In Finally, Rory has big plans for what she gets to do when she finally turns twelve. Wendy Mass’ book has the same twists and turns of 11 Birthdays that makes every day coincidences seem like magic is at play. And in Willow Falls, you never know. Magic may be at play.
Dogs try to win your heart much more so than a cat, and these dogs in children’s books have won untold hearts the world over. Even if you are not a dog person, these dogs will convert you! These dogs are either rescuing someone or being rescued, getting kidnapped or preventing robberies, or just a dog-about-town. Please meet some dogs to fall in love with!
I was just booking a long overdue orthodontic consultation for my middle child when the front desk lady and I both remarked about how quickly the school year is flying by! October already?!! Now that we are back in the swing of school, here are some new picture books on specific school issue topics.
I’m not an expert but I did breastfeed all three of my kids until they were nearly two-years-old and had a terrible time (each child successively worse) weaning them! But I did love nursing them! I leave you in hands of an expert.
Librarians are amazing people and it’s time they are recognized for their super hero qualities: an encyclopedic knowledge of everything, ability to open doors to new worlds, cultures and civilizations, and finally the keeper of a safe and inclusive sanctuary. In this way, librarians change lives and make the world a better place. Hooray for librarians… the unsung heroes of our communities!
The research is clear: recess is really important from learning emotional/social skills, as a way to help kids focus and pay attention in class, to developing physical skills needed for the classroom, to fighting childhood obesity and yet… it seems to be disappearing. At least in my child’s first grade class.
With standardized tests looming large and budget cutbacks, can we really expect our education system to teach our children tolerance and understanding? Probably not. Perhaps it is best brought up at home, with these books and references to help build a bridge of understanding. This list of excellent materials is courtesy School Library Journal. The article is intended for teachers and you can read it in its entirety here.
What better opportunity to help your children practice their creativity than Halloween? Rather than buying one of the same old tired Halloween costumes from your local superstore, you can take this opportunity to work with your child to design a Halloween costume of which he can be proud. The process, however, can be a nightmare if you don’t properly prepare.
Please welcome return guest author Sarah Pinneo. I love her picture book selections and many are new to me. They all have a wonderful autumnal, rustic-living-in-the-country feel. Are you ready for Fall? It’s come so fast! What are your favorite picture books that you are reading that evoke this time of year? Please share!