Our Teen Acne Solutions

Our Teen Acne Solutions

This is not a sponsored post — I wish! This is real life.

I was shocked to see my teen daughter’s medicine cabinet the other day. It looks like a Sephora store. It’s true that PickyKidPix, now 14 years old, is obsessed about skin care. She’s watched beauty YouTubers for a zillion hours. She has asked for acne starter kits from her relatives for birthday and Christmas gifts for the past two years.

Our Teen Acne Solutions

She’s also a bit of a hypochondriac. If she has the slightest rash on her face, she demands to go to the dermatologist. Once, I caved and actually took her. It was the fastest dermatologist appointment on the planet, with our nice derm trying to stifle a smile. Read more…

LUX Blox STEM Building Toy

LUX Blox STEM Building Toy

LUX Blox STEM Building Toy
The Lux Blox are different from other blocks in that they are very versatile. They flex, twist, bend, turn, curve, and move with a lock and hinge system that snaps the pieces into place.

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Top 10 Fantasy Adventures for Kids & 3 Signed Book GIVEAWAY

Top 10 Fantasy Adventures for Kids & 3 Signed Book GIVEAWAY

Please welcome author G. A. Morgan with her list of Top 10 Favorite Fantasy Adventures. The final book of her own fantasy adventure series, The Five Stones Trilogy, releases today called The Kinfolk!

I’m thrilled to be giving away 3 SIGNED copies of The Kinfolk to 3 winners. Please see Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m doing more book giveaways there as well.——————

Greetings readers of Pragmatic Mom! Thank you for encouraging your kids to read fantasy. The great news about fantasy-adventure books is that kids tend to devour them. The best ones, in my opinion, tell a riveting story with relatable characters, but offer—at the core—some irrevocable, universal truths.

With technology ever-present and Hollywood bringing to screen many of our favorite stories, it’s more important then ever to have reading choices that are broad and deep; that offer exciting narratives but are also thought-provoking and linger in the imagination long after childhood is over. They also should appeal to both girls and boys.

That’s what I tried to accomplish in The Five Stones Trilogy, and these are the qualities I looked for when creating this list. By and large, the books in this list are appropriate for ages 8-14 (and beyond!), depending on reading ability, and my list gets “older” as we move down it. Read more…

STEM TOY: Ozobot (robotics using markers)

STEM TOY: Ozobot (robotics using markers)

I’m always looking for STEM toys for my son to get him off screens. When I was offered this toy, I didn’t really know what it was, but it sounded like it was worth checking out. The packaging doesn’t really do it justice in terms of how simple and fun it is to use so it sat for weeks, untouched.

STEM TOY: Ozobot

Finally, I got my son to open the box. And we found a nice package of stickers, markers and a very small robot! I wish that was on the box. We would have torn the box open much sooner!

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10 Hilarious Cat and Dog Picture Books

10 Hilarious Cat and Dog Picture Books

To celebrate the release of my latest picture book, Officer Katz & Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou, Mia invited me to share my TOP 5 funny dog and cat picture books!

Dog my cats! It was virtually impossible to limit myself to 5 books each, but here goes! It’s raining cats and dog picture books!!

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Top 5 FUNNY Dog Picture Books

5. A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

How can you resist this cover? I certainly couldn’t!

The shoe-wearing canine character of this dog adoption tale so reminds me of another favorite canine, Dr. Seuss’s Max.

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Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children's Book!

Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children’s Book!

Are you interested in receiving a FREE multicultural children’s book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017?

Big News: You DON’T have to be a blogger this year!! That’s right! Get a FREE diversity children’s book and post your book review and optional book extension activity on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. Bloggers, welcome too, of course! We’re just expanding our outreach so that we can give away more FREE diversity books to parents! Read more…

Kid Lit Blog Hop Now MONTHLY!

October Kid Lit Blog Hop

We want to welcome you to the October 2016 Kid Lit Blog Hop. Fall is here and Halloween is in a mere two weeks…WOW! There are some really great Halloween and Autumn books out there for children. We have seen some listed already. How about you share some of those on our monthly hop or for that matter, any great kid’s literature. We love it all!

Have you seen the Kid Lit Blog Hop Facebook fan page. This page has all the news and information related to the hop plus ongoing posts, giveaways, news articles, etc. related to Kid’s Lit. Check it out and of course, please like the page.

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Fun Ways to Learn About Day of the Dead for Kids

Fun Ways to Learn About Day of the Dead for Kids

It’s October now and time to start thinking of Halloween and costumes for my kids who still want to trick or treat. But it’s also time for Day of the Dead. It sounds like a somber holiday, but it’s more of a celebration of departed loved ones.

Because the days are the same, it’s easy to associate Day of the Dead, Dias de los Meurtos, with Halloween but it actually reminds me more of Obon in Japan.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and internationally where family and friends remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey in a festive and celebratory way starting October 31 and ending November 2.

Halloween came from the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day in observance of Allhallowtide which starts October 31 and ends November 2. It’s a time to “remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians.” I’m not actually sure if All Hallows’ Day is a festive or somber occasion.

In the United States, Halloween it’s a day to Trick or Treat for candy the night of October 31 dressed up in costumes. In our neighborhood, we have a tradition called Ghosting. Read more…

Diverse Children's Books

Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator

Our theme for this month’s Diverse Children’s Books linkups is Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator. Who is your must-read author or must-see illustrator? (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

My choice is this multicultural board book that celebrates a strong powerful Hindu girl!

Padmini Is Powerful by Amy Maranville, illustrated by Tim Palin

Padmini is wise like Ganesh, creative like Sarasvati, and energetic like Parvati. Her other wonderful traits can be attributed to other Hindi gods, both male and female. She is powerful and so are you! Celebrating Padmini and the Hindu religion she practices validates all girls who can relate to her, but also expands the world for those who are not Hindu.  [board book, ages 2 and up]

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.


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