• 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!

Happy International Book Giving Day #GiveaBook Giveaway

Happy International Book Giving Day #GiveaBook Giveaway

Happy International Book Giving Day and Happy Valentine’s Day as well! Want to celebrate too? Just give a new or used book to a child or a place or person that will reach a person. Grab your free book plates too, 2 versions!

International Book Giving Day February 14

Today, to celebrate, I’m giving away books! I believe in giving the right book to the right person so I’m matching up books by Core Curriculum subjects they teach or if I just think it would be a good addition to their classroom library. Read more…

Black History Month Picture Book of the Day

Black History Month Picture Book of the Day

Februray is Black History Month and I’m celebrating with a round up of books that I hope teach and inspire for different reasons. I have two biographies on Sun Ra, a jazz legend and Malcolm X, the great civil rights leader. I chose Lend a Hand for the inspiring poems and inclusive illustrations that urge readers to help make the world a better place. The Hula-Hooping Queen is a picture book story not of a real person but it reminds us that we need stories that denote children of color where it’s not the main plot of the story. Read more…

UAE a hotspot for Higher Education

UAE a hotspot for Higher Education

UAE a hotspot for Higher Education

In addition to the scores of people that head to the United Arab Emirates every year to capitalise on its world-class shopping and luxurious holiday resorts, numerous expatriates can also be found here. Not only do they enjoy the same benefits as temporary tourists, but also receive tax-free salaries and a comfortable way of life.

However, in recent years the UAE has also become a hotspot for higher education too. International universities have set-up campuses here due to the region’s growing prosperity, and the country’s own institutions are receiving widespread approval for the calibre of undergraduate courses and masters degrees on offer.

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More Fun and Educational Videos for Kids

More Fun and Educational Videos for Kids

My son and I watched more videos and picked our favorites to share that we found watching weeks and weeks of The Kid Should See This curated videos for adults but suitable for kids.

The first is an animation video from Aug(De)Mented Reality that combines a ordinary background with an animated creature by way of a clear sheet that is drawn upon.

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Books for 8yold Boy Reluctant Reader

Books for 8yold Boy Reluctant Reader

My friend Isra says her 8-year-old son is a reluctant reader. He likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid but now he’s exhausted that series so here are more! Books to appeal to an eight year old reluctant boy reader!

More Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid for Boys

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

My son thought this series was hysterically funny. Alvin is a boy who is nervous about a lot of things including girls, camping, school, and science projects. Set in Concord, Massachusetts, Isra’s son might also enjoy this Massachusetts connection!

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Affordable Health Care for All

Have you heard of the Affordable Health Care Act? My college roommate, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, is the 22nd United States Secretary of Health and Human Services since 2014 and charged with providing affordable health care to all.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

What has happened so far with the Affordable Health Care Act? This video features Kathleen Sebilius whom my roommate replaced:

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10 books for kids to explore China and Chinese New Year

12 Books to Explore CHINA for Chinese New Year

My kids do a country unit on China in second grade where they spent a day celebrating Chinese Culture with Red Envelope Crafts. My kids also studied Mandarin Chinese and my oldest middle school Chinese language teacher also did a Chinese New Year celebration with crafts and food.

Last year was The Year of the Horse, this year Chinese New Year falls on February 19 and is the Year of the Sheep.

Will you celebrate Chinese New Year with books and crafts? Our favorite Chinese New Year books are here and I have 10 more newly published books on China to explore for the year to come!

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The Américas Award

The Américas Award and Kid Lit Blog Hop

The Américas Award was founded by CLASP in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. CLASP offers up to two annual book awards, together with a commended list of titles. This is a great award to find multicultural books for kids~

The Américas Award Winner

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan Roth

This was my Picture Book of the Day selection and also the 2014 Seibert Winner about the amazing conservation recovery effort to save the parrots of Puerto Rico. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

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Tips to Teach Oral Health to Kids

Tips to Teach Oral Health to Kids

This month was a bad month in the teeth department for my family. My husband is going to need a new crown and a filling replacement due to wear and tear — he’ll be fifty soon too! My son needed a baby tooth pulled last week to make room for a permanent tooth trying to come in with nowhere to go.

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