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Massachusetts Book Award for kids books

Massachusetts Book Award Books for 3rd through 7th Grade

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2012

My elementary school has a reading challenge asking all 5th graders to read every book on the list during the school year. There are always great picks that include Newbery winners with a range of chapter books from 3rd grade through 8th grade. These are not all newly published books either, so you should be able to easily find them at your school or public library. Read more…

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6th Grade Reader Challenge: Books Like The Hunger Games

6th Grade Action Adventure Books

The cobbler’s kids have no shoes. That’s how I felt when my oldest announced that she has NOTHING to read so she might as well re-read The Hunger Games series for the 4th time and the Twilight series for the 2nd time. Oops. I thought I better have at it. Read more…

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10 Ways Sports Teach Math

Using Sports to Teach Math

Thank you to Babysitters.net for guest posting. Combining math with sports? Yes! It’s a great way to make math relevant to kids! Read more…

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Tween, Teen, fiction, middle grade fiction

Top 10: Best Books for Middle School by my 6th Grade Daughter

Best Books for 6th Grade by My 6th Grade Daughter

You have no idea how difficult it was for me to pull this list from my eldest. I have been chasing her down for over a month, trying flattery:

“Can I please get your Top 10 chapter books of the year? You know your posts are some of my most popular posts!” Read more…

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Science Projects for Middle School Kids

Science Projects for Kids

My Dad Friend had previously suggested The Birds and Bees Sex Talk which was very popular  so I have been hounding him for other topic suggestions since he seems to have his pulse on parenting issues.  He was stressed out about his kids’ science projects for school. His 6th grader just had a Science Fair Day where everyone exhibited their school science projects and I bugged him so much he actually blackberried me the projects he saw as he walked around the room. Read more…

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Yoga for Kids

DIY Yoga for Kids to Try at Home

I met Bea more than ten years ago when both of our oldest children were at the same preschool. Our girls weren’t even in the same class but we both had sleeping toddler girls in strollers that first painful week when we were required to wait for hours on a different floor just in case our preschoolers freaked out. At least, that is my version of the school policy. Read more…

Noah Zarc, Mammoth Trouble,

Percy Jackson Fan? Try Noah Zarc

Time Travel Adventure Books for Middle School

 Time can’t exist without space, and space can’t exist without time. The two exist as one: the space-time continuum.

Any event that occurs in the universe has to involve both space and time.

If you could travel on a beam of light,  time slows down and distances tend to shorten, particularly if you are near a massive object like a sun or planet.

I honestly didn’t expect to like this action adventure thriller as much as I did. True, I LOVE Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan but  it is because of the mythology mixed in that makes me pre-order the books before they come out. Read more…

Promise the Night, Beryl Markham, like Amelia Earhart,

Real Pippi Longstocking Meets Caddie Woodlawn

Beryl Markham is Real Life Pippi Longstocking

What if the characters in a chapter book are …

The Daughter:

1/3 Pippi Longstocking

1/3 Caddie Woodlawn (minus mom and siblings)

1/3 Amelia Earhart/Elizabeth Cady Stanton/Fearless Women in History. Read more…

Breadcrumbs, Ann Ursu

Chapter Books for 2nd Grade through 8th Grade

Best Chapter Books for 2nd Grade to 8th Grade

Please welcome Tanya who writes a fantastic children’s literature book blog  called Books4YourKids.  I am always struck by her great taste in books and now, after reading her list, I am itching to get my hands on these chapter books including Vanished. This is the third time it’s hit my radar. Read more…