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Science of Flu for Kids

Flu Season Science for Kids

PickyKidPix 7th grade science started off with microbes and how the immune system works. Despite this information, she still doesn’t understand why she needs to get an annual flu shot. I found some great videos and a picture book to help kids understand Flu Season Science!

Flu Season Science

PickyKidPix’s 7th Grade Science Unit on Micro Organisms.

How do vaccines work with our immune systems to keep us from getting sick? Watch this 2 minute video from NOVA PBS, Immunity and Vaccines Explained, to learn how germs get killed by our immune system. After you watch this video, see if you can answer the question below.

Flu Season Science

How cells reproduce from PickyKidPix’s 7th Grade Science Class. Read more…

I'm Judging the Cybils!

I’m Judging the Cybils!

I am so excited to be a 2nd round judge for Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books for the Cybils Awards!

Cybils book awards

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.

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My Son's Educational Video Picks

My Son’s Educational Video Picks

My son and I have been curating videos for your viewing pleasure. Many of them came our way via the excellent blog The Kid Should See This which selects videos created for adults but appropriate for a young audience. My son spends quite a bit of time on YouTube these days so he offered up some videos that he wanted to share with my audience as well.

This first video feeds my son’s interest in all things ninja. As a result, I have a ninja book list for him and a match up of picture books to a particular martial art. My son has expressed interest in making weapons like this Japanese artisan who makes traditional samurai swords and there is, in fact, a blacksmithing class near us that my husband wants to do with my son when he’s old enough. But for now, my son will just have to be content watching how swords are made.

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A Flock of Books about Birds from Suzanne Goldsmith Washashore

A Flock of Books about Birds

Please welcome author Suzanne Goldsmith, winner of the 2014 Green Earth Book Award in the Young Adult Category, for Washashore. Today she is sharing her favorite books about birds! Suzanne is giving away 3 signed copies of her book to 3 winners! See the Rafflecopter below to win. (This giveaway is going to have a short duration so that winners might receive their copies before the holiday season ends.)

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Birds. They have four limbs—just like us. They walk on two legs—just like us. They like to sing—just like us.

And yet they are so very different from us. Which is why we find them so fascinating. Read more…

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Middle East Outreach Council Book Award

I was thrilled to meet Barbara Petzen of the Middle East Outreach Council at the National Council for the Social Studies meeting. The Middle East Outreach Council just announced their award for best children’s and young adult books!

MEOC, middle east outreach council

Established in 1999, the Middle East Book Award recognizes quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures.

Books are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on characterization, plot, and appeal for the intended audience. For this award, the Middle East is defined as the Arab World, Iran, Israel, Turkey, and Afghanistan.
Awards are given in three categories: Picture Books, Youth Literature, and Youth Nonfiction.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Middle East Book Award recognizes quality publications in three categories: Picture Book, Youth Literature, and Youth Nonfiction (not awarded this year).

Here are the winners! Read more…

My Son Gives to a Child in Need Through CWIST

My Son Gives to a Child in Need Through CWIST

I posted on CWIST’s learning challenges that parents select for their kids and reward them as they see fit. For the holiday season, CWIST has a program that lets kids earn a present for a child in need who might not have any presents under the tree this year!

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Michelle Phan: Best Book Signing Ever

Michelle Phan: Best Book Signing Ever! #MYLifeGuide

I’ve been to many author book signing events since I start blogging including very popular authors like Rick Riordan where fans stood in a line that snaked around the building! But I have never waited in line for two hours just for a book signing; there wasn’t even a presentation or talk involved!

Have you heard of Michelle Phan? She’s a YouTube beauty and fashion vlogger rockstar with over 7 mllion subscribers and a growing media empire that includes a beauty sample subscription service called Ipsy, her own make up line Em and now a book, Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. How does one become a YouTube rockstar? It’s a pretty simple formula:

  • Step 1: Make your own videos
  • Step 2: Get them to go viral
  • Step 3: Do this every week for nine years

Step 3, of course, is the hard part. Michelle says its easy to make a video and get it to go viral. It’s about doing something outrageous and then timing the release of the video. But to do this weekly? That’s where the real work comes in.

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Bombadier Beetle Fun & Educational App for Kids

Bombadier Beetle Fun & Educational App for Kids

My kids think farting is extremely funny. I think they would love this interactive app about Luna, a Bombardier Beetle, with a unique talent. The talent of the toot! But first, some background on the Bombardier Beetle to put Luna’s talent into context.

 bombadier beetle

The amazing defense strategy of the Bombardier beetle! Read more…

Arturo Avina kindergarten videos

Madonna Teaches the Alphabet

Do you remember Arturo Avina who made those wonderful Miss Nelson is Missing  and Miss Nelson is Back with his kindergarten class? Well, he and his kids have made another video!

Arturo Avina kindergarten videos

He says:

We recently wrapped up an education-related video that the LA Times called “innovative” and “ambitious,” and I think it could be of interest to your readers and the education community. My colleague and I recently filmed a video with our kindergarteners where we strived to reinvent the alphabet with 26 Madonna songs. Who knew Madonna songs could teach the alphabet, right!? Read more…