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Non Fiction for Kids: True or False series Storms, Birds (ages 6-9)

Great Non-Fiction Books for Young Kids

True or False series by Melvin and Gilda Berger  is a young science series in a fun question-and-answer format. My kids reviewed Storms and Birds and gave both a thumbs up. My oldest has been studying weather as a science unit in 4th Grade so she was familiar with hurricanes and tornadoes but there were still factoids that she enjoyed learning from the book. The Birds book covers birds from all different continents; my fourth grader knew all these factoids but still enjoyed it. My 5-year-old also could participate in the Q and A so this made a nice group bedtime story. Read more…

Groundhog Day + Pinky and Rex = 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (ages 8-12)

Chapter Book for Kids Reminds Me of Ground Hog Day Movie

Imagine spending your first ten birthdays with your best friend who happens to be a boy. Now imagine a terrible fight that lasts a year, and a miserable 11th birthday without him. Now do that over and over again, Groundhog Day movie style. Read more…

Chinese King Arthur: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (ages 8-14)

Asian Percy Jackson-Like Adventure Book for Kids

Lloyd Alexander’s The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen reminds me of Percy Jackson but the zen version or even a more swashbuckling version of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. I’m a big fan of Lloyd Alexander.  His Black Cauldron series was one of my favorites when I was a kid but I never came across this book until recently. Read more…

Peterkin Meets a Star ebook App for Kids

eBook Apps for Little Kids

Emilie Boon’s Peterkin Meets a Star is now an ebook and can be played on your iPhone or iPad.  This simple but charming story is perfect for very young ones, especially those who really  want to learn how to read.  The words light up as a mom-like voice reads the story.  Only the mom-voice is much more patient than I ever am and mom-voice is not racing against the clock to hustle the kids to bed. Read more…

Loss of a Pet: Picture Book for ages 4-adult (The Tenth Good Thing…)

Picture Book for Kids on Loss of Pet

Our quest for a puppy took a funny turn. We were third on the list for a female Golden Retriever and the breeder just emailed to say that one of the three female puppies had an accident and lost her tail. That news got me thinking. Our friends who just got a Black Labrador 6-week-old puppy said to try to find a vet that has a “new puppy” package because initial costs for neutering and shots were not inexpensive. She also recommended animal health insurance through Purina which has different deductibles. Capability:Mom‘s dog (a “Doodle” mix) has an auto-immune medical condition. Read more…

Advanced eBook for Kids The Crystal Mountain

eBook Advance Picture Book for Kids

The Crystal Mountain, by Ruth Sanderson for ages 6-10.  Sanderson combines folk tales from China and Norway  in this lushly illustrated book.  This is the perfect eBook for reluctant readers as it can be treated as a portable “book on tape” with rich language and gorgeous illustrations. Read more…

Shapes with Asian American Twist: Round is a Mooncake

eBook Asian American Shape Book for Kids

Round is a Mooncake written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin, is an ebook for the iPhone or iPad  about shapes with an Asian American Children’s Literature twist.  The eBook is great for new readers because the words light up as the narrator (a charming young girl’s voice) reads the story.  I have to say that I think the lighting up of words as a story is read is one of the greatest attributes of an eBook over a traditional book. Read more…

eBook app for Learning Colors: Delightful for Toddlers!

Learn Colors with Delightful eBook App for Toddlers

Once upon an App has these two cute iPhone or iPad applications for learning colors called Fruits and Veggies. As you can see by the images, the artwork is charming and old fashioned. It appealed to my “all boy” 5-year-old who delighted in matching the colors during a Chinese Culture performance that did not hold his interest. We just turned down the volume on my iPhone and it kept him occupied for the last half hour of the show and I was, frankly, surprised that this held his attention because we haven’t worked on colors for years. Read more…

Peter Rabbit eBook App combines Classic with Puzzle

Peter Rabbit eBook App and Game for Kids

Once Upon an App has made the classic story Peter Rabbit into an eBook for the iPhone or iPad.  This is a delightful iPhone ebook.  The interactive puzzle is a la the classic “Highlights” magazine of spotting the hidden picture in the illustrated line drawing page.  When you find the picture, you move an easter egg to locate it and the picture turns into a beautiful colored illustration.  The story is narrated on each page while you search for the hidden picture. Read more…