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12 Days of Shopping: Make Your Own Gift, GRANOLA 2 Ways (Day 1)

Best Granola Ever: Recipe Below

Capability:Mom and I are doing a series of 12 posts jointly for the 12 Days of Shopping; one a day starting today for 12 days in a row.  She’ll do half of each post, and I’ll do the other. We selected those requisite gift categories that can be tough to figure out (in-laws, tutors, etc), and wracked our brains for several  hours at our coffee shop. I hope this helps you in your holiday scramble to the finish! Read more…

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Top 10: Best Fun & Educational Board Games

Best Educational Board Games for Kids

First of all, I want to confess that I am not a board game person. I do occasionally get forced into playing board games with my kids so I am familiar with some of these games but it’s always a balancing act to play with them as I am asked to modulate my play: “Play hard against me, mom, but not too hard. You’re playing too easy against me.” And my youngest freaks out if he loses so I always have to keep that into consideration. Should I let him win to keep him from throwing a nutty? Or is it good to teach him to lose gracefully? Is he even capable of losing gracefully? Is this a lesson best learned on the soccer field? This is not fun for me. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids with Dragons

The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Children’s Book Authors

Best Children’s Book Authors Ever!

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Read more…

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Action Adventure Books for 13-Year-Old Boy

Best Action Adventure Books for Teen Boys

I love getting requests for book recommendations. Katie had tweeted a request for books for her godson, a 13 year old avid reader. I had sent a few along, but, of course, if I had more information on what he liked, the list would be better. So I emailed her, and she replied: Read more…

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Meteor!: Science Of, Finding and Buying A Meteorite

Science Picture Book with Meteor Activity

I found this book a while ago in the discounted book room of my favorite book store. I will pretty much buy any picture book by Patricia Polacco. Her advanced picture books are based on her life and the people that she knows. I knew that, but for some reason I thought this book was set back in time — say around the 1800s — where a village spotted a meteor! Suffice it to say that I should not judge a picture book by its cover. Read more…

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Healthy Food Plan for Children from Pediatricians (mine!)

Healthy Meal Ideas for Families

A Plan for Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Weight-Control in Children From My Pediatrician Read more…

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Happy Thanksgiving with a Picture Book and Craft

Thanksgiving Picture Book and Craft

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! And my very favorite Thanksgiving Picture Book … Read more…

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1st Grade Books for Boys from the Book Fair

Book Fair Books for 1st Grade Boys

The annual school book fair at my kids’ elementary school is a much-anticipated and beloved fund-raiser. Parents and kids can buy books their teachers have selected as a gift and each class gets to visit the book fair, either just to browse or to buy. The book fair is a two-day event, opening before school begins and hosting a pizza night as well. This year, the pizza night suffered from a power outage, which is retrospect, could have been prevention work since power was fine during the recent snow storm. Read more…