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Top 15 Best Blogs for Moms

Great Blogs for Moms

I picked a handful blogs in different categories — interior design, children literature, and trans racial parenting — that I love and read regularly and then asked each blogger author to give me two of their favorite blogs and why they like them. Read more…

Top 10: Best Audio Books for Kids (Some are FREE!)

Great Free Audio Books for Kids

Ambling Books is a great site for audio books. If your child reads along with the audio playing, it’s a great way to improve his or her reading skills. Try this with a reluctant reader. This is their Top 10: Audio Books for Kids list. They also have free audio books. Read more…

The Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Unsung Heroes of WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers

It wasn’t until I read Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, a great author discovery I made last year, that I knew about the unsung Najavo heroes of WWII. I was only really cognizant of the 442nd Infantry Regiment made up of Japanese 2nd generation Americans because I’m half-Japanese; another group of unsung heroes of WWII with perhaps better P.R. Read more…

SAT Vocabulary for Kindergarten from Picture Book Cuddly Dudley

Picture Books that Build Vocabulary

I have all my posts on SAT Vocabulary Words for Kindergarteners here. Read more…

mythology chapter book series for girls, The Goddess Girls,

Easy Chapter Book Mythology Series for Girls

Easy Greek Mythology Chapter Books for Girls

My 5th grade daughter took great exception to this book series because the mythology is slightly inaccurate. She fumes that Athena didn’t live with humans, nor was she even a preteen. The “brainstorms” in which the gods’ ideas rained down on earth also bugged her. In fact, this book so annoyed her that she told me not to blog on it or to let her younger sister read it. “She’ll hate it,” she warned. Read more…

Adele Emerson Chris Chu AIA caught in the act of reading pragmatic mom

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Getting Kids Reading More

Sent in by Chris Chu, the architect for This Old House’s Auburndale project. There are these gorgeous photos by Adele Enersen that have been going around through email. They are amazing and so creative.  Adele is a computer specialist from Finland. Read more…

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Book Trailers … to entice kids to read

Chapter Book Trailers by School Librarians

This is  a really cool way to chose a chapter book for your child. Play the chapter book video trailer … yes, just like a movie trailer but on a quality children’s chapter book! The list is extensive! This is great for reluctant readers! Many of these videos were made by teachers. Read more…

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stafanski (an autistic kid)

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Award Winning Children’s Books 2011

Caldecott, Newbery Children’s Book Winners and More

What is great about these award winning books is that many are discounted at Amazon now. It was also fun to read posts by experts A Fuse #8 Production and Amanda Stuckmeyer, a former Newbery judge, predicting winners for many of these awards. And they were dead on. The Newbery winner was the biggest surprise for me as I’d never heard of the book or author nor did it pop up in any mock Newbery contests. I’m excited to chase down these books and read them. I love it when good books are screened for me, keeps the riff raff out of my house! What books have you read and what books from this list are on your list to read, either for yourself or your child? Read more…