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If You Like This Picture Book, Try This Newly Published One GIVEAWAY

New Picture Books Like Old Favorites

In reviewing new picture books, I am finding that I can shorthand a review to a friend by just matching it up to an older, well-known book.  If You Like This, Try That … kind of thing. What do you think? Does it work for you?

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5th Grade Chapter Books to Make Social Studies Exciting

Books for Kids to Make Social Studies Exciting

I’ve had to think for a long time how to make American Social Studies exciting for Dee’s son in fifth grade. My own kids give mixed reviews about social studies at their schools and I think that the only way to make it exciting is to: Read more…

Missing The Cut: 4th Grade Club Soccer Disappointment

When Your Kid Doesn’t Make the Team

Today was a tough day. My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, has been on pins and needles all week waiting to find out if she made the new Club Soccer Team for our town. She didn’t. She made the wait list which is not bad because strangely, her grade district wide has produced an exceptional number of really excellent 4th grade girl soccer players. This still meant that I found her at 10:41 p.m. sobbing her heart out. Ouch! Not to mention that her bedtime is 9:00 and it is a school day tomorrow.

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science of electricity for kids

Physics of Circuits and Electricity for Kids

Science Projects and Games for Kids

My 7-year-old son played with this toy with a 5th grade boy while we are at a dinner party together.  They came back every ten minutes to show us the circuit boards they made. Some had light bulbs lit up. Others made noise. Still others were connected through a cup of water. The parents who hosted us said that this toy won Science Toy of the Year and that their kids played with it intensely for a few days. Read more…

Who Owns the Money? Economics for 4th Graders

4th Grade Economics: The Money System

My college roommate, Rosie Rios, signs the money as the Treasurer of the United States. Raised in Hayward, California by a single mom with her 5 siblings in a two bedroom apartment, she is the epitome of the American success story and I am so proud of her. I saw her at my 25th college reunion and she kindly signed three “Rosie Bills” for my children. (Yes, technically they are defaced, but I’m taking them out of circulation forever as a collectible so I guess it’s not really defacing. It’s memorabilia.)

Rosie Rios

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best books that deal with bullies, best books for kids that deal with bullying

Top 10: Best Picture and Chapter Books That Deal with Bullies

Books for Kids About Bullying

I have a very Politically Incorrect story to confess (my favorite kind!). My youngest is a boy and very small for his age. When he was in preschool — a wonderful preschool with an equally wonderful teacher and assistant teacher — another little boy his size bullied him by whacking him on several occasions with a block that is basically a 2 x 4 chunk of wood. I witnessed this during the wait time before the drop off. Read more…

Book GIVEAWAY for Every Photo Received!

Great Books for Kids Caught In the Act of Reading

I would love to start up my Monday feature Caught in the Act … of Reading for this summer to as a reading strategy to keep kids reading this summer! To celebrate summer reading, I will be firing up this feature every Monday starting in June. Read more…

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Meet Author Trudy Ludwig for Books on Bullying for Kids

Books on Bullying Kids Should Read

Pull up a chair, click on a book, and read why more educators, parents, librarians, organizations and experts are recommending My Secret BullyJust KiddingSorry!Trouble Talk®, Too PerfectConfessions of a Former Bully, and Better Than You as invaluable tools to supplement their life skills/character education/anti-bullying curricula. Read more…

Are Crabs Crabby? And Other Egregious Misconceptions

Why are Crabs Crabby? And Picture Books on Crabs

Does this crab not look like it should be in an animated carton?

I found this crab on vacation on Florida. He,  or it could have easily been a she-crab, RULED the beach that day. The crab seemed completely nonplussed that humans were around and, as I stared it down, I actually thought it was dead. Not so, just winning the staring contest apparently. Read more…