Good news! Oceanhouse Media is honoring the 50th anniversary of Green Eggs and Ham, the #4 best-selling children’s book of all time. For a limited time, most of the award-winning Dr. Seuss apps are 50% off. Nothing is priced over $1.99.
I suspect the real story is that suburban children from middle class backgrounds and two parent households are improving their scores but this is offset by everyone else who is doing slightly worse. Anyway, that’s just me. Here’s the link to the entire article from the Wall Street Journal.
I am excited for this event! The Boston Public Library, the oldest public library in the United States, is having a fundraising tea party and book signing with these Newbery winning authors: Neil Gaiman, Karen Hesse, Grace Lin, Jerry Spinelli. It is Sunday, Sept 26th at 2:00. Kids, grades 3-8, are invited but need to be accompanied by an adult.
I had no idea that today is Roald Dahl Day! But I found this gem online from Philip Ardagh. Click here for a link to his blog.
Usually I am one to tout the book over the movie, but in the case of How to Train Your Dragon, it was a toss up. I loved both. It’s hard to choose because both are so different and yet each are well done. The iPhone/iPad/iPod ebook app is a well done synopsis of the movie and great as a “book on tape” for reluctant readers.
The books are, themselves, what I’d call “workhorses.” They get the job done covering their said topics in rhyming text but there isn’t anything outstanding about them. They are not exceptionally funny or clever. The color book covers 4 colors. The numbers book covers 1-5, the shapes, 4 basic shapes and opposites 4 pairs.
This was our 5th vacation in the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport, Maine area and we’ve always had a wonderful time. This year, however, the kids said it was the best vacation ever. What was on the agenda: a fishing trip aboard the Allyson, surfing lessons, The Children’s Museum in Portland, and, of course, our favorite tide pool spot.
I really like the concept of MathGirl Number Garden; make iPhone/iPad/iPod math games that appeal to girls! And it is really appealing to girls with graphics and music that are very sweet. But I find it to be an incomplete math app.
Electronic organization for you and your volunteer efforts: Google Calendar, gmail, Jooners (volunteers), VolunteerSpot, TeamSnap (kids’ sports), eVites for pot lucks, Bidding for Good for online auctions.