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2012 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Winners

Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Winners of 2012

Congrats to all the authors, illustrators, publishers, friends and family who helped in the creation of all these wonderful books! Which books have you and your kids read and which ones do you recommend? Please share!

p.s. I also posted on the Silbert, Morris, Stonewall and Non-Fiction YALSA here. Read more…

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Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

Books for Kids Who Hate to Read

I discovered this really excellent list of chapter books to hook reluctant readers by SchoolBusProject.com.  I love how it’s organized by topics and also that it has a range of books within each topic for different ages and abilities. Finally, I love how the books are so well chosen out with many award winning chapter books across a whole jumble of children’s book awards as well as kids books that they will truly enjoy.  Even if your child is not a reluctant reader, scan the list. There are discoveries waiting to be made here! Read more…

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A Wrinkle in Time: Can You Believe It’s Been 50 Years?!

50 Years of A Wrinkle in Time

I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time about — dating myself — 35 years ago and how much I loved this Newbery winning chapter book and this author. It was as if entire worlds opened up for me; suddenly science was something mysterious and exciting, as it should be, not something to toil over and memorize. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Chinese New Year Books for Kids

Best Chinese New Year’s Books for Kids

Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year and Tet is February 10 in 2013. It’s the Year of the Snake.

Tet, Chinese New Year, Year of the Snake

People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often. They are sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends’ life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves. Snakes are also very insightful and naturally intuitive. If anyone has a sixth sense, it’s those born in the Snake year. This is partly what makes them so mysterious.Snakes come in all varieties of colors and patterns. And maybe that’s why people born in the Snake year love to appreciate beauty. People with the Chinese zodiac snake sign are very stylish, fashionable and have exceptional taste. from Hanban

Chinese New Year is January 23 in 2012.  It’s the Year of the Dragon.   Some people say 2012 is a Black Dragon or Water Dragon year. Read more…

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Surprise Performance of Do Re Mi at Train Station

Surprise Stealth Performance of Do Re Mi

My husband sent this to me a while ago and it was truly delightful. I posted on the airport greeting and had promised then to put this video up. Enjoy 4 minutes of entertainment! Read more…

Best Graphic Novels for Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 3-16)

Best Graphic Novels for Kids

I learned the stories from the bible through comic books as a child. I attended the local Presbyterian church down the street of our old house which my parents sent me to because the neighbors went there. My mother grew up Buddhist and my father didn’t have much exposure to religion growing up in pre-Communist China. Nevertheless, they think that the bible is part of American culture and encouraged us all to attend Sunday School. Read more…

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Happy Music for Kids by Positively Kids

Music Teaches Power of Positive Thinking

Can kids learn positive thinking at an early age?  Can learning to be positive be an empowering skill for kids? This could be a powerful way to teach resilience. And if it’s as simple as fun music by way of a happy, snappy song, does it actually work? Read more…
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Grace Lin’s Dumpling Days: Delicious as Always!

Multicultural Chapter Books for Kids: Grace Lin’s Pacy Series

These days when we tell our kids that we are having Dim Sum for breakfast, a great cheer goes out. “Dim Sum, Yum Yum!” is chanted roundly throughout the house. A few years ago, this was not the case. My kids hated Dim Sum but we’d ignore their incessant complaining because my husband and I love it. Though my kids stick to a handful of items — steamed pork buns, rice noodles, shu mai dumplings, and mango jello — they will occasionally try something new. Last week, my middle daughter and I tried an herbal version of chicken feet (fyi, medicinal and tasting of ginseng). Read more…

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Trade-First Subtraction App to Learn Carry Subtraction!

Carry Subtraction App Teaches Like a Tutor

I don’t personally know Esa Helttula, the creator of  Trade-First Subtraction and other great educational iPhone and iPad math apps, but I could kiss him!  He really gets what kids need help with in elementary school math.  The tricky things.  The things you must slow down and think about.  He must have been or currently is a teacher of some sort.  Clearly a kick-ass one!  I wish I had him teaching my kids math! Read more…