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Books for 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

New Books for Third Grade and Fourth Grade

These are the book recommended by my library. It skews a little young so you can use this for Going into 3rd grade if your child loves to read. This list is from my public library (Newton Free Library) and the books are newly published this year. Check to see if they are at your library. Read more…

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Top 5: Similarities between The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin) and Tiger Mom (Amy Chua)

Happiness Project versus Tiger Mom

Seriously, I know that these books are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but hear me out. They both ultimately seek the same thing; they just go at it (hard!) in very different ways. Amy ‘s parenting style is based on  fear but her happiness derives from her children’s accomplishments. Gretchen’s parenting style is based on harmony and her happiness is a choice that she consciously makes for herself. She believes that  her children’s happiness is a derivative product of her own happiness. Read more…

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9 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Child

Things You Should Never Say to a Child

I found this great article on CNN.com and I’m afraid that while I don’t say all of these 9 things, the two I do say (#1 and #8), I say frequently.

So, as penance, I am posting on this to remind myself to stop it! If you need to know the rationale of why these 9 Things are no-nos, the full article is here and there is extensive explanation for each one. Actually, I say #9 too.  Read more…

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Backpack That Gives Back

Backpacks that Teach Charity to Kids

My friend Capability:Mom sent this to me because I had asked her about where to shop for a backpack. She is nice like that and not only keeps track of things like that but sends along helpful links. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Timeless Newbery-ish Chapter Books Set in Florida

Best Books for Kids Set in Florida

There’s a glamour to Florida set back in time that rivals Hollywood in California and maybe that is why these talented children’s book authors firmly set their books here. To be sure, some are from Florida and/or from the South and seem to know every nook and cranny of their small towns. But even more interesting are the characters they create; characters who have lived hard and stoic lives but never really told their stories to anyone, except now, in these books. Read more…

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Personality Traits Set by First Grade!

Personality: Nurture or Nature?

My Mom Friend sent me this story today.  I had heard that a child’s personality locks down around 3 so I was glad to see that this study gave me a few more years to mold my kids.   Well, actually, it’s too late for my older two but I have another year for my youngest. That reminds me to wrestle away my iPhone/iPad/DSi/TV/computer from his hands.  I’m running out of “influence” time! Read more…

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Why Nerds are Better than Jocks!

Nerds versus Jocks: Who Wins in Life?

 Jocks go on to play for your favorite team but nerds go on to own the teams those jocks play for. 
–LZ Granderson Read more…

Newbery Award Winners from 1922-2012

Newbery Winners

This is from An Unconventional Librarian who cribbed it from Lois Lowry’s web page.  I just added the winners from 2006-2010 which were not on the list.  Here is the link to ALSC/ Newbery Winner  plus Honor Book Winners for a more comprehensive list of chapter books. Read more…

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Books for Kids That Teach Compassion and Tolerance

Best Books for Kids That Teach Tolerance

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives is proud to announce the winners of the Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award for 2011. It selects two books a year to honor. Read more…