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They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, YALSA award, pragmatic mom

Best Young Adult (YA) Non Fiction

YALSA Award for Best YA Non Fiction

I guess I am a children’s book award junkie.  I really love all short lists for awards even more so than the actual award recipient.  There is just something so exciting about a short list; anyone can be the winner.  This genre,  young adult non fiction, is not what I am reading ahead of my eldest yet as she is just eleven, but I am excited to learn about this award and I’m pretty sure that it will fit the bill for one of my kids in the future. Read more…

Arlene on the Scene, special needs chapter book for middle grade, pragmatic mom,, CMT Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease nerve disorder inspiring book for elementary school age children

Second Hand Saturday: FREE Book Giveaway

Win Kids Books

Congrats to Karla Duff for winning Arlene on the Scene and Kris for winning Advice My Parents Gave Me. They were selected on the basis on giving a comment on which book they wanted and why they wanted it. Read more…

How To Really Love a Child Poem by SARK, Top 10 Posts of 2010 Pragmatic Mom

Countdown to 2011: My #1 Post, How To Really Love A Child by SARK

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How To Really Love A Child by SARK, 1340 page views.

My #1 post for 2010 is … How To:  Really Love a Child (Poem) by SARK.  The Director of my last preschool (there were 3 of them!) had included this poem in the weekly newsletter to parents.  She had happened upon it while rifling through an old fundraiser cookbook where it was included as a “recipe.”  I had no idea that this poem would be so popular but it is such a sweet poem and a great reminder of what is important to a child!  I thought this would be a nice way to end 2010 and welcome in 2o11.  Happy New Years!  And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support all year! I hope to see you (a lot) in 2011!!! Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #2 Post, Top 10: Korean American Children’s Books

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Top 10: Korean American Children’s Books (ages 2-16) UPDATED2, 852 page views

My kids are a “mixed plate” as they would say in Hawaii.  They are a quarter Chinese, a quarter Japanese, and half Korean.  My husband is from Korea, though he came over to the U.S. as a young boy and is so assimilated he can barely order food in Korean at a Korean restaurant.  I, myself, had never had Korean food until college but what a revelation it was! Now it’s one of my favorites! Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #3 Post, Children’s/Infant Advil NOT Part of Recall

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Children’s/Infant Advil NOT Part of Recall: Get Valuable Coupon, 833 page views

I don’t know about you, but I got so tired of all the recalls.  There were so many of them.  I don’t mean that I got sick on posting on them but I lost faith that Corporate America cared about quality.  It always seemed that they were more concerned about the bottom line and delayed or hid recalls whenever possible.  And then, there was this slew of children’s medicine recalls. It seemed that anything in your medicine cabinet was suspect.  I, myself, found several bottles that went back to the drug store for an exchange. Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #4 Post, Top 100 Young Adult Books for 2010

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Top 100: Young Adult Books for 2010 (ages 12-18), 798 page views

I track Top 10 and Top 100 lists that other people create on their blogs.  Usually, the lists don’t pertain to what I am interested in but every now and again, I find an awesome list of books.  But while the list of books is great, typically there are no images for each book.  I really like to see the image of the book because it helps me to find the books at the bookstore or library.  Plus, I like to link the books on my book lists to Amazon as there is more information on the book there including the feature to browse through a few pages.  And Amazon typically has the best prices. Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #5 Post; Caldecott/Newbery 2011 Potential Winners

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Caldecott/Newbery 2011 Potential Winners (from School Library Journal Blog), 754 page views

It’s funny how every popular post of mine has a crazy back story and this post is no different.  I had discovered — new to me ’cause I’ve been living under a rock for years — this awesome site, School Library Journal (yes, I seriously need to get out more often!).  I also had been tracking key words through Google Alerts and one of the words is “Newbery.”   So  School Library Journal posts this awesome post predicting the possible short list for the 2011 Caldecott and Newbery awards and I lift the post — yes, folks — just copied and pasted it right into my blog. (Sometimes this is easy to do in one fell swoop and sometimes it’s a painful mess where each paragraph has to be copied and pasted separately.) Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #6 Post, Top 10 Starting School Books for K/Preschool

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Top 10 Starting School Books:  Kindergarten and Preschool, 718 page views

The story here is that I wasn’t really getting a lot of comments, particularly during the first 3/4 of the year so every comment that came in was treasured though I was too naive to realize that I was supposed to comment back.  A preschool director by the name of Kimberly Schaefer in Las Vegas emailed me after seeing one of my posts and asked for suggestions of books for preschoolers starting school.  I was shocked for several reasons: Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #7 Post, Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated Kids…

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Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated Kids from Kids Companion, 703 page views.

This also has a funny back story.  I can across this Chewy Necklace on Twitter and the company founders were kind enough to send me one.  It’s meant for special needs children who are fidgety, but I thought my oldest, who chews her nails down to the bone, would like it and maybe it would help her stop destroying her nails.  My kids fought over the necklace but my oldest won out — it was for her anyway! Read more…