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How To Set Up a Blog for Your Child

Kids and Blogging

My oldest has been begging me to blog on my blog which is funny because she normally finds my blogging to be annoying.  Today Mashable had this really great article on helping kids create their own blog.  Caveat:  if you do this, your kids will then be your technical support because we all realize that kids will be better at the tech stuff than we parents.  I am going to help her, but this will require us to get another computer! Read more…

Top 10: Challenged or Banned Books

Banned and Challenged Books for Kids

I am personally shocked to discover that To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple and The Catcher in the Rye are still being challenged!  These are classics people!  This is Banned and Challenged Book week so be sure to make sure these and others are in your public library or ask why!  Thank you to BookFinder.com for her post.  There are also great summaries of each book by BookFinder if you click on the link. Read more…

National Hispanic Heritage Month books for kids, best Latino American books for kids, Best Hispanic American books for kids,

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

Best Hispanic Books for Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month now during the month of September so I am barely squeaking out this list in time to celebrate Latino/Latina and Hispanic culture with children’s literature.  Por favor, disfrutar de.  (I think I said please enjoy!).

What are your favorite books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Please share! Read more…

ay, CaldecottJeanne Flora's Very Windy Day, Jeanne Birdsall, Hopeful, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Predicting Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Mock Newbery 2011

Ok.  So this is not really the list of Caldecott and Newbery candidates for 2011 but School Library Journal Blog’s A FUSE #8 PRODUCTION‘s best guess… but I have feeling that they know what they are talking about.  We shall see when the awards come out next year, but I’m betting they got quite a few correct! 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…

Karen L Day, No Cream Puffs, Tall Tales, http://PragmaticMom.com, chapter books for ages 8-12

Book Club, Activity and Interview with Karen Day

Book Club for Kids with Author Karen Day of Newton

My oldest choose this book for the first book club of the year.  They are in 5th grade now and have been meeting for book club since 2nd grade.  My daughter played soccer with the author’s daughter this past spring, but she had no idea that the mother is an author, though we (the moms) have all heard of Karen Day and knew of her books here in Newton, MA.   What I didn’t know was that KAREN was a really great baseball player and the book is loosely based on her own childhood story! (I have an interview with her below.) Read more…

Pearson GrammarPrep Commas, SAT study, ACT study, English Grammar iPhone iPad app, http://PragmaticMom.com, best mom blog, best education blog

Grammer app for Using Comma

SAT Study: Test Your Knowledge of Comma Grammar

This is a nice iPhone/iPad/iPod app from Pearson that focuses on correct punctuation using the ever so confusing comma.  It’s a quick and easy way to study just this one topic for a test.  I saw this online and asked the good people of Pearson for a code which they kindly gave me.  I suspect this is a series of apps on the topic of grammar.  I will find out and get more because, frankly, I could use the help myself! Read more…

How to Raise Boys Who Read

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

An interesting rebuttal to today’s WSJ post on How to Raise Boys Who Read from Rob Doughtery:

There is an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning about getting boys to read, which is an important issue because in most cases, boys are lagging seriously behind girls by their teenage years. The only way, of course, to improve reading skills is to actually do it and the author of this article, Thomas Spence, tries to make a connection between bribery with video games and reluctant readers. I think it’s a very valid point, overall, but misses the mark in a few rather significant ways. I do agree with the general premise, however, that if you want a kid to read, then bribing him with a video game is at best merely a distraction and at worst completely counterproductive. Read more…

How to Raise Boys Who Read from a dad of 6 boys!

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

Thank you to my work Dad Friend (who also has a blog, adverlicio.us, an online ad archive)  for this great article from the Wall Street Journal on How to Raise Boys Who Read by Thomas Spence.   The article has this funny tagline:  “Hint:  Not with Gross-Out Books and Video Game Bribes.” Spence is apparently disgusted by the pandering of publishers to reluctant boy readers with gross-out books and proposes a simple solution that worked for his 6 (that’s right, folks, SIX!!!!) boys:  TURN OFF THE SCREENS!  FILL THE HOUSE WITH GOOD BOOKS.  It worked for him and now he has research to back it up. Read more…