Archive for January, 2012

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Best Chapter Books for 4th Grade by 4th Grade Girl

Best Chapter Books for 4th Grade by my 4th Grade Daughter

To get my middle daughter to write this post, I had to do two things:

1) Plug her blog called Picky Kid Pix in which she reviews the few items in her life that make her cut.

2) Just type exactly what she says.

These are her words, not mine:

I think that every chapter book is boring in the beginning. Maybe the second or third chapter is when it starts getting good. Just keep reading.

This is her advice to any kids who read these books, or any chapter book in general. Read more…

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Concussion in Winter Sports: How to Prevent and Identify

Concussion Symptoms to be Concerned About

My middle school’s school nurse just sent this out and I thought this was great information.

Here are concussion symptoms from The Mayo Clinic: Read more…

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More 2012 KidLit and YA Awards: Sibert, Stonewall, Morris and YALSA

Best Young Adult and Children’s Books of 2012

Here are the rest of the 2012 Children’s and Young Adult book awards…”The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.” Read more…

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2012 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Winners

Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Winners of 2012

Congrats to all the authors, illustrators, publishers, friends and family who helped in the creation of all these wonderful books! Which books have you and your kids read and which ones do you recommend? Please share!

p.s. I also posted on the Silbert, Morris, Stonewall and Non-Fiction YALSA here. Read more…

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Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

Books for Kids Who Hate to Read

I discovered this really excellent list of chapter books to hook reluctant readers by SchoolBusProject.com.  I love how it’s organized by topics and also that it has a range of books within each topic for different ages and abilities. Finally, I love how the books are so well chosen out with many award winning chapter books across a whole jumble of children’s book awards as well as kids books that they will truly enjoy.  Even if your child is not a reluctant reader, scan the list. There are discoveries waiting to be made here! Read more…

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A Wrinkle in Time: Can You Believe It’s Been 50 Years?!

50 Years of A Wrinkle in Time

I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time about — dating myself — 35 years ago and how much I loved this Newbery winning chapter book and this author. It was as if entire worlds opened up for me; suddenly science was something mysterious and exciting, as it should be, not something to toil over and memorize. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Chinese New Year Books for Kids

Best Chinese New Year’s Books for Kids

Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year and Tet is February 10 in 2013. It’s the Year of the Snake.

Tet, Chinese New Year, Year of the Snake

People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often. They are sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends’ life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves. Snakes are also very insightful and naturally intuitive. If anyone has a sixth sense, it’s those born in the Snake year. This is partly what makes them so mysterious.Snakes come in all varieties of colors and patterns. And maybe that’s why people born in the Snake year love to appreciate beauty. People with the Chinese zodiac snake sign are very stylish, fashionable and have exceptional taste. from Hanban

Chinese New Year is January 23 in 2012.  It’s the Year of the Dragon.   Some people say 2012 is a Black Dragon or Water Dragon year. Read more…

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Toys My Kids Played with for Years

Best Toys Worth the Money

I have always lived in small spaces with my family.  Baby 1 lived in a 550 square foot, one bedroom apartment and two parents.  Baby 2 lived in an 1100 square foot condo with baby 1 and two parents.  Now my family of 5 lives in a small house.  I still find it necessary to purge toys at least four times a year.  In fact,  as a rule, I find that for every incoming toy, there must be an outgoing one. Read more…

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Surprise Performance of Do Re Mi at Train Station

Surprise Stealth Performance of Do Re Mi

My husband sent this to me a while ago and it was truly delightful. I posted on the airport greeting and had promised then to put this video up. Enjoy 4 minutes of entertainment! Read more…