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Author: Melyssa Williams

23 Awesome Books to Read Aloud to Your Son

Let’s take a look at some of the best books to read aloud to your son.

If you’re going to read a story to your son, you might as well make it one that is interesting, entertaining, and just plain fun. In short, an awesome book.

Boys especially seem to need something with that “wow” factor to get them engaged in reading.

So here are 23 great books to read aloud to your son. Or sons. Or sons and daughters! Anyone, really, will fall in love with these books as you share an enthralling story together.

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10 Classic Christmas Books to Read Aloud as a Family

Let’s talk about classic Christmas books to read aloud to your family this holiday season!

There’s something about long wintery evenings (maybe because it gets dark at 4 pm) that begs for a cheery fire, some cozy slippers, hot cocoa, and a stack of books as high as the mantle.

And there’s nothing better than reading a classic and beloved book together with your family. You will all take in the same beloved story at the same pace, enjoying the thrills and despairs along with the characters who will come to feel like part of the family.

Here ten of my favorite classic Christmas books to read aloud as a family. Bookmark this list if you’re stuck looking for your next holiday story time tale!

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23 Delightful Books to Read Aloud to Your Daughter

While scouring my shelves, memories, and online library for the best in young girl’s literature, I was reminded of these words,

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

CS Lewis

With that in mind, here are 23 excellent books to read aloud that will keep you just as passionately enthralled as your daughter.

Each and every one of these will make a wonderful gift. The books themselves are great to unwrap at Christmas or on a birthday, but the greatest gift will be the time you spend together enjoying a marvelous story.

Snuggle up and read!

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I Hate Reading Books: 10 Books for Book Haters

“I hate reading books.”

While us bibliophiles don’t quite understand them, there are people out there on our big, green planet that don’t *GASP* read books.

It’s true. I feel like a public service announcement, or a Very Special Episode of a Back-to-School Movie *the more you knowwwwww*, but here’s a fact to make you sob a little:

33% of people NEVER read another book after high school.

Never.

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18 Vegan Gifts for the Herbivore in Your Life

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Once a trendy way to jump start a diet, and now a lifestyle for so many, we know that there’s at least one vegan in your social circle. What to get someone who – let’s face it – can be a liiiiitle choosy and particular?

I’ve only “gone vegan” a couple of times, for a month or two here and there, and when I have, I’ve been so grateful to live in the here and now.

There are so many options … which is great. But, there are so many options … which is overwhelming.

I kid you not, I decided to eat vegan right after I had already grocery shopped for my carnivorous family. Thank goodness for freezer space.

Then back to the store I went, where I wandered around the nut milks and cashew cheeses and bok choy like I knew what I was doing (I did not). It was a fun adventure, and while most of the family went back to regular meals after a few weeks, there’s always at least one vegan in my house at any given time.

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13 Gifts for a 13 Year Old Girl

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Perfect for the tween going into the teen years, these sweet ideas are sure to please!

We don’t know about you, but 13 year old girls are as eclectic as ever these days – ranging from athletic to musical to Broadway bound to animal lovers to mathematicians – and sparkling nail polish or makeup kits just aren’t what they’re looking for. Our girls aren’t shallow!

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21 Lovely Ballet Teacher Gifts that are On Pointe

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Looking for ballet teacher gifts that are srsly on pointe? Welcome to All Gifts Considered, ballet edition!

Ballet teachers teach their art anywhere from a couple classes per week to the rough equivalent of a full time job (or more). Add in those rehearsals with sweaty children and teenagers, and they deserve a great gift, whether it’s National Teacher Day, Nutcracker audition day, or recital night.

Here are 21 ballet teacher gift ideas over which we think any ballet teacher would pas de chat for joy.

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