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Free eBooks for Read Across America Day

Free eBooks for Kids

Sylvan Dell Publishing will be participating in Read Across America Day by offering all of its award-winning eBooks FREE to read at www.sylvandellpublishing.com on March 2.

Participants will have access to Sylvan Dell’s full eBook Site License including eBooks with auto-flip, auto-read, and selectable English and Spanish text and audio. Read more…

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Exploring Vietnam: Culture and KidLit

Vietnam: Crafts and Books for Kids

I’ve never been to Vietnam but it’s at the top of my list of places that I want to visit, particularly for the food which we eat at least once a week so it was a easy choice to armchair travel.  I grew up 15 minutes from Little Saigon in The O.C.  and I am a big fan of Vietnamese food.  It’s my favorite Asian cuisine.   Read more…

Top 10: Best Coping with Loss of Pets Books for Kids, death of pets books for kids

Top 10: Best Coping with Loss of Pets Books for Kids

Books for Kids Grieving for Pet

It is never easy when a pet dies whether it’s expected or unexpected, particularly for children. My Mom Friend at Yoga asked for picture book recommendations when her son’s hamster died. She knew this would be hard on her son and my other Mom Friend recommended they read the Rainbow book out loud during the burial in the backyard.

Luckily the ground wasn’t frozen over because the weather was still quite cold. The Mom reported back that the burial went well and that reading the book helped make the ceremony special and personal. I think they referred to The Legend of the Rainbow Bridge but there actually two picture books on the same topic with  very similar names. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Books by My Son in 1st Grade

Best Books for 1st Grade

I have read my share of mind numbing Rainbow Fairy easy chapter book series. Those chapter books were beloved by my two older daughters but the plot was so predictable and the vocabulary was repetitive that it put me a little over the edge after I was forced to read more than two dozen of them out loud. Still, I was happy to buy them for my girls to encourage them to read. Read more…

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A Story With Recipes: The Perfect Moms’ Book Club!

Book Club for Moms

I just found the perfect cookbook to Julia’s Child, should you wish to make your own baby and toddler food and want more recipes. The Wholesome Baby Food Guide by Maggie Meade Read more…

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Gift Guide: Toys that Motivate Kids to Read

Toys That Make Reading Fun!

I wanted to find gifts that make reading fun. My kids get assigned reading time each night for homework and, at time, the length of time required seems onerous. I think it’s more important for reading to be enjoyable than to log a certain amount of time. Read more…

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Update on Boys Book Club: What Worked and Didn’t Work

Code Breaking Book Club for Boys

I have to say that I am generally nervous each time I host a kids’ book club, more so than when I host a party. I don’t know but I think that I want so very much for the kids to love reading and for their book club to be their very favorite activity in the whole world! So, the pressure was on. I posted on preparing for the book club so if you are interested in duplicating it, please see that post. Read more…

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10 Ways Sports Teach Math

Using Sports to Teach Math

Thank you to Babysitters.net for guest posting. Combining math with sports? Yes! It’s a great way to make math relevant to kids! Read more…

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Middle Children MOST Successful! Personality and Birth Order

Personality and Birth Order: the Middle Child

“… middle children are more likely than their siblings to be successful and enjoy strong social lives and flourishing careers.”

“… of all the U.S. Presidents since 1787, no fewer than 52 per cent were middle children.” Read more…