• What Do Muslims Really Want Anyway?! 17 Books on Muslim World for Kids

    Please welcome my guest poster today, author Elsa Marston who is my resident Middle Eastern Children’s literature go to! She has a list of recommended books for kids and teens at the bottom of the post. ———— Lately we’ve been reading about terrorist actions by Muslims in Europe and other places, events that have again […]

  • Top 10 Life Skills Kids Need Before College

    My book list of Top 10 Books to Teach Kids to Be More Responsible made me start to think about life skills that kids need before going off to college. That and the fact that my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, will be starting high school next fall so we have only 4 years to tackle this […]

  • Get Kids Reading Strategies: 12 Surefire Ways

    I searched five years of digital photographs looking for photos of my kids reading and I only came up with the handful here. Why? It’s not easy getting kids reading, especially to love reading enough that they choose it over more exciting things like screens, playdates or sports! I started my blog after my oldest […]

  • 10 Perfect Read Aloud Books for 3rd Grade

    I had the great fortune to meet The Nerdy Book Club founders at a dinner for Anne Ursu hosted by Walden Pond Press to celebrate her latest chapter book, The Real Boy. (It’s wonderful. I put it on my  Newbery 2014 Contenders list! And it just won a Middle Grade Fiction Nerdie). Colby Sharp, one of […]

  • Best Beginning Chapter Books for 2nd and 3rd Grade

    Best books for beginning readers from my library. This list is perfect for 2nd grade and 3rd grade.

  • How To: Create a Great Kids’ Book Club (Activity and Book Suggestions)

    Some ideas on how to set up a book club for your child with examples of successful book club meetings.

  • Best Science Apps for Kids (ages 4-21)

    I am starting to buy into this idea of teaching and really connecting material through games and apps. I was sort of on board with this concept, but since playing around with The Elements (a Harry Potter version of the Periodic Table) that my brother-in-law turned me on to, I am now a believer as I saw, with my own eyes, how captivated my kids were with the Periodic Table, an otherwise dull chart.

  • Newbery Winners by Grade Appropriateness!

    Thank you to Hubpages for this information. There are additional book suggestions by grade if click here to see their post. I have added an asterisk to the books that I’ve read and loved (and two astericks for must reads!).

  • Top 10: Best Beginning Chapter Book Series (ages 6-9)

    Dragons and aliens and dinosaurs, oh my! And for girls, there are interesting slightly mischieveous girls to meet as well as cousins who are really sweet. Short chapter book series can often have repetitive plot lines about nothing or language that is neither rich nor interesting. There is something special about each of these book series for the child AND the adult reading along.

  • Top 50: Best Multicultural Children’s Books

    Every summer I stress out about what books to get for my kids that they will like but are also exposing them — as only books can do — to the wide world all around them both past, present and future. This summer, we are going to take a trip around the world by reading these multi-cultural books. What is great about this list is that it covers all the ages of my kids: from preschool through elementary school. I will be sneaky and check out these books for them and leave them strewn about the house for them to examine when they are bored. I will keep you posted on what books my kids actually liked because that is a whole ‘nother list! See you at the library!

Best Multicultural Picture Books and Kid Lit Blog Hop

Best Multicultural Picture Books and Kid Lit Blog Hop

This is a really great multicultural/diversity/inclusion book list for kids: 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society Award. I haven’t read them all so I’ll use book jacket blurbs with age range to make this list more helpful for parents and teachers looking for books for kids.

I am splitting this list into three parts. Today I will cover Notable Books for a Global Society picture books. For the next Kid Lit Blog Hop, I’ll post the middle grade books and finally, young adult on the following one. Read more…

Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books and Activities for Read Across America

Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books and Activities for #ReadAcrossAmerica

Have you heard of Read Across America, a year round literacy campaign that culminates on March 2 (TODAY!) — the birthday of Dr. Seuss?

Read Across America Dr. Seuss

I am thrilled to bring you resources to hold your own Reading Event today including:

The official book for Read Across America is Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, which coincides with the book’s 25th anniversary!

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Feather vs Bowling Ball: Which Falls Fastest?

Feather vs Bowling Ball: Which Falls Fastest?

PickyKidPix‘s soccer team played in Italy this past summer and the tour included a stop at Pisa on the Fourth of July.soccer team at Leaning Tower of Pisa
We were warned that Pisa is swarming with petty thieves and that we had to be on high alert.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Once we got there though, the square is so beautiful with other buildings besides the leaning tower.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From Wikipedia

Leaning Tower of Pisa

So I thought I would center this post around Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment, but done in the world’s largest vacuum chamber to show that when you remove friction, a feather and a brick will fall at the same rate.

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Febreze #Noseblind with Pets GIVEAWAY and CONTEST!

Febreze #Noseblind with Pets GIVEAWAY and CONTEST!

