Please welcome Maria Gianferrari today who is making lists of her favorite books in honor of her debut picture book out next week! You might recognize Maria from blog comments here; she always has the best book recommedations!
Mia kindly agreed to participate in my blog tour to celebrate the release of my debut picture book, Penny & Jelly: The School Show, illustrated by Thyra Heder, which will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers on July 7th.
In honor of my main character, Penny, who’s a list-maker, here are my Top 5 book recommendations pertaining to some of the book’s themes. Since Penny’s best friend is her canine companion, Jelly, these are some of my go-to picture books that highlight friendship. Read more…
My middle school principal is encouraging students to stay sharp in math by doing a great free summer math program through TenMarks that I wanted to share with my readers too!
Alien Writing Prompts for Kids
A reader asked me for summer writing ideas and I sent her all the links I could find. It made me think about what a challenge it is to get my own kids writing when they don’t have too so I came up with an idea of Write First Read Later: Writing Prompts for Kids. The idea is fun writing prompts and a book to go along with it either to inspire or just for comparison. This week’s Write Now Read Later is about aliens. I hope to get my son writing this summer too! Read more…
Please welcome my guest blogger Shailee Butalia of Ghotu Motu Ki Toli. Ghotu Motu is a live action series focused on Indian nursery rhymes. What a fun way to teach kids about Indian culture!
I was fortunate to have a new child within the last year. Of course, my concerns as soon I found out that I was pregnant revolved around how I would raise my baby and what I needed to do to keep her healthy and thriving. As she’s grown bigger, a new set of concerns have crossed my mind. How will I make sure that my child knows her South Asian Indian culture and her heritage when we live outside of our country of origin?
I was born and raised in the US. My parents still spoke Gujarati at home which is how I learned it. They took us to the local Indian festivals and listened to Indian music. We traveled to India at least a few times so we could see where they had grown up. Read more…
Is pizza healthy? I think that depends on what the pizza is made of and how much you eat. But for my kids, a slice pizza with a side of fruit is a healthy mini-meal after school snack they need to fuel up before heading out to a sports practice.
My kids typically come home from school ravenous which puts them in a terrible mood. They need to eat immediately and they need something hearty and healthy because they are usually gone for 3 to 4 hours for their practice. There’s also that weird time slot that one of my kids will usually get for their school lunch. An early lunch slot at 10:50 am will consistently result in a tired, hungry and cranky kid after school. Read more…
PickyKidPix just turned 13 years old and she’s quite the long-term planner. Because she intends to get a high score on the SAT test four years from now, she’s taken immediate steps to improve her vocabulary.
The first thing she did was sign up for Latin for 7th grade based on the assumption that Latin, with its roots and suffixes, will help her break down unfamiliar words.
She asked me how I scored a decent but in no way perfect score on my SAT 30+ years ago. I told her that I memorized a box of 1000 SAT vocabulary cards over one summer. It really worked for me; my SAT verbal score went up a whopping 600 points! One of my college roommates got similar results by memorizing the dictionary.
When a country is at war, it’s easy to get a distorted view of the “enemy”. The media also plays a role in showing a certain point of view meant to stir the populace into support of their government backing the war effort. But this kind of distortion trickles down to oversimplifying things to a black and white point of view. That never does justice to the true situation and is a hurdle for our kids to overcome in order to get a more balanced world view.
One way to demystify the Middle East as religious fanatics bent on destroying the free world is to let them see the many, many stories of the Arab people, both past and present. This collection of picture books about the Arab nation attempts to gather up these stories so please help me out by suggesting you favorites! If we all teach our children that Muslim families are no different from ours, this might pave the way for a generation that can find a way to figure out world peace. Thank you!
p.s. I had a lot of trouble naming this post. Mary Katherine from Wisdom Tales Press helped with some insights on the Arab World (which I had named this post incorrectly previously). I hope this helps you too.
AN INTESETING SIDE NOTE: The majority of Muslims are NOT Arabs. In fact there are 1.57 Billion Muslims in the world and Arabs are only 20 %. Most Muslims live in Asia. In fact, Indonesia is the most populated Muslim country in the world with more than 200 million, followed by Pakistan with 174,082,000 Muslims and then 3rd is India with 160,945,000 Muslims. Fourth is Bangladesh with 145,312,000 Muslims. The Arab country with the largest Muslim population is fifth and it is Egypt with 78,513,000 Muslims.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, grandfathers and godfathers out there! And especially to my husband to whom these cartoons are dedicated to that I found on Pinterest. No schmaltzy memes for him. He likes humor!
This is a print you can buy. Read more…
Can you believe it’s the 10th Anniversary of the Percy Jackson series? I’m thrilled to be part of this celebration and I’ll be posting all year and doing giveaways as part of the #ReadRiordan fan club.
CELEBRATE PERCY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY with The Lightning Thief, the book that started the internationally best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF has sold millions of copies worldwide, appears on school reading lists nationwide, and inspired a major motion picture. Accolades include:
- Included in Time Magazine’s 2014 List of 100 best Young-Adult Books of All Times
- A New York Times Notable Book of 20015
- A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
- A School Library Journal Best Book of 2005
- More than 6 year on the New York Times Best Sellers List (and counting!)