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ballet four picture book giveaway

Ballerina Picture Book of the Day: 4 Book GIVEAWAY

Marilyn Singer’s charming Tallulah series reminds me of Fancy Nancy but with a ballet twist. My daughters never took to dance though I had enrolled Grasshopper and Sensei in Boston Ballet’s Preschool Ballet program when she turned four.

first ballet class at Boston Ballet

Grasshopper and Sensei’s first ballet class at the Boston Ballet. They got tutus for the photo! She is 2nd from left.

It was probably my fault. She only  had a few weeks to go before her class ended  for the summer and she said that her ballet shoes were too tight. Instead of buying a new pair, I just let her use the old pair which made her feet hurt by the end of class. Feet hurting = no dance. That was it. No more ballet for her.

PickyKidPix in tutu

I think this is the first time PickyKidPix has donned a tutu.

I tried with PickyKidPix when she was in preschool too. Being separated from me for her class was a deal breaker. I got a full refund from The Boston Ballet School after she cried the entire first class.

If you have a young ballerina — either girl or boy — this lovely picture book series might be hit at your house! It won’t be at mine so I am giving away all four books AND a pink tutu!

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Plimoth Plantation Native Americans

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About Native Americans

I went for the first time to Plimoth Plantation as a chaperone for my son’s third grade field trip. I somehow managed to avoid it for my girls. It was really a great trip and the kids were very well prepared. My son said that he preferred learning about the Native American (and Wampanoags specifically) over the Pilgrim story.

Plimoth Plantation Native Americans, three sisters

The Three Sisters: Corn, Squash and Beans. They are planted together and each helps the other to grow. Read more…

Best graphic novels for kids the Eisner awards

Best Graphic Novels and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

There aren’t many children’s book awards for graphic novels or comic books so I was excited to learn about The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards. It awards prizes for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the Comics Industry’s equivalent of the Oscar Awards.

The Cybils also has a graphic novel award but only in middle grade and young adult categories so it was nice to see graphic novels for young children awarded as well! There is very little overlap between the two awards: The Cybils vs the Eisner. The lone overlapping graphic novel is The Lost Boy.

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Starting Kindergarten Picture Book of the Day giveaway and other starting Kindergarten resources

Starting Kindergarten Picture Book of the Day GIVEAWAY

Do you have an incoming Kindergarten? Do you need ideas of getting your child ready for Kindergarten? I have six ideas for you!

What will you do with your son or daughter to get ready for Kindergarten? Please share!

1) Free Kindergarten Readiness Printable Book

I made this book for my son’s preschool both as a Kindergarten readiness book and as a special keepsake. I hope you have fun using it too!

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Top 10 Truck Books for toddlers and preschool

10 Great Truck Picture Books and Kid Lit Blog Hop

PickyKidPix‘s assistant soccer coach has a two-year-old son and he asked me for truck books because he is a little tired of reading Thomas the Train and Mater from Cars books. We both live in Newton, Massachusetts. One of our very favorite authors, Virginia Lee Burton, also lived here so I’ve added two of her books to this list.

What are your favorite truck books? Please share!

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14 Asian American Picture Books About Food

14 Asian American Picture Books About Food

Being Asian means that you are all about food. Did you know that the greeting in Chinese, 你吃了吗? {Ni (third tone) Chi (first tone) Le (first tone) Ma(third tone), means have you eaten yet?! The family style serving platters set the tone; meals are meant to be eaten together!

dim sum

It’s no surprise that there are quite a few Asian American children’s books centered around food. But you’ll notice that there are two themes to these books; proud to eat Asian food and embarrassed by it.

Chinese bakery

I hope this list will help kids realize that their native foods should be celebrated! What are your favorite Asian American picture books centered around food? Read more…

free i spy game from KFC

Family Game Night and a Free I Spy Game from KFC

We usually have a family dinner almost every night. Our pediatrician has told us over and over again about the importance of a daily family meal as one key way to keep your kids off drugs. It’s funny, isn’t it? It’s the little things that really matter.

free i spy game from KFC

What do you spy?

We have not, however, ever attempted a family game night. Out of my three kids, my youngest loves board games the most. He’s usually the one that makes me play games with him like Connect 4, Scrambled States (my personal favorite), checkers, Sleeping Queens, and Blockus. Read more…

Japanese picture books for kids giveaway

Japanese Heroes Picture Book of the Day and GIVEAWAY

Do all little boys go through a Ninja phase? I was waiting at PickyKidPix‘s soccer practice and I noticed another little boy, perhaps 3rd or 4th grade, amuse himself by hurling himself at his mom using a series of martial arts moves to play ninja. Unfortunately, his mom was attempting to work from her computer so he had to find another playmate.

To celebrate the ninja spirit with us all, I’ve found a collection of picture books including Japanese traditional folk tales with young heroes. To promote learning about Japan and a Japanese culture, I’m also doing a giveaway of two more books. I would have given away a single book but the number four is unlucky in Japan so I added a Japanese poetry book to bring the total book count up to five. Five is a good number, phew! Read more…

Meeting Eoin Colfer

Meet Eoin Colfer with Me (he’s hysterically funny!)

My son and I attended the Mega Awesome Book Event which starred Rick Riordan, but Eoin Colfer emerged as the star of the day. (Ridley Pearson was a rockstar too!)

Eoin Colfer and Rick Riordan

Boy is that guy funny and charming! If I could invite just one author to dinner, I would pick him. He’d have you in stitches all night! Read more…