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Zen Picture Books to Teach Kids Mindfulness

Zen Picture Books to Teach Kids Mindfulness

Zen Picture Books to Make You Think

A picture book that my youngest enjoys that also gives something back to me is a joy indeed. These books have a Zen philosophy twist that will leave the adult pondering the meaning, often for days afterwards, while our little ones happily move on to the next book or other activities unburdened with questions ruminating in their brains from these books. I actually got the idea for this list while in a Board of Directors meeting when the CEO quoted a parable from Jon Muth’s Zen Shorts. At first, I thought he was referring to the ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu that I knew he briefly  studied in college. But no, it was this book that he had read to his little boy for a bedtime story. The story of Good Luck versus Bad Luck really stuck to him as it did to me too when I first read it. Read more…

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The Movie and Book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I am so excited to see the movie. I hear that it’s great! A factoid that I just learned: Brian Selznick is the grandson of Hollywood film producer David O. Selznick. Director Martin Scorsese knew about this relationship and it piqued his interest even more in the Caldecott award-winning book. I have to say that I thought his illustrations were amazing and reminiscent of  the sketches of scenes blocked out by old-time directors like Alfred Hitchcock. Do you think there is a real cinematic quality to the way he sequences the illustrations? And what did you think of the movie? Read more…

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Spain: Culture, Food and Books for Kids

The children’s books that I selected are old-fashioned from a by-gone era so I am spinning the rest of this post into the modern world.  We’ll start first with a dizzying tour of modern Spanish furniture, and then onto the hottest food scene in the world.  According to my favorite foodie snark, Anthony Bourdain, Spain is where it is at for the foodie scene.  Forget France, that is so last year! The maestro is Ferran Adriá and I have an easy recipe from his blog as well a few other fun things.  To finish up, we’ll see some Spanish creatives; architect Gaudi and artists Miró, Picasso, and Velázquez. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids with Dragons

The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Children’s Book Authors

Best Children’s Book Authors Ever!

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Read more…

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Meteor!: Science Of, Finding and Buying A Meteorite

Science Picture Book with Meteor Activity

I found this book a while ago in the discounted book room of my favorite book store. I will pretty much buy any picture book by Patricia Polacco. Her advanced picture books are based on her life and the people that she knows. I knew that, but for some reason I thought this book was set back in time — say around the 1800s — where a village spotted a meteor! Suffice it to say that I should not judge a picture book by its cover. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Children’s Books Featuring Life-Changing Teachers (ages 4-12)

Books for Kids About Teachers Who Change Lives

As we ease into the summer and reflect on the our children’s past school year, it is the teacher who makes the difference between a great year and a mediocre or worse year.  I am sure that I am not alone in sending up prayers to get particular teachers for my kids next year.  This list is an homage to the exceptional teachers everywhere who dedicate their lives to making a difference.  And they absolutely do!  One day, one of their students may even write about their exception teacher as in the case of  a few of the books selected below. Read more…

Chile: Children’s Books, Nobel Laureate Poets, Art and More

Chile: Culture, Children’s Books and Crafts for Kids

It all started with a post from PaperTigers about Mia’s Story. Having the same name, I had happened upon this book a while ago and was blown away by this picture book story of resilience and hope of a family living in a dump in Chile. While searching for more books, I thought that Pablo Neruda was from Chile and remembered a really great book sent to me by Scholastic a while ago. I though this would win a Newbery Honor that year, but alas, it did not. Still, it introduced me to his poetry meant for common people. Read more…
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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 7-14): Part 2, Authors M-Z

Best Books for Boys

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I am going to split 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) below

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction) Read more…