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As a parent, the time you spend with your child—reading aloud, chatting, and interacting in countless ways—is pivotal in helping them develop and thrive as a reader, writer, and thinker. From teaching your child the alphabet to playing rhyming games, you instill crucial knowledge and skills through fun, playful time together. Best of all, it builds your relationship, too—and can even help you feel happier and more fulfilled.

That’s why each month we share a special list of featured reads and literacy activities. Expect fun seasonal reading recommendations, complemented with activity tutorials and free printables for an all-out story time experience with your little one.

Kids’ Books for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month! It’s a good moment to highlight and celebrate the groundbreaking contributions women have made to our world. From blazing new trails in meaningful fields to embarking on monumental careers as inventors, authors, athletes, and so much more, women have made a tremendous impact in society. 

It’s never too early to learn about how women have shaped the course of history. If you’re looking for some empowering books to enjoy with your child for Women’s History Month, check out these lists of inspiring picture books by and about a diverse set of amazing women and 11 fabulous female authors for your child’s bookshelf in honor of the occasion. 

Ramadan Picture Books

Ramadan is one of the most important times of year for Muslims, a holy month of fasting, prayer, and introspection that’s meant to help believers strengthen their faith, self-control, gratitude, and compassion for the less fortunate. As early childhood educator Carlene Murray writes, children are exempt from fasting, but they can engage in introspection and cultivate these same qualities through thoughtful shared reading, including sharing Ramadan books for kids.

Murray offers a selection of children’s books about Ramadan to share with your little ones, whether to teach them about their own cultural and religious heritage or to introduce them to another tradition. Note that Ramadan is celebrated in the ninth month of the Islamic year, which is slightly shorter than our Western calendar, meaning the event happens at a different time each year. In 2023, it starts in March.

Books to Welcome Spring

Did you know that being in nature can help kids learn better, may combat ADHD as effectively as medication, and can soothe stress? So welcome the springtime and inspire your little nature explorer by reading about all the growth and new life happening at this time of year—and then go out and see it for yourself. You might even snag a picnic blanket and a stack of picture books and take your child on a story time nature picnic.

To get you started, check out these picture books about gardens and gardening. We’ve also rounded up a list of picture books about one of the world’s most precious natural resources—water! And remember this is also the season of baby animals, so take a look at these precious picture books about puppies, too.

Story Time Activity: Sight-Word & Letter-Sound Soccer

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Kid can’t sit still? Don’t make them! With the weather getting warmer, you can practice reading or pre-reading skills while you toss or kick a ball around together outside. Just find an old soccer or playground ball, grab a sharpie, and follow the tips teach your child to read with this DIY soccer game.

We’ll be back next month with our guide for what to read to your child in April. Meanwhile, go ahead and browse around the site for more tips and tutorials, or message Maya with your questions. We’re so happy to have you here!

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Welcome! It’s lovely to have you here. I’m Maya, an author, literacy advocate, and mom. On this site, I publish articles, advice, book recommendations, and activities for busy parents. Through it all, my goal is to help parents like you feel equipped and confident to support your children in reading. Let’s start by understanding what you bring to the effort—your unique superpower.

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