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New Chapter Books for 2nd Grade through 7th Grade

Chapter Books Hot off the Presses for Ages 7 and Up

My seven-year-old (nearly 8!) and I have been enjoying the Tales of a 6th Grade Muppet series by Kirk Scroggs.  It’s a series that is similar to the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid but with less bullying. What’s strange is that he has never seen the Muppets but he still likes the books. Read more…

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Abstract Art Project for Kids: Koi Fish

Painting Koi Fish Art Project for Kids

The Koi fish at the Grant Hyatt Resort in Kauai were so beautiful that we surreptitiously fed them as you can see in the videos. I had never seen so many Koi fish swimming together with such gorgeous colors. I was inspired to turn this into an art project after seeing Deep Space Sparkle’s gorgeous 6th grade Koi fish paintings. Read more…

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Next Big Thing: iBotta to Donate or Save

Donate to Your School or Just Save Money Shopping

I met Anthony at BlogHer12. I noticed him because he was the sole Asian American male there so I introduced myself at the breakfast buffet thinking he was an Asian American daddy blogger. In fact, he was there for iBotta and he convinced me as we sat at breakfast that it’s the Next Big Thing. Read more…

Win 6 Packs of iD Gum GIVEAWAY

Chewing Gum Giveaway

Enter to win 6 packs of iD chewing gum. It’s geared towards teens and the marketing seems to be working because my kids are pretty excited about it. We are giving away 6 packs.

To win, please enter the Rafflecopter below. Read more…

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Gift Guide: Best Active Toys

Outdoor Toy Gift Guide

I try to make sure the kids get one hour of active play a day. It’s easier now that they are playing a lot of soccer but the winter is much harder. Not so much the kids, but my husband and I — ex-Californians — had to embrace cold weather, snow and snow sports. Sledding has become a family favorite. Read more…

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Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

Halloween Picture Books and Chapter Books for Ghoulish Fun

Halloween is every child’s favorite holiday by far! The candy might last but for a few weeks, but Halloween themed books can stretch the holiday out all year! Read more…

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Fraction Fun with NerdMathMomFun

Fraction Games for Kids

Please welcome my guest author, Nerd Math Mom Fun! I met her on Twitter and I’m thrilled that she is writing on fractions. I have to confess that I made my son (2nd grade) play math apps yesterday while we were waiting at the soccer field because he had too much screen time playing games yet we had a hour to kill while his sister warmed up before her game. Read more…

Help Me Get Ready To Read

Choosing Good Books to Read Aloud to Young Children

Good Books for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Please welcome my guest author Susan from ReadAloudGuide.com.

Parents often ask us, “What are good books to read to my child?” We respond by telling them that good children’s picture books entertain, encourage discussion, spark imagination, and provide information. Good books provide both fun read-aloud experiences and learning opportunities for little ones. Read more…

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Grace Lin’s Latest Chapter Book is Her Best Ever!

Grace Lin’s Latest Chapter Book Deserves Newbery

I don’t think there was a 4th grade or 5th grade kid I knew who read Where The Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and didn’t rave about it though they were generally girls. It could be that Minli is a girl. I hope Lin’s audience broadens with her latest companion book, Starry River of the Sky. Rendi, the lead character, is a BOY! And he couldn’t be more different than Minli who is cheerful despite poverty and hardship. Read more…