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Second Hand Saturday: Little Bear Collection & The Monkey King’s Daughter

Free Books for Kids

Here’s how my Second Hand Saturday winner selection works.  You leave a comment within 7 days when the post first goes up (you have from Sat until Sat, so really 8 days because I am not that on top of it).  You tell me WHAT BOOK YOU WANT and WHY YOU WANT IT.  Whoever makes a compelling argument will win because I am all about getting the right book into the right hands.  If no one wants the books, I’ll tweet like mad until someone comments.  My Twitter handle is @PragmaticMom.  If you follow me, I’ll follow you back. Read more…

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Children’s Book Award Winners

Best Books for Kids: O’Dell, Costa, Sheffield & more…

Historical Fiction, Scott O’Dell Winner 2011, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Read more…

best books for kids for Martin Luther King Day

Best Children’s Books on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrating MLK Day with Children’s Books

My youngest, who was then just 3 and in preschool, came home one day talking about an upcoming holiday celebrating a king.  “Elvis?”, we wondered.  “There is no king in the United States!” we said.  Still, he insisted so we continued to probe.  “It’s his birthday,” my son said, “so I don’t go back to school for three sleep and wake ups.”  Oh!!!  We suddenly understood:  he was talking about Martin Luther King, Jr.!! Read more…

Swordbird, 12 year old author, pragmatic mom, https://pragmaticmom.com

12-year-old author of fantasy chapter book

Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

Are authors born or can that story telling gift be developed?  I’m starting to think more and more that authors are born.  I suspect that stories pour out of their minds in an endless gush;  that they have a physical craving to put pen to paper (or type on a keyboard, as it were); and that they spend every waking moment thinking about things like setting, plot and character.  As I meet children’s book authors and hear their story, one thing is clear:  they all wrote exceptionally well as children.  Their gifts were apparent young in life.  We’re talking, ages 8 or 9.  Maybe that is not so different from star athletes that shine at a young age??! Read more…

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The Pharaoh’s Secret: Like The Red Pyramid But Better!

More Books Like Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Marissa Moss‘s The Pharaoh’s Secret is a departure from her popular Amelia’s Notebook series but what a great departure it is … along the likes of Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles:  The Red Pyramid, but I actually think this book is better than Riordan’s which surprises even me because I love his work deeply! Read more…

Outstanding Children’s Literature like the Newbery!

Best Books for Kids: Carnegie Medal Winners

I had to look up the Carnegie Medal in Literature Award in Wikipedia.  It’s another version of the Newbery with an accompanying award, the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration, aping the Caldecott.  It’s all good to me but surprisingly, there is not a ton of overlap between the Newbery /Carnegie or the Caldecott/Kate Greenaway.  There are plenty of great books out there that deserve awards so please check out this list if you are searching for more great books! Read more…

2011 Newbery Potential Winners from Ex-Newbery Judge, Amanda Stuckmeyer

Predicting Newbery Winners 2011

I am excited about the upcoming Newbery Awards!  Amanda Struckmeyer served on the Newbery Committee that selected Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and her list, I believe, is dead on.  Here’s a link to the post that has her Mock Newbery event.  But more importantly, here’s her list!  Maybe your children will have fun reading these books trying to predict the outcome of this year’s Newbery Award?  If that is not a reasonable option, then just enjoy some newly published quality books.  Check with your library also to see if they are available yet.  If you only want one book suggestion, pundits from KidLitCon 2010 have whispered in my ear about how excellent The Keeper by Kathi Appelt is.  I wonder if Vegas lets you bet on this? Read more…

Asian Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Alvin Ho

More Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What happens when you cross a crazy popular early chapter book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with an Asian kid?  You get Alvin Ho, who is hilarious and allergic to just about everything in the world, or so he thinks, including:

  • camping
  • hiking
  • natural disasters
  • girls
  • school
  • birthday parties
  • science projects
  • man-made catastrophes
  • other scary things Read more…

Favorite Books for Reluctant Readers Grades 3-8

Best Books for Kids Who Don’t Like to Read

At our school’s curriculum night, I always tell parents that my number one goal is to help their child love to read so that he or she will become a life-long reader.  For some students, this goal has already been met — the children come to me with a love of literature.  For others, it is more difficult.  This can be for a multitude of reasons.  Maybe the child is still learning to read and has not built up the reading skill or endurance needed to focus on the content of the book versus the process of reading.  Maybe the child has not found the right kind of books for him or her – maybe they are trying to read books that are too long or that they don’t have the necessary background knowledge for.  Whatever the reason, it is my job to push, challenge and empower those children to become book lovers. Read more…