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40 Picture Books For Kids

I love to read books with my children.  Reading a bedtime story together every night is the best way to end the day – spending quality time together.  In the summer months we make it a point to visit the library often.  My kids love to go there almost as much as I do…. almost.  It was so fun to make this list of picture books for kids for you.

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Last year I was given a list of 100 books to read with your child before kindergarten.  We took that challenge, and read every book on the list in the two months before my son started kindergarten.  Some of those books were awesome, and some were just okay.  Since then we have discovered more fun picture books, so I have just kept a list of all the ones we like best.  So now I can share our favorites with you in this one awesome list of 40 Picture Books For Kids.

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I organized this list by author’s last name to make them easy to find at the library!

Click on the image below to print or save the check off list:

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I hope you enjoy reading these fun books this summer!

 

Also, I recently heard a wonderful song by Jay Richards that touched my heart.  The lyrics are, in part:

Read Me a Memory

Read me a memory, tell me a tale,
Speak of wondrous adventures,
together we’ll sail off to forests enchanted and lands far away.  
Fairies and kings, and magical rings.  
My heart has wings
When I sit at your knee and you read to me.  
Years turn like pages, and soon I’ll be grown.  
Maybe someday I’ll read to a child of my own.  
Though I may not remember the stories we shared,
I always knew through time spent with you that you loved me too;
For I sat at your knee and you read to me.

You can download the sheet music for this song HERE.

Here are a few more Summer Reading Tips!

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Boys Birthday Cake Idea

Here is a fun Boy’s Birthday Cake idea that I would like to share with you today!

My son loved the new Disney Planes Fire and Rescue movie, so for his birthday this year we made him a Planes Birthday Cake!

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To make this cake, I made on cake mix in a 9×13 pan, and one cake mix in two circular dishes and one small loaf pan.  After they had baked and cooled, I frosted them with a chocolate cream cheese frosting, all except for the mini loaf which I frosted white.

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We knew we wanted to get our son a few Planes toys so we planned the cake accordingly.

For THE FIRE, we printed it out on white cardstock in color ink. Then we cut out the flames, taped them to tooth picks and stuck them in.

For THE TREES, we printed out several pages on different shades of green cardstock.  Then we cut two little slits into each tree and inserted a pretzel stick and stuck them into the cake.  Then we placed extra pretzel sticks around to look like logs.

For the building, we frosted the mini loaf with white frosting and then we stuck pretzel sticks on it.

For the river, we used Twizlers pull apart licorice.  Then we placed mini unwrapped Snickers in the river to look like rocks.

Then we used a skewer stick to go through all the layers of cake in order to support the weight of the plane on top of it.

 

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Our five-year-old LOVED this birthday cake, and I’m sure your child will too!

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Halloween Games for Kids

Today I’m so excited to be a part of Cupcake Diaries 30 Days of Halloween!  She has all sorts of fun ideas being posted.  Be sure to check them all out!

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It’s getting to be that time of year again… time to start thinking about the Holidays coming up.  Halloween is right around the corner!  Do you need some simple Halloween games for kids?  I know I will be helping in my son’s Halloween party at school and I love simple games to play with them.  This Halloween memory game is easy…. Print, Cut, Play.  Let’s do it!

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I’ve made two different files for you to choose from.  Plain black and white pumpkins are perfect for printing on orange card stock.  The cute colored pumpkins would be perfect for printing on white card stock.

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Pumpkin Memory Game (to Print on Orange Card Stock)

Pumpkin Memory Game (to Print on White Card Stock)

Be sure to print the file two times so that you have two of every pumpkin, creating 12 matches.  Trim off your margins first, then cut the pumpkins apart.  If you print on thin paper, you might need to attach the pumpkins to a thicker paper so that you can’t see the pumpkins through the paper.

To play – Mix all your cards up.  Place all your cards face down.  Take turns trying to find a match.

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Other Halloween activities you might enjoy:

Pumpkin Craft —  Spooky Halloween TreatsHalloween Bingo by Artsy Fartsy Mama — Felt Pumpkins by Vixen Made — Roll a Pumpkin Game by Happy Home Fairy

Check out all these great Halloween ideas!

 

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