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Caught in the Act … of READING!

I’m so excited to continue this weekly post of kids caught in the act of reading! Thank you to everyone who has sent me photos! I am posting them in the order received. Read more…

The Kid Really Should See This!

The Kid Really Should See These Videos!

My son and I have been enjoying The Kid Should See It curated videos for the past year. It’s videos made for an adult audience, but age appropriate for kids. The topics range from science to arts and entertainment. We subscribe for a weekly email that has five videos. After watching a pile of them, my son selected these four as his favorites to share with you! Read more…

New Multicultural Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

New Multicultural Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

I wanted to highlight some great picture books and chapter books with diversity themes that have come my way. What multicultural books are you and your kids enjoying? Please share! Read more…

Multicultural Kids Blog: Read Around the World Summer Reading Series

Read Around the World Summer Series

I’m part of the Read Around The World Summer Series hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs. Today, I wanted to introduce you to a Young Adult (YA) find that had me riveted!

read around the world series, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind

Jet Black and the Ninja Wind by Shogo Oketani  and Leza Lowitz

Husband and wife team joined forces to write this action adventure YA novel that has a bit of romance as well. Jet Black was raised on a Navajo reservation and is secretly trained in the middle of the night in the ways of the ninja which includes mastering how to walk on wet tissue paper without tearing it or making a sound. Jet never really understands why this is happening, but when her mother dies, she is sent on a mission to save the family treasure back in Japan.

There are bad guys out to get her and her new found Japanese family (also well trained as ninjas). But why is the person who is responsible for capturing her so alluring? This YA action adventure love story is non-stop action as Jet fights to save a sacred mountain in Japan.

Looking for more multicultural books for summer reading? Check out our Read Around the World Summer Reading Pinterest board!  You can also join the discussion on our Facebook page and G+ community.

What books from around the world are you enjoying? Please share!

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healthychoices

Healthy Choice Games for Kids

Healthy food choices should be part of the elementary and middle school curriculum. My school nurse and I are in agreement about that. But … it isn’t so it’s up to us parents to teach our kids. But what exactly does that mean? I found this food pyramid from the USDA’s food pyramid which was created 1992. Does it look familiar? If not, don’t worry because …

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Easy Science Experiment: Why Do Ice Cubes Crack in Drinks?

Easy Science Experiment: Why Do Ice Cubes Crack in Drinks?

I’m not prone to trying out science experiments at home. It’s because I am lazy. Even when I subscribed to science projects that came monthly in the mail, it didn’t seem to take with my kids. But I yearn to be one of those moms who can do science with their kids at home.

It’s because when I was struggling with Freshman Chemistry in college — a scarring experience — I met a kid whose parents were BOTH chemists. He said that his mother had the periodic table up in the playroom for as long as he could remember. Needless to say, he was cruising through Organic Chemistry when it was an experience that I had to repeat in order to get a decent grade.  Read more…

kids caught in the act of reading this summer

Caught in the Act … of READING!

Thank you to everyone who sent me photos of their kids caught reading!! I’m so happy that kids are reading this summer!

I’ll be posting photos of kids caught in the act of reading on a weekly basis. If you send me a photo, I will mail you a book in return. Please email pragmaticmomblog (at) gmail (dot) com. Sorry, but I am only able to mail books to the U.S. and APO addresses due to the high cost of shipping.

Megan’s son is reading Baby Animals.

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Burt's Bees

Burt’s Bees to the Rescue!

PickyKidPix is at sleepaway camp for a month. Her biggest gripe is that her unit’s bathroom runs out of hot water rather quickly. She says that by the 8th shower, the hot water is gone and a cold water shower at night when it’s chilly outside makes her homesick.

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best mysteries for kids,

Best Mysteries for Kids and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

Edgar Award Winners for Best Juvenile Mystery 

The “Edgars” as they are known are officially The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, named after Edgar Allan Poe, and presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. The awards cut across many genres including mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater.

I’ve listed the winners from the Juvenile category. Within the Juvenile category, there are wide span of ages, with the exception of picture books. If you want a picture book mystery, my recommedation is find the books by Doug Cushman.

My son is reading 5 books for summer homework assigned by his upcoming 4th grade teachers. He is supposed to read a variety of genres but I forgot about mysteries, hence this list! How about you? Are your kids reading and enjoying mysteries? What is their favorite? Thanks for sharing!

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