Archive for July, 2011

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Best Translated Books for Kids

Marsh Award 2011 Winners for Children’s Books in Translation

When I ask if anyone has ever heard of the Marsh Awards, I want to say first that I have not heard of it so I looked it up:

The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation is a literary prize awarded in the United Kingdom since 1996 to the translator of an outstanding work of fiction for young readers translated into English. Read more…

Top 10: Best Children’s Books about Best Friend Issues (ages 2-16)

Best Books For Girls on Complicated Best Friendships

Why are best friendships between girls so complicated?  Can best friendships morph and survive as one grows up or do best friendships that have begun at a young age get stuck in a pattern of behavior that keeps the relationship in a dysfunctional time warp?  I wish that I knew the answer to that.  I have polled my mom friends and some have best friendships that have lasted a few decades.  Others, myself included, not so much.  One lovely mom friend who is incredible on every front (gorgeous!  funny!  nice!  intelligent!) said that she never had a best friend growing up, only a circle of very, very good friends (just like what men do!).  It blew my mind that this was a girl option!  But it makes so much sense to not have all your eggs in one basket.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now… Read more…

Children’s Advil NOT Part of Recall & Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

Children’s Advil Not Under Recall

The people at Pfizer emailed me to let me know that Children’s Advil and Infant Advil were never part of the recent spate of recalls. Read more…

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Zumba with Alexa or How to Get Gwyneth’s Bod

Best Zumba in Boston

Here’s a note from Alexa on pricing: Read more…

Top 10: Classic Children’s Books Not Beloved Now (ages 3-14)

 Classic Children’s Books No Longer Popular

I did a post a few days ago on Top 10:  Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books based on the books that I loved as a child and now my kids do too.  This is the ugly stepsister version. Read more…

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How To: Get an Athletic Scholarship

Advice from Boston College Coach on How to Get an Athletic Scholarship

Even if your child does not appear to be the next Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm or other athletic superstar doesn’t mean that athletic ability won’t have any bearing during the college admission process.  If you can follow these tips and tricks and particularly the dos and don’ts, you will be ahead of the game!  As the parent, you will have a backseat, no doubt, during this arduous process of getting your child into his or her dream school, but knowledge is everything.  My mom friend neighbor, who is a Varsity Coach with 14 scholarships, advised me that s/he who prepares early for this process can change the admissions outcome.  It’s a game like any other.  So read on.  This a game changer! Read more…

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Young Adult Genre Too Violent and Depraved?

Attack on Young Adult Books Justified?

First, the perfect YA (Young Adult) book:

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell [chapter book, for ages 11-18]

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Japan: Books for Kids on Shogun, Family Crests, Block Prints

Japan: Children’s Books, Culture, and Art of Shogun Period

I have been thinking of doing a Teach Me Tuesday on Japan for a long time and now, with Japan in the news, I am a little tongue-tied. My mother’s side of the family is from Hiroshima and though we have a cousin who now lives in Tokyo, all are safe and sound. So this post is for everyone who has ties to Japan, either though family or emotionally (and that is probably most of the world as we look on with empathy and try to help). Read more…

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Happy 4th of July: Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading

Thank you, as always, for the adorable pictures of kids so very happily reading! I hope they inspire your kids to take a wacky picture … in an unusual place, with a pet, sitting on a special chair, or cuddled up with someone. I hope that summer means that you can slow down. I know I need to slow down … and take some time to turn pages more slowly, whether it is on a eReader or an old-fashioned book! Read more…