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Educator Discount from Chevrolet

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chevrolet for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Teachers have one of the toughest jobs on the planet and they do it, not for the money, but from the heart. The holiday season is a great time to thank our teachers.

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

I’ve been saving this stack of signed books to gift to our teachers; both current ones and previous teachers that I know love these authors!

Does your school have a no gift policy like ours? If so, what can you do?

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

Bonus points for spelling this very tricky last name correctly! I hope I got it right! The author is also coming to our elementary school next week! This is to Grasshopper and Sensei’s third grade teacher.

This is how we thank our teachers … with personalized signed chapter books.

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

My son’s 4th grade teacher is getting Jarrett Krosoczka‘s latest chapter book. I hope she likes it!

Our no gift policy allows for classroom items and all teachers love books! I think it’s even better when the author writes an inscription to them. Bonus points for spelling their name correctly!

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

My son’s 3rd grade teacher loves going to author events but she missed this one. A signed book will make her feel like she was there!

I’m so glad that Chevrolet is taking time to recognize the good work that educators do, day in and day out, and year round (even when schools are not in session!).

Educator Discount from Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox is a SUV with fuel-efficiency at 32 mpg on the highway! Read more…

Predicting the 2015 Newbery, Caldecott

Predicting 2015 Caldecott & Newbery

I have a selfish reason for compiling this list. It’s my Christmas book list for my kids. It’s also because my kids won’t read (probably like yours!) unless they have a really good book and so I search and search and present, like a game show hostess, blog posts of books that I think my kids will like and they unceremoniously, nay or approve each selection. Usually a nay, by the way. This is what I get back:

“No thanks mom.” (Grasshopper and Sensei politely declining)

“That looks boring.” (PickyKidPix; she is the least concerned about my feelings)

“Ummm, can we choose something else?” (My son squirms uncomfortably when he dislikes a book choice)

“I’ll just re-read Percy Jackson. I don’t want you to spend any of your money.” (What my son actually did all summer to avoid reading a “boring” book)

 

And now I need chapter books besides action adventure for my son (his teacher is trying to broaden his horizens); realistic fiction and dystopian for PickyKidPix; dystopian, non-stupid helpless girl romance and realistic fiction YA for Grasshopper and Sensei. And picture books for all of us, but only the “good” ones. Read more…

Raising Money for First Book at Multicultural Children's Book Day

Raising Money for First Book at Multicultural Children’s Book Day

We have some wonderful news about Multicultural Children’s Book Day! We are now a non-profit! This status will help us with our mission to get diversity books into the hands of underserved children.

multicultural children's book day January 27 2015

To help us with this goal, we are partnering with First Book. We will be both helping them to raise money and donating money we raise through our Multicultural Children’s Book Day to donate multicultural books to kids who need them most!

First Book and Multicultural Children's Book Day

 

About First Book

First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 120 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  Read more…

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What Would You #WishForOthers?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

What would you wish for this holiday season? After spending the weekend with Valarie Budayr of Jump into a Book and the wonderful staff at Wisdom Tales Press at the National Social Studies Council conference (NSSC) in Boston this past weekend, we would wish for all kids to be able to see themselves in children’s and young adult books. Read more…

Great New Picture Book Finds and GIVEAWAY!

Great New Picture Book Finds and GIVEAWAY!

Today is my turn for Picture Book of the Day and I had a hard time choosing because I’ve been reading and hoarding a small pile of really great picture books.

In the end, I went with my Caldecott contenter picture book,  Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by two Caldecott honored authors, Mac Barnett  and Jon Klassen. They both won a Caldecott honor for Extra Yarn last year when Jon Klassen also won the Caldecott medal for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott honor for I Want My Hat Back.

Will this winning duo pull it off again this upcoming Caldecott?!! My money is on them!

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Caldecott, Picture Book of the Day

Have you read any great new picture books lately? Please share! Read more…

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About The Mayflower

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About The Mayflower

The first stop for the third grade field trip  to Plimoth Plantation on a wet and dreary day was the Mayflower II.  It’s a replica of the Mayflower ship that the Pilgrims sailed on. We also learned about the life for Pilgrims and Native Americans.

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Here’s a model boat version of the Mayflower at Plimoth Plantation. Read more…

The Science of Japanese Ramune Soda for Kids

Science of Japanese Ramune Soda for Kids

My kids discovered the Japanese Ramune soda recently. It was a discovery PickyKidPix made while eating at a Japanese restaurant with her friend. She was determined to hunt them down and we found them at our local Chinese grocery store.

ramune japanese soda and history of codd neck bottle

While the flavors of the Ramune sodas seem overly sweet and subtle to me, my kids seem to like them. I think it’s possibly the cool bottle design though. There is a marble in the neck that you have to push down into the bottle using a plastic piece. Sometimes it’s hard to push that sucker down!codd neck bottle and ramune japanese soda
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My Best Energy Saving Idea

My Best Energy Saving Idea

I live outside of Boston and our house energy bill surges in the winter. And our winter lasts a long, long time! It’s not just three months, but the snow will start to fall as early as Halloween (ok, that only happened once) and last though April. We typically get a White Christmas.

Saving money on energy is always on our mind because our rising energy bill to heat our home coincides with the holiday spending season! My best idea to save energy is pretty simple yet very effective. It’s really to block the gaps in the doors of your house that let in the cold air.

The fix can be expensive — get new doors and door frames — or inexpensive. We go for easy and inexpensive by using this cold air blocking device called a door sweep by Frost King that my husband bought from Home Depot.

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New York Life Keep Good Going Twitter Party

Do Good, Share Traditions and Win Prizes

I’m so thrilled to be co-hosting a Twitter party on behalf of New York Life‘s Keep Good Going on Monday, November 24th at 5pm PST/8pm EST.  What does that mean exactly — Keep Good Going? To me, it means many things:

  • Gratitude for what is in my life.
  • Celebrating family traditions.
  • Remembering those who aren’t with us.
  • Giving back during the holiday season.

My kids are concerned about children who don’t have enough food and so we dug into our pantry for the school food drive which will help our local food pantries. Do you need a book list to help kids learn about hunger? I wrote a book list for Let’s Lasso the Moon and here are a few of my picks:

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (Reading Rainbow Book) by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan

A little boy wants to learn more about the people he sees on the street so he accompanies his Uncle Willie to the soup kitchen where they work with other volunteers to help feed the hungry and homeless. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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