Archive for June, 2011

chapter books for girls, coming of age books for girls,

Top 10: Best Summer Coming-of-Age Books for Girls (grades 4-8)

Summer Coming of Age Books for Girls

This is what I was thinking when I came up with this kooky list:

  • Summer read, preferably on the beach or on vacation.
  • Has to be a good read but not too strenuous or stressful or heavy (no Grapes of Wrath vibe!).
  • The book is about the summer and/or beach and/or beachy vacation vibe; like, hey, we are all on vacation. You in the book and me in real life.
  • A great lead GIRL character.
  • Counts towards summer homework book assignment but was thoroughly enjoyable.
  • For incoming grades 4-6.

Can you think of any more coming of age chapter book for girls set during the summer? I’d love to add your pick! Thanks!

Read more…

caught in the act of reading pragmatic mom pragmaticmom literacy getting your kids to read

Caught in the Act … of READING!

Caught in the Act of READING!

Thank you to everyone who sent me pictures. I am posting them in the order received and they are ALL wonderful. I like how this week’s group of kids look so cozy in their chairs (or yoga exercise balls). And I also love how engrossed they all are. Like they are really, really into their books. Yay! This is what I dream about! Read more…

RECALL: Cribs from Side Rail Gap

Many Cribs Recalled Due to Side Rail Gap

Today, I got notifications for many, many cribs that are under recall including Child Craft, Delta, EvenFlo, Jardine, LaJobi , Million Dollar Baby and Simmons due to entrapment, suffocation, strangulation and fall hazards. Read more…

Top 10: Kids Books for Florida Beach Vacation (ages 2-18)

Top 10: Kids Books for Florida Beach Vacation (ages 2-18)

Books for Kids for Beach Vacation

We have spent an amazing week at North Captiva Island, a barrier reef island with only golf carts as transportation.  Every day, an amazing array of birds fly by the house and dive in the water to catch fish.  We saw an Osprey land on our  roof with a flopping fish.  It eyed us for a moment before flying off to eat its prey.  Every day we see fleets of Brown Pelicans fly in military precision over the water.  When my husband released a catfish he caught on shore, as Osprey flew out of nowhere and grabbed the fish as it swam wearily away. Read more…

Highland Street Foundation Free Museum Fridays Massachusetts Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom 2011 Schedule

Free Museum Friday in Massachusetts

Free Friday Museums in Boston Area

HighlandStreet.org is again offering FREE Fridays at Boston museums. Free Fun Fridays invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday during the summer months at no cost. No registration or tickets required. Just show up and enjoy! How great is that?! Click on museum for directions. Read more…

RECALL: Baby Walkers Bad for Development

Baby Walker Recall and Not Recommended by Pediatricians

Baby walkers, in general, are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians.  To get the facts on Baby walkers, click here.  My pediatrician, a doctor affiliated with Children’s Hospital in Boston, says there are three reasons why he is against baby walkers: Read more…

best multicultural books for kids, best multicultural board books, best multicultural picture books, best multicultural chapter books, best books for kids with multicultural themes

Top 50: Best Multicultural Children’s Books

Best Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read

Every summer I stress out about what picture and chapter books to get for my kids that they will like but are also exposing them — as only books can do — to the wide world all around them both past, present and future.

This summer, we are going to take a trip around the world by reading these multicultural books.  What is great about this list is that it covers all the ages of my kids: from preschool through elementary school.

I will be sneaky and check out these books for them and leave them strewn about the house for them to examine when they are bored. I will keep you posted on what books my kids actually liked because that is a whole ‘nother list! See you at the library! Read more…