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Best Books For Teens Who Read 2 to 3 Grades Below

Books for Teens Who Read Below Grade Level

I received this tweet from Mama C and the Boys who are dear to me though social media. I love her blog on transracial parenting and though it, I feel like I know her boys. Her blog inspires me to be a better mom. She asked me via Twitter for a list geared to 12-15 year olds reading 2-3 grade levels below. I racked my brain for chapter books, graphic novels and non fiction for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade that is especially engaging.This list is a mix of middle grade that skews up (ages 9-12) and YA that skews down (young adult, ages 12-18).Let me know how I did and please make suggestions to grow this list. Thank you!p.s. I found a great list of books for boys from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. Read more…

Popular Books for Kids at the Return Cart

Favorite Books Checked Out at the Library

I was in my elementary school library for the Skype author visit by Sheela Chari of mystery chapter book Vanished. Sometimes I hang out at the school library when I have time to kill say waiting between parent teacher conferences if I am able to schedule them somewhat back to back. I do love all libraries but especially school libraries. Read more…

science of electricity for kids

Physics of Circuits and Electricity for Kids

Science Projects and Games for Kids

My 7-year-old son played with this toy with a 5th grade boy while we are at a dinner party together.  They came back every ten minutes to show us the circuit boards they made. Some had light bulbs lit up. Others made noise. Still others were connected through a cup of water. The parents who hosted us said that this toy won Science Toy of the Year and that their kids played with it intensely for a few days. Read more…

Lunch Lady, graphic novel

Hilarious Children’s Authors with Impossible to Pronounce Names

Funny Children’s Book Authors: Jon Scieszka and Jarrett Krosoczka

Is there something about having a difficult name to pronounce that makes you especially funny? I was on a LiveChat with Lunch Lady graphic novel author Jarrett Krosoczka (dear god, your names are hard to spell!), and he was cracking me up. He’s so funny! Read more…

A Million Miles from Boston, Karen Day,

5th Grade Chapter Book GIVEAWAY: A Million Miles From Boston

Best Chapter Book for Girls Entering Middle School

I’m lucky to have Karen Day as a neighbor. We met through Music Lovers’ third grade soccer team. Karen’s youngest was also on the same team and we had a chance to chat at the end of the season dinner at the coach’s house. Once there was a face to the name, I started bumping into her everywhere! We like to go to the same off leash dog park around a reservoir one town over and now our dogs are buddies. We also  like the same hot yoga studio another town over too. Strangely though, I’ve never bumped into her at the grocery store. Read more…

Books Set During Summer for Kids

20 Great Books for Kids Set During the Summer

Summer Reading List Top Picks

It’s the summer or very close. Tomorrow is our last day of school. Some years my kids have summer reading homework but this year everyone is scott free. Still, I want them to read for pleasure this summer which will take some coaxing, especially for PickyKidPix who needs a school assignment as a motivation to read. Read more…

Sheela Chari

4th Grade Skype Author Visit: Sheela Chari of Vanished UPDATED

4th Grade Mystery Author Visit

One of my favorite middle grade book blogs, defined as books for ages 9-12 years old, is From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. I loved the book too and the blog is a wonderful group blog of nearly 3 dozen middle grade authors who are passionate about writing and getting kids reading. I’ve won a few things from their giveaways including a Skype author visit by Southeast Asian American author Sheela Chari. Read more…

Family Fun Magazine Summer Fun Ideas

Summer Fun Ideas from Family Fun Magazine

FamilyFun magazine has been celebrating its 20th anniversary with a fun, year-long initiative for families, appropriately titled “Badges of Fun.” The year’s initiative is coming to a close, but the fun isn’t over yet! The May issue spotlights the “Get Active” Badge, which is all about staying active and healthy while having fun with whole family —  just in time for summer! Read more…

Camp Mom summer camp

Ideas for Setting Up Camp Mom

Camp Mom Ideas

I received this email from a reader and I wanted to help because I am in the same position for part of this summer of trying to work on the computer while my kids are home. I know that there is NOTHING more challenging than to keep kids occupied without relying on screen time. Read more…