Archive for October, 2010

Half of ADHD Boys and Girls Have Reading Disability

Reading Disability Risk High in Girls With ADHD

The study, which looked at more than 5,000 Minnesota youth, found that children with ADHD have dramatically higher rates of reading disabilities than youth without the disorder. The incidence of reading disabilities among boys with ADHD was 51 percent, and among girls it was 46.7 percent. For boys without ADHD, the reading disability rate among the study participants was 14.5 percent; among girls it was 7.7 percent.

This is from Christina Samuels of EducationWeek: Reading Disability Risk In Girls With ADHD

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Top 10: Best Native American Picture Books

Debbie Reese, Pre-Eminent Scholar, Picks Best Native American Picture Books

I am so excited to find these books lists by pre-eminent Native American Children’s Literature scholar, Debbie Reese.  This is the first list for picture books and I will add the ones for Middle School and High School soon.  She has a wonderful website, American Indians in Children’s Literature.  Her bio: Read more…

Girl Bullying On the Rise? Hannah Montana to Blame

Why is Girl Bullying on the Rise?

Girl bullying is every parents’ worst nightmare.  Parents of tormented girls have it the worst, but parents of bullies must be equally uncomfortable, I would imagine, once they figure out that their little girl is needlessly cruel.  Even parents of the passive girls — the vast majority — who stand around witnessing bullying but helpless to intervene feel frustration as the tales of bullying pour forth.  At least that is what it seems like to me. Read more…

Outstanding Children’s Literature like the Newbery!

Best Books for Kids: Carnegie Medal Winners

I had to look up the Carnegie Medal in Literature Award in Wikipedia.  It’s another version of the Newbery with an accompanying award, the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration, aping the Caldecott.  It’s all good to me but surprisingly, there is not a ton of overlap between the Newbery /Carnegie or the Caldecott/Kate Greenaway.  There are plenty of great books out there that deserve awards so please check out this list if you are searching for more great books! Read more…

Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children?!

Are Picture Books Still Popular?

Is this a sign of the recessionary times or a shift in reading?  I hope it’s just the recession because I LOVE picture books and this article from Julie Bosman at The New York Times just makes me and my Dad Friend sad!

I will do my part.  I just bought Jon Scieszka‘s Math Curse.  Now I think I will buy Robot Zot next.  Even if you are not buying picture books, please read them to your children!  Get them from the school library, the public library, a yard sale, or do book trades with mom friends.  Picture books are for any age; they are a complete story with a beginning, middle and end.  The illustrations help to tell the story.  Picture books often have rich and vivid language making it a more interesting experience than some repetitive, mindless, easy chapter books (Rainbow Fairies come to mind here but you fill in the blank with your pet peeve series). Read more…

2011 Newbery Potential Winners from Ex-Newbery Judge, Amanda Stuckmeyer

Predicting Newbery Winners 2011

I am excited about the upcoming Newbery Awards!  Amanda Struckmeyer served on the Newbery Committee that selected Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and her list, I believe, is dead on.  Here’s a link to the post that has her Mock Newbery event.  But more importantly, here’s her list!  Maybe your children will have fun reading these books trying to predict the outcome of this year’s Newbery Award?  If that is not a reasonable option, then just enjoy some newly published quality books.  Check with your library also to see if they are available yet.  If you only want one book suggestion, pundits from KidLitCon 2010 have whispered in my ear about how excellent The Keeper by Kathi Appelt is.  I wonder if Vegas lets you bet on this? Read more…

Finds in Newtonville, MA

Down Under Yoga FREE Day and Hip Stitch FREE Beading Class

UPDATE: My friend Bea Abascal no longer teaches at Down Under Yoga and I was not happy with the way this was handled so I am no longer going there. However, Coeli Marsh, who used to teach at Inner Strength Yoga in Watertown, now teaches at Down Under Yoga. She is terrific and I ‘m a huge fan but for loyalty reasons, I am not going to be attending Coeli’s classes at Down Under. HOWEVER, if you are trying to locate her (big blowout at Inner Strength, and who knew that yoga studios were so fraught with office politics?!!), you can find her here on Saturdays and Thursdays, I believe, but check the schedule. Read more…

Social Media Starts Early

92% of Children Under 2 Have Social Media Presence

I troll through lots of social media blogs and newsletters to learn more about blogging, and this article caught my eye: What You Need to Learn About Social Media from Your 2-Year-Old by Matt Carmichael from AdAge.  The AVG study is here. Read more…

Asian Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Alvin Ho

More Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What happens when you cross a crazy popular early chapter book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with an Asian kid?  You get Alvin Ho, who is hilarious and allergic to just about everything in the world, or so he thinks, including:

  • camping
  • hiking
  • natural disasters
  • girls
  • school
  • birthday parties
  • science projects
  • man-made catastrophes
  • other scary things Read more…