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Teach Me Tuesday Guatemala Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom

Guatemala: kids books, recipes, weavings and more

Guatemala for Kids through Books, Culture and Food

I landed in Guatemala because I actually had no idea of what to post on but I keep an email folder of “books that I want to read” from all the blogs that I read and Libertad came up and that was it for me. I don’t know much about Guatemala though my oldest just did a unit on the ancient civilizations of South and Central America but I always get the Aztecs mixed up with the Mayans. I think she had the Mayans, though. Read more…

Dr. Abby Abigail Norfleet James Reluctant Readers Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom

Tips for Engaging Reluctant Readers

Getting Reluctant Readers Interested in Reading

These tips are from Dr. Abby. I have more posts on Reluctant Readers here. Some reading strategies to get kids excited to read include:

Books on Tape iPad/iPhone app

Using Electronic Devices Read more…

Madegascar, movies for a desert island,

3 Movies to Bring if Stranded on an Desert Island With Your 3 Kids and Husband

Best Movies to Rent for Families

I am doing a BlogFrog summer sweepstakes blog tour on behalf of RedBox and it’s made me think about movies which has been fun because I haven’t watched a movie in a while. On long car trips, we let our kids play a DVD in the SUV so my husband and I THINK we’ve watched a movie when, in actuality, we’ve only listened to it about 9 times without any visuals. Strangely satisfying though. Read more…

Jen Robinson, boys and reading, summer reading, reading, reading strategies, reluctant readers

Boys and Summer Reading

Best Books for Boys

I met Jen Robinson at KidLitCon 2010 which was a great thrill for me because I am a HUGE fan of her excellent blog, Jen Robinson’s Book Page. My work friend, Nat, sent me this link off the PBS Kids site so I am excited to share her words of wisdom on Boys and Summer Reading. Read more…

Top 10: Books You Were Forced to Read in School that You’d Read Again

Best Assigned Reading High School and Middle School Books

Yep, I was forced to read these books as a kid too.  Must be a rite of passage.  A few I read on my own, but many of these were assigned.  Check out this list from Time Magazine online by Gilbert Cruz to see if you had to read them too! And more importantly, will you make your kids read them too?!!  Really do check out the article; it has descriptions for all the books. Read more…

boys and reading, reluctant readers, reading, reading strategies, Andy Sherrod

Books for Reluctant Boy Readers

Children’s Author Andy Sherrod’s Book Picks for Boys Who Hate to Read

I wanted to spend this week covering books and reading strategies for reluctant boy readers and I had all these great posts that I found during the past year stored up, so here they are! This was a great post by The Hate Mongering Tart about writer Andy Sherrod. Andy not only gives tips about how engage boys as readers but also gives book suggestions coupled with research. Read more…

Marsh Awards, best chapter books, books for kids, kids books, best kids books

Best Translated Books for Kids

Marsh Award 2011 Winners for Children’s Books in Translation

When I ask if anyone has ever heard of the Marsh Awards, I want to say first that I have not heard of it so I looked it up:

The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation is a literary prize awarded in the United Kingdom since 1996 to the translator of an outstanding work of fiction for young readers translated into English. Read more…

Top 10: Best Children’s Books about Best Friend Issues (ages 2-16)

Best Books For Girls on Complicated Best Friendships

Why are best friendships between girls so complicated?  Can best friendships morph and survive as one grows up or do best friendships that have begun at a young age get stuck in a pattern of behavior that keeps the relationship in a dysfunctional time warp?  I wish that I knew the answer to that.  I have polled my mom friends and some have best friendships that have lasted a few decades.  Others, myself included, not so much.  One lovely mom friend who is incredible on every front (gorgeous!  funny!  nice!  intelligent!) said that she never had a best friend growing up, only a circle of very, very good friends (just like what men do!).  It blew my mind that this was a girl option!  But it makes so much sense to not have all your eggs in one basket.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now… Read more…

Children’s Advil NOT Part of Recall & Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

Children’s Advil Not Under Recall

The people at Pfizer emailed me to let me know that Children’s Advil and Infant Advil were never part of the recent spate of recalls. Read more…