All posts tagged picture books for kids

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Other Ways to Fall in Love with Elephants

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Books for Kids

Another email from my nearly 90-year-old mom with this video of a baby elephant taking a mud bath. That she’s on YouTube is amazing! I’m posting a bunch of her emails; the pollination video was from her. Read more…

The Boy Who Changed the World

Book Club for Boys: The Boy Who Changed the World

Book Clubs For Boys

My son had a great little boy book club based on this advanced historical fiction book that my Mom Friend Ann hosted. This advanced picture book reads like a zen koan and it took us several times though to get the gist of it but once we did, we were entranced. I had no idea that somehow George Washington Carver was somehow a pivotal person responsible for saving billions of lives through the creation of super seeds that yield more food. Read more…

Pollination: Video and Ideas for Summer Learning

Science Activities for Kids

My mom sent me this gorgeous video of the wonders of pollination. We try to plant a garden every spring that attracts butterflies but I miss the hummingbirds that used to visit my garden in California. I think there are hummingbirds in New England, but I haven’t seen any in my garden yet. I probably need a hummingbird feeder though. Read more…

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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Lunch Lady, graphic novel

Hilarious Children’s Authors with Impossible to Pronounce Names

Funny Children’s Book Authors: Jon Scieszka and Jarrett Krosoczka

Is there something about having a difficult name to pronounce that makes you especially funny? I was on a LiveChat with Lunch Lady graphic novel author Jarrett Krosoczka (dear god, your names are hard to spell!), and he was cracking me up. He’s so funny! 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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gecko, chameleon, gecko chameleon

Gecko Chameleon? Can You Spot It?

Gecko Chameleon Anole?

We found this Gecko in Bermuda that I thought could change its colors like a Chameleon. I call it a Gecko Chameleon but then I actually did a little research and its real name is a Bermuda Anole or Antiguan Anole. Read more…

The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Math Fun for Kids: Math in Spirals

Books for Kids about Math of Spirals

It started with my son’s favorite picture book, