Archive for January, 2011

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Getting Kids Reading

This week’s cute kids Caught in the Act …  of READING! come courtesy of There’s A Book, DesignTrackMind, My Library Tweets, and reader, Nortina.  Thank you all!  If you have a picture of your child reading and would like to send it in, please email me at pragmaticmom.com (at) gmail (dot) com.  I am posting the pics in the order that I receive them, so I will post all the pictures eventually.  And I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS need photos.  If you send them to me, this means I don’t have to stalk my neighbor’s kids for photos.  Seriously, do I do that?  Not yet, but maybe if I get desperate!  It could happen and only you can prevent it! Read more…

There's a Book, Read to Me Picture Book Challenge, Pragmatic Mom

Read to Me Picture Book Challenge

Picture Book Reading Challenge

This a great challenge by There’s a Book (a fabulous children’s book blog, by the way) that ANYONE can participate in.  You don’t have to be a blogger to join!  You can read to your child OR you can just read them yourself!  Who’s in? I am!  I am going to try to read 200 picture books and blog on them with my kids during the year. Read more…

Cows Can't Jump, Dave Reisman, boardbook for toddlers, pragmatic mom

Book Giveaway for Kids

Win Books for Kids

Congrats to Renee and Callie for winning. Renee won I See the Sun in China.  Callie won Cows Can’t Jump for her cow loving grandson.

Cows Can’t Jump by Dave Reisman, illustrated by Jason A. Maas [board book, ages 2-6] Read more…

Animation Software for Kids

Ish! Children’s Book Author Peter Reynolds Creates Animation Software

A Mom Friend sent me this from The Daily Grommet. I only knew Peter Reynolds as a picture book author and illustrator and had no idea he also developed software, but I am such a fan of his books, that I’ll follow him anywhere! Read more…

bully free zone, bullying what is it and how do you stop it, pragmatic mom

What’s Bullying and Who Resolves It?

Have We Gone Too Far with New Anti-Bullying Law?

There is a new sheriff in town in Massachusetts — ok, it’s a law not a sheriff — and it’s well intended but ineffective.  Worse, its vagaries are having unintentional consequences.  Like lawsuits from parents against schools when their kid is accused of being a bully.  I understand that no one wants bullying and its new evil cousin, cyber bullying, to run rampant in their community but this law seems like a knee jerk reaction to seem like it’s solving a problem when the “solution” is actually part of the problem.   Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

How to Raise a Reader

Happy New Year 2011!  I am resuming regular programming with my weekly Monday feature, Caught in the Act … of READING.  Many thanks to everyone who sent in photos last year of their kids caught in the act of reading and please, please, please keep them coming.  You can email them to me at pragmaticmom.com (at) gmail (dot) com.  You know to take out the () and put in the symbols, right? Read more…

They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, YALSA award, pragmatic mom

Best Young Adult (YA) Non Fiction

YALSA Award for Best YA Non Fiction

I guess I am a children’s book award junkie.  I really love all short lists for awards even more so than the actual award recipient.  There is just something so exciting about a short list; anyone can be the winner.  This genre,  young adult non fiction, is not what I am reading ahead of my eldest yet as she is just eleven, but I am excited to learn about this award and I’m pretty sure that it will fit the bill for one of my kids in the future. Read more…

Arlene on the Scene, special needs chapter book for middle grade, pragmatic mom, pragmaticmom.com, CMT Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease nerve disorder inspiring book for elementary school age children

Second Hand Saturday: FREE Book Giveaway

Win Kids Books

Congrats to Karla Duff for winning Arlene on the Scene and Kris for winning Advice My Parents Gave Me. They were selected on the basis on giving a comment on which book they wanted and why they wanted it. Read more…