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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…

Fun Word Problem Picture Book for ages 6-10 (You Can, Toucan, Math)

Picture Book With Math Concepts

This is a fun word problem book featuring birds with problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This would be a fun book to use for the summer to sneak in a little math but in a really fun way. The sweet spot is 2nd to 3rd graders, but even my preschooler will enjoy this book if we do the problems together by drawing out rows of birds to solve multiplication and division which would be new for him.

If you are looking for more picture books that teach math concepts, I have a post on Picture Books that Teach Math Concepts with more suggestions.

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Japanese American Post Internment Story: Journey Home (ages 8-12)

Multicultural Books for Kids on Japanese American Internment

Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchida is an important Japanese American story about what happened after the Japanese Americans were released from internment camp. This is Yoshiko Uchida’s own family story. This is the sequel to Journey to Topaz, in which eleven-year-old Yuki and her family are forced to relocate to a dusty internment camp in a remote part of Utah. While there are many stories about the Japanese American internment experience, and I list more on Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books, Journey Home is the only book I’ve come across that tells the next piece of the story. Read more…

Mother’s Day Gift: Chocolate Purses from Fancy Nancy Candy

Handmade Chocolates for Moms by a Mom

My friend’s wife makes this amazing handmade-to-order chocolates at Fancy Nancy Candy. These adorable and delicious chocolate purses make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! They are $15 for a box of 3 and $25 for a box of 6. They also make great individual party favors! She can actually do almost any item in chocolate from customizable bars of chocolate with a corporate logo, to other shapes that might be perfect for wedding or baby showers. Read more…

What Boys versus Girls Need to Get a Leg Up

What Boys and Girls Need to Succeed; It’s Different!

The following tips come from an  old issue of Family Circle Magazine.

A Leg Up for Boys… Read more…

Teacher Wedding Present: Lily’s Big Day (picture book)

Picture Book to Give Teacher Getting Married

Tomorrow my middle daughter’s teacher is getting married.  My daughter has had this teacher for two years and she’s awesome!  She invited the entire class to the ceremony and the kids are THRILLED!  The Room Parents went crazy to come up with a meaningful present and created the cutest video of the kids in the class reading and answering questions related to marriage.  How old do you think you need to be to get married?  Who is a better cook, the bride or groom?  How can you tell who you should marry?  What will be different about your teacher after she gets married?  The answers were hilarious and we watched our teacher crack up during the presentation of the gifts.  We also had the class write something in this book and gave this to her.  This was followed by “cocktails” in fancy plastic champagne glasses (sparkling cider and Orangina). Read more…

Girl Bullying: The Hundred Dresses by Estes (grades 3-5th)

Best Chapter Book on Girl Bullying Ever!

My oldest’s teacher recommended this book to me when my daughter was in 3rd grade. There had been a history of not-so-nice girl bullying since Kindergarten but by 3rd grade, it was totally out of hand. The teacher thought this would be an especially good book for my daughter’s book club, and we, the moms, talked about doing a Mother and Daughter book club to model discussion around this book but we never pulled it off. Read more…

Feed the Hungry: By Playing Games

Feed Hungry by Playing Games

I got an email from a Mom Friend of mine.  Her Socially Conscious Middle Schooler asked her to email her friends to get the word out that by playing this game, food will be donated to the hungry around the world.    I am so impressed that Middle Schoolers realize that they, too, can change the world.  And, in fact, the future lies in their hands.  So, please read her email below and play away! Read more…