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Cricket In Times Square: Book Club for Kids

Cricket in Times Square Book Club for Kids

I hosted my middle daughter’s book club this past week.  She chose her all-time favorite book by which she judges all other books, Newbery Honor Book, The Cricket in Times Squareby George Selden.  As a second grader, this book was a little hard for her although she won’t admit it, so I gave extra time to her book club friends to read the book.  Most of the kids finished the book and loved it.  Her book club is an active group of little girls, so I had planned two activities, but the winter has been so dreary and long, and the book club day was the nicest day we had in a long time, so the kids ate a snack and did the first activity (both of which took all of 30 minutes) and spent the rest of the time racing around outside. Read more…

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Online Games for World Peace and Global Warming

Online Games for Kids Teach Social Studies

My friend, The Fourth Musketeer, sent me an email about another great game that could be used at school called Win the White House by iCivics: Read more…

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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 7-14): Part 2, Authors M-Z

Best Books for Boys

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I am going to split it into three parts:

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 1 (Authors by Last Name A-L)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 2 (Authors by Last Name M-Z) below

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction) Read more…

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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 7-14): Part 1, Authors A-L

Best Books for Boys

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I am going to split it into three parts:

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 1 (Authors by Last Name A-L) below

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 2 (Authors by Last Name M-Z) 

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction) Read more…

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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction)

Best Books for Boys: Non-Fiction

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I am going to split it into three parts:

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 1 (Authors by Last Name A-L)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 2 (Authors by Last Name M-Z)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction) Read more…

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Best Science Apps for Kids (ages 4-21)

Best Apps with Science Concepts for Kids

I am starting to buy into this idea of teaching and really connecting material through games and apps. I was sort of on board with this concept, but since playing around with The Elements (a Harry Potter version of the Periodic Table) that my brother-in-law turned me on to, I am now a believer as I saw, with my own eyes, how captivated my kids were with the Periodic Table, an otherwise dull chart. Since my recollection of Organic Chemistry is quite scant, I really appreciate how I don’t actually have to do much except show my kids where the content is located to get them to read up on the elements. Read more…

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Best Educational Toys: Golden Apple Toy Awards

Best Fun and Educational Toys for Kids!

My brother-in-law turned me on to the Golden Apple Toy Awards, from GreatSchools:

“GreatSchools’ inaugural Golden Apple Awards offers you a list of smart, kid-tested toys that inspire real learning for every age. Out of 23 companies’ toy submissions, we chose the most promising products for testing by families with children in the target age groups. GreatSchools staff of educational and parent experts then evaluated the products for functionality, design, safety, and learning potential, incorporating the opinions of the test families.” Read more…

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Top 10: Best Young Adult Books

Best Books for Teens: YA Books

When I was at KidLitCon 2010 (a blogging conference for those who are passionate about children’s literature thus including children’s librarians, teachers, moms –ok, I was the sole mom blogger, authors and publishing houses) a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that most of  the authors there were either MG (Middle Grade) or YA (Young Adult).  After hearing so much news on  the death of picture books, I thought to myself, ” Isn’t this strange how picture books sales are plummeting but Young Adult books are on the rise?”  So when waiting in the long lunch line, I asked those around me who turned out to all be Young Adult authors why this was the case.  The answer:  adults.  Adults are reading YA books on droves.  Think Twilight series. Read more…

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The Middle School Reluctant Reader

Middle School Kids Who Hate to Read and What to Do

This is from a really great group blog of middle grade authors called From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors:

“In her article “Choosing Not To Read” Kylene Beers, Professor of Reading at the University of Houston breaks reluctant readers into four distinct groups: Dormant Readers, Uncommitted Readers, Unmotivated Readers and Unskilled Readers and contrasts them with the Avid Reader.  Let’s take a look at these five groups of readers. Read more…