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2011 Newbery Potential Winners from Ex-Newbery Judge, Amanda Stuckmeyer

Predicting Newbery Winners 2011

I am excited about the upcoming Newbery Awards!  Amanda Struckmeyer served on the Newbery Committee that selected Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and her list, I believe, is dead on.  Here’s a link to the post that has her Mock Newbery event.  But more importantly, here’s her list!  Maybe your children will have fun reading these books trying to predict the outcome of this year’s Newbery Award?  If that is not a reasonable option, then just enjoy some newly published quality books.  Check with your library also to see if they are available yet.  If you only want one book suggestion, pundits from KidLitCon 2010 have whispered in my ear about how excellent The Keeper by Kathi Appelt is.  I wonder if Vegas lets you bet on this? Read more…

Asian Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Alvin Ho

More Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What happens when you cross a crazy popular early chapter book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with an Asian kid?  You get Alvin Ho, who is hilarious and allergic to just about everything in the world, or so he thinks, including:

  • camping
  • hiking
  • natural disasters
  • girls
  • school
  • birthday parties
  • science projects
  • man-made catastrophes
  • other scary things Read more…
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Top 6 Math Apps for Kids

Best Math Apps for Kids

I found this list of math apps from TouchReviews.net and I was surprised that I didn’t recognize any of these math apps!  You know me, I love math apps and I thought I hunted them all down but them seem to be coming out of the woodwork in great droves.  Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg?  No matter!  Math apps, if your children will play them, are a match made in heaven by combining “fun” with “math.”  How great is that? When I feel like I know enough great math apps, I promise to create a Top 10:  Best Math Apps list of my own.  For now, I’m still searching. Read more…

Favorite Books for Reluctant Readers Grades 3-8

Best Books for Kids Who Don’t Like to Read

At our school’s curriculum night, I always tell parents that my number one goal is to help their child love to read so that he or she will become a life-long reader.  For some students, this goal has already been met — the children come to me with a love of literature.  For others, it is more difficult.  This can be for a multitude of reasons.  Maybe the child is still learning to read and has not built up the reading skill or endurance needed to focus on the content of the book versus the process of reading.  Maybe the child has not found the right kind of books for him or her – maybe they are trying to read books that are too long or that they don’t have the necessary background knowledge for.  Whatever the reason, it is my job to push, challenge and empower those children to become book lovers. Read more…

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Free Website for Math Facts Grades 1-6

Free Math Facts Website for Kids

Someone suggested this site to me,  MathABC:  Free Online Math Practice for Grades 1-6.  Mark Sanders, the founder, says that he is in the process of adding hundreds more exercises but I have to say that what is up now is pretty great!  And did I mention that it’s FREE?!!  Some of the problems are fill in the blank and some are multiple choice.  The layout is very simple and easy to use.  It’s great for children! Read more…

How To Set Up a Blog for Your Child

Kids and Blogging

My oldest has been begging me to blog on my blog which is funny because she normally finds my blogging to be annoying.  Today Mashable had this really great article on helping kids create their own blog.  Caveat:  if you do this, your kids will then be your technical support because we all realize that kids will be better at the tech stuff than we parents.  I am going to help her, but this will require us to get another computer! Read more…

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5th Grade Book Club with Karen Day, author of No Cream Puffs

Book Club for 5th Grade with Karen Day

It was a scramble, but my oldest’s kick off 5th grade girls’ book club was a big hit thanks to a visit by author Karen Day, author of No Cream Puffs. Read more…

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

Best Hispanic Books for Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month now during the month of September so I am barely squeaking out this list in time to celebrate Latino/Latina and Hispanic culture with children’s literature.  Por favor, disfrutar de.  (I think I said please enjoy!).

What are your favorite books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Please share! Read more…

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Predicting Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Mock Newbery 2011

Ok.  So this is not really the list of Caldecott and Newbery candidates for 2011 but School Library Journal Blog’s A FUSE #8 PRODUCTION‘s best guess… but I have feeling that they know what they are talking about.  We shall see when the awards come out next year, but I’m betting they got quite a few correct! Read more…