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Asian in America (Amy Chua, new Asian KidLit, dumpling recipe!)

Asian in America and Tiger Mom Amy Chua’s Influence

There is no doubt that Amy Chua’s “Tiger Mom” book sparked a reaction fanned, no doubt, by the incendiary article by the Wall Street Journal. I read somewhere that when people bother you, it’s because they reflect something inside yourself that you are trying to suppress. They are a foil into your own “dark side.” So it’s not surprising that an extreme parenting style that produces a child that appears to be obedient, talented, and smart is an end result we all to achieve. Read more…

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National Book Awards 2010

Best Books for Kids: The National Book Awards

The National Book Awards

Kathryn Erskine’s acceptance speech.

Reviews of books from Six Boxes of Books. Read more…

Little Bear Second Hand Saturday Easy Reader Pragmatic Mom

Second Hand Saturday: Little Bear Collection & The Monkey King’s Daughter

Free Books for Kids

Here’s how my Second Hand Saturday winner selection works.  You leave a comment within 7 days when the post first goes up (you have from Sat until Sat, so really 8 days because I am not that on top of it).  You tell me WHAT BOOK YOU WANT and WHY YOU WANT IT.  Whoever makes a compelling argument will win because I am all about getting the right book into the right hands.  If no one wants the books, I’ll tweet like mad until someone comments.  My Twitter handle is @PragmaticMom.  If you follow me, I’ll follow you back. Read more…

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Children’s Book Award Winners

Best Books for Kids: O’Dell, Costa, Sheffield & more…

Historical Fiction, Scott O’Dell Winner 2011, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Read more…

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Best Children’s Books on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrating MLK Day with Children’s Books

My youngest, who was then just 3 and in preschool, came home one day talking about an upcoming holiday celebrating a king.  “Elvis?”, we wondered.  “There is no king in the United States!” we said.  Still, he insisted so we continued to probe.  “It’s his birthday,” my son said, “so I don’t go back to school for three sleep and wake ups.”  Oh!!!  We suddenly understood:  he was talking about Martin Luther King, Jr.!! Read more…

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Top 10 Best Children’s Books: My Kids’ Favorites of 2010

Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2010

Oh, how the year flies by.  My favorite parenting quote from a Mom Friend:  the days are long but the years are short.  I know that I should have posted this around the first of the year, even New Year’s Eve but I am not that together.  But as I look back on the year and think about all the books my kids and I read together, it brings back warm, fuzzy memories of snuggling, laughing, and just enjoying a shared experience that loving the same book brings.  So I asked my kids to each give me their three favorite books from last year and then I added a few more of my own, though I have to say that I loved their picks as much as they did.  I hope you enjoy these books, should you need book recs, as much as we did! Read more…

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Your Fantastic Elastic Brain is Fantastic

Science Picture Book for Kids on Their Brains

I was an unhappy pre-med major so I took all the hard sciences and suffered mightily as one would when you are in over your head and also hating the subject matter that you are supposed to be mastering.  My father was a math professor so I got plenty of math supplementation at home but not so much in the sciences.  And yet, I believe that science can be fun. Read more…

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Read to Me Picture Book Challenge

Picture Book Reading Challenge

This a great challenge by There’s a Book (a fabulous children’s book blog, by the way) that ANYONE can participate in.  You don’t have to be a blogger to join!  You can read to your child OR you can just read them yourself!  Who’s in? I am!  I am going to try to read 200 picture books and blog on them with my kids during the year. Read more…

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12-year-old author of fantasy chapter book

Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

Are authors born or can that story telling gift be developed?  I’m starting to think more and more that authors are born.  I suspect that stories pour out of their minds in an endless gush;  that they have a physical craving to put pen to paper (or type on a keyboard, as it were); and that they spend every waking moment thinking about things like setting, plot and character.  As I meet children’s book authors and hear their story, one thing is clear:  they all wrote exceptionally well as children.  Their gifts were apparent young in life.  We’re talking, ages 8 or 9.  Maybe that is not so different from star athletes that shine at a young age??! Read more…