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The Candymakers, Wendy Mass, 6th grade chapter books, books for boys, books for middle school boys,

Josh in 6th Grade Shares His Favorite Books

Book Recommendations for 6th Grade by 6th Grade Boy

HI! My name is Josh and I’m 11 years young. I just happened to come across your website as I was searching for some books. I looked over a few of your lists and I found some very interesting books! I thought that I could send in some recommendations, but I found most of mine on one of your lists! I saw The Mysterious Benedict Society on a list which is my all-time favorite books! I’ve also read Savvy, which is my 3rd favorite book. So her are a few books that I just want to recommend. Read more…

Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children, retold modern fairy tales, Keith McGowan,

4th Grade Book Club: Retold Modern Fairy Tales

Retold Modern Fairy Tales

The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children is a modern retold fairy tale chapter book. My middle daughter’s book club read it for the December meeting and it paired nicely with Gingerbread House decorating. The five girls in her book club all thought the book was funny; the idea of a witch living in your hometown is intriguing! Just like Hansel and Gretel which this book riffs off of, the story is an adventure with a daring rescue. Read more…

Barefoot World Atlas App, iPad app, geography for kids, Barefoot Books

World Atlas Book and New iPad App!

World Atlas Book and App

The new Barefoot World Atlas app for iPad looks great! I am excited to get my kids to use it because they have a shaky knowledge of world geography. $7.99. Read more…

birds and bees talk, birds and bees, sex talk with kids, sex talk, sex talk with son, sex talk with daughter, sex ed,

Birds and Bees Talk

The Uncomfortable Birds and Bees Talk with Your Kids

My dad friend from high school suggested this topic. He has three boys; the oldest is in 4th grade. He said that he attempted “The Talk” but his son was really embarrassed and shouted him out of the room. That got me thinking: 1) I need to The Talk myself. 2) Why re- invent the wheel? I don’t know exactly what to say either, but why do we parents always try to do everything ourselves? 3) ugh! Read more…

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More Multiplication Tricks: Strategies from Kids and Teacher That Work!

Easy Strategies to Learn Multiplication Facts

I was in my middle daughter’s 3rd grade classroom today as the guest reader when I found this gem on the white board.  My daughter chose Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl so I read the first few chapters to the class which has  the story of The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant) snuck in.  The B.F.G. is another book by Roald Dahl that kids seem to consistently rave about and many of the kids in her class had already read it and nodded their heads happily when I asked them if they liked it.  I was able to tell them about Roald Dahl Day in England — September 13, his birthday — and her teacher is planning an author study this Spring which will make my daughter very happy because she is chugging along through all his books. Read more…

Smiley Book of Colors, picture book of smiley faces found in everyday objects, Pragmatic Mom

The Smiley Book of Colors. Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

Picture Book of Smiles in Unexpected Places

This book makes me smile. I can attest that it appeals to older kids because my 6th grader snagged it when it arrived and asked to keep it.

The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser is a clever picture book that captures smiley faces in everyday objects. It also teaches colors. An upside red purse is really a smiley face! Can you see it? What I love about it is that it also teaches kids to see, REALLY see, like an artist. Is there a smiley face lurking about? Probably! You just have to see it. Read more…

Beyond Lucky, chapter book, soccer chapter book, chapter books, sports chapter books, Sarah Aronson

Getting Your Own Luck Assuming You Are Not Irish

Luck of the Irish For the Non-Irish

It’s St. Patrick’s day soon and there is something about being Irish that is always associated with lucky. And why is this? I asked this myself to my good friend Google. There were a few theories but these two made the most sense … Read more…

Wimpy Kid, Diary of Wiimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, books for boys, reluctant readers, reading, reading strategies,

Children’s Choice Book Awards: Vote!

Kids Favorite Books as Selected by Kids

The finalists for the 5th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages, are in! And YOU, the reader, determine the best kids books! There are books ranging from picture books, graphic novels, early chapter books to chapter books for ages 4 through 10 or grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Please vote and have your kids vote too! Read more…

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Picture Books to Teach Compassion: Book Club for Boys

Picture Books That Teach Compassion

The first idea is paring this non-fiction picture on Everything Ancient Egypt from National Geographic Kids with an outing. I found several. The Museum of Science in Boston has a virtual tour on Ancient Egypt that might be fun to incorporate. For a road trip, there are these other Egyptian exhibits around Boston: Read more…