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What Would You #WishForOthers?

What would you wish for this holiday season? After spending the weekend with Valarie Budayr of Jump into a Book and the wonderful staff at Wisdom Tales Press at the National Social Studies Council conference (NSSC) in Boston this past weekend, we would wish for all kids to be able to see themselves in children’s and young adult books.


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With Valarie Budayr, author Alexis York Lombard and the wonderful staff at Wisdom Tales Press. Read more…

Great New Picture Book Finds and GIVEAWAY!

Great New Picture Book Finds and GIVEAWAY!

Today is my turn for Picture Book of the Day and I had a hard time choosing because I’ve been reading and hoarding a small pile of really great picture books.

In the end, I went with my Caldecott contenter picture book,  Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by two Caldecott honored authors, Mac Barnett  and Jon Klassen. They both won a Caldecott honor for Extra Yarn last year when Jon Klassen also won the Caldecott medal for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott honor for I Want My Hat Back.

Will this winning duo pull it off again this upcoming Caldecott?!! My money is on them!

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Caldecott, Picture Book of the Day

Have you read any great new picture books lately? Please share! Read more…

Great Biographies for Kids and Kid Lit Blog Hop

Great Biographies for Kids and Kid Lit Blog Hop

I loved biographies as a child. When I was in 4th grade, I polished off the entire section of biographies book by book, just going alphabetically down the line. It was an amazing way to meet a lot of interesting people and it probably plants a sublinminal message of “be awesome” like these people. Make your mark on history.

This is a pile of newly published biographies that found their way to my doorstep. I had the great pleasure of meeting Anita Silvey at a book event and am thrilled that she has a book out (it’s wonderful!).

I hope you enjoy this pile too! What great biographies for kids have you read lately? Please share! Read more…

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Calling All Bloggers; Calling All Authors

Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

 

The prep of the upcoming (1/27/15) Multicultural Children’s Book day is humming right along! In case you’ve missed all the details,  I am teaming up once again with Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book to bring awareness and shine the spotlight on all of the amazing multicultural children’s books that are available to readers, parents, teachers and libraries.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and I are on a mission to change that; it’s a mission to raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, and to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. This event also provides an excellent way for us to compile a list of book titles and blog reviews for everyone to use to expand their bookshelves.
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Massachusetts Book Award Part II, Kid Lit Blog Hop

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Part II and Kid Lit Blog Hop

This is part II of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list from last year. Part I is here and covers 3rd and 4th grade books for kids. The grade levels suggestions are from either School Library Journal or Booklist. This year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list is here.

What books for 5th or 6th grade are you and your child enjoying?

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26 perfect read aloud picture books for kindergarten

26 Perfect Read Alouds for Kindergarten

I was extremely fortunate to have the most amazing kindergarten teacher three times for each of my children. It’s a hat trick that other moms would oooh in admiration.

“How did you pull that off?” they would ask.

I will only divulge that it does pay dividends to help out in the classroom.

Our kindergarten teacher’s bookshelves were busting at the seams with piles and piles of every great picture book one could imagine. She started the year off with starting kindergarten picture books that included diversity picks. She also included a weekly picture book that had SAT type of vocabulary words embedded in the story. She would read the story and the kids would guess the meaning of the words based on text. There was a special chart with the highlighted words for each book that she kept up in the classroom. Read more…

Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor: Andy Smithson Book 3 by L. R. W. Lee

Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor GIVEAWAY

Andy, now twelve, discovers more than he bargained for when his parents reveal his mom’s past and he realizes she will die when he breaks the curse unless he intervenes.

Andy returns to Oomaldee to find its citizens on edge after many have been turned into vulture-people. Against this background, Andy and his company embark upon the next quest, to retrieve the horn of a unicorn. But not long into it, a seductive voice calls to Andy, tempting him to surrender the next ingredient in exchange for a promise to preserve his mom. Will he be able to stop the transformation of Oomaldee’s citizens? Will he jeopardize his ability to end the curse to save Mom? Read more…

diwali picture book of the day with hannukah picture book of the day

Diwali and Hannukah Picture Book of the Day

My friend Isra who blogs at The Frugalette told me a few years ago how few Diwali books there are, so when The Diwali Gift floated across my email, I thought it would be nice to learn more about this Hindu holiday. My only impression of Diwali was that it was a festival of lights and that it involved feasting. There is much more to it I learned! Read more…

Massachusetts Book Awards for children's books and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

Massachussets Children’s Book Award Part I and Kid Lit Blog Hop

The fifth graders at our elementary school are challenged every year to read all the books listed on the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. I really love this book list because it has a variety of newly published and slightly older books such that you can actually find the books on the library bookshelves. Our school librarian also makes a point of making a special display and buying multiple copies of these books.

I’ve also discovered gems on the list from years past. The list doesn’t necessarily feature Massachusetts’ children’s authors but it was how I found Mitali Perkins’ Rickshaw Girl eight years ago!

Does your state have a book award too? How does it work?

 

Third Grade and Low Fourth Grade Books

This is the first part of the Massachusetts Book Awards which I’ve divided by suggested grade level. Part I covers Third Grade, Low Fourth Grade and Fourth Grade Books. At the next Kid Lit Blog Hop in two weeks, I’ll cover Part II which covers Fifth and Sixth Grade.

We the Children (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School) by Andrew Clements

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin

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