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Children's Books on Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival

Children’s Books on Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival

Today is Holi which I know very little about so I asked author of Dev and Ollie: Colour Carnival to help me out. Please welcome my guest blogger today Shweta Aggarwal!


There’s only one thing that comes to mind immediately when the festival of Holi is mentioned – bright, vibrant colours everywhere! Holi is literally one of the most colorful festivals in the world because PEOPLE get coloured!

Children's Books on Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival

The spirit of Holi embraces everyone, bringing people together. Although this Hindu festival has been celebrated in India for thousands of years to commemorate the victory of good over evil, it has recently gained widespread popularity. Traditionally, the festival kicks off with a Holika bonfire the eve of Holi where people dress in their finest clothes and sing and dance around the bonfire. The next day, on the contrary, everyone’s out on the streets wearing their shabbiest clothes because what’s in store is to get coloured from head to toe! Dry coloured powder, water pistols and water balloons are a common sight when ‘playing Holi’. Read more…

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.

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Picture Book Doll House at My Library

Picture Book Doll House at My Library

My public library has a display that I’ve long admired of a picture book doll house. Each room represents a children’s book.

picture house doll house

Isn’t it wonderful? Three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and living room.

The Good Night Moon room was the most obvious to me; this is such an iconic book but Five Minutes’ Peace is new to me. I’m glad there is a bathroom in this doll house though!

How about you? Did you guess all the room correctly? Read more…

7th Grade Model of Cell Science Project

7th Grade Model of Cell Science Project

7th Grade Model of Cell Science ProjectThe model of a cell cake is a popular science project for 7th grade. My daughter says that anyone who bakes this cake gets an A on their project. Her class ate the cake after she and her partner presented it. It was delicious even though it was a day old.

Here are instructions to  bake your own Edible Cell Model from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. There is a lot of leftover candy after the project is completed which is why I think my daughter chose this project!

  • Blue Mike and Ikes = mitochondria
  • Pink Mike and Ikes = smooth endoplasmic reticulum
  • War Heads = vacuoles
  • Air Heads Xtremes = rough endoplasmic reticulum
  • Sour gummy worms = Golgi apparatus
  • Candy disc sprinkles = ribosomes
  • Cupcake = nucleus

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Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the March 2016  Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, now monthly hop, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!
Simply make a post related to Children’s literature and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog.

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Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game

Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game #YOKAIWATCH

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

It wasn’t hard to convince my 5th grade son to try out the Nintendo Yo-kai Watch video game on his 3DSXL. In fact, he was surprised and elated when the game arrived in the mail, but not sure how it happened. Usually, he orders his games online, and tracks the arrival diligently, to the hour! It’s unusual that I’d have a video game lined up for him!

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Rice & Rocks cover reveal

Cover Reveal for Rice and Rocks!

Today, I am doing the cover reveal for a diversity picture book called Rice & Rocks. I met author Sandra L. Richards through Instagram and I’d encourage any new authors to meet bloggers through social media. It works!

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Make Pie for Pi Day 3.14.16

Making Pie for Pi Day: 3.14.16 (rounding up!)

My mathematician dad would be proud that I’m celebrating Pi Day today and have been for the past few years. Last year, I found Pi Day cartoons which I found hilarious. I looked that the relationship between Pi and The Golden Rule and how Pi tells stories. I even celebrated Tau Day which is 2x Pi.

Pi Day

Image from Randomly Yaya

Let’s Celebrate Pi Day:  March 14, 2016. That’s 3.14159 (rounded up) to 3/14/16!

Pi Day is March 14th! It’s the only number with its own holiday! Most scholars consider Pi to be the most important and fascinating number in all of mathematics. Technically, the mathematical constant pi is an irrational, or never-ending number, created by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It is a number that begins with 3.14 but then goes on and on never repeating itself for infinity.

Did you know?

  • Pi Day (3/14) turns out to be Albert Einstein’s birthday!
  • Pi, more commonly known by the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, is the most widely-known mathematical constant in the world.
  • Pi was not easy to calculate. People died trying to figure it out!

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African-American Pioneering Female Musicians

African-American Female Musicians Picture Books

March is Women’s History Month so I’ve started off with a video of a musician that is new to me, Hazel Dorothy Scott, a jazz prodigy who was prominent during the 1930s and 1940s. I could not find a picture book biography on her (yet) but here’s hoping that someone will write out. In the meantime, below the video I’ve rounded up picture book biographies of other women who paved the way in music. Have I missed any? Please let me know and I’ll add! Thank you!

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