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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…

National Hispanic Heritage Month books for kids, best Latino American books for kids, Best Hispanic American books for kids,

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…

Pearson GrammarPrep Commas, SAT study, ACT study, English Grammar iPhone iPad app, http://PragmaticMom.com, best mom blog, best education blog

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…

How to Raise Boys Who Read

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

An interesting rebuttal to today’s WSJ post on How to Raise Boys Who Read from Rob Doughtery:

There is an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning about getting boys to read, which is an important issue because in most cases, boys are lagging seriously behind girls by their teenage years. The only way, of course, to improve reading skills is to actually do it and the author of this article, Thomas Spence, tries to make a connection between bribery with video games and reluctant readers. I think it’s a very valid point, overall, but misses the mark in a few rather significant ways. I do agree with the general premise, however, that if you want a kid to read, then bribing him with a video game is at best merely a distraction and at worst completely counterproductive. Read more…

How to Raise Boys Who Read from a dad of 6 boys!

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

Thank you to my work Dad Friend (who also has a blog, adverlicio.us, an online ad archive)  for this great article from the Wall Street Journal on How to Raise Boys Who Read by Thomas Spence.   The article has this funny tagline:  “Hint:  Not with Gross-Out Books and Video Game Bribes.” Spence is apparently disgusted by the pandering of publishers to reluctant boy readers with gross-out books and proposes a simple solution that worked for his 6 (that’s right, folks, SIX!!!!) boys:  TURN OFF THE SCREENS!  FILL THE HOUSE WITH GOOD BOOKS.  It worked for him and now he has research to back it up. Read more…

Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Award Acceptance Speech

Neil Gaiman and His Newbery Speech

I thought Neil Gaiman gave such a lovely, funny, and inspiring speech when he won his Newbery Award. Thank you to Beth Schulman for the post.  Neil Gaiman is going to be the Boston Public Library Children’s Book Fundraiser tomorrow, Sunday, Sept 26, 2010.  It’s a tea party starting at 2:00.  It might be too late to jump in, but you never know.  You get to meet four Newbery authors and have them sign your books.  I’d love to meet Neil Gaiman after reading his speech! Read more…