Archive for May, 2012

Smile, Raina Telgemeier, graphic novel for girls

4th Grade Book Club: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novels for Girls

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap. Read more…

One for the Murphys

YA So Good You’ll Cry: One for the Murphys. GIVEAWAY

Best Chapter Books That Make You Cry

There are only a few books that I read and reread knowing that I’ll sob like a baby. Ever After Ever by Jordan Sonnenblick is one of them. Read more…

Ok for Now, Okay for Now

Best Books for Kids By Kids: The Children’s Choice Book Awards

Best Books For Kids Selected by Kids

The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. Did you vote for them? Are you curious about last year’s winners? I also have the Top 100 Kids’ Favorite Books which might make a great summer reading list to choose from. Read more…

A Ball for Daisy, Chris Raschka, Caldecott

Top 10: Wordless Picture Books

Best Children’s Picture Books Without Words

It seems only fitting that a wordless picture book get the briefest of introductions. I didn’t really “get” wordless picture books when my kids were very young and learning to read. I thought that words WERE necessary to tell a story. And that the point of words in a picture book is to teach kids to read.  But now I am among the converted. Wordless picture books teach kids to use their imaginations. Read more…

gecko, chameleon, gecko chameleon

Gecko Chameleon? Can You Spot It?

Gecko Chameleon Anole?

We found this Gecko in Bermuda that I thought could change its colors like a Chameleon. I call it a Gecko Chameleon but then I actually did a little research and its real name is a Bermuda Anole or Antiguan Anole. Read more…

best books that deal with bullies, best books for kids that deal with bullying

Top 10: Best Picture and Chapter Books That Deal with Bullies

Books for Kids About Bullying

I have a very Politically Incorrect story to confess (my favorite kind!). My youngest is a boy and very small for his age. When he was in preschool — a wonderful preschool with an equally wonderful teacher and assistant teacher — another little boy his size bullied him by whacking him on several occasions with a block that is basically a 2 x 4 chunk of wood. I witnessed this during the wait time before the drop off. Read more…

sign language

Sign Language for Kids

Teaching Kids Sign Language

PickyKidPix has been learning sign language in class because there is a child who is hard of hearing. He’s been her classmate for three years now and it’s amazing to me how much sign language she’s picked up from just first grade, 2nd and 3rd grade. I asked her if she uses it and she says that she will sign with that boy even though his also has Cochlear implants. Sometimes signing is just less disruptive. Read more…

The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Math Fun for Kids: Math in Spirals

Books for Kids about Math of Spirals

It started with my son’s favorite picture book, Math Curse, where I could not get this pattern of numbers:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5 …

And who was this Fibonacci character anyway? I had a feeling that the name was not a random choice. Read more…

Dear Flyary

New Picture Book Reviews by My First Grade Son

New Picture Books for 1st Grade

A page from Dear Flyary, my son’s favorite new picture book!

My 7-year-0ld son in first grade reviews a large stack of newly published books. He ranks them by preference. #10 is his favorite and it’s not surprising to me that it’s Dear Flyary, a picture book for kids about a cute alien with a new vehicle. Read more…