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Debbie Clement

Debbie Clement GIVEAWAY and National Teacher Day

One of the great pleasures of blogging is meeting wonderful fellow bloggers like Debbie Clement, a teacher, musician, author/illustrator and performer. What doesn’t she do?!

Debbie Clement

In celebration of National Teachers’ Week which kicked off yesterday and National Teacher Day today, I wanted you to meet her! Her companyRainbows Within Reach, is now launching it’s 18th year of children’s Arts programing.

I thought her video is perfect for today!

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Jonathan Stroud Lockwood and Co series

Meet Jonathan Stroud and Rick Riordan

I wanted you to meet Jonathan Stroud next. He was part of the Rick Riordan Mega Awesome event along with Ridley Pearson and Eoin Colfer.

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan is a Brit with the world’s best wife. She let him quit his job to try to be a writer. It was six months before Bartimaeus emerged in its infancy and the rest, as they say, is history.

books by Jonathan Stroud, Mega Awesome book author event Rick riordan

Jonathan has a new series out and it sounds fascinating. Think Ghostbusters but instead of Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and  Bill Murray, it’s a team of kids. Read more…

We Need Diverse Books

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and Joseph Bruchac YA GIVEAWAY

Have you been following the brouhaha on Twitter: #WeNeedDiverseBooks ?

This is what went down:

“Last week, BookCon announced their event’s lineup of blockbuster kid lit panelists. Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Rick Riordan, and Lemony Snicket, four white men, will be starring as luminaries in the field for this event.

Even the invited panelists have begun raising important questions, as Rick Riordan tweeted the following:

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2014 Boston Marathon Man

Boston Marathon View From My House

This is the last year we’ll be able to watch the Boston Marathon from our living room window because we are moving nearby but no longer on the route. I am happy that we were able to watch this special year, reeling from the bombings that affected everyone by two degrees of separation. It was especially weird for me because my office is at the finish line.

My kids spent the day on one side the street due to increased security wandering up and down a small stretch with their friends from our house to the marathon and back. The weather was perfect for the runners and many of our friends and neighbors were running for charities. My son’s soccer teammate’s dad ran for a particularly poignant cause. He was the soccer coach for 8-year-old Martin Richard who died last year from the bomb.

Over 100,000 daffodils bulbs were planted along the Marathon route to commemorate the victims of the bombings and more than 36,000 runners signed up.

daffodils for Boston Marathon mile 18
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free books through scholastic

FREE Books from Scholastic through EVEREADY® Gold®

Now that it’s spring and we can finally get outside here in Boston, it’s a great time to explore. My kids have this aversion to insects — I’m not sure why, but they are terrified by spiders in particular — so some outside insect exploration would be a good thing. I like to use books to both entertain and to teach and I wanted to introduce this wonderful program where you can get a FREE Scholastic book with a purchase of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries.

The book options include Fly Guy, The Magic School Bus and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Let’s explore how to use these books for some outside fun (and insect aversion therapy for my kids!). Read more…

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Why Social Emotional Skills Rule the World! My College Roommate Will Fix Obamacare

Sylvia Mathews BurwellI am so proud of my freshman college roommate, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. She will be the next Health Secretary  on Obama’s Cabinet.

“President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next health secretary, the Cabinet official who’s ultimately responsible for overseeing Obamacare. During the ceremony, Obama touted Burwell skills as someone who can handle tough challenges.

‘Sylvia is a proven manager, and she knows how to deliver results,” he said. “And she’ll need to be a proven manager because these are tough tasks, big challenges.’

She also has a history in Washington circles that extends beyond her current position.” From CNN Read more…

10 Books to Help Kids Become More Responsible

10 Books to Help Kids Become More Responsible

Mamoo Kids asked me for a list of books to help kids become more independent. That got me thinking … can books for kids teach kids about responsibility? Why not? It will help start the discussion and that might lead to better remembering which might lead to being more responsible!

Mamoo Kids ‏@mamookids

@pragmaticmom great site! love your recommendations. do you have suggestions for books on helping kids become more independent? responsible?

 

re·spon·si·ble
riˈspänsəbəl/
adjective
  1. having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one’s job or role.

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World Book Night book list for kids and teens

World Book Night Books for Kids and Teens

Today is World Book Night and the purpose is to spread the love of reading from person to person.

World Book Night

World Book Night has assembled a book list for 2014 and I’ve hightlighted the books for kids and teens.

World Book Night

I hope you get a chance to spread the love of reading tonight by reading together or gifting a book!

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