• Bootstrap Marketing 101 for Authors

    I thought I would talk about branding, SEO and social media marketing for authors even though I am not an author, nor have ever marketed a book. So then, you might ask, why would I be qualified to talk about bootstrap marketing for anyone, let alone authors? Thanks for asking. When I was twenty years […]

  • 25 Diversity Authors & Illustrators Spotlighted!

    To kick off our Author and Illustrator interviews at the Multicultural Children’s Book Day blog, we interviewed Joseph Bruchac …  followed by Jacqueline Woodson! (and stay tuned for Margarita Engle and Cynthia Kadohata!) Coming in January — Multicultural Children’s Book Day Spotlight: Shining the Light on Inclusive Authors & Illustrators! From January 1st through the 25th, […]

  • Predicting 2015 Caldecott & Newbery

    I have a selfish reason for compiling this list. It’s my Christmas book list for my kids. It’s also because my kids won’t read (probably like yours!) unless they have a really good book and so I search and search and present, like a game show hostess, blog posts of books that I think my […]

  • 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 […]

  • Today I am on the Front Page of The Boston Globe

    Today I am on the front page of The Boston Globe for the past week of posts that I wrote on my microblog, I Love Newton, about the anti-Asian racism in the local high school musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. School play’s stereotypes bring outcry and apology. “Millie” touches nerve in Newton by Ellen Ishkanian, Globe […]

  • 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.

  • Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

    The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books to young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!

Seal Beach California pier

Where Am I From? A loaded question?

After the brouhaha from Thoroughly Modern Millie, I feel like I am way more sensitive to racism and when I get asked “Where am I from?”, this video immediately comes to mind.

So where am I from? Or where am I from … from?!

I was born in Anaheim, California, not far from Disneyland. I grew up about 15 minutes from Anaheim, in a small beach town called Seal Beach.

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Huge Board Book Giveaway: Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

I love the Kid Lit Giveaway Hops! It motivates me to do spring cleaning. Today, I am sharing and giving away a pile of adorable board books! If my kids were younger, I’d be selfish and keep them all for myself.

 

What’s in Your Purse? by Abigail Samoun, illustrated by Nathalie Dion

What could be cuter for a little girl? A purse board book that snaps open and has five more purses inside it with interactive flaps to open! This makes a wonderful gift too! [board book, ages 2 and up]

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This is funny: The Mom Song to Celebrate All Moms!

Happy Mother’s Day! Hope you enjoy this viral video with the very funny mom song. I’ll bet you can relate to it!

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Happy Mother’s Day and Countdown in Style

Happy Sunday ladies! Happy Mother’s Day to all! I hope you’re having a wonderful and blessed day!

We are looking for guest co-hosts! Feel free to fill out the form HERE to guest host!

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Welcome to Countdown in Style ~ Week {21}!

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March Madness reading competition sign

Signs Make You Feel Special

I didn’t realize how motivating a small thing like custom banners or signs can be. This past fall when my girls and I rooted for Boston College women’s soccer, we used poster board and fat Sharpie pens to quickly scrawl a sign for a player that my kids felt needed or deserved a little boost. The sign was simply their name, their number and a “Go BC!”. Nothing fancy by any means! Read more…

overseas travel picture books for kids

Overseas Travel Picture Book of the Day GIVEAWAY

Foreign travel is my theme today for Picture Book of the Day. I chose an Asian immigration wordless picture book as the Picture Book of the Day that captures the struggles of a young boy as he adjusts to a new country, a new language and making a new friends.

Since four is an unlucky number in Asian culture, I’ve found five picture books to share with you today with the theme of travel abroad!

What is your favorite foreign travel picture book? Please share!

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Contemporary Native Americans in KidLit and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

Since reading about Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days by Michael Oren Fitzgerald and hearing pushback by Debbie Reese that contemporary life of Native Americans was not included, it got me thinking. While the premise of Children of the Tipi was to document life in the bygone buffalo days, she has a point. I asked PickyKidPix about Native Americans and her perception was that they disappeared along with the buffalo. That was shocking to me! She’s in 6th grade!! When Nancy Bo Flood tweeted me with book suggestions, everything fell into place.

suggestion, include books about today’s Native Americans – POW-WOW’s COMING, THE HOGAN GREAT-GRANDFATHER BUILT

I’m searching for more contemporary books for kids and teens about today’s Native Americans. Can you please help me out with your great suggestions? Thanks so much!! Read more…

Mighty Dads truck picture book

Truck Picture Book GIVEAWAY for Fathers to Read to Kids

My son has a short but sweet truck picture book phase when he was in preschool at age 4. This would be a lovely picture book to gift to dads for Father’s Day bedtime reading. Parental fatherly trucks teach their kids both life lessons and how to work the truck equipment.

Bulldozer Strong

shows Dozy right from wrong

They go

roar,

roar,

roar!

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Debbie Clement

Debbie Clement GIVEAWAY and National Teacher Day

One of the great pleasures of blogging is meeting wonderful fellow bloggers like Debbie Clement, a teacher, musician, author/illustrator and performer. What doesn’t she do?!

Debbie Clement

In celebration of National Teachers’ Week which kicked off yesterday and National Teacher Day today, I wanted you to meet her! Her companyRainbows Within Reach, is now launching it’s 18th year of children’s Arts programing.

I thought her video is perfect for today!

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