Read Aloud

Read Aloud Books That Build Baby’s Vocabulary

Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher, and reading is the child’s first subject. – Former First Lady Barbara Bush One of the most fascinating aspects of childhood is language development.  It is almost miraculous to watch a […]


Grandma’s Winter Library

Posted on: December 29th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

The first fall of snow is not only an event.  It is a magical event. -anonymous When it snows you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. – anonymous For adults, a snowfall means a longer commute, dealing with mess and cranking up the […]


A Wonderful Family Christmas Book – Book Recommendation

Posted on: December 21st, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Yesterday was the first time I  read Pearl S. Buck’s Christmas Day in the Morning. It is  a beautiful book.  The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.  The story is touching.   A young boy, Rob, realizes how much his father loves him and wants to give […]


Summer Reading Lists

Posted on: August 6th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Source: makeandtakes.com via Laura Beth on Pinterest Sometimes, the summer reading lists for kids is just overwhelming.  This list is outstanding.  It keeps the kids reading (the primary goal so they won’t loose skilll) and they can have fun too.  The creator of the list, […]


Caps For Sale!

Posted on: April 26th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

When our grand daughter, Nikki, was preschool age, we read Caps for Sale every day.  She is a beautiful redhead and I can still see her walking through the house shouting “Caps for Sale! Fifty cents a cap!” This classic, first published in 1938, has […]


We have a Winner!

Posted on: April 21st, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Thank you to everyone who entered our Book Giveaway for this week! Virgie Finn of Oakville, Missouri will be receiving a copy of The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. Virgie is a loving grandmother, committed to praying for her grandkids. Congratulations, Virgie! […]


You CAN Read a Bedtime Story from a Distance

Posted on: March 9th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

“Reading at bedtime, reading at dinnertime, reading on the porch on a summer evening–reading ought to be part of a family’s heritage.  Experiencing books ties us together.” Nancy Wilson, Praise Her In The Gates So many of us would love to read stories to our […]


Where the Red Fern Grows

Posted on: February 22nd, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

This week begins our read aloud sessions with Where the Red Fern Grows. I am making a date with my 11 year old grandson, Kevin. Kevin is an avid reader and enjoys being read to.  I am sure we will have much discussion over this […]


The Joy of Reading to Grandkids.

Posted on: February 18th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

You may have tangible wealth untold Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold Richer than I you can never be- I had a mother who read to me. “The Reading Mother” by Strickland Gillilan, from Best Loved Poems of the American People Three little girls […]