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The Backside of the Blog: How Not to Blow Up Your Blog

How Not to Blow Up Your Blog

If Your Blog Doesn’t Blow Up Every Six Months … well, you are not really trying, or that seems to be the case for me. Let’s see, let me count the ways. And please note that these issues are specific to a self-hosted WordPress blog. You won’t be able to download plugins in free WordPress.com blogs which is good and bad as we shall see … Read more…

All of a Kind Family

Reader Challenge: Happy Chapter Books for Little Girls

Happy Chapter Books for Young Girls

This reader challenge makes me so happy. It’s a father trying to find happy chapter books for his young daughters. He likes the idea of chapter books from a cost per page perspective and he intends to read them aloud to his girls. What’s not to love about that? Read more…

Our House is Round

Happy Earth Day! Non-Fiction Books for Kids

Earth Day Books for Kids

In honor of Earth Day and early birds getting worms, I am giving away these fine, newly published non fiction books for kids to the first 5 people who leave a comment. To win, just leave a comment with the book you want to win. I have also been collecting ideas for Earth Day on Pinterest. Read more…

Sneak Chef cookbook

Friday Find: The Sneaky Chef Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

Cookbook for Busy Moms

I’m excited to offer a SIGNED cookbook from Missy Chase Lapine, the famed Sneaky Chef! Please leave a comment to win! Can you please share one tip for sneaking good food into your child? Read more…

girls and math

Girls and Math: Busting the Myth (from Mind/Shift)

Girls Are Bad at Math Myth

I thought this was an important article on girls and math from Mind/Shift:

Do girls need special attention when it comes to science, math, and technology topics? In response to last week’s article about Techbridge, the after-school science program specifically geared to girls, some readers strongly refuted the notion that girls need the extra nudge. Read more…

4th Grade Science Study Guides: Weather, Rocks & Minerals, Moon Phases

4th Grade Science Study Guides

I have a beef with elementary school Common Core science. THIS IS NOT SCIENCE. This is memorization. Science is supposed to be about asking questions, testing, and forming conclusions. That is the way science works in the real world. Read more…

osprey, florida, north captiva

Osprey Migration Books for Kids

Osprey Migration in Children’s Books

It all started when I saw the Osprey that Doodles and Jots photographed near her home in Cape Cod. Several weeks prior (5 to be exact), I spotted an Osprey in North Captiva, Florida. Could it be the same Osprey? Probably not, but it was fun to speculate. Read more…

Inside Out and Back Again,

Reader Challenge: Poetry for 5th Grade Girls’ Bookclub

Poetry for 5th Grade Book Club

I love getting book requests from readers. This one came in recently:

Hi There –
I read your blog, especially for inspiration when organizing my daughter’s book club meetings (I’m the host for seven 5th grade girls each month).

I was wondering if you ever discuss or read poetry with your kids and, if so, if you have any recommendations for me. I’d like to focus on poetry for our next book club meeting but am not sure how to go about doing it – whether we should read/discuss a few poems together? or if each girl should bring a poem to share? Read more…

Double Dog Dare, Lisa Graff

Double Dog Dare GIVEAWAY and CONTEST!

I Double Dog Dare You

My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, thinks that this middle grade chapter book, Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff, is FUNNY! Read more…