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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING THIS SUMMER!

Best Books for Kids!

It’s so great to see kids caught in the act of reading this summer and I’ve tried to identify which books they are reading because if these are books kids will actually Drop Everything And Read books. Read more…

Week 7: Rising 2nd Grade Summer Math Problems

Rising 2nd Grade Summer Math

More great picture books with math concepts.

p.s. The other weeks are here: Week 1, Week 2Week 3Week 4, Week 5, Week 6. Read more…

learning to see series, Peter Jenny

Learning to See Art Books for Your Budding Artist

Drawing Books for Kids and Adults

My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei (her latest art blog), is an artist so I asked her to review this series for me which was probably a bad move because she was slow and kept losing track of the books so this review took a very, very long time. And, after bugging her repeatedly, she crankily replied that she didn’t like this art series at all. Read more…

Please Join Me in Bounty Olympic Games Twitter Party Tonight!

Twitter Party Tonight

If you have time to join the Twitter party, there are great prizes including twenty $20 Visa cards and a really cool goody bag of stuff from Bounty! I also find these Olympic mom commercials very moving. For all the moms out there who support their children’s dreams, even if they are not of the Olympic games nature, hats off to you all! Read more…

Win Year’s Supply of Trident Gum GIVEAWAY

Trident Gum Giveaway

Trident has a new See What Unfolds  (SWU) program and they asked me if I wanted to participate. It’s pretty straightforward. They partnered with DJ Steve Aoki and Duran Duran and gave me a video of  “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Plus, they offered to give one reader a year’s supply of gum. Read more…
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Olympic Games and Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

Celebrating Olympics with Books and Games for Kids

If you are like us, the TV will be on non-stop for the Summer 2012 Olympics starting tomorrow. To make the Olympics fun for kids, why not conduct your own Olympic games for kids including the opening and closing ceremonies? Bonus points for covering the history of Olympics; with its roots in Ancient Greece, this also might spark an interest in Greek Mythology! Read more…

4th of July Celebrations in America’s Home Town

4th of July in Plymouth

What can you do in America’s home town to celebrate 4th of July? Glad you asked because there’s lots to do. My Mom Friend Alison showed us her home town, the Massachusetts Colony of Plymouth. What can do you do in two days in Plymouth? It’s hard to avoid bumping into history. We saw Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower, Jenny Grist Mill, and a Wampanoag who works at Plimouth Plantation. We entertained the kids with a fishing cruise, pool with waterside, arcade next to pool with water slide, parade that rained candy, and spectacular fireworks. 4th of July at America’s hometown was fabulous. My kids want to do this every year! Read more…

Reading Activities for Summer Learning Fun

Please welcome mom and literacy expert, Nadine Cruz-Saubert, with great reading activities ideas for summer learning.

Getting Kids Reading During the Summer

As a mother of 3 very different children, I wanted to come up with an inexpensive way extend our reading experiences this summer.  I didn’t want to just send my kids to their bedroom to read.  With the abundance of resources available on the web and the books I have collected throughout the years, I compiled a laundry list of activities we can do after reading experiences. Read more…

My 7yOld Son’s Favorite Books for Beginning Readers

Best Books for Beginning Readers

I was reading a post from Delightful Children’s Book, an excellent kids’ book blog,  when she confesses to hiding the fantasy chapter books her son prefers underneath the realistic fiction that she’d rather he read. I am the same about wanting my kids to read the carefully chosen books that I have selected for each of my kids. It’s just like the cobbler’s kids not having shoes, right? The children’s book bloggers’ kids all want to pick books on their own that are not sanctioned. Read more…