Archive for April, 2014

We Need Diverse Books

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and Joseph Bruchac YA GIVEAWAY

Have you been following the brouhaha on Twitter: #WeNeedDiverseBooks ?

This is what went down:

“Last week, BookCon announced their event’s lineup of blockbuster kid lit panelists. Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Rick Riordan, and Lemony Snicket, four white men, will be starring as luminaries in the field for this event.

Even the invited panelists have begun raising important questions, as Rick Riordan tweeted the following:

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2014 Boston Marathon Man

Boston Marathon View From My House

This is the last year we’ll be able to watch the Boston Marathon from our living room window because we are moving nearby but no longer on the route. I am happy that we were able to watch this special year, reeling from the bombings that affected everyone by two degrees of separation. It was especially weird for me because my office is at the finish line.

My kids spent the day on one side the street due to increased security wandering up and down a small stretch with their friends from our house to the marathon and back. The weather was perfect for the runners and many of our friends and neighbors were running for charities. My son’s soccer teammate’s dad ran for a particularly poignant cause. He was the soccer coach for 8-year-old Martin Richard who died last year from the bomb.

Over 100,000 daffodils bulbs were planted along the Marathon route to commemorate the victims of the bombings and more than 36,000 runners signed up.

daffodils for Boston Marathon mile 18
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free books through scholastic

FREE Books from Scholastic through EVEREADY® Gold®

Now that it’s spring and we can finally get outside here in Boston, it’s a great time to explore. My kids have this aversion to insects — I’m not sure why, but they are terrified by spiders in particular — so some outside insect exploration would be a good thing. I like to use books to both entertain and to teach and I wanted to introduce this wonderful program where you can get a FREE Scholastic book with a purchase of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries.

The book options include Fly Guy, The Magic School Bus and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Let’s explore how to use these books for some outside fun (and insect aversion therapy for my kids!). Read more…

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Why Social Emotional Skills Rule the World! My College Roommate Will Fix Obamacare

Sylvia Mathews BurwellI am so proud of my freshman college roommate, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. She will be the next Health Secretary  on Obama’s Cabinet.

“President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next health secretary, the Cabinet official who’s ultimately responsible for overseeing Obamacare. During the ceremony, Obama touted Burwell skills as someone who can handle tough challenges.

‘Sylvia is a proven manager, and she knows how to deliver results,” he said. “And she’ll need to be a proven manager because these are tough tasks, big challenges.’

She also has a history in Washington circles that extends beyond her current position.” From CNN Read more…

10 Books to Help Kids Become More Responsible

10 Books to Help Kids Become More Responsible

Mamoo Kids asked me for a list of books to help kids become more independent. That got me thinking … can books for kids teach kids about responsibility? Why not? It will help start the discussion and that might lead to better remembering which might lead to being more responsible!

Mamoo Kids ‏@mamookids

@pragmaticmom great site! love your recommendations. do you have suggestions for books on helping kids become more independent? responsible?

 

re·spon·si·ble
riˈspänsəbəl/
adjective
  1. having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one’s job or role.

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World Book Night book list for kids and teens

World Book Night Books for Kids and Teens

Today is World Book Night and the purpose is to spread the love of reading from person to person.

World Book Night

World Book Night has assembled a book list for 2014 and I’ve hightlighted the books for kids and teens.

World Book Night

I hope you get a chance to spread the love of reading tonight by reading together or gifting a book!

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Meeting Ridley Pearson and Rick Riordan, Kingdom Keepers

Meeting Ridley Pearson and Rick Riordan

My son and I have been really excited to meet Rick Riordan now that he moved to Boston. Our first opportunity was at the MegaAwesome Author Event one town over. Rick was speaking along with three other authors: Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers, Peter and the Star Catchers), Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), and Jonathan Stroud (Bartimaeus).

Rick Riordan and Mega Awesome book event

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5 Thoughtful and Creative Baby Shower Gifts to Show You Care

Baby shower gifts can really put the pressure on. You want to get your friend or family member just the right thing, but you’re not sure what’s going to do justice for the occasion. With that in mind, many people turn to creative, do-it-yourself inspired gifts if they’re too late to snag something useful from the registry. These gifts are all great ideas, and vary between the practical to the decorative. When you’re pressed for time and need to get something for a baby shower now, you can turn to these. Read more…