I am excited to be co-hosting a Twitter party of behalf of Wonder by R. J. Palacio! This is one of my favorite books of all time. I met author R. J. Palacio at an Understanding Our Differences event last year and truly think this is wonderful book to give any child, ages 9 and up. You can win a signed copy tonight too!
There is a special guest attending tonight … and mum’s the word who it is. I hope it is author R. J. Palacio! She is such a nice person that I’d love for you to meet her too!
To win signed copies of Wonder and twenty $20 gift card prizes, please go here to Social Moms to RSVP for the Twitter party. You must RSVP to win!
Date: Dec 12, 2013
Time: 4-5pm PST (7-8 EST)
We are giving away signed copies of Wonder as the grand prizes and twenty additional $20 gift card prizes!
- Five $20 gift cards will be randomly awarded to participants tweeting an invitation to their followers before the party using the #TheWonderOfWonder hashtag.
Tweet this: RSVP to #thewonderofwonder party, 12/12, 4-5pm PST! bit.ly/1be9GfB! Don’t miss this profile of the author: http://on.wsj.com/1eTUqWc
- Fifteen $20 gift cards will be randomly awarded to participants tweeting with the #TheWonderOfWonder hashtag during the party.
- Two grand prize winners will receive a signed copy of Wonder. They will be randomly awarded to a party participant tweeting with the #TheWonderOfWonder hashtag during the party.
(Please see pre-party official rules & Twitter party official rules)
Random drawing winners will be notified within 24 hours of the event on the @socialmoms Twitter page and via DM or @ reply on Twitter. Please make sure you are following @socialmoms so SocialMoms can contact you!
We hope you can join us as we talk about the importance of being kind to others! You’ll be entered for a chance to win prizes just by participating during the party. Also, we will have a special guest attending, so you don’t want to miss out on the fun!
Please make sure you follow @socialmoms, @pragmaticmom and @randomhousekids on Twitter before the party!
Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Books Reviews are back with another Kid Lit Giveaway Hop! This time around is our Holiday Extravaganza. I’m excited to be participating!
My giveaway is picture book The Night Before Christmas by Holly Hobby, poem by Clement C. Moore. I love the watercolor illustrations of this wonderful holiday classic.
If you are in the thick of holiday shopping and need ideas, I’m pulling up my gift guides from my archives in hopes they will be helpful to you.
Capability:Mom and I did two years of The 12 Days of Shopping which covered all our gift categories from kids making gifts to tutor gifts.
The 12 Days of Shopping
Saturday, December 1: Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.
Sunday, December 2: Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.
Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.
Tuesday, December 4: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom Read more…
A trip to the zoo is such a joyous occasion, isn’t it? Our urban zoo in Boston is a little sad, so we typically go to the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, about an hour away. It reminds me, on a smaller scale, of the great San Diego Zoo which is about 2 1/2 hours from where I grew up and is the zoo by which I measure all zoos against.
This zoo children’s book list — zoo picture book and chapter books — is inspired by the Newbery award winner, The One and Only Ivan. Is there a favorite zoo children’s book you’d like to add to the list? Please help me out and I’ll add it to the list. Thank you!
Top 10: Zoo Books for Kids
10. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead
In a perfect world, zoo animals and zoo keepers would be best friends, just like zoo keeper Amos McGee. When he gets sick and misses a day at work, the animals come by to his house to check on him and help him get better. The artwork by Erin Stead, the author’s wife, is stunning. She uses carefully rendered pencil drawings with what I think is monotype prints. The results are visually arresting. [Caldecott picture book, ages 2 and up]
K’NEX toys have worked wonderfully to keep my son off screens, if only for a short time. I found this in the living room, after hearing my son and his middle sister, PickyKidPix, playing together for a few hours. They don’t get along that well, so this K’NEX roller coaster is a miracle of collaborative play! This is what they built:
This post is sponsored by Power Wheels.
My kids have never had those large electic vehicles and they would agree emphatically that I am not an epic parent. More of a nagging, annoying kind of parent. We just don’t have the space either in our back yard to ride it nor in our garage which strongly is packed to the gills with bicycles, sleds, snow shovels and other gardening junk.
A few of their friends have these ride on epic toys. PickyKidPix spent a happy afternoon a few years ago riding her friend Caroline’s large electric jeep toy. Caroline’s parents said that the toy car actually got a lot of use though mostly from playdates.
There are downsides to large electric vehicle toys:
- takes up space to store
- not used frequently
… but here’s an unexpected upside. I think these large car toys help teach kids driving skills. A life skill that kids will need. Read more…