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19 Graphic Novels for Mighty Girls!

19 Graphic Novels for Mighty Girls

Thank you to my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends for helping me with this strong girl characters graphic novel list. With graphic novels skewing for a male audience, it’s nice to find girl characters that inspire and entertain, and with a range of personalities.

Some of these mighty girls seem to have superhero powers; other are just plain fearless. But there are also those everyday heroines who struggle with life’s ups and downs and must discover who them are, their true friends and their inner strength. Whether their conflict is with bad guys, monsters, dragons or mean girls, all these books help to get girls reading, especially reluctant readers. I hope there are many more like books these coming out soon!

What great graphic novels with strong girl characters did I leave out? Please help me add to this list! Thank you! Read more…

Top 20 Classic Books for Kids

Top 20 Classic Books for Kids #LoveThriftBooks

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For summer reading with your kids, why not stock up on Must Read classics especially when they are at bargain prices through Thrift Books? What’s the deal, you ask? Thank you for asking!

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At these great prices, it’s easy to find fifteen twenty classic books for kids. These are the books I would buy even if it’s a few years before my kids can read them. Because at these prices, who can resist?! I can’t!!  Here are my picks! Read more…

Life by the Sea Books for Kids

Children’s Books About Life by the Sea

Today, I have guest author team of writer and illustrator Muon Van and April Chu. Their picture book,  In a Village by the Sea, has been described by The New York Times as “Breathtaking” and Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review) said, it’s a “lovely, resonant portrait of family life that hums with quiet magic.”

In a Village by the Sea by Muon

They have created a book list of their favorite children’s books about life by the sea. How about you? Will you make it to the seashore this summer? If so where? And what books do you like about life by the sea? Please share! Thank you! Read more…

Top 10 Diversity Dance Picture Books

Top 10 Multicultural Dance Picture Books

First you have to believe that it’s possible. Can a person of color become a professional dancer? These diversity dance picture books plant the seed … but not for my kids.

I could never coax my girls into dancing. My oldest did one year at the Boston Ballet School when she was four. I was thrilled. She seemed really great at it. I envisioned her gliding gracefully into years of ballet culminating in a small part in the Nutcracker. Instead, her ballet shoes got a tad small with just two classes to go before the summer break. I let her just dance in them. She promptly quit after that, saying that ballet hurt her feet.

Boston Ballet SchoolGrasshopper and Sensei’s first ballet class at Boston Ballet School.

I tried again when we moved to the suburbs. The ballet class included tutus, stuffed bears, sunglasses and a juice box break. “Open like a birdie,” they’d tell the kids before popping the straw into their mouths so the juice box wouldn’t spill. Neither the tutus nor the stuffed animals tempted my girls away from the wall where they stood and watched for over an hour each week. They would only participate for the juice box.

PickyKIdPix in soccer uniform and tutu

PickyKidPix messing around with a tutu that came in the mail with a picture book. She pairs it with her soccer uniform.

Even though my kids don’t dance, I’ve tried to include a picture book about dancing with reference to their Korean, Chinese and Japanese heritage. Who knew that this would prove to be so challenging? Did you know that modern gymnastics that you see in the Olympics has its roots in classical Chinese dance?!

It’s interesting that there are a plethora of ninja themed picture books but nary a ballet one with an Asian American character. Not even a minor one. It’s as if Asian American children don’t dance at all.

How about you? Do your kids like to dance or just read about dancing? My kids like watching kids dance as well via reality TV shows. Is there a better dance picture book about Asian culture that you like? Please share! Thanks! Read more…

Finding More Great Graphic Novels for Kids GIVEAWAY

Finding More Great Graphic Novels for Kids GIVEAWAY

Graphic novels are my secret weapon for reluctant readers, both boys and girls, but they are also the slippery slope for newly independent readers to develop a love of reading. I became a huge fan of graphic novels when my son learned to read in first grade. Not only did graphic novels get him asking to go to the library in search of books, but it also helped him with reading comprehension. YES, graphic novels support reading comprehension strategy development in children!

It’s the magic of pictures and words. Words + Pictures = A Game Changer for Reading Comprehension. Not only do kids love graphic novels and notebook novels and will eagerly devour them, but having to figure out the story from the words and the images helps kids develop critical reading comprehension strategies that they will need to employ for school, for life and certainly, for Common Core standardized testing. This kind of reading comprehension strategies transfers to chapter books, non-fiction and all other genres.

To celebrate the educational value + sheer pleasure of graphic novels/notebook novels = reading nirvana, I have a book list below to help you find more graphic novels for your kids based on other books that you might know.

 

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Gorilla Tough: Boxing, Books and a Tablet

Gorilla Tough: Boxing, Books, and a Tablet

What do you associate with a gorilla? For me, it’s my boxing gym. I once took a boxing class with Nate, the other co-founder of Nonantum Boxing Club. When I saw my trainer — his cousin — I asked, “For a big guy, isn’t Nate surprisingly light on his feet?” Because if you saw Nate hopping over low hurdles in a delicate way like a gazelle, it’s a little incongruent with his beefy frame. My trainer replied, “Nate is a gorilla.”

Nonantum Boxing Club, Newton MA

Nate is on the left. My trainer is on the right. Read more…

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Zoology for Kids books and activities

Now that summer is here and it’s easier to get the kids outdoors, I wanted to share some great non-fiction books to introduce kids to Zoology. Zoology is the study of animals making it perfect for kids who naturally gravitate to animals, pet stores, and zoos. They are the ones who want to rescue any animal they find. Zoology is one of many career paths for kids who love animals and being outdoors! Others mentioned in Zoology for Kids include:

zookeeper: A zookeeper is a person who manages zoo animals that are kept in captivity for conservation or to be displayed to the public, and are usually responsible for the feeding and daily care of the animals.

aquarist: An aquarist is responsible for the care of fish and marine mammals kept in captivity.

veterinarian: a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating disease, disorder, and injury in non-human animals.

wildlife researcher: zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

ecology professor: teaches and conducts research on the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

conservation careers: saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks.

zoologist: A zoologist is someone who studies the behaviour, origins, genetics, diseases and life progression of animals and wildlife. There are a variety of different ways that a zoologist can specialize and there are many diverse jobs in this field.

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids

I am probably having way too much fun on Flipagram making small videos set to music off my iPhone which can be posted on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or even texted or emailed to friends and family. I’m trying to showcase books that I’m posting on such as these on Zoology.
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FREE Excerpt of Magnus Chase

FREE Excerpt of Magnus Chase #ReadRiordan

Percy Jackson pack

My ten-year-old son is Rick Riordan’s biggest fan. Usually I have to pre-order the books for him and as soon as he’s done reading, he’s asking for the next one. Thankfully for summer reading, there are two new books that my son will be very excited about and Magnus Chase in October!

 

The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure

The first is a new eBook coming out on July 14th: The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure!

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Pool by JiHyeon Lee, 3 amazing wordless diversity picture books

3 Amazing Wordless Diversity Picture Books

Right about now, you are probably ready for a trip to the beach or a dip in a pool? Or maybe you are planning a trip to NYC to check out the sights? I have three beautiful Asian American wordless picture books that will take you there with just a flip of a page.

Pool by JiHyeon Lee, wordless picture book

What amazing diversity wordless picture books do you love? Please share! Thank you! Read more…