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Top 10: YA & Middle Grade Novels in Verse

Best Novels in Verse for Kids and Teens

I found another great Novel in Verse from a great author blog, Caroline By Line, and it’s her actual book. It got a great review in Horn Book Review! May B by Caroline Starr Rose.

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The Hunger Games Movie is Coming in March … Here’s the Trailer!

Hunger Games Movie Trailer

I first learned about The Hunger Games trailer from The Brain Lair and sent it to my daughter who has read the series 3 times. She loved it. Then my husband found the first book in the bathroom and read it. He loved it and read the whole series. And then he found the trailer and showed it to me. So, sharing is caring: Read more…

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The Movie and Book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I am so excited to see the movie. I hear that it’s great! A factoid that I just learned: Brian Selznick is the grandson of Hollywood film producer David O. Selznick. Director Martin Scorsese knew about this relationship and it piqued his interest even more in the Caldecott award-winning book. I have to say that I thought his illustrations were amazing and reminiscent of  the sketches of scenes blocked out by old-time directors like Alfred Hitchcock. Do you think there is a real cinematic quality to the way he sequences the illustrations? And what did you think of the movie? Read more…

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Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids with Dragons

The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Children’s Book Authors

Best Children’s Book Authors Ever!

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Read more…

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Meteor!: Science Of, Finding and Buying A Meteorite

Science Picture Book with Meteor Activity

I found this book a while ago in the discounted book room of my favorite book store. I will pretty much buy any picture book by Patricia Polacco. Her advanced picture books are based on her life and the people that she knows. I knew that, but for some reason I thought this book was set back in time — say around the 1800s — where a village spotted a meteor! Suffice it to say that I should not judge a picture book by its cover. Read more…

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1st Grade Books for Boys from the Book Fair

Book Fair Books for 1st Grade Boys

The annual school book fair at my kids’ elementary school is a much-anticipated and beloved fund-raiser. Parents and kids can buy books their teachers have selected as a gift and each class gets to visit the book fair, either just to browse or to buy. The book fair is a two-day event, opening before school begins and hosting a pizza night as well. This year, the pizza night suffered from a power outage, which is retrospect, could have been prevention work since power was fine during the recent snow storm. Read more…

Teaching Kids about Money: Spend, Save, Donate

Teaching Kids Financial Literacy Skills

I want to teach my children to handle money responsibly so I polled the money-savvy moms that I know to get their take on allowance. I got lots of great advice, but I found Mom Friend Sheri’s advice to work for me: weekly allowance is based on their age (a dollar a year) and earning allowance is based on doing a couple daily age-appropriate tasks. Read more…

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Historical Fiction Awards for Children’s Books

Best Historical Fiction Books for Kids

One of my favorite blogs, The Fourth Musketeer, just covers KidLit Historical Fiction. I pretty much file every book review of hers into an email folder labeled “Books I Want to Read.” She posted on the Historical Association Awards Young Quills  from Great Britain here. I have listed the winners as well as the short lists for this year and last year. Historical fiction is a great way to get kids excited about history! If you want to find more great books, be sure to subscribe to The Fourth Musketeer’s blog. She’s a librarian and the go to person on that! Read more…