Going to school for the first time can be very exciting, but it can also be a little scary. Whether you are a first-time student or just new to the neighborhood, students often need some reassurance that everything will be OK.

 From choosing the wrong clothes, leaving your special blanket behind at home, or missing a parent while you are away, there are many things about starting a new school that children have in common. Reading these titles may help lessen the stress of the first day.


The countdown to summer vacation has begun, and with it the annual question faced by all parents: What are we going to do with the kids? Whether you’re looking to keep the kids engaged for a week, or just get them out of the house for a few hours so they don’t spend the whole day watching Netflix, there is a great selection of summer camps right here in the Lowcountry.

Does waking up to the sound of crashing waves, with the smell of salty air and a cool breeze keeping you cool seem like a dream? Maybe so. But it’s a possible and accessible vacation for many families who choose to camp on the beach. 

Just like you can camp in a forest or beside a mountain, you can camp on the sand by the waves! Like any family trip, there are precautions to take and considerations to make before you pitch your tent. 

We’ve compiled some tips for families and printables to help make your beach camping trip fun, safe and even educational.

Picture yourself as an elementary school student back in the classroom. The day has been fun, but now it is time to read aloud in class. Great. You sit quietly slumped at your desk praying you are not the one chosen. Your fingers fidget nervously and your eyes avoid contact at any cost, willing the teacher to move on to someone else. Suddenly, you hear your name. 

We have all experienced the anxiety that can come with speaking in front of people, but kids often face distress when it comes to reading out loud in front of their classmates and teachers. They feel nervous at the thought of making a mistake for fear of being laughed at or mocked. In turn, kids might become resistant to read because of the apprehension that comes along with cracking open a book. 

Reading aloud is widely considered to be one of the things that help children develop a love of reading, but it also helps strengthen bonds between parents and children. In fact, it can even have a sustained impact on children’s behavior according to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Here are fun read aloud titles to pair with tasty foods for days that are rainy or sunny.