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Best Easy Readers for New Readers

Best Early Readers

It’s so exciting when your child first begins to really read. I don’t know why, but my kids all hit this milestone in January. I know that it’s something that has been in the works for a long time, but, like a bulb planted last Fall, the leaves have sprouted and the bud is finally in bloom! Read more…

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Best Dinosaur Books for Kids (ages 2-8)

Great Dinosaur Books for Kids

My son went through a serious dinosaur phase that lasted almost a year when he was 4-years-old. Now he’s into Pokemon….sigh! I prefer reading about dinosaurs! But if you can’t beat them, join them. If I am going to read nothing but dinosaur books, at least I want a range of dinosaur books from non-fiction to fiction to counting books and alphabet books. Here are our favorite books, both story books and non-fiction books.

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Halloween Picture Books and Chapter Books

Halloween Chapter Books for Kids

I’m not one to buy Halloween presents for my kids, but if I did, I’d buy each of them a book from this list. I would, however, pick a Halloween themed books for my children’s book clubs if I were hosting in October. The great thing is that kids, mine at least, like these books year around. Halloween is probably a kids’ favorite holiday! Read more…

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Top 10: Strong and Capable Princess Books for Girls (ages 2-16)

Best Non-Wimpy Princess Books for Girls

My two oldest children are girls and they went through that rite of passage:  Disney Princess.  We had Disney princess dress up clothes, Disney princess tea sets, Disney princess books — you name it, we had it.  My husband joked that the person at Disney who thought up combining the Princesses better be running the company by now (or at least, highly compensated) for the stroke of genius. Read more…

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Wendy Mass Books for Grades 3-6th

Chapter Books for Girls Ages 8 to 12

I’m finally getting around to blogging on Finally, Wendy Mass‘ excellent follow-up chapter book to 11 Birthdays which is up for many major awards: Read more…

the princess and the peanut, nut allergy picture book

Books for Back to School Issues: Bullying, Nut Allergy, ADHD and more

Back to School Books on Bullying, Allergies and ADHD

I was just booking a long overdue orthodontic consultation for my middle child when the front desk lady and I both remarked about how quickly the school year is flying by! October already?!! Now that we are back in the swing of school, here are some new picture books on specific school issue topics. My kids were especially fond of the Princess and the Peanut: A  Royally Allergic Fairytale.   Read more…

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Top 10 Children’s Books: Librarian as Super Hero (for ages 1-12)

Librarians in Children’s Books Who Change Lives

UPDATE: It seems that our beloved librarians are under siege due to draconian budget cuts in California. Why do we need librarians? There is a great article here from The Los Angeles Times. [excerpt: “To get them off the payroll, the district is arguing that librarians don’t teach and thus don’t qualify for the seniority protections given to teachers.”]

If your school librarian is in danger of being cut, I would advise strength in numbers and advocacy. Rally other parents and make a big stink. Do your research and present your case. You’d be surprised how a group of fired up parents can change the world! Read more…

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Best Books for Middle School Kids from Actual Middle School Students

Favorite Books for Middle School from Middle School Kids

Once your child can read Harry Potter, the entire universe of books opens up, but what is age appropriate?  I have handed my oldest chapter books that were Newbery Award winners, on the thin side, and with decent size type only to find them a tad too old for her based on content.  I have a tendency to steer what I call “Grapes of Wrath” realism to middle school; I think these books are fine for 4th or 5th grade as a classroom assignment because the teacher provides context, but reading for pleasure should be … a pleasure.  Read more…

Best Books on Children’s Learning Disabilities (ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia)

Best Books on Learning Disabilities

This is a really helpful post from The Children’s Book Writer on books covering learning disabilities.  If you have any suggestions of other good books on this topic, please leave a comment.  Thank you! Read more…