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Mythology for Kids: D’Aulaires and The National Mythology Exam

Best Mythology Books for Kids

I am reposting on The National Mythology Exam because the Mom Friend who told me about this last year, also mentioned that NOW is the time to sign up if you are interested. DEADLINE IS TODAY!!  If your child wants to take the exam, you pay for shipping and handling ($15ish) and $3 per student and they send you a packet. Read more…

Inside Out and Back Again, chapter book, Newbery,

Top 10: Best Historical Fiction for Kids

Best Historical Fiction Books for Kids

Please give a warm welcome to my librarian/blogger extraordinaire/Mom Friend The Fourth Musketeer! She graciously agreed to guest post on her favorite Historical Fiction chapter books of 2011. I really, really wanted her list because she’s an expert in children’s and young adult historical fiction, and selfishly, I wanted this list for myself and my kids! We will work our way through it in 2012! Read more…

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Top 10: Books That Teach Kids Compassion (ages 2-14)

Books That Teach Kids Compassion

Learning about our differences can be a powerful way for children to see from another person’s point of view.  I encourage all parents to introduce some of these chapter books or others like these to their children and use these stories as a reference when children bring up differences in school, particularly with special needs classmates.  Because how great would it be if it were OUR child who can reach out with compassion like MacKenzie in The Friendship Puzzle?! Read more…

Nerd Camp, chapter books

6th Grade Girl Reviews Middle Grade Chapter Books

6th Grade Book Reviews by a 6th Grader

Please welcome my Mom Friend and yoga teacher‘s daughter Ajani who is a voracious reader, reading secretly in bed with a flashlight under the covers, way past her bedtime. She reviews four books that she borrowed from me this past summer and returns them to me along with her book reviews. She thinks these are great chapter books for 4th grade through 6th grade. Thanks Ajani! Read more…

Cosmic, books like Roald Dahl,

Chapter Books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Books Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My middle child, and her entire third grade class it seems, loves Roald Dahl. She worked her way through most of his chapter books before moving on to new authors. There is something about quirky characters, children who are single parented or orphaned, and a seemingly impossible challenge that are central themes to any Dahl book. Read more…

Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech, poety novels for children, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Top 10: YA & Middle Grade Novels in Verse

Best Novels in Verse for Kids and Teens

I found another great Novel in Verse from a great author blog, Caroline By Line, and it’s her actual book. It got a great review in Horn Book Review! May B by Caroline Starr Rose.

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Hugo, Hugo Cabret

The Movie and Book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I am so excited to see the movie. I hear that it’s great! A factoid that I just learned: Brian Selznick is the grandson of Hollywood film producer David O. Selznick. Director Martin Scorsese knew about this relationship and it piqued his interest even more in the Caldecott award-winning book. I have to say that I thought his illustrations were amazing and reminiscent of  the sketches of scenes blocked out by old-time directors like Alfred Hitchcock. Do you think there is a real cinematic quality to the way he sequences the illustrations? And what did you think of the movie? Read more…

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Top 10: Best Children’s Books Featuring Life-Changing Teachers (ages 4-12)

Books for Kids About Teachers Who Change Lives

As we ease into the summer and reflect on the our children’s past school year, it is the teacher who makes the difference between a great year and a mediocre or worse year.  I am sure that I am not alone in sending up prayers to get particular teachers for my kids next year.  This list is an homage to the exceptional teachers everywhere who dedicate their lives to making a difference.  And they absolutely do!  One day, one of their students may even write about their exception teacher as in the case of  a few of the books selected below. Read more…

Best Non-Fiction Animal Picture Books That Teach Math

Non-Fiction Picture Books with Math Concepts

My 2nd grader bought these books home from her school library yesterday and I pounced on them. Apparently, there were three available, but she was only able to check out two. These books combine a really interesting, behind-the-scenes-at-the-zoo, rescue story about a zoo animal baby and marries it with a mathematical concept. These books are perfect for grades 2-5. Read more…