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Olympic Chapter Books & Non-Fiction For 4th Grade & 2nd Grade

Olympics in Chapter Books for 4th grade

I get this great newsletter from Random House Kids and wanted to share their newly published chapter books on the Olympics. Read more…

Albatross, Eagle, Birdie … and Turkey!

Best Golf Books for Dads and Father-in-Laws

Albatross*: 2 on a par 5 hole, 1 on par 4 holeEagle: 3 on par 5 hole, 2 on par 4 hole, 1 on par 3 hole (a.k.a. hole in one!)

Birdie: 4 on par 5 hole, 3 on par 4 hole, 2 on par 3 hole Read more…

Top 10: Best Asian American Books by CoolAsianKids

Best Asian American Chapter Books

I met CoolAsianKids, Chloe and Eileen, who agreed to guest post for me on their favorite Asian American authors in between basketball camp, Chinese immersion camp and driver’s ed: Read more…

learning to see series, Peter Jenny

Learning to See Art Books for Your Budding Artist

Drawing Books for Kids and Adults

My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei (her latest art blog), is an artist so I asked her to review this series for me which was probably a bad move because she was slow and kept losing track of the books so this review took a very, very long time. And, after bugging her repeatedly, she crankily replied that she didn’t like this art series at all. Read more…

My 7yOld Son’s Favorite Books for Beginning Readers

Best Books for Beginning Readers

I was reading a post from Delightful Children’s Book, an excellent kids’ book blog,  when she confesses to hiding the fantasy chapter books her son prefers underneath the realistic fiction that she’d rather he read. I am the same about wanting my kids to read the carefully chosen books that I have selected for each of my kids. It’s just like the cobbler’s kids not having shoes, right? The children’s book bloggers’ kids all want to pick books on their own that are not sanctioned. Read more…

Wonder, R J Palacio, chapter book on special needs, chapter book that teaches compassion

Summer Reading List: New Books for Kids and Book Reviews for B&N

Summer Reading List for Kids

I am really excited! I am on a “try out” (much like my girls’ stressful soccer tryouts) to write children’s book reviews for my favorite bookstore, Barnes and Noble! Our missions are aligned, we both want to get kids reading this summer and — dare I say it — even excited to read! B&N (’cause now we’re on a shortened name basis) is just starting to pull together reviews for KidLit (think iTunes genius suggestions) and they will need a steady supply of *good* reviews to match the books customers buy on their Nooks. Read more…

Karen Bergreen, Perfect is Overrated

Karen Bergreen’s Latest Funny Novel for Moms

Perfect Funny Novel for Moms’ Book Club

Please welcome my guest author, friend from college, and comedian Karen Bergreen. I have other posts on her here and here.

Comedian, author, stressed-out mom Read more…

best graphic novels for kids

Best Books For Teens Who Read 2 to 3 Grades Below

Books for Teens Who Read Below Grade Level

I received this tweet from Mama C and the Boys who are dear to me though social media. I love her blog on transracial parenting and though it, I feel like I know her boys. Her blog inspires me to be a better mom. She asked me via Twitter for a list geared to 12-15 year olds reading 2-3 grade levels below. I racked my brain for chapter books, graphic novels and non fiction for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade that is especially engaging.This list is a mix of middle grade that skews up (ages 9-12) and YA that skews down (young adult, ages 12-18).Let me know how I did and please make suggestions to grow this list. Thank you!p.s. I found a great list of books for boys from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. Read more…

Popular Books for Kids at the Return Cart

Favorite Books Checked Out at the Library

I was in my elementary school library for the Skype author visit by Sheela Chari of mystery chapter book Vanished. Sometimes I hang out at the school library when I have time to kill say waiting between parent teacher conferences if I am able to schedule them somewhat back to back. I do love all libraries but especially school libraries. Read more…