Does your pet stink sometimes? Mine does. Right now in fact! He’s badly in need of a bath but we’ve been on vacation for the past week week and my dog has been with his favorite dog sitter stinking it up.

Febreze stinky dogs

My dog is the Golden Retriever on the right. Read more…

17 Great Books for Kids and Teens on the Arab World

What Do Muslims Really Want Anyway?! 17 Books on Muslim World for Kids

Please welcome my guest poster today, author Elsa Marston who is my resident Middle Eastern Children’s literature go to! She has a list of recommended books for kids and teens at the bottom of the post.

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Lately we’ve been reading about terrorist actions by Muslims in Europe and other places, events that have again raised anger and confusion. Are Muslims really committed to hostility toward other religions? Or do most Muslims want to find common ground and live together with non-Muslims, without fear or threats? Read more…

Champions for Kids #SnacksforStudents

Champions for Kids #SnacksforStudents

I’m thrilled today to be helping my local Boys and Girls Club through the Champions for Kids Snacks for Students Program which matched up a local non-profit for kids in my town, John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton, with Walmart in Framingham, near where I live.

Champions for Kids #SnacksforStudents

I’m helping John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton get basic resources through in-store donations. It’s quite simple. The Framingham Walmart will have donation bins for my organization that anyone can donate to. Since the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club provides child care and activities for kids of all ages, snacks are especially helpful and kids are always hungry before and after school!

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Reasons Why Every Mom Should Invest In A Baby Keepsake Box

As much as we may wish otherwise, sadly, childhood comes with an expiration date. Therefore, a baby keepsake box is a worthwhile purchase for moms who want to cherish baby-related memories. Keepsake boxes don’t have to cost much – they can be made at home from an ordinary storage or shoebox, perhaps decorated or covered in pretty wrapping paper or other cheaper alternatives like cloth bags, grocery bag, newspapers, among other things. Anything else your imagination can suggest- but almost all baby retailers carry premade baby boxes if you’re not feeling creative, or you’re simply pressed for time.

Reasons Why Every Mom Should Invest In A Baby Keepsake Box
What to Include

Items to include in your baby keepsake box can vary according to your desires: there’s no prescribed list of “essential” items. As with all things pretty, the Internet is a great source of inspiration when you’re planning one for your baby. A memory box doesn’t have to be too cutesy, though. It can hold treasured items to tell your child about their origins and their family: think about including pictures of parents and grandparents, a letter from you, old photographs of family homes, or information about the family tree.

baby keepsake box
A Time Capsule of Babyhood

If you want to create a memory box that’s essentially a time capsule collection of babyhood items, then you can start before your baby is even born. Think about including ultrasound images, and photographs of you and your partner while you’re pregnant. Once baby is born, think about little items such as hospital wrist bands, a copy of the front page of a respected national newspaper from the day your child was born, first toy, first socks or baby shoes, first photo after birth, and congratulations cards from family and friends.

baby keepsake box
Locks of hair (in ziplock bags) and first teeth are also popular souvenirs. If this doesn’t appeal to you, think about including photos of various milestones (first steps, first solid food, first haircut, first holiday). In a digital age, hard copies of personal images are increasingly rare, so think about creating an annotate photo album- some stores will do this for you, or you could simply buy an album and annotate by yourself.

Ultimately, what you’re doing is creating a record to show your child how important they are to you, and how much they’re cherished and loved by you. Because of this, memory boxes are incredibly personal, so don’t feel that you “have” to include a certain item just because others are doing so.

Best Book Blog 2014 Award

I Won Best of the Book Blogosphere Award of 2014!

THANK YOU to everyone involved for selecting my blog as Best of the Book Blogosphere 2014! It’s the very first blogging award I’ve ever won and it totally made my day!!

Here are the other fabulous bloggers that also won:

Best Book Blog 2014 Award

BEST SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY

Full of Fiction

BEST YOUNG ADULT

Too Many Books, Too Little Time

BEST KIDS/CHILDREN’s

Children’s Book Heal

BEST CONTEMPRARY/ NEW ADULT

Chill Reviews

Reading Bud

BEST INSTAGRAM

Confessions of a Book Blogger

 

Thank you again to all my readers who helped me win this award! It means a lot to me!!

 

10 Award Winning Jewish Books for Kids

10 Award Winning Jewish Books for Kids and Kid Lit Blog Hop

The Jewish Book Council announced this week the winner of the Louis Posner Memorial Award for Illustrated Children’s Book and The Sydney Taylor Book Awards for 2015 are out!

Louis Posner Memorial Award for Illustrated Children’s Book Winner

The Patchwork Torah by Allison Ofanansky, illustrated by Elsa Oriol

Fragments of damaged and rescued Torahs from several periods of history are woven together in this touching tale of four generations of a Torah scribe and his family. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

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