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New Erica S. Perl Book: Dotty

Picture Book for Kids with Imaginary Friends

I met Eric S. Perl when she came to Wellesley, MA for her Chicken Butt book tour two years ago.  A dear Mom Friend of mine was her neighbor when they both lived in Cambridge, MA and this Mom Friend introduced me to her first book, 93 in My Family.  My Mom Friend started a  our preschooler book club and kicked off the book club with 93 in My Family.  My son loved that book and a subsequent book club meeting centered around her book signing in Wellesley. Read more…

Best Books for Kids from Australia

2010 Winners:  Australian Children’s Book Council

These are the winners to the Australian Children’s Book Council for 2010 in the categories of Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, and Eve Pownall Award for Information Book of the Year. For a complete list of winners including the books that won an Honorable Mention, please see TrevorCairney’s blog. Read more…

Tips for Hooking Reluctant Readers

Getting Kids Who Hate Reading to Love It

This wonderful list of books is from author Maria Scheel. You can find her blog by clicking here.  Her full post can be found here. Read more…

NERDS: A series for Reluctant Readers

Books for Boys Who Hate to Read

This is from FunKidsLive.  It looks like a great chapter book series for reluctant boy readers.  NERDS (which stands for National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society) is a new book series by Michael Buckley.  I send this to my Mom Friend with a reluctant boy reader and she confirmed: yes, we own this and yes, we love this. Read more…

Are Boys Behind Girls in Reading?

Harvard School of Education’s Opinion

Is our education system failing boys?  The Harvard School of Education’s take on this raging debate.

Putting the “Boy Crisis” in Context:  Finding solutions to boys’ reading problems may require looking beyond gender Read more…

Top 10: Apps to Make You Awesome in College

Best Apps for College Students

College kids, here are ten apps to help you be smarter and more efficient with your studies so there’s more time for dollar drafts, creating the next Facebook, three dollar tequila shots or whatever it is you do for fun. Read more…

How To: Cope after the Unbearable Loss of a Child

Coping Strategies After Death of a Child

This sensitive post is from The Children’s Book Writer.  She has a great blog and I always find interesting posts on a variety of topics there.  I was talking to Capability:Mom the other day about her friend whose two children both have had cancer.  Unimaginable!  One child’s cancer is in remission but the other child’s cancer is the bad kind.  The thought of a child dying brings overwhelming emotion to any parent, even it the child is not ours.  But for those who have actually experienced the unbearable loss of a child, Randy Gilbert, the guest author of her post,  suggests two helpful ideas: Read more…

Best Picture Books for Kids

Award Winning Picture Books for Kids

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?!  “Who knew that there were so many obscure children’s book awards?!”  I know, huh?  But, if you are the type of person who likes to bypass the duds,then these book awards  weed out the bad and the mediocre.  This might be a good list for holiday presents for nieces, nephews, cousin,s and grand kids … the books are not that well-known so you are not likely to duplicate what they have and you know that this is a quality book that parents will appreciate. Read more…

Top 7: Habits of Highly Effective Special Needs Parents

Why Parents of Special Needs Children Are So Efficient

This is from NewsDX Blog.  Click here for full post.  Author Joan Celebi originally founded SpecialNeedsParentCoach.com in her capacity as a certified life coach for parents of children with special needs. Her goal is to give practical strategies necessary for successfully navigating life as a parent of a child with special needs.  She helps create a manageable, balanced, and joyful life for both parent and family. For more information, please visit Joan at http://www.specialneedsparentcoach.com.  This is a list that is helpful for parents with typicals too! Read more…