Literacy 2017-09-05T02:22:44+00:00

Usborne Books & More Gift Pairing Guide: Preschoolers

Shopping season has arrived! Books pair so well with toys and clothes for gifts, so I wanted to put together some suggested pairings to inspire you as you shop for the kiddos in your life. This gift guide is geared towards preschoolers, age 3-5. 1. A Bedtime Set Get here: 5-minute Bedtime Stories & Carter's [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Gift Guide, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Usborne Books & More Gift Pairing Guide: Babies & Toddlers

Shopping season has arrived! Books pair so well with toys and clothes for gifts, so I wanted to put together some suggested pairings to inspire you as you shop for the kiddos in your life. This gift guide is geared towards babies and toddlers, ages 0-2. 1. That's Not My... Books Little ones cannot get [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|Gift Guide, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Tips for using Favorite Things to Encourage Early Language Development: Rainbows

The first stop in our favorite things series is rainbows. In the world of pregnancy loss and pregnancy after loss, rainbows signify the baby born after a loss: the rainbow after the storm of loss and grief. I didn't really embrace the whole "rainbow baby" thing while we were pregnant with Stitch, but this spring [...]

Our Ten Favorite Pirate Children’s Books

Long before I was married and had kiddos, I ran two different after school programs. I based much of my curriculum on children's literature and built quite the collection of children's books. I'd also coordinate with the weird and wonderful different "holidays" that I could find. One of my favorites has always been Talk [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Literacy, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Hope Floats: Hot Air Balloons as a Symbol of Hope

Things look a little differently around here at Meek Manor. We've had a hot air balloon make-over! When my husband and I met at a coffee shop in 2011, we were drawn to each other through our love of comic books and children's literature. We each identified with a character, and we quickly became known [...]

By | September 3rd, 2017|Admin, News, Our Story, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Request an Usborne Books & More Catalog

The Meek household has kept super busy this summer--with both planned fun and some unexpected experiences. Summer seems to be slipping by. Soon comes fall, which is my favorite time of year, especially in New England. So gorgeous! But! Before we get ahead of ourselves, July also means the release of the Fall/Winter Usborne Books [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

May’s Featured Book: Gift Pack of Literary Quotes, Folk Art Patterns to Color, & Crayola Colored Pencils

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and Sunday is Mother's Day. May is also filled with graduation celebrations. So, when I was choosing our featured book(s) for May, I wanted something more gifty for adults. Coloring books fit the bill! They're all the rage right now--a great mindfulness activity and their benefits are well-documented. May's featured [...]

By | May 9th, 2017|Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Shame-Free Screen Time

When my daughter, Stitch, was about six months old, she got sick with a terrible upper-respiratory virus, which was accompanied a horrendous cough. On one of our five trips to the pediatrician's office that week the doctor wanted to try giving her a nebulizer treatment to see if it offered any relief. She was not [...]

By | May 7th, 2017|Parenting, Usborne Books & More|4 Comments

10 Ways to Bond with Baby through Books

I just sat my almost 14-month-old daughter on her floor quilt so I could write this blog post. On her floor quilt, I placed a few books and a few toys. The toys haven't been touched; she keeps studying each book. This is not an unusual occurrence. She gravitates towards books. I can't help but [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

April’s Featured Books: All Better & Little Bear Needs Glasses

When I initially chose our featured book for this month, I was incredibly excited because I had never seen it in person but had heard so much positive buzz. All Better had been out of stock for months because of its popularity. As soon as it became available, I ordered a copy. [...]

By | April 9th, 2017|Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Why I’ve Joined Usborne Books & More

When the Usborne Books & More books arrived for Patrick's Christmas Books, Lloyd and I spent a significant amount of time going through the books and taking a peek at each one. We absolutely fell in love with each book. I had wanted to spend some time looking at them to see if there were [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Patrick, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Patrick’s Christmas Books

As we approached Christmas this year, I found myself desperate to do something BIG in memory of Patrick. For his first two Christmases we made donations to one of our favorite charities, First Book. First Book provides books to children who otherwise wouldn't own their own books, and Lloyd and I both believe strongly in that [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|Family, Patrick, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments