During my childhood and teenage years, I was an avid reader and writer. I loved The Baby-Sitters Club books, Goosebumps books and I went on shopping sprees every year at the book fair. Naturally, because I loved to read, I also loved writing. Reading opened my world to all the possibilities of the written word on paper and I began keeping a journal in fifth grade. I still write in one to this day.

I truly believe that my early love for reading and writing shaped everything about me. I’m great at communicating, I’m an expert storyteller and I have a heart for the Arts. All of those things made way for my career in blogging and media. What can I say? Words and stories are my passion.

Even though my son has to be his own person and decide what he likes and dislikes, it would make me so happy if he inherited my love for reading. Although he’s only six months old, I’m already reading him bedtime stories every night and helping him rub his hands across the pages and feel the grooves of his books. Thankfully as he gets older and can recognize more sounds and actual words, I have Brightly to help me instill the importance of reading and how much satisfaction it can bring.

Brightly is an initiative launched in partnership with Penguin Random House. It was founded by a small team of parents and bookworms to connect children with appropriate and engaging books for their age and reading level. Even though I’m a bookworm myself, I can remember times when I was uninterested in reading a particular book in school or for a class because it wasn’t a good fit for me. And I think we all know a few people whose last time reading a book was for a class assignment! Brightly aims to remedy that so kids can continue reading as they grow.

On their website you’ll be able to find book recommendations in a variety of age ranges beginning with babies and toddlers! Books are divided into categories based on topics like humor, diversity and graphic novels just to name a few. There is also a “Tips & Advice” section with help-based articles that provide assistance with issues you may face on your journey to growing a lifelong reader such as when they experience difficulty reading, readying them for their required reading lists and more.

I received a cool gift from Brightly that included a logo tote AND a Mega-Pack of Mad Libs for kids.
If you’ve never heard of them, Mad Libs is a fill-in-the-blank word game with hundreds of possibilities. Players will learn different parts of speech – adjective, adverb, non, verb, etc. – as they complete each game. It’s a great screen-free activity for kids either at home or while traveling.

Let me just say that I totally dominated the Mad Libs! I decided that because my son obviously can’t use them yet I’d give them to my nieces but before they got their hands on them, I sorta kinda completed many of them myself.

If you’d like to give them a try with your kids, Brightly has a free downloadable bundle of Mad-Libs that you can print and reuse for as many combinations as your imagination can come up with!

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