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2010 Children’s Book Award Winners

Best Books for Kids: Newbery, Caldecott and More

This is from the Association of Library Services for Children. Read more…

2010 Africana Awards for Best Children’s Literature

Best Multicultural Books for Kids

I found this great site called Africa Access, founded in 1989 to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children’s collection on Africa.  Africa Access Review, the online database, contains over 1000 annotations and reviews of children’s books written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies.  Their award, Children’s Africana Book Awards, has presented more than forty awards since 1992.  These are the winners for 2010 with reviews by Africa Access. Read more…

4th of July Picture Books

4th of July Picture Books with an Asian Twist

Best Multicultural 4th of July Books for Kids

Happy Birthday United States on this 4th of July!  To celebrate, I selected two picture books with an Asian twist.  Both families are immigrants from China.  The children in each book, like all children of immigrants, straddle two worlds trying to be “more-American-like-their-friends” while immersed in the culture and traditions from their home country. But what is lovely in both these books is an acceptance that there is no one correct way to celebrate being an American.   This is a homage to the United States of America, the great melting pot nation.  Happy Birthday! Read more…

Best Non-Fiction for Kids: Fangs!

Great Non-Fiction for Boys

The cover of the book alone is appealing because it is a hologram that morphs into four different animals.  You have to tilt it just right to get all four images but this was really fun for my preschooler-soon-to-be-Kindergartener son.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise so I won’t tell you which four animals appear, but hint:  they all have fangs!! Read more…

Top 10: Picture Books That Teach Life Lessons

Best Picture Books That Teach Life Lessons

I read the loveliest Top 10 Picture Books that Teach Life Lessons on the Simple Mom blog. She’s out on maternity leave so this post was from Simple Homeschool editor, Jamie Martin of Steady Mom.  Click here for the link. Read more…

Teach Gratitude with A Small Child’s Book of Prayers

Book of Prayers for Kids

I wish we went to church more often.  My husband worships at the church of 18 holes.  I do think it is a place of spirituality for him and it certainly does reveal man’s true nature.  My husband says that after a round of golf, you see the person for who his or she is … cheaters, lies to self, lies to others, poorly mannered, can’t-control-your-temper, etc.  It’s enough spirituality for him. Read more…

Picture Book Teaches Perseverance Through Karate (ages 4-8)

Karate Picture Book Sends Message of Perseverance

My kids started karate about three years ago.  More than a decade ago, I had been robbed at gunpoint when I lived in West Los Angeles and I have been doing martial arts off and on for about the same amount of time.  I gravitate towards kick boxing which has fallen out of favor as a trendy exercise but it’s both a great workout and helpful for self-defense.  I let my oldest watch my kick boxing training session which helped to convince her to try karate.  She was halfway to black belt — where the rubber meets the road —  when the additional time commitment was more than she wanted to sign on for.  She opted for soccer instead. Read more…

KidsMathFun Math Worksheet App

Math Worksheet App for Kids

I tested 1st, 2nd and 4th grade KidsMathFun on my  4th grader, 2nd grader and preschooler.  They were not a big hit.  These apps are very straightforward online math worksheets with problems and 4 choices for answers.  There are variations of this with Minute Math (timed), Double Dare (you have the sum and one of the numbers.  Find the missing number), and  Try Again (you can do your incorrect problems over again). Read more…

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Use My Library Summer Book List; It’s on Your Shelves!

Best Summer Book List for Kids

My friend, CapabilityMom, asked me yesterday if I posted on the reading list from our public library (Newton Free Library) and this caused me to go into a tirade: Read more…