. Dressing up as a favorite character, exploring pumpkin patches and haunted houses, and sharing harmlessly spooky stories are wonderful ways for children to let their imagination and creativity soar to new heights!

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Put Me In The Story Summer Reading Guide

This summer reading list for kids is just as much fun as summer day camp!

School’s out! What next?

By now, your kiddos are either already out of school for summer break or are just counting down the days. It’s possible they may have even been looking forward to this break since school started in the fall. For a child, summer break means active days outside, ice cream, playdates, lemonade stands, swimming…and hopefully lots and lots of reading! On top of all the fun and activity, you want to also make sure they are continuing to learn and finding the joy books they love. (Hint: this is how little ones become lifetime readers!)

Whether your child is not yet in school, has just finished preschool, kindergarten, or the first grade, personalized books can make summer awesome. You’ll surely keep your kids busy learning and having fun with our personalized books summer reading guide!

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Moms are Amazing!

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No matter if you use cloth diapers or disposable diapers, work full time or stay at home all day, cook for your children or take a family excursion to a different restaurant every day, you are an AMAZING mom! Don’t ever let anyone else tell you otherwise. Don’t let the Super Mom fool you, the June Cleaver look-alike intimidate you, or Perfect-Mom Syndrome get to you. As long as you love your kids the best way you know how, you are an all-star mom. How do we know?

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 Baby Shower Gifts

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A guide to picking out the perfect personalized book for a baby shower, a newborn baby’s arrival, and more!

Shower season is upon us—April showers and baby showers, that is. Every mother and father is going to need that stroller, cradle, and all the other essentials they registered for…but, what about baby’s first book? Baby’s first library? This is something that must be stocked before his or her arrival—or at least started with the first few on the shelf!

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Tips to Encourage Your Young Writers from Put Me In The Story

(Artwork from Marianne Richmond's Hooray for You!)

Maybe your child already has plans to be the next J. K. Rowling, keenly writing away at their desk every day, or perhaps your child is a reluctant writer, not wanting to complete their social studies journal assignment. Either way, it’s Encourage a Young Writer Day and we have something to celebrate! We have some tips and ideas to help your child bloom into an eager writer or expand and grow their love for writing and reading they already have.

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Easter Egg Decorating from Put Me In The Story

Decorating Easter eggs has reached an entirely new dimension with all the great craft blogs and Pinterest boards out there. There are some amazing eggs out there, but you’re probably thinking: How on earth am I supposed to try that with little kids? Well, yes, it can be done! And sometimes it’s even easier than the traditional way of dyeing eggs, which is still a beautifully brilliant method. In fact, we’ve listed some essentials below among a few new festive crafty ideas.

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(Artwork from Marianne Richmond's If I Could Keep You Little...)

Spring has sprung! OK, so maybe not quite yet for everyone…but we’re getting there.

Late last week marked the first day of spring. For some of us, the beginning of spring means it still feels questionably like winter outside. But do not fear. We are staying positive that this wintry feeling is on its way out here soon. Spring is finally springing—let’s keep this positive thought in mind through the rest of March and into the beginning of April!

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Happy World Poetry Day from Put Me In The Story!

Happy World Poetry Day! Today is the perfect day to celebrate children’s books for their exceptional rhythm and rhyme.

Reading children’s books is a fun way for the whole family to honor the poem in one of its most playful forms. We are so excited to celebrate World Poetry Day with you because we know how important poetry is for all of us!

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Artwork from Marianne Richmond's Hooray for You!

(Artwork from Marianne Richmond's Hooray for You!) 

Whether you’re Irish or not, writing limericks (or any form of poetry, really) is fun! A limerick is a short, funny riddle or poem that rhymes in a well-defined form. Limericks are only five lines long and because they’re so short and rhythmic, they’re quite easy to memorize and tons of fun to read aloud.

Since it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be fun for you to sit down with your kids and do a little creative writing exercise to celebrate the Irish. It’s very easy!

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My Name is Not Isabella Personalized Book

(Artwork from My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin)

With all the mounting possibilities and opportunities for women, what a wonderful time it is to be a young girl growing up! As mothers and fathers, we’ll want to nurture our girls with love and encouragement, give them our time, and make them always feel supported and safe.

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Happy World Read Aloud Day!

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First and foremost, it’s never too early to start reading aloud to your child, or even to the bump in your belly! Reading to your little one, or simply reading together, no matter your child’s age, is one of the most organic ways to bond with your child.

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Happy Read Across America Day!

Happy Read Across America Day from Put Me In The Story! Let’s honor this nationwide reading celebration with unique, personalized books that will get your kids excited about reading and writing. Don’t forget to read loud and proud with your little ones today…and every day, of course. 

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Did you know that the Peanuts’ history dates back as early as 1950, when cartoonist Charles Schulz’s first comic strip was printed in seven different newspapers? Fifteen years later, good ‘ol Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang even made their way on to the cover of TIME in 1965…and on the screens of televisions! 1966 introduced Peppermint Patty, and shortly thereafter, in 1970, Snoopy found a little feathery friend named after the music festival “Woodstock.”

Now, 64 years later in 2014, we’re pleased to announce that Charlie and the Peanuts characters will be joining the Put Me In The Story gang!

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(Artwork from Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin's Isabella: Star of the Story)

Isn’t it amazing that we can still recite the general storyline of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, or even Cinderella, years after they were told to us?

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Grandparents rock!

 

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Ask any child how much he or she loves their grandparents and they’ll tell you how much Grandma and Grandpa rock. They’ll go on and on about how they love visiting Grandma and Grandpa’s house to play, bake, or just spend time together. 

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(Artwork from My Name Is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin) 


Did you know our presidents were great readers? Thomas Jefferson’s personal library was one of the largest. It went through many stages, including the loss of many books to a fire in his childhood home. But, when the Library of Congress burned down in 1814, he had the largest collection of books in America. It was to the Library of Congress that he eventually sold his collection.

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February 10th–16th is Random Acts of Kindness Week—a whole week dedicated to practicing kindness!

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As parents, we naturally want the best for our children. We hope our children will grow up happy, they'll be well-behaved, and that they'll have positive relationships and experiences in life. A pretty big project, yes?! We have to remember that life is a process—a journey that we’re all on together. Let's start with kindness!

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“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”—Rosa Parks

 

(Artwork from Jennifer Fosberry's My Name Is Not Isabella)

Today is Rosa Parks’ birthday! We felt it was the perfect day to celebrate Rosa Parks as a role model and to share a few insights to help teach the children in your life to be brave. It doesn’t matter if you’re a teacher, a sibling, a parent, a grandparent—we can all help encourage little ones to become more confident by setting an example. Show your children that you’re brave by stepping out of your comfort zone, by confronting fears, and helping them confront theirs. Your brave example will inspire them. 

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Elmo is 3 ½ today! We’re celebrating our favorite furry friend’s birthday with a sale. Join the fun!

Happy Birthday Elmo!

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As 2014 begins, we hope you had a very enjoyable holiday season filled with celebrations with family and friends. If your holidays were anything like ours, they were full of fun, family, friends and lots and lots of wonderful holiday treats! Now, though, we all have to think about how to have a healthy AND happy 2014.

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