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Top 10: Favorite Duck Picture Books

Best Children’s Books with Ducks

What is it about ducks in picture books that always seems so appealing? Are ducks really so unusually clever as portrayed in these books? Or charismatic? Or just sweet and fluffy? I think all of the above is true! I found myself reading a pile of duck featured picture books to my son one night when he randomly brought me a small pile that included Duck for President and Duck on a Bike. And then I started the list in earnest.

Turns out that it’s quite hard to find 10 excellent duck picture books so I had to add Little Bear, technically an easy reader to get 10. I hope that is OK with you! I guess what is stranger is that I happen to own most of these books and yet, no one in my family enjoys eating duck. Maybe that is what happens when you attach to an anthropomorphic character as appealing as a duck. My family also does not like to eat chicken. I wonder if we have 10 excellent picture books featuring chickens … stay tuned! How about you? What animal picture books are you reading over and over? Dogs, cats, mice, ducks, chickens?… Please share your favorites!

 

10. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

A classic tale for Bostonians and any visitors with children about the ducklings that come to live at the Boston Public Garden. There are bronze sculptures at the Boston Public Garden, worn shiny on top by the bottoms of visiting children who love to sit and pose on them.

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Dr. Seuss’ Unfinished Manuscript and Other Finds

Celebrating Dr. Seuss!

It happened AGAIN this year. I forgot Dr. Seuss’ birthday so I am updating my post from last year and will try harder this year. I did spend the last year reviewing the really excellent iPad/iPhone ebooks by OceanHouse Media who has the exclusive license for Dr. Seuss. Here are my son’s favorites (he’s six but started playing on these apps since he was 4). Read more…

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Sign Language in the Classroom

Sign Language Picture Book for Kids

A few things coincided for this post. My middle daughter who is in 3rd grade told us at dinner that she’s learning sign language at school and proceeded to demonstrate the alphabet. She has had a hearing impaired student in her class for the last three years so I asked her if it is to help communicate with that child. She said, “Yes.” Read more…

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Best Electronic Organization for Team Sports

Directra vs Team Snap for Parent Volunteer Coaches

Anyone who has organized their child’s team sports (ahem… me once and only once) knows the pain of keeping the team member’s parents informed about an endless list of things from who is bringing a nut-free snack to where is that game anyway?! It’s a lot of stuff to coordinate on top of practices. Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Getting Kids to Read

I’m back from school vacation week and ready to resume my weekly features with a twist. They are now going to be weekly-ish. Yes, like the Ish! book by Peter Reynolds, a facsimile of the real thing because it turns out to be a frantic pace to be posting weekly. I’m assuming overwhelming for you, my readers too! 🙂 In the meantime, I am cooking up another idea for a blog children’s literature so please stay tuned… Read more…

6 Crappiest Interview Questions

Worst Interview Questions Ever!

I realize that this is not what I usually blog about but I have been in the staffing business for most of my working life so I find this particularly funny. And, shame on me, when I interview people, I do believe I’ve asked one or two of these questions from time to time … I think it’s because I was also trying to check my email simultaneously while phone screening someone who driveled on and on. But there is a post on that one too, also from The Oatmeal. Is this blog usually this funny? If so, I gotta get a feed! Read more…

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Top 10: Most Common Kitchen Injuries

Preventing Kitchen Accidents and Injuries

Please welcome my guest author, Nursing Schools.net, with a public service announcement about how to stay safe in the kitchen. Seriously, though, kitchen safety is no joke and this might be a good one to run past your kids.  I know my kids are always plotting how to 1) get their hands on the sharp knives, 2) jumping up on the counters near a hot stove, 3) learning how to cook — brownies are at the top of their list. Read more…

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Interview with Author Danette Haworth

Middle Grade Author on What Inspired Her Book

Please welcome Danette Haworth, author of Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening, The Summer of Moonlight Secrets, and soon to be released Me & Jack. I fell in love with Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening when I read it last year.  The book really stuck with me and when I posted a list of Boy Characters You’d Let Your Daughter Date, I frankly could not forget Eddie from Violet Raines. Danette was kind enough to leave a comment and that lead to an email exchange and then this interview.   Read more…

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Highly Gifted High School Student Camp

Adventures of the Mind Camp Provides Mentors and Direction

When I was in business school at UCLA’s Anderson School, I participated in the Riordan Scholars program (funded by Major of Los Angeles Richard Riordan back when he was a venture capitalist) which paired us up with inner city high school and pre-graduate school minorities in order to help them successfully apply and prepare for high ed. My first mentee from South Central LA’s Crenshaw High, a high school that needs metal detectors, did all the heavy lifting herself and got herself into every school she applied for and opted for Yale. Now it seems that fellow alumna Victoria Gray has extended a version of this program  called Adventures of the Mind for highly gifted high school students (such as yours!). It’s not free but there is financial aid, but the program sounds amazing: Read more…