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Prescient Dr. Seuss Environmental Warning Book: The Lorax (ages 4-12)

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss Warns About Environment Decades Ago

First published in 1971 long before concerns about the environment were common, Dr. Seuss penned The Lorax which warned against greed and unrestrained industrialization. This timeless tale is about the now remorseful “Once-Ler” who destroyed a pristine area that once flourished with fish, creatures and birds through his desire to “bigger.” The Lorax who pops out of the first tree he downs speaks for the trees and creatures but can’t change the Once-Ler’s mind until it’s too late. Read more…

Non Fiction for Kids: True or False series Storms, Birds (ages 6-9)

Great Non-Fiction Books for Young Kids

True or False series by Melvin and Gilda Berger  is a young science series in a fun question-and-answer format. My kids reviewed Storms and Birds and gave both a thumbs up. My oldest has been studying weather as a science unit in 4th Grade so she was familiar with hurricanes and tornadoes but there were still factoids that she enjoyed learning from the book. The Birds book covers birds from all different continents; my fourth grader knew all these factoids but still enjoyed it. My 5-year-old also could participate in the Q and A so this made a nice group bedtime story. Read more…

Loss of a Pet: Picture Book for ages 4-adult (The Tenth Good Thing…)

Picture Book for Kids on Loss of Pet

Our quest for a puppy took a funny turn. We were third on the list for a female Golden Retriever and the breeder just emailed to say that one of the three female puppies had an accident and lost her tail. That news got me thinking. Our friends who just got a Black Labrador 6-week-old puppy said to try to find a vet that has a “new puppy” package because initial costs for neutering and shots were not inexpensive. She also recommended animal health insurance through Purina which has different deductibles. Capability:Mom‘s dog (a “Doodle” mix) has an auto-immune medical condition. Read more…

Advanced eBook for Kids The Crystal Mountain

eBook Advance Picture Book for Kids

The Crystal Mountain, by Ruth Sanderson for ages 6-10.  Sanderson combines folk tales from China and Norway  in this lushly illustrated book.  This is the perfect eBook for reluctant readers as it can be treated as a portable “book on tape” with rich language and gorgeous illustrations. Read more…

Shapes with Asian American Twist: Round is a Mooncake

eBook Asian American Shape Book for Kids

Round is a Mooncake written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin, is an ebook for the iPhone or iPad  about shapes with an Asian American Children’s Literature twist.  The eBook is great for new readers because the words light up as the narrator (a charming young girl’s voice) reads the story.  I have to say that I think the lighting up of words as a story is read is one of the greatest attributes of an eBook over a traditional book. Read more…

Peter Rabbit eBook App combines Classic with Puzzle

Peter Rabbit eBook App and Game for Kids

Once Upon an App has made the classic story Peter Rabbit into an eBook for the iPhone or iPad.  This is a delightful iPhone ebook.  The interactive puzzle is a la the classic “Highlights” magazine of spotting the hidden picture in the illustrated line drawing page.  When you find the picture, you move an easter egg to locate it and the picture turns into a beautiful colored illustration.  The story is narrated on each page while you search for the hidden picture. Read more…

Fun Word Problem Picture Book for ages 6-10 (You Can, Toucan, Math)

Picture Book With Math Concepts

This is a fun word problem book featuring birds with problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This would be a fun book to use for the summer to sneak in a little math but in a really fun way. The sweet spot is 2nd to 3rd graders, but even my preschooler will enjoy this book if we do the problems together by drawing out rows of birds to solve multiplication and division which would be new for him.

If you are looking for more picture books that teach math concepts, I have a post on Picture Books that Teach Math Concepts with more suggestions.

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Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated Kids from Kid Companion

Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated and SPED Kids

My oldest daughter bites her nails.  It’s pretty bad actually because her nails are bitten down to nubs.  We’ve tried talking to her and putting band aids and the like but it didn’t really work.  So, I found this Chewy Jewelry from Kid Companion on Twitter and it’s a necklace you can chew on designed for special needs kids.  My daughter loves those fidgets also; the special needs kids in her class get them to help keep them focused and she’s always been jealous that she doesn’t get one to play with. Read more…

How To: Raise a Reader and a Writer

Getting Kids Excited about Reading and Writing

This brochure from the National Association for the Education of Young Children comes home with every about-to-be-a-Kindergartner at our school.  This is their guide to parents for raising a reader and writer.  I just condensed it and added a few ideas of my own. Read more…