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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we’re on a mission to spread kindness. What better season to do kind things for others and to help your children understand the joy of doing something nice for other people? Break out the glitter and glue, doilies and stickers and get to work with your little ones on crafting personalized cards that say, “You’re special to me!”

Want a little help getting started with your homemade Valentine’s cards? We have you covered with HOMER’s free printable cards!  Buy some card stock at your local office supply store, then print off these cute colored cards featuring Homer and friends. Decorate with confetti and glitter and personalize with your own special message. If you have more time for decorating and creating, try these black and white versions paired with a delicious sugar cookie treat.

We’d also recommend reading aloud these adorable Valentine’s stories while your children are hard at work on their Valentine’s masterpieces!

What color is a kiss? illustrated by Rocio Bonilla

Llama Llama, I love you by Anna Dewdney

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (This story will also be making its debut on the Homer app on Feb. 3.)

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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!

Instructions:

  • 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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