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Easy Chapter Book Series for Girls: Clementine

Clementine is the New Ramona Quimby

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

My oldest received the first book, Clementine, from her book club.  She liked it so much that we got the rest of this early chapter book series.  I noticed it won a Massachusetts Book Award in 2007.  Finally, the other day I found the books tucked away on a high bookshelf and read them and I can see why everyone loves them so much.  I’d describe them as Junie B. Jones in third grade…she’s nicer to her little brother now.  She still gets in trouble but her heart is as big as her imagination and she’s a lot of fun. Read more…

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Books for 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

New Books for Third Grade and Fourth Grade

These are the book recommended by my library. It skews a little young so you can use this for Going into 3rd grade if your child loves to read. This list is from my public library (Newton Free Library) and the books are newly published this year. Check to see if they are at your library. Read more…

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9 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Child

Things You Should Never Say to a Child

I found this great article on CNN.com and I’m afraid that while I don’t say all of these 9 things, the two I do say (#1 and #8), I say frequently.

So, as penance, I am posting on this to remind myself to stop it! If you need to know the rationale of why these 9 Things are no-nos, the full article is here and there is extensive explanation for each one. Actually, I say #9 too.  Read more…

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Top 10: Best Timeless Newbery-ish Chapter Books Set in Florida

Best Books for Kids Set in Florida

There’s a glamour to Florida set back in time that rivals Hollywood in California and maybe that is why these talented children’s book authors firmly set their books here. To be sure, some are from Florida and/or from the South and seem to know every nook and cranny of their small towns. But even more interesting are the characters they create; characters who have lived hard and stoic lives but never really told their stories to anyone, except now, in these books. Read more…

Newbery Award Winners from 1922-2012

Newbery Winners

This is from An Unconventional Librarian who cribbed it from Lois Lowry’s web page.  I just added the winners from 2006-2010 which were not on the list.  Here is the link to ALSC/ Newbery Winner  plus Honor Book Winners for a more comprehensive list of chapter books. Read more…

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Books for Kids That Teach Compassion and Tolerance

Best Books for Kids That Teach Tolerance

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives is proud to announce the winners of the Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award for 2011. It selects two books a year to honor. Read more…

Summer Math Slide? Time to Take Action!

 Math Milestones of Concepts that Build

These are the areas that milestones for kids to master.

a)  Math Facts for 4th Graders – Difficulty in understanding division leads to challenges with understanding factors and fractions, key to middle school math.  Weakness if these areas result in the student not getting most algebra concepts. Read more…

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What Are Your Kids Reading This Summer? Win Prizes by Sharing!

Summer Reading for Kids to Win Prizes

When BlogFrog asked me if I wanted to get involved with Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club promoting their kids’ Summer Reading Series campaign, it was a no brainer. I love this stuff! Summer reading lists? That is  right up my alley. What is even better is that my readers will get a chance to win prizes just for sharing what their kids will be reading this summer. I’m interested in knowing. Sharing this info is a great way to discover new great books. Just like the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club! Read more…

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Top 10: Best Middle Eastern American Children’s Books

Best Multicultural Books for Kids on the Middle East

In honor of Ramadan, I wanted to offer a book list to help bridge an understanding between Muslins and people of other faiths. It’s actually taken me more than a year to assemble this book list as I am not familiar with this topic. I hope that you will share your favorite books and I will add to this list.

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