Best Books For Girls on Complicated Best Friendships
Why are best friendships between girls so complicated? Can best friendships morph and survive as one grows up or do best friendships that have begun at a young age get stuck in a pattern of behavior that keeps the relationship in a dysfunctional time warp? I wish that I knew the answer to that. I have polled my mom friends and some have best friendships that have lasted a few decades. Others, myself included, not so much. One lovely mom friend who is incredible on every front (gorgeous! funny! nice! intelligent!) said that she never had a best friend growing up, only a circle of very, very good friends (just like what men do!). It blew my mind that this was a girl option! But it makes so much sense to not have all your eggs in one basket. Oh, if I knew then what I know now… Read more…
Classic Children’s Books No Longer Popular
I did a post a few days ago on Top 10: Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books based on the books that I loved as a child and now my kids do too. This is the ugly stepsister version. Read more…
Summer Coming of Age Books for Girls
This is what I was thinking when I came up with this kooky list:
- Summer read, preferably on the beach or on vacation.
- Has to be a good read but not too strenuous or stressful or heavy (no Grapes of Wrath vibe!).
- The book is about the summer and/or beach and/or beachy vacation vibe; like, hey, we are all on vacation. You in the book and me in real life.
- A great lead GIRL character.
- Counts towards summer homework book assignment but was thoroughly enjoyable.
- For incoming grades 4-6.
Can you think of any more coming of age chapter book for girls set during the summer? I’d love to add your pick! Thanks!
Books for Kids for Beach Vacation
We have spent an amazing week at North Captiva Island, a barrier reef island with only golf carts as transportation. Every day, an amazing array of birds fly by the house and dive in the water to catch fish. We saw an Osprey land on our roof with a flopping fish. It eyed us for a moment before flying off to eat its prey. Every day we see fleets of Brown Pelicans fly in military precision over the water. When my husband released a catfish he caught on shore, as Osprey flew out of nowhere and grabbed the fish as it swam wearily away. Read more…
Book Reviews by Middle School Boy
Capability:Mom gave me her summer camp newsletter because there is a boy there who all the kids go to when they need a good chapter book recommendation. The kids think he is a kind of genius boy wonder that knows pretty much everything on the planet. I believe he is in middle school. He was kind enough to write up his chapter book recommendations for the newsletter and I have retyped it for you. I love peer-to-peer book recommendations. Who better to know what you will like than a kid your age??! Read more…