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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 7-14)

Great Books for Boys, Reluctant Readers or Otherwise

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I splitting it into three parts:

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 1 (Authors by Last Name A-L)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 2 (Authors by Last Name M-Z)

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Best Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers (ages 6-9)

Best Books for 1st Grade and 2nd Grade (when kids start reading independently)

I find that there is a void for newly independent readers. You know, the readers that have graduated from Henry and Mudge and insist on chapter books, but not ready for Newbery Award books. While there are a plethora of chapter books, the quality of many series books is low with a repetitive and tiresome story line and limited vocabulary. Read more…

10 Things Autistic Children Wish You Knew

Ten Things You Should Know about Autism

I found this great summary by Autumn Rain Creations who summarized a book by Ellen Notbohm called Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew and I just shortened her summary.  But do go to her blog if you want more details.  Or check out the book at the library. Read more…

best picture books to build vocabulary

Best Picture Books to Build Vocabulary (ages 2-8)

These picture books are a fun way to build vocabulary effortlessly. I also have a series of posts on picture books with SAT vocabulary from the literacy specialist at our elementary school. She selects a series of picture books and pulls out big words along with a sentence with the word. Little kids like big words!

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Best Chapter Books from My 5th Grade Daughter

Best Chapter Books for 5th Grade Because They Are So Awesome

We lost power for 28 hours from Hurricane Irene yesterday even though by the time it reached Boston, Irene was just a tropical storm. 24+ hours without screens turns out to be a long time for me though my kids made out fine by taking the emergency lamp to the basement to pretend to camp out. By 10 p.m., I was pretty tired of the blackout was using my Color Nook as a light source while rereading David Senderis books. Read more…

Karen Bergreen Following Polly: A Novel author Harvard Grad Comedian Pragmatic Mom best mom beach read PragmaticMom

A Delightful Romantic Thriller for Moms

ChickLit Beach Read for Moms’ Book Club

Please meet my friend Karen Bergreen. She’s a multi-talented comedian, author, and ex-attorney (we won’t hold it against you). I met her in college. My freshman roommate Alicia roomed with her during the last two years of college. Because they were “quaded” which meant they lived in the Hinderlands only accessible by shuttle bus, bike, or very long walk (not recommended on a cold day), I felt like I never say Alicia as much as I wanted to. But because Alicia is good friends with Karen, by friendship proximity, I knew I would like Karen as well. And I did and I do. Read more…

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Easy Chapter Book Series for Girls: Clementine

Clementine is the New Ramona Quimby

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

My oldest received the first book, Clementine, from her book club.  She liked it so much that we got the rest of this early chapter book series.  I noticed it won a Massachusetts Book Award in 2007.  Finally, the other day I found the books tucked away on a high bookshelf and read them and I can see why everyone loves them so much.  I’d describe them as Junie B. Jones in third grade…she’s nicer to her little brother now.  She still gets in trouble but her heart is as big as her imagination and she’s a lot of fun. Read more…

Our Favorite ABC Books for Kids

Learning ABCs with ABC Picture Books

I found that a great way to learn letters was to play games with magnetic letters.  I deconstructed various toys to create an “alphabet game” using squishy magnetic letters (but any magnetic letters in the shape of the letters will do) and a magnetic fishing pole.  My son (about 12 months old at the time) would fish letters out of a bucket and stick them on a magnetic board.  If he got them wrong, I’d find the correct letter and put up next to the letter.  We’d talk about how is it the same and how is it different.  Read more…

A Workbook for Dyslexics

Workbook to Help Kids with Dyslexia

I came across this and wanted to share it.  The url is:  http://boscbooks.com/a-workbook-for-dyslexics/ Read more…