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Zen Picture Books to Teach Kids Mindfulness

Zen Picture Books to Teach Kids Mindfulness

Zen Picture Books to Make You Think

A picture book that my youngest enjoys that also gives something back to me is a joy indeed. These books have a Zen philosophy twist that will leave the adult pondering the meaning, often for days afterwards, while our little ones happily move on to the next book or other activities unburdened with questions ruminating in their brains from these books. I actually got the idea for this list while in a Board of Directors meeting when the CEO quoted a parable from Jon Muth’s Zen Shorts. At first, I thought he was referring to the ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu that I knew he briefly  studied in college. But no, it was this book that he had read to his little boy for a bedtime story. The story of Good Luck versus Bad Luck really stuck to him as it did to me too when I first read it. Read more…

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My Top 5 Most Popular Multicultural Posts of 2011

Multicultural Books and Activities for Kids

My Teach Me Tuesday Multi-Cultural series is a labor of love for me. It is titled Teach Me Tuesday because it teaches me about different countries, culture and KidLit and I actually thought it didn’t get may page views because it usually gets just a handful the week that it’s posted. I was really surprised to see that these posts do get read during the year so I will continue to do this series. Thanks so much for reading! Read more…

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My Top 10 Education Posts on Science and Math

Science and Math Ideas to do at Home with Kids

I wanted to post more on science and math this past year, and I am heartened to find that these are popular posts. I will post more on math and science apps in 2012 as well (my New Year’s resolution!). And I will research more books with math concepts. My son’s first grade teacher has a bin that is labeled books with math concepts so I will take a peek there! Read more…

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My Top 10 Lists That Are Not Booklists

Top 10 Lists of Useful Stuff for Moms

I am guilty of creating an excessive amount of Top 10 Lists but I thought I made mostly esoteric KidLit lists. This thought made me research my Top 10 Lists that were not book related. And here they are… Read more…

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The Girls’ Book of Excellence Makes Excellent Book Club!

4th Grade Book Club for Girls

My mom friend Katherine just did this book as a book club for our 4th grade girls book club. She, like the book, is excellent at everything including hosting an amazing kids’ book club. The book came home to great excitement. Not only did my book club kid love the book, but it fascinated her older sister. Read more…

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Happy Boxing Day: The 2nd Day of Christmas!

What is Boxing Day?

26 December is celebrated as The Second Day of Christmas in most European countries. Read more…

Favorite Best Christmas Picture Books to teach a lesson, PragmaticMom.com

Favorite Magical Christmas Picture Books

Favorite Christmas Picture Books

I was combing the bookshelves to clean them out and ran across our little pile of Christmas books that I’ve save through the years.  I read them last night to my youngest but my oldest, now 11, saw the pile and took her favorite, Auntie Claus, to read even though she was supposed to be studying for a test.  She returned it  10 minutes later with the pronouncement, “That is a good book.”  This is a particularly good book for responsible older sisters, particularly the self-sacrificing type,  which might explain why she loved it.  It will always be on our shelves at Christmas for her because that is the power and magic of picture books: You Never Out Grown Them! Read more…

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Funny Christmas Poem from Teachers

T’was Night Before Christmas Poem for Teachers

Melissa: ’Twas the Week Before Christmas

’Twas the week before Christmas
and all through my brain
was a message on repeat:
“I think I’m going insane.” Read more…

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Top 10 Favorite Picture Books of 2011

Favorite Picture Books

Please welcome Tanya from the wonderful blog, Books4YourKids. She is my guest author with, what I hope to be a series of, her  favorite picture books of 2011. As a children’s bookseller at Barnes and Nobles for over 17 years, Tanya both knows her stuff and has a real passion for children’s literature. What are your Top 10 Favorite KidLit Books of 2011? Please share!

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