I am excited about the Newbery Awards! Amanda Struckmeyer served on the Newbery Committee that selected Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and her list, I believe, is dead on. Here’s a link to the post that has her Mock Newbery event. But more importantly, here’s her list:
I had a really good day two days ago in Newtonville, MA where I live. My mom friend told me about Hip Stitch, a really great sewing class studio for kids. I met the owner who was really nice and checked out their glorious multi-colored inspired space. My kids can’t wait to take a class. My girls have been sewing pillows out of old t-shirts by hand which tend to turn out misshapen. Now they can actually learn to use a sewing machine and make everything from headbands to clothes!
My friend Bea also told me about a fun and free day of yoga at Down Under Yoga in celebration of their new location. Classes are for both adults and children! This studio is great because it has many different styles of yoga classes including Iyengar and Vinyasa and some of the most renowned teachers in the area.
An internet security company called AVG surveyed moms in North America and parts of Europe and found that in the U.S. 92% of children under the age of 2 have an online presence of some sort.
This appealing series is a fun and funny read with great illustrations by LeUyen Pham that really make the book come alive. Look and Pham have a winning combination. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid can have another series to dig into! Hooray for that!
It makes sense to me that schools should teach social and emotional skills since the research shows that emotional intelligence is the predictor for future success rather an IQ. (For more on that, read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman). The question is: why aren’t more schools teaching it? Oh yeah, I remember now. It’s not on the test. But I think this article makes a great case for why it should be on the test!
Help set a record for Jumpstart and Pearson’s Read for Record campaign by reading a favorite of mine, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats on October 7. If you pledge to read and register on their site, you are also eligible to win a gift card from American Eagle for $77 (plus they are able to count you in their campaign).
I found this list of math apps from TouchReviews.net that I didn’t know about. You know me, I love math and apps so it’s a match made in heaven particularly if my kids will play them thinking that it’s fun. And one day, when I review enough great math apps, I will do a Top 10: Math App list of my own!
I will confess that I’ve never read a gender specific parenting book. My older two are girls and my husband and I are dreading the pre-teen (now!) and teenage years. The warnings abound of what is to come from parents of older girls and this might drive me to pick up a book on parenting pre-teen or teenager girls. My little boy, on the other hand, is at the stage where he loves his mommy the most and is as sweet as can be. I wish this phase could last forever. Parenting a boy compared to girls seems relatively straightforward — a straight line of screen time limits and outdoor play versus the wiggly line for girls of pissy attitudes and struggles over what to wear. Or could this just be that my son is still little?!
This was such a great list of books that I asked LiteratureForLunch for permission to repost and she graciously said yes. Enjoy!