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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…

books for kids, chapter books, best books for kids, diversity,

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…

multicultural books for kids, multicultural picture books, middle eastern books for kids, kids books, Ramadan

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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gods and heroes, gods and heros, mythology books, mythology pop up book, books for kids,

Wonderful Comprehensive Pop Up Mythology Book: Encyclopedia Mythologica (for ages 5-15)

Mythology Pop Up Book for Kids

I knew my going-int0-5th grader would LOVE this book even though it is not a chapter book so when she complained about not having anything to read, I quickly ordered this online. When it came, she snatched it up, disappeared for a few hours and then thanked me for it. She did love it! Read more…

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New Picture Books Reviews

New Picture Book Reviews by Mom and 3 Kids

I’m been asking for and getting a small pile of books these days and haven’t been posting on them. I was at a loss about how to present them … individual book reviews? But there are lots of bloggers who do that. Do you readers really need or want more? I had been putting them on [wacky] themed lists but not all the books fit on an existing list and creating a new list per book is crazy time-consuming. But I like the idea of putting a new book in the context of other well-known and really great books. A review by itself is difficult to decipher into “my kid likes X so he or she will love Y.” Sorry, no more math. Read more…

Geisel awards, best easy readers, best early readers

Best Easy Readers: Geisel Award (aka Dr. Seuss)

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  It was founded in 2004 and the first award year was 2006, so it’s a fairly new award. That’s great because it’s a list that is actually plausible to work through!

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green, environmental books for kids,

Best Children’s Books To Teach Green

Books for Kids that Teach Environmental Responsibility

The Green Earth Lit award is sponsored by the Newton Marasco Foundation for books that either promote an inspired understanding of the environment, an awareness of environmental issues, or a celebration of nature; encourage the concept of environmental stewardship and the role each of us can play in nurturing, protecting, and defending our environment; and with environmental issues that are current and accurately portrayed. What are your favorite Green Earth picture, chapter or YA books? Please share! Read more…

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Top 10: Best Books for Young Artists (ages 2-18)

My oldest is a budding artist and while I have failed to support this interest with extra curricular activities to improve her skills, I have finally seen the light and enrolled her in a week of real art camp.  Not the arts and crafts variety.  She draws daily such that I tend to push activities that are opposite to art to round her out:  math, reading, music, languages, and sports.
My mom friends are more on top of things.

One mom friend suggested an excellent art book from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as a birthday present.  Hey, I did buy her the book (and it’s excellent).  And I took her to the Eric Carle Museum.  But now I am trying to be more supportive.  We bought a family pass to the Museum of Fine Arts to increase our trips from annual to quarterly.  I put her in camps that have more interesting and in depth art offerings.  And I keep these books around the house.  Most of them at least.

p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:

Art Activity Books

45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter

10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids

Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading

Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids

Art Books for Kids Honorable Mention

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans

I got this book for my 16 year old, Grasshopper and Sensei, who is arty and just completed the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program this past summer. She and I are both drooling over this book. Beautifully illustrated on every page, this book brings the artists and major paintings that they created alive! Each story covers the artist’s life but in a way that draws the reader in because it’s a story and not a straight up (boring) biography. You can flip from chapter to chapter to read about particular artists or periods of art as you choose, or read it from start to finish in historical order. The beauty of this book is that it works for a wide range of ages. It also works beautifully as a read aloud for art history, either at home or in an art class. My daughter and I have read a lot of art history books for kids and this one is by far the best one we’ve ever run across. This is worth the investment! [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]


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3 Movies to Bring if Stranded on an Desert Island With Your 3 Kids and Husband

Best Movies to Rent for Families

I am doing a BlogFrog summer sweepstakes blog tour on behalf of RedBox and it’s made me think about movies which has been fun because I haven’t watched a movie in a while. On long car trips, we let our kids play a DVD in the SUV so my husband and I THINK we’ve watched a movie when, in actuality, we’ve only listened to it about 9 times without any visuals. Strangely satisfying though. Read more…