Archive for July, 2017

My Book of Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

#BeautifulOops! Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

I’m thrilled to be doing a giveaway with Workman Publishing on an arty interactive board book journal to inspire young artists. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.

My Book of Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

A Scribble it, Smear it, Fold it, Tear it Journal for Young Artists

My Book of Beautiful Oops! is a hands-on journal that’s designed to help young hands and minds turn an “oops” into art. The friendly green alligator-familiar to readers of Beautiful Oops!-prompts the reader to imagine the possibilities of a bent page. Decorate a smudge. Play with splats and spills. Even complete a poem that was accidentally ripped in half. [interactive board book, ages 3 and up]

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Ten Picture Books That Spark Courage & 3 Book GIVEAWAY!

Ten Picture Books That Spark Courage & 3 Book GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome author and illustrator Gaia Cornwall with her list of ten picture books that spark courage. She took the jump from illustrator to author with her first picture book, Jabari Jumps, a charming story about a boy who wants to dive for the first time, but finds it a little scary.

We are giving away 3 copies of Jabari Jumps! Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. How about you? What picture books that spark courage do you recommend? Thanks for sharing!

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is ready to jump off the diving board for the first time!… Right after he does some stretches. And thinks about what kind of jump to do. Actually, everyone else can go first… With the help of his supportive dad, Jabari figures out how to deal with his fear and tackle a new challenge. [ages 2 and up]

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GIVEAWAY: 16 Interactive Books for Kids

GIVEAWAY: 16 Interactive Books for Kids

UPDATE: all the books are claimed! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ll be giving away a lot more books on my blog and on my Instagram (@PragmaticMom).

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It’s summer and I’m sensing that  you need entertainment for your little ones. These books are great for long car rides, waits at restaurants, or just to stay off screens. I’m giving away ALL of 12 these great interactive picture books to 12 winners in hopes that it will get your kids reading this summer. Because I’m giving away so many books, I’m doing the giveaway a little differently.

To win a book:

  1. Email me at pragmaticmomblog@gmail.com
  2. Include your mailing address
  3. List age range of your kids and/or first, second, and third book choice

Winners are of emails received. Each email gets one book until all the books are given away.

How is your summer going? What’s your best tip for keeping kids off screens? Thanks for sharing!

 

GIVEAWAY: 16 Interactive Books for Kids

Violet Rose and the Summer Campout by Jannie Ho

A charming activity book with more than 175 stickers to be used to decorate the press-outs. Help her set up camp, decorate sand castles at the beach, and go on a scavenger hunt. More free games and activities to print at the website too! [sticker activity book, ages 4 and up]

I’m partial to Jannie Ho books because I took a children’s writing class with her and she’s lovely!

Maisy Goes Swimming by Lucy Cousins

I can personally vouch that this is a beloved classic in our house! I must have pulled the tabs and lifted the flaps thousands of times to my kids. Our copy is in tatters but my kids are too old for Maisy now, so I am going to give it away … though there is this side of me that wants to keep it for old times sake! [interactive picture book, ages 2 and up]

Find The Dots by Andy Mansfield

For fans of Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, this is an interactive version that is kind of like that book except this book has flaps to lift, wheels to turn, tabs to pull, and amazing pop ups as well. It’s also a counting book! With puzzles. Yes, it’s a very cool, amazing book. [interactive picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Zap Zap Kindergarten Math app for learning numeracy and number recognition

Kindergarten Math Summer Learning Fun

I’m thrilled to partner with Zap Zap to announce their new Zap Zap Kindergarten Math app!Zap Zap Kindergarten Math app

It’s no secret that kids love playing games on their screens, and they will practice math facts if it’s presented in the form of a puzzle or game.

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What would you do If You Ran the Dr. Seuss Museum?

If you are the new Dr. Seuss Museum, do you acknowledge Dr. Seuss’ racist past or not? What’s the argument for either side?

Dr. Seuss: Racism Erased?

Don’t Include Dr. Seuss’ racist political cartoons or racist books:

  • The museum is about the author and not the person. Except … that the website specifically addresses Ted Geisel: The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss is a permanent, bilingual museum designed to introduce children and their families to the stories of Ted Geisel, promote joy in reading, and nurture specific literacy skills.
  • The museum only features original art by Dr. Seuss and does not own any of his political cartoons. Except … Dr. Seuss’ racist cartoons are being sold at auction and no one is buying them.
  • The museum doesn’t cover the racism because the museum is geared towards kids. Except … The Smithsonian via the National Museum of African American History and Culture engages children in reflecting on and raising their awareness of racism. They opt not to display the devastating photograph of Emmett Till’s body at his funeral in the room in which his original casket is displayed. They explained it’s because they want to present the history in an age-appropriate way for kids to be able to see and acknowledge what happened. They are engaging with critical issues of racial injustice and intentionally choose not to shield children from confronting the realities of racism in America and American history.

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My son's Korean and Japanese Sword Making

Korean and Japanese Sword Making

My son has always loved making weapons from bows and arrows made from sticks, to wooden swords that he carves and decorates himself.

He made this Samurai armor and sword upcycling sketch book covers and cardboard boxes. Duct tape was also involved. It always is involved in his projects.

Korean and Japanese Sword Making

In earlier days, he made swords using aluminum foil and duct tape for a Percy Jackson book club with his friends. Now, he needs a run to Home Depot to buy wood without a curve in it, drawing out his designs that his father cuts out for him. Read more…

Easy Ways to Stay Spiritual

Easy Ways to Stay Spiritual

Easy Ways to Stay Spiritual

Life has a way of throwing some intense obstacles your way from time to time. With personal dramas unfolding alongside larger problems that the world is experiencing, it can be important to discover a way to keep yourself afloat. Many people find that turning to a higher power, such as through religion or a spiritual group, can be helpful for discovering peace. Groups like The Way International can be wonderful places to begin this journey of faith. There are also some steps that you can begin to take on your own to live a more meaningful spiritual life.

Living a spiritual life is not always as simple as one might hope. In order for you to feel connected to a higher power, you might need to dedicate a specific amount of time from your schedule to spiritual practices. By falling into certain routines, you will discover that it is much easier for you to connect to the divine. Take a look at these easy ways to stay spiritual and see if you find the peace of mind that you need to get through the madness of life.

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit: Books in a Series

Our theme for this #DiverseKidLit is books in a series. Series books are great for hooking readers, because there’s another book after you finish the first one! Share your favorite book series featuring diverse characters. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

I have a few recommendations!

Grace Lin has three series: Ling & Ting (easy reader), Pacy Lin (chapter book), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (four book chapter books series).

Ling & Ting are charming short stories that tie up in each book. This series has won many awards including a Geisel.

The Pacy Lin series most reflects Grace Lin’s own childhood.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 4 book series

These are companion books but the most recent one is starting to tie back to her previous books. Lin weaves Chinese folk tales and mythology into her award winning series.

Rita Williams-Garcia’s trilogy is a multigenerational family story that includes Civil Rights Movement Black Panther movement as well as living in Oakland, Alabama and Brooklyn.

Joseph Bruchac’s series is a departure but it’s clear that he’s having fun writing dyspotian young adult adventures with a Native American female protagonist.

Claudia Davila’s graphic novel series covers environmental topics for young readers.

 

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

DiverseKidLit

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