The Play-Powered Blog


9 Simple Strategies for Reluctant Readers

May 03, 2017 Becky Thada

9 Simple Strategies for Reluctant Readers

My two daughters are really fascinated with books. Reading together is one of our favorite things to do. But this is not the case for every child. You may be doing all the right things and still your budding reader looks more wilted than blossoming. Boys especially can struggle with the utility of reading. Sometimes they've not been exposed to books that they enjoy and they just don't see the point. If your reader is getting frustrated and has lost that spark for learning, take heart! You can reignite a flame from the smoldering coals. Start with your child's interests. Does she...


Be a Choosy Bookworm - How to Choose High Quality Literature for your Home Library

December 02, 2016 Becky Thada

Be a Choosy Bookworm - How to Choose High Quality Literature for your Home Library

I can't help myself. I just can't stand the Nickelodeon books. They don't flow, they make terrible read-alouds, and they're usually a poorly done summary of the episode. My oldest has gone through phases where she really loved the Dora or Doc McStuffins books. And because it was a positive interaction with reading, I sucked it up and read them to her. Yes...over and over. I will borrow these books from the library, but if I'm going to buy a book and have it take up some of our limited living space, then I want it to be high quality....

Sign up and get 10% off your first order!