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Top 10 Book Lists for Kids

These are my Top 10 Book lists. Did you know that I actually put my favorite book as #1 and my second favorite book as #10? I wasn’t sure if people would read the lists as a countdown from 10 to 1 or as a list from 1 to 10. The #10 spot also is the first book that you see, so I wanted to make sure it was an enticing one. Read more…

Zen Picture Books to Teach Kids Mindfulness

Zen Picture Books to Teach Kids Mindfulness

Zen Picture Books to Make You Think

A picture book that my youngest enjoys that also gives something back to me is a joy indeed. These books have a Zen philosophy twist that will leave the adult pondering the meaning, often for days afterwards, while our little ones happily move on to the next book or other activities unburdened with questions ruminating in their brains from these books. I actually got the idea for this list while in a Board of Directors meeting when the CEO quoted a parable from Jon Muth’s Zen Shorts. At first, I thought he was referring to the ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu that I knew he briefly  studied in college. But no, it was this book that he had read to his little boy for a bedtime story. The story of Good Luck versus Bad Luck really stuck to him as it did to me too when I first read it. Read more…

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Top 10: YA & Middle Grade Novels in Verse

Best Novels in Verse for Kids and Teens

I found another great Novel in Verse from a great author blog, Caroline By Line, and it’s her actual book. It got a great review in Horn Book Review! May B by Caroline Starr Rose.

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The Hunger Games Movie is Coming in March … Here’s the Trailer!

Hunger Games Movie Trailer

I first learned about The Hunger Games trailer from The Brain Lair and sent it to my daughter who has read the series 3 times. She loved it. Then my husband found the first book in the bathroom and read it. He loved it and read the whole series. And then he found the trailer and showed it to me. So, sharing is caring: Read more…

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Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids with Dragons

The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Children’s Book Authors

Best Children’s Book Authors Ever!

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Read more…

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Action Adventure Books for 13-Year-Old Boy

Best Action Adventure Books for Teen Boys

I love getting requests for book recommendations. Katie had tweeted a request for books for her godson, a 13 year old avid reader. I had sent a few along, but, of course, if I had more information on what he liked, the list would be better. So I emailed her, and she replied: Read more…

Teaching Kids about Money: Spend, Save, Donate

Teaching Kids Financial Literacy Skills

I want to teach my children to handle money responsibly so I polled the money-savvy moms that I know to get their take on allowance. I got lots of great advice, but I found Mom Friend Sheri’s advice to work for me: weekly allowance is based on their age (a dollar a year) and earning allowance is based on doing a couple daily age-appropriate tasks. Read more…

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Historical Fiction Awards for Children’s Books

Best Historical Fiction Books for Kids

One of my favorite blogs, The Fourth Musketeer, just covers KidLit Historical Fiction. I pretty much file every book review of hers into an email folder labeled “Books I Want to Read.” She posted on the Historical Association Awards Young Quills  from Great Britain here. I have listed the winners as well as the short lists for this year and last year. Historical fiction is a great way to get kids excited about history! If you want to find more great books, be sure to subscribe to The Fourth Musketeer’s blog. She’s a librarian and the go to person on that! Read more…