Archive for May, 2011

Top 10: Best Magic School Bus Books (Grades 1-4)

Best Magic School Bus Non-Fiction Science Books for Kids

The Magic School Bus series both books and DVDs are really wonderful and accurate introductions to science.  I loaded up on them when my oldest was young, and we watched the DVDs all the time … if we are going to watch TV, at least it’s educational!  But, with my third, I seriously think that he has not watched a single show of this excellent series.  My kids say that at school when they have more indoor time than scheduled (absent music, art of PE teacher so the sub can’t really fill in), they watch a DVD and very often, it’s The Magic School Bus series. Read more…

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Why Boys Need Parents…or Boys Will Be Boys!

Crazy Things Boys Do That Are Funny!

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Top 10: Best Klutz Activity Books for Boys

Best Klutz Books for Boys

The folks at Klutz were kind enough to send me a box of books when I mentioned that I wanted to do a post on Klutz books for boys. My girls LOVE Klutz and I never noticed as many Klutz titles for boys. A box arrived about two weeks ago, and my living room looked like a bomb went off. We kept this room in “experiment” mode while the kids went crazy testing all the books. It turns out that DADS also like some of these books! Read more…

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“Book on Tape” Audio Books for Kids App

Books on Tape Audio Book App: Great for Reluctant Readers!

I can’t exactly remember how I discovered AudioBooks for Kids but I think they sent me an email a long, long time ago and now I am finally posting! Read more…
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Top 10: Korean American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Korean American Books for Kids

My husband is Korean and I joke that the Koreans are nicknamed “The Irish of Asia.”   Like the Irish, they have a strong culture despite a long history of invasion and occupation.  Like the Irish, they have a penchant for drinking and fighting.  And like the Irish, there is a vein of melancholy than runs through their DNA.   Or at least, this is my take on it. Read more…

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Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Japanese American Books for Kids

The story of Japanese immigration is also true for my own family history.  Changes in Japan during the Meiji Restoration from 1868 to 1912 wrought great changes in Japan as the country tried to modernize.  The old feudal system of titled landowners was abruptly stripped away, and the daimyo domains of titled landowners were turned into prefectures.   For those families including my own, they were forced to buy back their own lands as some of their lost lands included sacred family burial grounds.  To earn the money, large numbers of Japanese men found work in Hawaii in the pineapple and sugar cane plantations and from there, migrated to the mainland. Read more…

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Exploring Laos with Books for Kids, Culture and Art

Kids Explore Laos Through Books, Culture and Art

I received an offer via email to review this book and I was eager to cover Laos for my Teach Me Tuesday feature (which I am now doing every other week in an attempt to keep my posts to 3x a week and thus preserve my sanity since I am also launching a second blog, JadeLuckClub: Celebrating Asian American Creativity! which requires 3x a week posts as well). I asked her if she knew of any chapter book set in Laos or covering Laos or the Vietnam War. She didn’t know of any. I searched online but came up dry. Maybe you know of a middle grade chapter book set Laos? Can you please leave me a comment with your suggestions? Thank you. Read more…

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Kids’ Favorite Books: Children’s Choice Book Awards

Kids Give Book Award to Their Favorite Books

The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national children’s book awards program where winning titles are selected by young readers of all ages. The good news here is that there is a very high probability that your child will like these books too! The children (and teens) have spoken! These are their favorite books for 2011! Read more…

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Effective Study Habits: Modesty is More Effective!

How to Study Effectively

An article in Education Week cites new research on study skills from Williams College. The bottom line is, when students have to work harder to remember material, they are able to retrieve it more effectively. Read more…