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Historical Fiction Awards for Children’s Books

Best Historical Fiction Books for Kids

One of my favorite blogs, The Fourth Musketeer, just covers KidLit Historical Fiction. I pretty much file every book review of hers into an email folder labeled “Books I Want to Read.” She posted on the Historical Association Awards Young Quills  from Great Britain here. I have listed the winners as well as the short lists for this year and last year. Historical fiction is a great way to get kids excited about history! If you want to find more great books, be sure to subscribe to The Fourth Musketeer’s blog. She’s a librarian and the go to person on that! Read more…

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Science of Weather: 5th Grade Study Guide

Science of Weather Study Guide for 5th Grade

I just saw the Museum of Science of Boston’s presentation on weather for 5th graders today and I remembered how difficult it was for me to help my fifth grader figure out how to study for her weather unit. I spent hours googling weather terminology to help her with flashcards but then, trying to put together all the causal relationships was confusing, even to me. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Family Movies with Meaning

Best Movies with Meaning for Kids

I have this mom friend that I really admire.  She does everything with such grace, generosity, and thoughtfulness and she makes really difficult things look easy.   Read more…

Winter Boots and Other Cozy Things for Moms

Winter Boot Deals for Mom

It was probably the 60 hour power outage that me and my neighborhood suffered through, though not in silence, that is prompting this post.  We rallied and made repeated calls to Nstar bypassing the auto message recording to talk to an actual human, well advised by our also freezing neighbor to call around midnight when the calls are less frequent. Read more…

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Top 100 Best Young Adult (YA) Novels: From Persnickety Snark’s Poll

Best Young Adult Books

This excellent list is from Persnickety Snark.  She ran a contest to compile this list.  Here’s what she says:At the conclusion of the Top 100 YA Novels poll for this year, I would like to share some information gathered from your votes. Read more…

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Stranger Danger Picture Book

Stranger Danger and How to Keep Kids Safe

What Does It Mean to Be Safe? by Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Sandra Salsbury [picture book, ages 4-9] Read more…

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Greek and Roman Gods: Mythology for Kids

It all started innocently enough.  I had just finished The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, the first book in his new chapter book series post Percy Jackson.  It’s a great read and I highly recommend it, as does my 5th grade daughter.  (Don’t worry, Percy and Annabeth are in the series).  Roman versus Greek Gods were occupying my mind. Riordan does a great job converging the two sets of seemingly similar deities yet pointing out the differences between the two (who knew?!).  I was always more partial to the Greek Gods myself and now I know why.  They were the gentler, kinder version.  Less warlike. More human.  More … interesting. Read more…

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Million Moms Challenge: Healthy Body Image for Girls

Healthy Body Image for Girls

If anyone ever needed a boob job, it would be me. And there are times — shopping for bathing suits, for example, post nursing — when I thought deeply and seriously about it. But what’s held me back is this imaginary conversation that I picture myself having with either of my two daughters, now 9 and 11. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Children’s Books Featuring Life-Changing Teachers (ages 4-12)

Books for Kids About Teachers Who Change Lives

As we ease into the summer and reflect on the our children’s past school year, it is the teacher who makes the difference between a great year and a mediocre or worse year.  I am sure that I am not alone in sending up prayers to get particular teachers for my kids next year.  This list is an homage to the exceptional teachers everywhere who dedicate their lives to making a difference.  And they absolutely do!  One day, one of their students may even write about their exception teacher as in the case of  a few of the books selected below. Read more…