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Friday Find: Pedometer to Teach Kids Math and Fitness

Getting Kids Active While Doing Math

I received this nifty gadget from Reebok to try for February Heart Awareness month. It took me more than 2 months to actually try it out because I thought it was complicated to figure out.  I am not good with the gadgets. It sat in the kitchen for a month before I realized I really need to try it out, plus I wanted to clock the number of steps I take at the off leash dog park around the reservoir. I’ve heard rumors that it’s 1.85 miles for one loop. Read more…

Salina Yoon, Kaleidoscope

New Books for Kids: Picture Book GIVEAWAY Kaleidoscope

Great Board Book with Built-In Kaleidoscope

Blissful moments, wishing hoping,

Swiftly turning, Kaleidoscoping! Read more…

Dear Flyary, alien books for boys

Best Books for Kids Who Like Aliens that Build Vocabulary!

Best Alien Books for Boys

My 7-year-old son loves alien books. While some boys are put off by the weird Alien language, he thinks it’s funny. I read Henry P. Baloney to his Kindergarten class the week he was the Star of the Week, and I noticed most of the kids did not find the book as funny as we do. Author Jon Scieszka in a sly use of foreign language onomatopoeia, uses words from almost two dozen languages that kind of sound like English words in this engaging picture book. Read more…

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4th Grade Book Club: Savvy and GIVEAWAY

Superpower Book Club for 4th Grade Girls

My mom friend Cynthia throws a very good book club for kids. All three of her kids are in a book club and hers ALWAYS have both food and a really fun activity that relate to the book. It’s not an accident, it turns out. She tells me that she researches book club activities to plan out hers. Read more…

How Rocket Learned to Read, Tad Hills, Caldecott picture books, best picture books

LIVE CHAT with Tad Hills and Learning to Read

Learning to Read with Magnetic Alphabet Game

Live Chat with Tad Hills of How Rocket Learned to Read

Tuesday, May 8th. 9 pm EST. Read more…

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Top 10: Best World Religion Children’s Books

Best World Religion Books for Kids

The very excellent and funny blogger Craftwhack (where irony meets creativity and explodes) asked me to come up with a list of religious and/or spiritual books for kids. It’s funny because I have had this list as a “draft” for over a year. I’m not sure if I am exactly qualified to post on best world religion books for kids because I rarely grace the inside of a church these days and my background in religious studies is spotty to say the least. Read more…

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

The Hardest Job in The World

Is the Best Job.

Happy Mother’s Day to All Moms Around the World! Read more…

Patrick Carman, free skype author visit, 39 clues

Seeking 3rd Grade Mystery Author for School Visit

Best Mystery Authors for 3rd Grade School Visit

I’m co-chairing my elementary’s school Creative Arts and Sciences program run by the PTO with another lovely mom of 5. We are responsible from bringing in all the wonderful supplemental programs into the school. It’s run quite efficiently; all programs have to be approved by the Director of the Creative Arts and Sciences Program (a part time paid position), and then screened by all the chairs at more than a dozen elementary schools before we can book them. Read more…

Judy Blume

Meet Judy Blume in a LiveChat!

Meet Judy Blume! Yes! It’s Really Her!

Judy Blume needs no introduction! Meet her tonight on a LiveChat at the Random House Read and Play Community at 7 pm EST. Read more…