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children's choice book awards 2013

Children’s Choice Book Awards 2013

The Children’s Choice Book Awards 2013! The children have spoken (and voted) and this is what they like!

 

Kindergarten to Second Grade Children’s Choice Book Award Winner

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young

Yay! My son and I loved this book and we think an award for illustrator Ed Young is long overdue!

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Best New Children’s Authors: Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Discover Hidden Talent in Children’s Authors

The shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced for 2012 and it’s a great place to discover new and wonderful children’s books! The Prize is only open to authors who have published three books or less, with the aim of uncovering hidden talent in children’s writing. The Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize was first awarded in 2005 by the bookchain that shares its name.

Six books are shortlisted in each of three categories – picture books, fiction for 5 to 12 year olds, and books for teens. What do you think of this children’s book award? Does it make you want to try out new children’s book authors?

I am personally glad to see Wonder by R. J. Palacio on the short list! I was shocked that it didn’t win a Schneider Award or a Newbery Honor! Are there any books that tempt you for your kids?

Best Picture Books

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb

Rebecca Cobb is an illustrator turned picture book author. This is her third picture book that she’s both written and illustrated.

 

Rabbityness by Jo Empson

Rabbityness was up  for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2013, the UKLA Book Awards 2013. It was a Finalist of the Peoples Book Prize 2012/2013 and was included in ‘The Independent’ Books of the Year 2012: Children’s books aged under 9. 

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Kid Lit blog hop

Best Books for Kids Blog Hop

Children’s Books Blog Hop

I’m excited to be part of a KidLit Blog Hop as a guest co-hostess. My other partners-in-crime are:

Our Hostesses:
Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Heidi from Geo Librarian
Jaymie from Snacks for Max
Sue from Kid Lit Reviews

Katie from Youth Literature Reviews

Our Co-Hostess:

Me
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Gift Guide: Book Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Book Gift List for Kids, Moms and Dads

Shopping for books as gifts is my very favorite holiday errand. In years past, I just gifted small piles of books to everyone on my list. My favorite is to match up a picture book for an adult — it works great as teacher and principal gifts!

How about you? Do you give a lot of books as holiday gifts?  Read more…

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Best Beginning Chapter Books for 2nd and 3rd Grade

Best Books for Beginning Readers

My pubic library creates a great list for summer reading and this is the list I need for my rising 2nd grader.  My library doesn’t like Scholastic beginning chapter book series like Ninjago, Rainbow Fairies, Hiro Quest, or My Weird School. My kids’ first grade teacher does not love them either. Finding really good easy chapter book is tough which is probably why this list is so short. It’s culled from mostly newly published books. 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…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING THIS SUMMER!

Best Books for Kids!

It’s so great to see kids caught in the act of reading this summer and I’ve tried to identify which books they are reading because if these are books kids will actually Drop Everything And Read books. 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…

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Week 1 of Camp Mom or Why I Can’t Keep a Routine

Books For Beginning Readers at Camp Mom

My two girls are in Ohio visiting their cousins so it’s just me and my 7-year-old-going-into-2nd grade son who opted to stay home instead of attending day camp this week. I thought I’d try out the Camp Mom schedule I posted on, but I find that we don’t ever have a full day of unscheduled time and also that I can’t keep to a set routine. Still, it was helpful to switch in and out of the different modules. Here’s my Camp Mom diary. How is your Camp Mom going if you are doing this too? Read more…