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Math Curse, Jon Scieszka Lane Smith, picture book that teaches math, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

Fun Picture Book Teaches Math: Math Curse

Fun Math Picture Book for Kids

I saw this book during Curriculum Night at my elementary school in my 3rd grader’s classroom.  I flipped though it and then bought my own copy because Jon Scieszka of Henry P. Baloney is one of my son’s favorite authors (and mine too!) and Lane Smith is a really talented illustrator.  I first noticed Lane’s work on the unfinished script of Dr. Seuss’s last book, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, and he did an amazing job of combining Dr. Seuss’s sketches with his own illustrations.  Also, anyone entrusted with Dr. Seuss’s last, unpublished work must have been carefully selected! Read more…

No Cream Puffs, Karen L Day, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, girls book club girls bookclub

5th Grade Book Club with Karen Day, author of No Cream Puffs

Book Club for 5th Grade with Karen Day

It was a scramble, but my oldest’s kick off 5th grade girls’ book club was a big hit thanks to a visit by author Karen Day, author of No Cream Puffs. 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…

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…

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2011 (ages 7-16)

Best Books for Kids

Our elementary school librarian has a shelf dedicated to the Massachusetts Book Award short list books (below) and there is a challenge to the 5th Graders to read the entire list.  The reviews are from the Acton Memorial Library.  If you click on the book title, you can reserve the book through the Minuteman Library System of MetroWest Boston.  If you click on the book, you can take a look at it in Amazon.  If you click on the author link, you will go to their website. Read more…

Top 10: Books that SHOULD be Made Into Movie

Books For Kids That Should be Movies

ModCloth has a great list of books, from a quality picture book to a Pulitzer Prize winner, that are not movies but should be.  I am also amazed that The Catcher in the Rye isn’t a movie starring some young, hunky-but-sensitive, guy.  But please don’t make it into a musical!  For the full post, please click here to go to ModCloth’s blog.  It’s a fun post! Read more…

Clementine, Sara Pennypacker, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, best easy chapter book for kids ages 7-10, award winning best beginning chapter book

Clementine is the new Ramona

Move Over Ramona: Clementine is Here!

One of our favorite literary characters that my 8-year-old daughter and I agree upon is Clementine.  She’s a cross between Ramona (of Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary) and Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.  What is magical about this excellent series is that it has all the charm of a Ramona book but with the level of difficulty of a Junie B. Jones book. And while  Clementine has some personality traits that are similar to Junie B. Jones, she  is more mature while  also possessing the vulnerability and spunkiness of Ramona.  In short, Clementine is THE PERFECT BEGINNING CHAPTER BOOK SERIES FOR KIDS, and by chapter book, I mean real chapters, not the Henry and Mudge kind. Read more…

Percy Jackson + Chinese Mythology = The Monkey King’s Daughter

Chinese Mythology Action Adventure Book for Kids

I do really like Asian American children’s literature.  It is to be a new but growing genre.  So when I was offered The Monkey King’s Daughter by T. A. DeBonis to review, of course I said yes.  It came in the mail and sat on the kitchen counter for just a couple of hours when my oldest came home from school, saw it, and took it up to her room, intrigued.  The next day, after reading late into the night judging by the difficulty we had in waking her up for school, she said that she loved the book and to please get her the rest of the series. Read more…

Top 10: Classic Picture Books

Best Classic Picture Books for Kids

A great list of some of my favorite books from childhood.  Thanks LittleOneBooks.com!  I have deep and abiding love for all of your picks!

p.s.  Here’s my list of Top 10:  Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books. Read more…