This past Sunday, Blue Lake Children's Publishing, publisher of the educational reading program Tessy & Tab, opened its doors to its young Portland readers to celebrate the upcoming holidays and unveil their newest project.
Tessy & Tab Early reading program is a subscription based service that delivers a new magazine to children 24 times a year. Targeted to children aged 2-6, Tessy & Tab is an integrated learning system that empowers kids to learn to read through self direction and discovery. Each issue tackles a different theme, concept or activity that kids easily relate to and it's often accompanied with related activities you can print out from the Tessy and Tab web site.
We've had a subscription to Tessy & Tab for my son for many years and although he just turned seven (and has technically 'aged out' of it), he still adores the publication and expresses the same level of excitement and enthusiasm as when we first started receiving it.
At their open house the Blue Lake Children's Publishing unveiled Clark The Baby Shark, a new subscription program aimed at children 9-24 months. Clark is delivered in a special casing to enable toddlers to easily hold and look at the magazine. More importantly the magazine was designed with pages that won't tear (a serious issue when giving books and magazines to toddlers). My youngest daughter absolutely loved Clark The Baby Shark and so when it's available later this year we plan on picking up a subscription.
When I talk to other parents of young kids I'm surprised that more of them aren't aware of Tessy & Tab. Not only is this local company producing the single best early reader product on the market but they're doing it here in Portland. The Tessy & Tab team are also amazingly receptive, every email suggestion or comment we've sent has received an immediate response.