The Art of Teaching—and a Giveaway!

I was raised by a teacher who was also a reader, and perhaps because of that I have always loved books. My husband loves his books so much that we have boxes and boxes of them (and we’re in the process of finding a place where we can enjoy them in our home daily—exciting!), and our children seem to be book lovers as well. At some point, I also remember loving art, but that faded over time. Now, as I marvel at the creations my kids bring home from school, I’m feeling that spark again. (In fact, reading, writing, and art have helped me reconnect with my sense of spirit this year — it’s a daily process, and one I am taking absolute delight in.)

Which is why I’m fascinated with an online magazine called Literacyhead. It brings together reading and writing through art. Cue the heavenly chorus! is a fantabulous educational resource created here in groovy little Athens, Ga., and because Literacyhead is web-based, you can—of course—enjoy it anywhere, anytime. And because it’s so darn accessible and artistic and amazing, it’s also today’s giveaway (details at the end of the post!). is an online resource for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers for teaching literacy with the visual arts. The sweet spot for the web-based learning tool is school-aged children up to 6th grade. But the appeal is much broader than that. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, homeschooling your child or just looking for a new take on craft time, or you simply love reading, writing, and art, Literacyhead is a virtual candy store for your artistic brain.

Take a look:

Classroom teachers and homeschoolers, especially, will appreciate this kind of detail about what Literacyhead has planned as it moves into its second year:

  • More author studies, including Allen Say and Christopher Meyers. (To view the Jon J. Muth author study, click here.)
  • More of features for the classroom … The Art of Teaching Reading and Visual Vocabulary. Upcoming feature books include Caldecott Award-Winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Patricia Polacco’s new book, Junkyard Wonders!
  • New site functionality including dynamic Visual Vocabulary lists and archives organized on the homepage.
  • New tools for teachers, including lesson plan templates, correlations to the Common Core Standards, and new features for finding and using the content you need.

Today’s giveaway is a one-year subscription to, the online visual arts tool for teaching literacy. To enter and possibly win the subscription, kindly offered by Literacyhead, follow these guidelines:

1) Leave a comment below, telling me your (or your child’s) favorite kids’ book. (This one is required to enter the contest.)

2) To enter a second time, check out and report back in a separate comment.

3) To enter a third time, like Mamahhh on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, then leave a comment letting me know the good news!

4) To enter a fourth and final time, post on Facebook or tweet about the giveaway, and tell me here—in another comment—that you helped spread the word.

Comments will close at 11 PM EST this Saturday, May 14. With the help of, I’ll pick a winner, and make the announcement next week. Be sure to leave me a valid email address so I can contact you! Good luck & thanks for supporting Literacyhead!




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  1. Alicia Coughlan says:

    My almost two year old son’s first favorite book was “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” by Dr. Seuss. Reading that book over and over helped him learn animals and their sounds and that some sounds are loud like thunder going “boom, boom, boom” and some sounds are soft like the sound of a butterfly’s wings “whispering”! This first love catapulted his fascination with books and now I would say it is hard to peg his current “favorite book”. He loves them all!

  2. Alicia Coughlan says:

    As a former teacher I can say that the crew at Literacyhead knows their stuff in regards to using the “lingo” for teaching reading and writing and they provide fantastic literary pieces that cleverly exhibit their teaching connections. They provide A LOT of groundwork for teachers to use in their daily lessons – what a wonderful contribution to the world of teaching and learning!

  3. Alicia Coughlan says:

    Jenni ~ helping you spread the word about “Literacyhead”! Thank you for sharing this awesome resource with me!

  4. Hi Jenni! I’m so glad you posted about Literacyhead. It’s an amazing resource to teachers and parents and couldn’t be put together by a more creative and inspiring group of educators! Miriam’s favorite book at the moment is Eric Carle’s “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” that was given to us by Page’s mother and “On the Day You Were Born” is one that I couldn’t even read after she was born because I was so emotional! I’ve already liked you on facebook, so I don’t think that counts, but I will post this link on my page. Thanks so much!

  5. Sarah Traut says:

    Just 2, H-man loves “cars and trucks and things that go” by Richard Scary. I am constantly surprised that he sits through the entire book. Other favorites are “where do Balloons go?” and “1, 2, 3, a child’s first counting book.” The resource a Literacy Head looks awesome! Thank you Jenni!

  6. My son, almost 7, loves the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (we are on book 4 in our night-time reading ritual). My daughter,almost 5, loves the Pinkalicious series! Having said that, my kids have been raised on a steady diet of Dr. Seuss and other classics. Reading is what we do!

  7. I love this site (yours and LiteracyHead). My 7-year-old son’s favorite book is Tiki Tiki Tembo; my three-year-old son’s favorite books right now are anything Clifford. I’ll be back!

  8. Just checked out literacyhead and appreciate how they have “teaching reading” tools as well as “teaching words” — helps for those of us with kids who are at different levels, but as a mama wanting to inspire that love of reading regardless of their age!

  9. My kids are too old so count me out of the drawing, but this program looks fabulous!

  10. Such a great giveaway. My six-year-old’s favorite book right now is “Miss Nelson is Missing” and it was one of my faves growing up (along with “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” – never saw that as being a movie back then!). I tweeted the contest on my Twitter account, too, so hope you get some love!

  11. Great idea! I’m posting this on my blogathon recap post on Saturday.

  12. So happy to have found this site! Though I have loved many books in my life, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera has to be the most sublimely written novel I’ve ever read.

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