Guest Post from Ivy Norton

Posted on August 02, 2016 by Gibbs Smith


Why Story Time is Important

The rite of reading bedtime stories isn’t just about getting your kids to fall sleep. Studies have shown that story time has a positive impact on children ranging from increased vocabulary to greater success when the child starts to read independently.

Reasons why story time is important

Do you know that reading enhances the four areas of a child's development: social, physical, intellectual, and emotional? By reading stories and poems when caring for your children, you can help them in almost all of these developmental areas. Story time helps improve emergent literacy abilities, which will pay off in all stages of your child's growth.

It helps in developing learning and social skills

One of the toughest things for a child to do is sit still and listen– and that’s exactly why it’s great to teach them these skills early. Kids must learn to be part of a group, to focus their attention on one thing for a set time, and to join in when appropriate. These social skills are priceless as they advance in age.

It helps build confidence

Kids who can read well are more likely to have a higher self-confidence among other kids. Reading will help them do well in school as they’ll feel competent to participate fully in school activities. The stories will give them a broader view of life and cultures, which will also help improve their confidence and esteem. Some stories can show kids what life is in other countries and cultures, helping them understand their place in society.

It enhances literacy and comprehension

No matter the selection of stories, they're going to read along, listen and learn. While reading to younger children, they start to develop literacy skills by looking at the pictures and in no time, they'll be reading along with you. As you're reading to them, they'll hear new words (learning the right pronunciation), grammar and sentence structures. When this becomes a part of their bedtime ritual, they begin to love books and desire to read alone.

As your children get exposed to more and more new words, the better their vocabulary will become, and the better able they will get at expressing themselves and understanding others. By getting them exposed to new words early, you're establishing a solid basis of vocabulary that they're going to rely on for the rest of their life.

For the kids, comprehending the plot and events in every story is the main purpose of taking part in story time. After all, it will be a waste of your time if they can't recall anything once the book is closed. When you read out loud to your kids, you're giving them the opportunity to think about the scenes and form their own ideas about the story. By focusing on comprehension, they can predict plots, identify the moral of a story, picture the characters, and so much more. You can boost their understanding even more by asking some questions like: 

  • How does this story make you feel?
  • What was your favorite part?
  • Who was your favorite character?
  • What does this story make you think about?

It awakens creativity

As the child's comprehension level grows, he/she will start to think creatively. As the child's interest is piqued, so will their imagination. Some kids even start to create stories, write about characters and write poems. Creativity comes alive as children visualize scenes and characters within their thoughts. New ideas are created from these amazing fantastical worlds, and fictional characters sometimes are recreated in their minds eye.

Author Bio

Ivy Norton is a mother of 3 and founder of She’s a passionate mommy blogger and focuses on providing parenting news, tips and advice.

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BabyLit Warehouse Sale

Posted on April 18, 2016 by Gibbs Smith


Mark your calendars we're having a warehouse sale!

DATE: Friday, May 6th, 2016

TIME: 10 am - 7 pm

ADDRESS: 570 N. Sportsplex Dr., Kaysville, UT 84037

Our slightly damaged BabyLit books will be $3-5. We will also have our other BabyLit product for about 50% off.

Each book is damaged slightly different and because of that it's an "in person sale" so let your Utah friends and family members know and have them stock up for you.

The first 30 people in line will receive a free tote!  

We'll accept cash, cards or checks. Your kids are welcome, just be aware that the event will be held in a working warehouse. 

 Please RSVP here!

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Happy Birthday Emma!

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Gibbs Smith

This year Jane Austen's Emma turned 200! Here is an article written by our author, Jennifer Adams about her feelings and emotions about the classic novel:

Posted in About the Author, Emma, Jane Austen

National Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

Posted on December 05, 2015 by Gibbs Smith

Hello to all those mama birdies out there!

Saturday, December 5, is national Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Let the little ones enjoy perusing the books, cuddling up with a stuffed toy, or snuggling in your lap while you read to them a fine tale. May I suggest the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, the Edgar books by Jen Adams, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, or any retelling of Chicken Little.

Let the little birdettes learn the joy of bookstores in their youth.

So until next time, keep chirping.

Sincerely, Professor Hawkins

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A Tale of Two Sisters

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Gibbs Smith


Sense and Sensibility was published on this day in 1811. Jane Austen’s novel tells the story of the Dashwood sisters: Marianne who is full of whimsy and passion, and Elinor who is reserved and loyal. If you have not seen the BBC’s 2008 adaptation of the novel, you are missing out!

Posted in About the Novel, From the desk of Professor Hawkins, Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

Call Me Ishmael

Posted on October 18, 2015 by Gibbs Smith


Moby-Dick was published on this day in 1851. The novel opens with “Call me Ishmael,” perhaps the most famous opening line in all literature. It’s author, Herman Melville, himself worked as a whaler and Moby-Dick is likely based on two actual events at sea. One is the sinking of the Nantucket ship, Essex, in 1820 off the coast of South America after being rammed by a sperm whale. The second was the killing of an albino sperm whale named Mocha Dick in Chilean waters.

Posted in About the Novel, From the desk of Professor Hawkins, Moby-Dick

Happy Pub Date, Jane Eyre!

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Gibbs Smith


Jane Eyre was published on this day in 1847. The novel is clothed in mystery and gothic romance. At its center is the love story of Jane and Mr. Rochester. At its heart is Jane’s fierce individualism. A pioneering work featuring an independent female protagonist, Jane Eyre champions women’s equality with men in matters of morality, finance, intellectualism, and sexuality.

Posted in About the Novel, From the desk of Professor Hawkins, Jane Eyre

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