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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…

Cows Can't Jump, Dave Reisman, boardbook for toddlers, pragmatic mom

Book Giveaway for Kids

Win Books for Kids

Congrats to Renee and Callie for winning. Renee won I See the Sun in China.  Callie won Cows Can’t Jump for her cow loving grandson.

Cows Can’t Jump by Dave Reisman, illustrated by Jason A. Maas [board book, ages 2-6] Read more…

Best Baby Parenting Books

Great Parenting Books for New Parents

I remember when my first child was born and both my husband and I were panicked at the daunting task of keeping her alive. I thought the key would be to educate myself and I read every baby parenting book I could get my hands on including books from friends that were 10-years-old and out of print.  I made myself crazy.  I read, like, 15 books.  The books gave conflicting advice.  Advice from “experts” also flip-flopped from decade to decade.  I almost made up a spreadsheet to track the different opinions on the issues.  OK, I’m anal-retentive, but not that anal-retentive.  But only by a hair. Read more…

Ladybug Picture Book Award

Best Picture Books Voted by Kids

In November 2010, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to third grader will be invited to vote for the winner of the 2010 Ladybug Picture Book Award. Voting materials, including a picture ballot and tally sheets will be available on this website in June.  What an exciting way to teach very young children about great picture books AND that your opinion makes a difference.  I wish I lived in New Hampshire so my kids could vote!!! Read more…

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Toddlers and iPhones: TV or Educational?

Is the iPhone Bad for Toddlers?

I have to say that my iPhone, which is a fairly recent acquisition, is hotly sought after by all my three kids, so much so that I never know what the volume level is set at, or where to find the icons I use as my kids are constantly “organizing” my phone for me.  My youngest was 5 when I got my iPhone and is very adept at using my iPhone.  In fact, he was the first to discover how to delete apps when I discovered that he had removed all the educational math apps that offended his sensibilities.  Had I purchased the phone years ago, I’m sure he’d have played with it at a much younger age. Read more…

Scruffy Kitty eBook App for Halloween

Halloween eBook for Little Kids

What I really love about Winged Chariot iPhone/iPad/iPod ebooks is that they come in a slew of languages.  Scruffy Kitty comes in Dutch, English, French, Spanish, and Japanese.  These apps also always have a sticker app which is fun for kids.  It would be a dream come true for me if my kids read this ebook in Spanish for fun!  I am not holding my breath, but it might come true someday… Read more…

NYTimes Best Seller Picture Book Sequel

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark Delights

It is a rare occasion when my husband raves about a picture book.  He’s read his fair share of picture books to our three children but bedtime stories is my favorite time of the day, not his.  And while he will read a book over and over again, there aren’t too many picture books in our house that he is excited to re-read.

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark, Deborah Diesen, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

So when he told ME to blog about this book because it’s GREAT, I have to say that I stood up at attention (figuratively as I was reclined in bed), and took note.  This is why I think he liked it so much:

  • It rhymes.  And it rhymes beautifully without losing its cadence somewhere in the story which is my pet peeve in life.
  • It has a particular part that repeats several times — when the Pout-Pout fish admits he is scared of the dark.  My husband and youngest LOVED to say the first three lines loud and strong, and the scared-y cat part high and squeaky.  They are just like that!  But it cracked them up to no end!  And this book helped my son because he, too, is afraid of the dark.
  • There are several great messages woven into the book:  being a good friend, overcoming your fears, and being helpful.
  • There is also an oceanography lesson built in.  (My husband grew up in Monterey, California and though I actually took Ichthyology (the study of fish!) in college, he knows way more about marine biology than I do just from osmosis).  He noticed that the sea creatures changed appropriately as the fish swam deeper into the ocean.  I actually learned about the different levels of the sea from Dr. Seuss’ Wish on a Fish:  All About Sea Creatures myself and also appreciated the weird and crazy looking fish at the bottom of the ocean in the trench.
  • His only criticism was that he didn’t love the illustrations by Dan Hanna.  They are ok; not terrible but just not Caldecott worthy.   That’s a shame because this a New York Times best selling author!

This is the first book that I’ve read by Deborah Diesen but I am so impressed that I’m going to find her other books.

The Pout Pout Fish, Deborah Diesen, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic MomWish on a Fish, Dr. Seuss, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

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Social Media Starts Early

92% of Children Under 2 Have Social Media Presence

I troll through lots of social media blogs and newsletters to learn more about blogging, and this article caught my eye: What You Need to Learn About Social Media from Your 2-Year-Old by Matt Carmichael from AdAge.  The AVG study is here. Read more…

Top 10: Children’s Book Authors Who Never Disappoint

Best Children’s Book Authors

You know how there are authors that your children always wait impatiently for the next new book?  And maybe they write a great series but the books are very similar.  But then there are other authors that either 1) write in a wide range of genres from picture books to easy chapter books to YA fiction and EVERYTHING they write is amazing?  Or 2) They never seem to have a dud even though everyone is allowed a dud when they are a prolific author.  Or 3) their work is crazy imaginative!  How do they DO that?!  I don’t know but I do know that these authors never disappoint and they are all prolific and amazing writers. Read more…