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Top 10: Books That Teach Kids Compassion (ages 2-14)

Books That Teach Kids Compassion

Learning about our differences can be a powerful way for children to see from another person’s point of view.  I encourage all parents to introduce some of these chapter books or others like these to their children and use these stories as a reference when children bring up differences in school, particularly with special needs classmates.  Because how great would it be if it were OUR child who can reach out with compassion like MacKenzie in The Friendship Puzzle?! Read more…

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How to: Survive an Earthquake – Doug Copp Triangle of Life FRAUD

Triangle of Life Earthquake Survival a Fraud

My sister who lives in Southern California sent me this but now I found out that  DOUG COPP’S TRIANGLE OF LIFE THEORY IS A FRAUD!!!  Sorry to post incorrect information previously! Read more…

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6th Grade Girl Reviews Middle Grade Chapter Books

6th Grade Book Reviews by a 6th Grader

Please welcome my Mom Friend and yoga teacher‘s daughter Ajani who is a voracious reader, reading secretly in bed with a flashlight under the covers, way past her bedtime. She reviews four books that she borrowed from me this past summer and returns them to me along with her book reviews. She thinks these are great chapter books for 4th grade through 6th grade. Thanks Ajani! Read more…

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Chapter Books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Books Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My middle child, and her entire third grade class it seems, loves Roald Dahl. She worked her way through most of his chapter books before moving on to new authors. There is something about quirky characters, children who are single parented or orphaned, and a seemingly impossible challenge that are central themes to any Dahl book. Read more…

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Retrofit Data Driven Weight Loss Program

Retrofit Diet Program and Why It Works

I ran into my old boss the other day. Not in real life — he lives in Chicago and I live near Boston — but on social media. I noticed that he had started another new company, a weight loss company, called Retrofit: Data Driven Weight Loss. My college roommate has a new weight loss company too which I posted on and did a giveaway. Was this a coincidence? Were they similar concepts? I was intrigued and determined to get another great giveaway for my readers! Read more…

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Best Children’s Books about Kids with Disabilities

Best Books for Kids about Disabilities

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a picture or chapter book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. I really like how these great picture and chapter books let kids walk in the shoes of another and I find the themes of “trying to fit in versus accepting themselves and their family members” to be universal for all children. Read more…

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Favorite Picture Books from a Bookstore Owner

Best Picture Books for Kids

Please welcome my guest author, Bola of SlimyBookworm.com, with her list of favorite children’s picture books for 2011. I am managing to make this into a short series of posts. I’ll continue with other guests’ favorite kid and young adult lit of 2011 until I run out of volunteers. Bola runs an online children’s bookstore so she is VERY qualified as both a bookseller and a mom. Please check out her eStore and her blog  too! Read more…

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Moms Only Vacation: Turks and Caicos. Plan Your Own Escape!

Caribbean Beach Vacation for Moms

As this New Year begins, you might be thinking to yourself, “Whew! What a busy and crazy year. December was especially hectic for me. I could really use a vacation!” And then, your mind drifts to a fantasy vacation: just your good mom friends, no kids, turquoise blue water and sandy beaches. Yes, this is possible! Yes! You can do it! And now is the time to think about plot  it… You will need a ringleader; all successful jail breaks need a leader… Read more…