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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…

walk two moons, best classic books for kids

Top 10: Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books and Their Modern Day Equivalents

Best Old Fashioned Books for Kids

I had some old posts on old fashioned conflict free children’s books and Top 10 Classic Children’s Books Not Popular Now. During some past blog meltdowns, I just discovered that a popular post on Beloved Old Fashioned Children’s Books just disappeared from my blog. That kind of stuff happens to me all the time! Read more…

2nd grade math apps, 3rd grade math apps

Best Math Apps for Kids in 2nd and 3rd grade

Best Math Apps for 2nd and 3rd Grade

We just had parent teacher conferences a month or so ago, and now it’s time to shore up areas of weaknesses as the school year winds to a close in less than 30 school days, or so my kids eagerly tell me as they count down. My mom friend Liz had asked me for iPhone and iPad math apps for her two girls in 2nd and 3rd grade. She wants to work on math facts with her girls. Then another mom friend Julie asked for a list for her 2nd grade daughter. It seems we were all seeking fun math apps to make practicing math facts fun — addition, subtraction for sure, but a little multiplication and division as well. Read more…

Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos, Newbery Winner, 2012 Newbery Winner

Newbery Winner Dead End in Norvelt Audio book GIVEAWAY

Award Winning Books for Boys

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Read more…
new mysterious benedict society book, extraordinary education

Newest Mysterious Benedict Society Chapter Book GIVEAWAY!

Mysterious Benedict Society Books for Kids

It’s hot off the presses! The long-awaited 4th installment of The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy by Trenton Lee Stewart!! Read more…

Worst Case Scenario Adventure books

Free eBooks for Tween Boys: Worst Case Scenario Novel Adventures

Make Your Own Ending Adventure Books for Boys

I pretty much love everything about this book concept:

  • It’s based on the very popular Worst Case Scenario books.
  • The cast of characters is multi-ethnic, boys and girls, and truly interesting.
  • The illustrator, Yancey Labat, used to draw for Marvel Comics.
  • It’s a novel, a graphic novel, and an If/Then game all in one. Read more…
Stroller Strides

5 Tips for Exercising After Giving Birth

Getting Back in Shape After Giving Birth

Please welcome my guest author Katie Moore, of Moore From Katie. I have a vague recollection of post-pregnancy fitness. It was limited to walking around Boston with my baby in Baby Bjorn or in a stroller. When we moved up to a double stroller, the workouts from pushing two kids around intensified. Read more…
2108 Eyes Open, K L Glanville, sci fi tween, new zealand fiction

Maximum Ride + Hunger Games = 2108: Eyes Open by K L Glanville

Science Fiction Thriller for Teens

It’s the year 2108. I just turned 16. That means I can access the autopilot on my Aerokopa. So now, I can both fly and scope the Dat-X at the same time. But what good is that when I don’t even have a date to my best friend’s party of the century? Okay, well, one of the Holdouts offered to go with me . . . but there’s NO WAY I’m going with one of them! And then there are the Trollers docked at the quay. They’re most likely spies working with the Aliens, bringing nothing but trouble. But with this visit, they may even bring war. It would be treason to talk to them, let alone . . . befriend one. But what’s a curious girl to do? Did I tell you I have a propensity for trouble? Read more…