• Top 10 Must Read Banned Books for Kids

    Censorship makes me angry (but many things do) and it tends to make me go on the offensive. Instead of my diatribe, I found some words of wisdom by authors on how to handle censorship. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Most of the censorship I see is fear-driven. I […]

  • Top 10 Hispanic American Heritage Books For Kids

    I was confused on the nomenclature of Hispanic American versus Latino American so I looked it up: Hispanic: a person of Latin American or Iberian ancestry, fluent in Spanish. It is primarily used along the Eastern seaboard, and favored by those of Caribbean and South American ancestry or origin.  English or Spanish can be their […]

  • 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!).

Win Trip to THE GOOD DINOSAUR Movie Premier

Win Trip to THE GOOD DINOSAUR Movie Premier

You and Your Child Can Win a Prehistoric Adventure!

Sun-Maid is collaborating with Disney Pixar to celebrate their new film, The Good Dinosaur, in theaters November 25th and healthy snacking with Sun-Maid Raisins.

Sun Maid Raisins and The Good Dinosaur

Feed Your Little Dinosaur a Healthy Snack This Thanksgiving and Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to the Premiere of The Good Dinosaur. Read more…

Allergy Friendly Frozen Treats: Perfectly Free® Desserts

Allergy Friendly Frozen Treats: Perfectly Free® Desserts

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Incredible Innovations®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Does your child have food allergies or do you know someone who does? I know moms who bake special cupcakes and treats to pack for their child when they go to birthday parties.

Perfectly Free frozen desserts

It takes some planning to have a treat tucked away when you need it so I was glad to learn about Perfectly Free® Desserts which are allergy friendly frozen treats.

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Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Do you not know what to give your teacher for this holiday season? Are you not allowed to give your teacher a gift like I am, except if it is for the classroom? I am excited about this great giveaway that you can win for your teacher!

griffin technology PowerDock 5 charging station Tech the Halls

It’s easy. Just have your kids kids write a short 3-5 sentence essay about why their teacher deserves to win a gift basket full of Griffin products for his or her classroom. Leave this as a comment below. I will choose the most moving essay to win this Tech the Halls package. Read more…

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Update!

We have many things to be grateful for here at Multicultural Children’s Book Day headquarters because there are a ton of exciting things in the works right now!

  • Join us as an Author Sponsor for MCCBD 2016 which includes 2 guest posts on MCCBD blog, banner ad on the Author Sponsor Page, social media shares, and reviews by bloggers.
  • Our Book Review Blogger Sign-Up for MCCBD 2016 just started as well! We’ll give you a FREE book so you can post on your blog on January 27th!

For anyone interested in Sponsorship opportunities, our Early Bird Sponsorship Sale ends OCTOBER 31, 2015.

  • We are thrilled to have two powerhouse multicultural children’s book publishers is joining us as Platinum Sponsors for 2016!

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Caldecott and Newbery 2016 Predictions

Caldecott and Newbery 2016 Predictions

This is my third year judging for the Cybils and I don’t dare compare it to the Caldecott or Newbery awards but I wonder if there is the same dynamic that we have in deciding a winner. For the Cybils, we work off of a short list that is presented to us by first round judges so there is a set number of books to consider but only one winner. A few of the books in each category, I’ve noticed, get a strong reaction that’s either love or hate. Thus a compromise situation is necessary so there’s always a book that everyone likes though it might have also made everyone’s second tier. But  this book is the book that tends to win.

I can see how picture books that win a Caldecott honor or award need to appeal to a young audience of 4 and older. Picture books that a four-year-old can not grasp might be eliminated and I can understand that but that might be why a picture book as gorgeously illustrated as Bird by Beatriz Martin Vidal might not win or even find its audience. Read more…

This Duck Wears Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month #ThisDuckWearsPink

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWellDid you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? I got the best Christmas present last year. My mother, who was then 91-years-old was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer last fall. She went through a myriad of tests. Just when I was trying to figure out how to arrange a trip to California to help out, my mom called me. Her final tests showed that the growth was pre-cancerous and did not require surgery. Instead, they put her back on hormone treatment.

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

October is a good time to learn more about breast cancer. Did you know … Read more…

Halloween window painting

Peanuts The Movie and Star Market #peanutsmovie

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Safeway. The opinions and text are all mine.

Halloween window painting

What are the Halloween traditions where you live? We have a window painting competition where I live. Some years, we get torrential rain which erases most of the window paintings. One year, we got an early snowstorm that took out the power to our neighborhood for four days, including Halloween. This year, though, the weather looks great for window painting and, hopefully, Trick or Treating!

Halloween window painting

Do your kids like the Peanuts gang? Charlie and the gang are back in a new Peanuts movie that tells the story of Charlie and the new girl. The Albertsons Safeway family of local grocery stores, which includes my local Star Market, will be an exclusive grovery partner for the upcoming release of the Peanuts movie. Check out the trailer here. The Peanuts Movie is coming out Friday, November 6th, 2015.

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Best Bedtime Books GIVEAWAY

Best Bedtime Books GIVEAWAY & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Please welcome author Laura Sassi who has a new picture book out! We are giving it away (see Rafflecopter at the bottom) and she also has a list of Best Bedtime Books to share!

Laura Sassi bedtime books

Goodnight Manger by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Imagine how baby Jesus must have slept on that busy winter night with everyone visiting! Laura Sassi reimagines Christmas eve, told in rollicking rhyme accompanied by cheerful illustrations that capture the chaos and movement from that night. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be Easy

Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be Easy

Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be EasyMy blogging friend, Nina Garcia of Sleeping Should Be Easy, has a new book out called Parenting With Purpose!

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