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Non Fiction for Kids: True or False series Storms, Birds (ages 6-9)

Great Non-Fiction Books for Young Kids

True or False series by Melvin and Gilda Berger  is a young science series in a fun question-and-answer format. My kids reviewed Storms and Birds and gave both a thumbs up. My oldest has been studying weather as a science unit in 4th Grade so she was familiar with hurricanes and tornadoes but there were still factoids that she enjoyed learning from the book. The Birds book covers birds from all different continents; my fourth grader knew all these factoids but still enjoyed it. My 5-year-old also could participate in the Q and A so this made a nice group bedtime story. Read more…

Groundhog Day + Pinky and Rex = 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (ages 8-12)

Chapter Book for Kids Reminds Me of Ground Hog Day Movie

Imagine spending your first ten birthdays with your best friend who happens to be a boy. Now imagine a terrible fight that lasts a year, and a miserable 11th birthday without him. Now do that over and over again, Groundhog Day movie style. Read more…

Chinese King Arthur: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (ages 8-14)

Asian Percy Jackson-Like Adventure Book for Kids

Lloyd Alexander’s The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen reminds me of Percy Jackson but the zen version or even a more swashbuckling version of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. I’m a big fan of Lloyd Alexander.  His Black Cauldron series was one of my favorites when I was a kid but I never came across this book until recently. Read more…

Loss of a Pet: Picture Book for ages 4-adult (The Tenth Good Thing…)

Picture Book for Kids on Loss of Pet

Our quest for a puppy took a funny turn. We were third on the list for a female Golden Retriever and the breeder just emailed to say that one of the three female puppies had an accident and lost her tail. That news got me thinking. Our friends who just got a Black Labrador 6-week-old puppy said to try to find a vet that has a “new puppy” package because initial costs for neutering and shots were not inexpensive. She also recommended animal health insurance through Purina which has different deductibles. Capability:Mom‘s dog (a “Doodle” mix) has an auto-immune medical condition. Read more…

Fun Word Problem Picture Book for ages 6-10 (You Can, Toucan, Math)

Picture Book With Math Concepts

This is a fun word problem book featuring birds with problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This would be a fun book to use for the summer to sneak in a little math but in a really fun way. The sweet spot is 2nd to 3rd graders, but even my preschooler will enjoy this book if we do the problems together by drawing out rows of birds to solve multiplication and division which would be new for him.

If you are looking for more picture books that teach math concepts, I have a post on Picture Books that Teach Math Concepts with more suggestions.

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Japanese American Post Internment Story: Journey Home (ages 8-12)

Multicultural Books for Kids on Japanese American Internment

Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchida is an important Japanese American story about what happened after the Japanese Americans were released from internment camp. This is Yoshiko Uchida’s own family story. This is the sequel to Journey to Topaz, in which eleven-year-old Yuki and her family are forced to relocate to a dusty internment camp in a remote part of Utah. While there are many stories about the Japanese American internment experience, and I list more on Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books, Journey Home is the only book I’ve come across that tells the next piece of the story. Read more…

Teacher Wedding Present: Lily’s Big Day (picture book)

Picture Book to Give Teacher Getting Married

Tomorrow my middle daughter’s teacher is getting married.  My daughter has had this teacher for two years and she’s awesome!  She invited the entire class to the ceremony and the kids are THRILLED!  The Room Parents went crazy to come up with a meaningful present and created the cutest video of the kids in the class reading and answering questions related to marriage.  How old do you think you need to be to get married?  Who is a better cook, the bride or groom?  How can you tell who you should marry?  What will be different about your teacher after she gets married?  The answers were hilarious and we watched our teacher crack up during the presentation of the gifts.  We also had the class write something in this book and gave this to her.  This was followed by “cocktails” in fancy plastic champagne glasses (sparkling cider and Orangina). Read more…

Girl Bullying: The Hundred Dresses by Estes (grades 3-5th)

Best Chapter Book on Girl Bullying Ever!

My oldest’s teacher recommended this book to me when my daughter was in 3rd grade. There had been a history of not-so-nice girl bullying since Kindergarten but by 3rd grade, it was totally out of hand. The teacher thought this would be an especially good book for my daughter’s book club, and we, the moms, talked about doing a Mother and Daughter book club to model discussion around this book but we never pulled it off. Read more…

Asian Adoption Chapter Book: Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent

Multicultural Chapter Book for Kids with Adoption Themes

14-year-old Joseph Caldararo has a loving family and is a well-adjusted popular kid at school. But when his social studies teacher assigns a paper on Your Cultural heritage, his world gets turned upside down. He knows he’s adopted from Korea when he was just an infant and it’s never really bothered him before, but now it does. It doesn’t help that the new dry cleaners are taken over by a Korean family who are off-out by his adoption. And it makes his parents upset when he wants to learn more about his own cultural heritage. His best friend assists him in conducting an internet search to try to trace his parents but that’s a long shot at best! But what to write for this paper? His confusion about who he is leads him down a path of deceit and now everything is a mess. On top of this, he’s trying to get a date for the school dance. Whoever said that middle school is tough is right! [chapter book, ages 9-12] Read more…