Best Books For Girls on Complicated Best Friendships
Why are best friendships between girls so complicated? Can best friendships morph and survive as one grows up or do best friendships that have begun at a young age get stuck in a pattern of behavior that keeps the relationship in a dysfunctional time warp? I wish that I knew the answer to that. I have polled my mom friends and some have best friendships that have lasted a few decades. Others, myself included, not so much. One lovely mom friend who is incredible on every front (gorgeous! funny! nice! intelligent!) said that she never had a best friend growing up, only a circle of very, very good friends (just like what men do!). It blew my mind that this was a girl option! But it makes so much sense to not have all your eggs in one basket. Oh, if I knew then what I know now… Read more…
Classic Children’s Books No Longer Popular
I did a post a few days ago on Top 10: Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books based on the books that I loved as a child and now my kids do too. This is the ugly stepsister version. Read more…
Summer Coming of Age Books for Girls
This is what I was thinking when I came up with this kooky list:
- Summer read, preferably on the beach or on vacation.
- Has to be a good read but not too strenuous or stressful or heavy (no Grapes of Wrath vibe!).
- The book is about the summer and/or beach and/or beachy vacation vibe; like, hey, we are all on vacation. You in the book and me in real life.
- A great lead GIRL character.
- Counts towards summer homework book assignment but was thoroughly enjoyable.
- For incoming grades 4-6.
Can you think of any more coming of age chapter book for girls set during the summer? I’d love to add your pick! Thanks!
Books for Kids for Beach Vacation
We have spent an amazing week at North Captiva Island, a barrier reef island with only golf carts as transportation. Every day, an amazing array of birds fly by the house and dive in the water to catch fish. We saw an Osprey land on our roof with a flopping fish. It eyed us for a moment before flying off to eat its prey. Every day we see fleets of Brown Pelicans fly in military precision over the water. When my husband released a catfish he caught on shore, as Osprey flew out of nowhere and grabbed the fish as it swam wearily away. Read more…
Best Books for 5th Grade by my 5th Grade Daughter
Well, it happened and I could not be more excited. My reluctant reader is now tearing through books faster than I. Her reluctance to read began in first year during that terrible year where the teacher was absent so often that there were actually substitutes for substitutes. She also has a natural inclination to be as far away from the limelight as possible and this included reading aloud, even just to me. Ok, especially to me because she hated being corrected and slowing down to decode and frankly, reading books where the difficulty level was correct but the plot was a snooze. Those were some tough years trying to get her to read. Read more…
Best Fantasy Books for Kids: Picture Books and Chapter Books
I need this list for my oldest who loves adventure fantasy books like the Harry Potter series. I can’t keep up, so I was glad to find this list of best fantasy chapter books and picture books from The Telegraph in the United Kingdom for her summer reading. I’ll keep you posted on which of these books she liked. Is it me, or am I the only one who thinks that the Brits read and write more and, frankly better than Americans? Could it be the weather that keeps them indoors more and cozy by the fire with a book? I’m not sure but I do find that they are a nation of readers. Read more…