Learning should be fun

for ALL kids.

We’ll show you how.

(No complicated curriculum necessary.)

Let’s change the education system from the outside in.

Let’s empower our children to grow up knowing they are special and unique–that they have their own trail to blaze.

Rolling Prairie Readers exists to see whole families embrace a lifestyle of joyful discovery together.

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Welcome to Rolling Prairie Readers!

Our mission is to
create a community of lifelong learners
where parents inspire
and empower their children
to follow their passions
and use their unique gifts
to make the world a better place.

We are passionate about:

  • learning through play,
  • making the most of family time,
  • and reading good books!

Visit the Blog!

6 Common Mistakes Parents Make Raising Readers

Throughout the month of December, we’ll be discussing raising our children to be readers for life. As a former classroom teacher -- one who specialized in reading in college -- you can imagine that I am rather passionate about this topic.  As a first and second grade...

13 Community Books for Kids

13 Community Books for Kids

I’m a child of the 80s. I grew up watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street everyday. When my girls were little, we became fans of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in addition to my own two childhood favorites. We lived in an apartment during our first few years...

What is a Busy Box? (And Why Do Your Kids Need One?)

What is a Busy Box? (And Why Do Your Kids Need One?)

As we slowly creep toward another long winter, I have been getting our indoor play space ready for endless cold, windy, wet days. We have cozied up the basement, rearranged some furniture, and tidied up the toys. It always amazes me when my kids find a toy they...

Art Appreciation Sensory Bins

Art Appreciation Sensory Bins

Two months ago, as I prepared a handful of art appreciation activities based on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night painting, I stumbled across a great sensory bin idea from Munchkins and Moms. Since one of my girls LOVES sensory play, I knew it would be a fun way to help...

Iowa Travel: 7 Fun Things to Do with Kids

Iowa Travel: 7 Fun Things to Do with Kids

Iowa Travel Recommendations Iowa is a great place to visit, filled with beautiful views and fun things to do with kids. Most of our favorite places are just a few hours from Des Moines, perfect for day trips. If you want incredible memories with your family, grab a...

17 Dinosaur Books for Kids

17 Dinosaur Books for Kids

Most young children are fascinated by dinosaurs! Make any tot school or preschool at home unit study more fun with these dinosaur books for kids. There are recommendations for board books, picture books, books for new readers, and even reference books for older kids....

Visit the Resource Library!

If you want to connect with your kids through play and make learning FUN at home, this is the place to be! (Everything is FREE.)

Here’s what you’ll find as our library grows:

  • short video trainings
  • reading logs & book lists 
  • printable checklists & guides
  • FUN learning ideas for kiddos ages 2-6