Archive for November, 2011

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Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids with Dragons

The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, best kidlit, children's literature

Lifetime Achievement Award for Children’s Book Authors

Best Children’s Book Authors Ever!

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Read more…

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Action Adventure Books for 13-Year-Old Boy

Best Action Adventure Books for Teen Boys

I love getting requests for book recommendations. Katie had tweeted a request for books for her godson, a 13 year old avid reader. I had sent a few along, but, of course, if I had more information on what he liked, the list would be better. So I emailed her, and she replied: Read more…

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Meteor!: Science Of, Finding and Buying A Meteorite

Science Picture Book with Meteor Activity

I found this book a while ago in the discounted book room of my favorite book store. I will pretty much buy any picture book by Patricia Polacco. Her advanced picture books are based on her life and the people that she knows. I knew that, but for some reason I thought this book was set back in time — say around the 1800s — where a village spotted a meteor! Suffice it to say that I should not judge a picture book by its cover. Read more…

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Healthy Food Plan for Children from Pediatricians (mine!)

Healthy Meal Ideas for Families

A Plan for Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Weight-Control in Children From My Pediatrician Read more…

Easy Dinners for Busy Families

Easy, Fast, Healthy Dinner Ideas

I confess to reading cookbooks like some people read good novels.  I like simple home cooking from different countries; as long as it has a lot of flavor, it will be a hit in my family.  Recently I tracked the career goals my children mentioned over the past year.  Two of them mentioned chef and the other, my little gourmand, said she wanted to be a food critic.  You can bet it’s difficult to cook a meal that pleases everyone!  Read more…

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Happy Thanksgiving with a Picture Book and Craft

Thanksgiving Picture Book and Craft

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! And my very favorite Thanksgiving Picture Book … Read more…

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1st Grade Books for Boys from the Book Fair

Book Fair Books for 1st Grade Boys

The annual school book fair at my kids’ elementary school is a much-anticipated and beloved fund-raiser. Parents and kids can buy books their teachers have selected as a gift and each class gets to visit the book fair, either just to browse or to buy. The book fair is a two-day event, opening before school begins and hosting a pizza night as well. This year, the pizza night suffered from a power outage, which is retrospect, could have been prevention work since power was fine during the recent snow storm. Read more…

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Africa: Bamileke, fashion, chocolates for Darfur, and more

Africa: Books for Kids, Culture, Interior Design and More

This week, we are exploring Africa.  Why?  A million years ago b.c. (before children), I designed and manufactured women’s golf apparel using natural fibers and geared to fashion forward twenty-, thirty- and forty-somethings.  The first collection used gorgeous fabrics from West Africa. I jogged this memory last week while reading picture books at my elementary school’s library to kill twenty minutes waiting for my parent/teacher conference.  I found two great picture books below but wanted a chapter book to figure out my post.  So the deal was sealed last night while editing my old posts.  I came across the Africana Awards and it had the chapter book I needed to round out my book list.  So, Africa it is!  Onward! Read more…