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Top 10: Challenged or Banned Books

Banned and Challenged Books for Kids

I am personally shocked to discover that To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple and The Catcher in the Rye are still being challenged!  These are classics people!  This is Banned and Challenged Book week so be sure to make sure these and others are in your public library or ask why!  Thank you to BookFinder.com for her post.  There are also great summaries of each book by BookFinder if you click on the link. Read more…

Kids Find eReaders Appealing

Will kids read more if it’s on a digital reader?

Here’s what the Scholastic research found (via New York Times article by Julie Bosman):

  • About 25 percent of the children surveyed said they had already read a book on a digital device, including computers and e-readers. Read more…
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Highlights Hidden Pictures App for ages 4-8

Find the Hidden Pictures Game App

I remember as a kid how much I liked finding the hidden pictures in the Highlights magazines.  I didn’t have a subscription to the magazine, but read it at the dentist or doctor’s office.  In fact, this magazine reminds me of waiting in an office; just seeing the familiar logo actually conjures up the weird smell — a little medicine-y and a little stale — that those medical offices tend to have. Read more…

Top 10: Gods of Modern Times, As Observed by Alien Archaeologists (humor)

What We Really Worship

Maybe I am reading too much mythology via Rick Riordan lately, but it does seem like the ancient civilizations who had a plethora of gods or goddesses specific to a certain thing or two had the right idea:  specialization plus multitudes equals better chance of getting attention from deities.  Nowadays, we tend to go with the all-the-eggs-in-one-basket approach.  There is nothing wrong with that but if aliens from another planet came down here millenia from now and excavated our sliver of civilization, I bet they would think we are actually worshipping these Gods and Goddesses. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Latino American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Hispanic Books for Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month now during the month of September so I am barely squeaking out this list in time to celebrate Latino/Latina and Hispanic culture with children’s literature.  Por favor, disfrutar de.  (I think I said please enjoy!).

What are your favorite books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Please share! Read more…

ay, CaldecottJeanne Flora's Very Windy Day, Jeanne Birdsall, Hopeful, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Predicting Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Mock Newbery 2011

Ok.  So this is not really the list of Caldecott and Newbery candidates for 2011 but School Library Journal Blog’s A FUSE #8 PRODUCTION‘s best guess… but I have feeling that they know what they are talking about.  We shall see when the awards come out next year, but I’m betting they got quite a few correct! Read more…

Top 10: Children’s Book Authors Who Never Disappoint

Best Children’s Book Authors

You know how there are authors that your children always wait impatiently for the next new book?  And maybe they write a great series but the books are very similar.  But then there are other authors that either 1) write in a wide range of genres from picture books to easy chapter books to YA fiction and EVERYTHING they write is amazing?  Or 2) They never seem to have a dud even though everyone is allowed a dud when they are a prolific author.  Or 3) their work is crazy imaginative!  How do they DO that?!  I don’t know but I do know that these authors never disappoint and they are all prolific and amazing writers. Read more…

Karen L Day, No Cream Puffs, Tall Tales, http://PragmaticMom.com, chapter books for ages 8-12

Book Club, Activity and Interview with Karen Day

Book Club for Kids with Author Karen Day of Newton

My oldest choose this book for the first book club of the year.  They are in 5th grade now and have been meeting for book club since 2nd grade.  My daughter played soccer with the author’s daughter this past spring, but she had no idea that the mother is an author, though we (the moms) have all heard of Karen Day and knew of her books here in Newton, MA.   What I didn’t know was that KAREN was a really great baseball player and the book is loosely based on her own childhood story! (I have an interview with her below.) Read more…

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Grammer app for Using Comma

SAT Study: Test Your Knowledge of Comma Grammar

This is a nice iPhone/iPad/iPod app from Pearson that focuses on correct punctuation using the ever so confusing comma.  It’s a quick and easy way to study just this one topic for a test.  I saw this online and asked the good people of Pearson for a code which they kindly gave me.  I suspect this is a series of apps on the topic of grammar.  I will find out and get more because, frankly, I could use the help myself! Read more…