The Strong-Willed Mom: A Tribute to Teachers

Many DIBS supporters might not know how much this program was originally inspired by teachers. Really just one teacher, actually. This post is a small tribute to that very teacher who retires later this month after a twenty-year career as a kindergarten teacher in one of Omaha’s highest-poverty schools. That teacher is probably best known…

A Reflection of Me: El Día de los Niños

April 30th may seem an ordinary day, one that comes five days after what is described as “the perfect date” by contestant Cheryl Frasier in Miss Congeniality, but it’s the culmination of a promise that lasts all year. Commonly known as Día, El Día de los niños/el día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is…

It isn’t all about the books: Activities that go beyond reading

Building reading habits is essential for students to gain knowledge and improve academic performance. But many kids already do a lot of reading at school, and some students can get turned off from it if it’s too forced. …And once children lose their interest in reading, it can be hard to get them back. Books…

A Reflection of Me: More Than A Disability

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, which focuses on celebrating the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities as well as understanding their specific needs and the progress made toward improving quality of life for them. It is a reminder that a person with a disability is a person first, and like everyone else they are…

Make a mess this Spring Break with literacy crafts

They say that knowledge is power. In our changing world, with more and more information to locate, sift through, and evaluate it can be overwhelming to determine how to best support our child(ren)’s development. Fortunately, there is not a one-size fits all approach when it comes to the best way of supporting early literacy. Research…

A Reflection of Me: Finding the Black Panther in Children’s Books

T’Challa, king of the flourishing and technologically advanced nation of Wakanda originally appeared in a Marvel Fantastic Four comic in 1966. His character’s evolution has been adapted into a book for young readers too, but most notably the film based on his superhero alter ego, Black Panther, made one heck of a splash in theaters…

A Reflection of Me: What is book diversity, anyway?

My favorite book series growing up was Junie B. Jones. I shared her iconic hairstyle until I was probably 10 and told my mom bangs were no longer cool. She was such a personality – crazy and sassy but also friendly and caring. Every time I opened one of her stories I felt I was…

Instilling reading habits and skills in early childhood

Advertising has always intrigued my son. I think the loud colors, big letters, and catchy jingles worked their magic at first, but he became aware of the power of words much earlier than I expected. If he could say it, he could ask for it, refuse it, and (frighteningly) repeat it! Now a preschooler, he…

Celebrate National Reading Day, Go Beyond the Book

Today’s the day! It’s National Reading Day; a time to share your love of reading and to encourage this love in younger children. And while we know we should be doing this everyday, it’s always good to have a reminder of the importance of reading, not only for the youth of America, but for the…

3 Ways to Make Reading Fun & Easy During the Holidays

There are so many different books out there to pique the pickiest reader’s interest, but the most successful way to enjoy reading of any kind, especially during the holidays, is to make it about family and tradition. Families that read together, stay together. Make reading a family affair, especially during the holiday season. Many children…

Reading over the holidays: A go-to guide for the entire family

Winter (Break) Is Coming. Which means that for many kiddos, focusing on the festive sights and sounds surrounding them just before the holidays can serve as a distraction to their learning, which oftentimes is left behind over break. A great way to keep the little ones ready for that first day back is to make…