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Halloween Picture Books and Chapter Books

Halloween Chapter Books for Kids

I’m not one to buy Halloween presents for my kids, but if I did, I’d buy each of them a book from this list. I would, however, pick a Halloween themed books for my children’s book clubs if I were hosting in October. The great thing is that kids, mine at least, like these books year around. Halloween is probably a kids’ favorite holiday! Read more…

Halloween Ghosting: A Tradition in My Town That My Kids LOVE!

Halloween Ghosting: A Neighborhood Tradition

“Boo!! You’ve Been Ghosted!”

This friendly “Ghost” has come your way, now pass 2 more on within 2 days!

Choose two neighbors, friends that will join in! Let the door to door “Ghosting” begin! Read more…

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Winning the Lottery: The Opportunity to Try VBAC

VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

I was really lucky when it came time to finding an obstetrician. I asked a Dad Work Friend whose wife is an anesthesiologist and she recommended an OB for me that, as I came to find out, was impossible to get because she’s a high risk pregnancy specialist and these are in short supply at Mass General Hospital. My OB is also popular, I suspect, because she’s funny and down-to-earth. She’s someone you’d want to hang out with. Read more…

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Best Multicultural YA Books for Teens

Best Multicultural Young Adult Books

I found this on a great blog that I follow called  PaperTigers that covers multi cultural KidLit and literacy around the world. They took YALSA‘s (Young Adult Library Services Association) has just released their 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominations list and culled out the multi-cultural books. The books nominated have been published within the past 16 months, are recommended for ages 12 – 18, and meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Native American Middle School Books

Best Native American Chapter Books for Middle School

This is part 2 of the 3 part series on Top 10:  Best Native American Children’s Books by Debbie Reese.  She is the authority on this topic.  This list has her top picks for middle school chapter books. For her Top 10 list of Picture Books, please click here.   Read more…

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Learning Through Gaming from a 3rd Grade Teacher!

3rd Grade Learning Through Gaming Ideas

Ananth Pai is a third-grade über teacher at Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. He uses online games to teach and it’s a rousing success as measured by test results. Pai says that in a matter of four months, the class’s reading and math scores went from below average for third grade to mid-fourth-grade level. His site is here. Read more…

Halloween Fake Fingers to Get Kids Reading

Reading Strategies: Halloween Fake Fingers as Word Pointers

Three Jewels in My Crown has such a great idea!  She uses those fake finger extensions that you can buy for Halloween costumes year round as word pointers while reading with her children!  Genius!  Plus you can also get double use if it’s part of a costume, maybe even yours! Read more…

DIY Multiplication Math Game: Busted

Multiplication Math Game to Make Yourself

Here is a math game for multiplication you can make yourself!  It’s a nice riff on flash cards.  It’s from Get Schooled After School. Read more…

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Top 10: Strong and Capable Princess Books for Girls (ages 2-16)

Best Non-Wimpy Princess Books for Girls

My two oldest children are girls and they went through that rite of passage:  Disney Princess.  We had Disney princess dress up clothes, Disney princess tea sets, Disney princess books — you name it, we had it.  My husband joked that the person at Disney who thought up combining the Princesses better be running the company by now (or at least, highly compensated) for the stroke of genius. Read more…