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Wonderful Comprehensive Pop Up Mythology Book: Encyclopedia Mythologica (for ages 5-15)

Mythology Pop Up Book for Kids

I knew my going-int0-5th grader would LOVE this book even though it is not a chapter book so when she complained about not having anything to read, I quickly ordered this online. When it came, she snatched it up, disappeared for a few hours and then thanked me for it. She did love it! Read more…

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New Picture Books Reviews

New Picture Book Reviews by Mom and 3 Kids

I’m been asking for and getting a small pile of books these days and haven’t been posting on them. I was at a loss about how to present them … individual book reviews? But there are lots of bloggers who do that. Do you readers really need or want more? I had been putting them on [wacky] themed lists but not all the books fit on an existing list and creating a new list per book is crazy time-consuming. But I like the idea of putting a new book in the context of other well-known and really great books. A review by itself is difficult to decipher into “my kid likes X so he or she will love Y.” Sorry, no more math. Read more…

5 Strategies to Motivate Your Struggling Reader

Strategies for Helping Struggling Readers to Read

This is from Imagine Learning who turned to Ann Lodgson, a school psychologist who specializes in helping parents and teachers help struggling students.   I especially like her idea of using your TV’s closed caption option; how easy yet brilliant is that?  I also noticed that even cartoons have decent vocabulary because I catch my 5-year-old using phrases or words that sound sophisticated.  Then I’d ask him how he knew the word or phrase and he’d name the cartoon.  Click here for entire article. Read more…

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan pragmatic mom

The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan: Book Club for Kids

Lost Boys of Sudan Book Club for Kids

Who Are The Lost Boys of Sudan?

“The Lost Boys of Sudan are more than 27,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005, about 2 million killed). The survivors, about 3800 Lost Boys arrived in the United States in 2001, where they are now scattered in about 38 cities. Read more…

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Best Easy Readers: Geisel Award (aka Dr. Seuss)

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  It was founded in 2004 and the first award year was 2006, so it’s a fairly new award. That’s great because it’s a list that is actually plausible to work through!

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Things Dogs Eat That Will Kill Them: Raisins, onions, etc…

Food That Can Kill Dogs

We got the most adorable puppy two months ago.  He’s a Golden Retriever and he is a sweet bundle of love.  We had endless family meetings to pick a name and the only one that everyone agreed upon was Wally, so he’s named after the Red Sox mascot. Read more…

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Evolution Action Sports Camp

Zen Sports Camp for Kids

My Mom Friend Lynn told me about a unique and wonderful sports camp called Evolution Action Sports Training Center that combines skateboard ramps with trampolines and non-competitive but really fun sports games. It’s non competitive and her son’s favorite part is when they sit around in a circle and share. They talk about recycling, how to be a good friend, and feng shui. Doesn’t it sound Zen? Read more…

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Top 10: Best Travel Memoirs

Best Armchair Travel Memoirs

The list is actually The 100 Most Celebrated Travel Books of All Time and it’s here. Given that my “second act” is 12 years away, I am just going to try to read the first 10 books which I am surprised to find that I have read NONE of them!! Read more…

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Partnered Reading Tutorial for Getting Reluctant Readers to Read

Shared Reading to Get Reluctant Readers Reading

This is a great blog post on Partnered Reading to encourage your reluctant reader to read from Practical Pages.  She also gives some great resources if you need further advice. Read more…