Ever After Ever was one of the books that I read twice in quick succession and cried through each reading. It’s hard to find a book that makes you laugh and makes you cry simultaneously but this book manages to do both.
iLiveMath Speed uses race cars, sail boats, jets, the Space Shuttle, and more to teach Distance = Rate x Time, ratios, km/hour, mph, knots and speed of sound terms such as Mach, supersonic, and hypersonic in a Word Problem Format! I really like this app because it introduces Physics as a multiplication word problem appropriate for older elementary school students.
I found this pair of posts on some great blogs and the dicotomy of boys versus girls made me want to post them both. I have not read all these books, but these lists make me want to! Thank you MustLoveBooks and ConsumedByBooks!
DesignTrackMind asked me to post on this topic and I thought, “Gee, I wish I knew myself.” She said that she is asking me, not because I have all the answers, but because she knows that I will go crazy and do all the research. So, I did do that, and here it is. And may we all raise confident kids because the world would be a better place if we did.
They say that history is written by the victor. In the case of the Native Americans, I would say that while the victors may allow the Native Americans a voice, but they certainly get a better distribution deal. And it’s strange that we, who grow up in the United States, and even study history in college know so little about the Native American heritage.
TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards courtesy of Kids’ Lit from the Menemsha Library.These books make great gifts to the Canadians in your life. You can spot them because they all are really, really good at hockey.
2010 Children’s Lit Award Winners: Caldecott, Newbery, Batchelder, Belpre, Geisel, and Silbert awards.
This novel is a thing of beauty; three parts: poetry, prose and letters to mami who remains in Puerto Rico. Short chapters, each a vignette or snippet of poetic prose or, actual poetry. Told from Maria’s perspective, we, the reader, watch Maria blossom in her barrio neighborhood of New York City to become a poet. I suspect this is Judith Ortiz Cofer’s own story as she, too, immigrated from San Juan and is now a creative writing professor.
I found this great site called Africa Access, founded in 1989, to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children’s collection on Africa. Africa Access Review, our online database, contains over 1000 annotations and reviews of children’s books written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies. Their award, Children’s Africana Book Awards has presented more than forty awards since 1992. These are the winners for 2010 with reviews by Africa Access.