Parent Tips

Brr! It’s getting cold outside, which means more time indoors, earlier bedtimes (more sleep, please!) and lots of opportunities for cooking and snuggling up with a good story. And, with the holidays coming up, lots of kids will be out of school and away from normal learning routines.

The experts at Homer have put together a Winter Reading Challenge to encourage you to keep your kids excited about learning and give them some breaks from all the sweets. So find a nook to nestle in and start our challenge!


  • Update your iOS app to the latest version or visit StoryTime on the web or Android app.
  • Read a story. (See stories for each age group here.)
  • Cut out a snowflake (either make your own or download ours with your reading list.)
  • Write the story title on the snowflake.
  • Punch a hole in the snowflake and add it to a string you hang in your child’s room. Share with the Homer community by tagging #HomerReadingChallenge.
  • If your child completes all stories on the reading list for her age group by Jan. 31 (extended from Jan. 15), we’ll send her a special certificate and Homer goodie bag to celebrate her achievement. Share a picture with us on social tagging #HomerReadingChallenge and we’ll enter her to win a $50 Target Gift card and two of this year’s Caldecott award-winning books.
  • Download the full winter reading list here.
  • Download your free January Calendar here.
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