In my neighborhood, interfaith Jewish families are not unusual and yet there is a real scarcity of books on this topic. I searched online and then asked my local librarians when my original list wasn’t at my library to come up with this list. I hope you enjoy it as much I did. And I hope children of all faiths can read and discuss some of these books.
Paul Neruda’s childhood is the focal point of Ryan’s fictionalized novel. With regard to passion, Paul’s interest and gift for words was not embraced by his domineering and controlling father. His brother’s gift for classical voice was also rejected by their father in an effort to steer his sons into careers in engineering or medicine.
Borders Kids’ Summer Reading Program: read any 10 books and get one of their specially selected books for free. And their book selection is excellent! Nothing to buy, but you need to stop in twice. Once to get the form. Once to get the book. Love it!
In this Harvard Education Letter interview by Lucy Hood, astronomy professor Philip Sadler shares some insights from a new book he co-edited, AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program .
A CNN article about moms who quit their job to get their child into a highly selective college. What happened to private college counseling? And what happens when mom isn’t around to help organize when said child is at college? Are we crazy here?
Quotes on Education
I am a BIG fan of the Singapore Math Workbook curriculum series that is used in Singapore (they speak English!). My kids use it to supplement University of Chicago’s Every Day Math which I don’t love as much (too New Math for me!). I find that Singapore Math is both visual and intuitive plus it has plenty of math fact practice that Every Day Math lacks.
I pair these two excellent books together because they tell two parts of the same story: the near eradication of the Snowy Egret caused by a fashion trend and the birth of the Audubon Society in Boston, Massachusetts.
This wondrous book is a book without words but no words are necessary because Multi-Caldecott winning author, David Wiesner, tells the story in pictures. And what a story it is! If you take your children to the Jersey Shore or any shore for that matter, and your child is a dreamer or artist, then this is the book to spark imaginations!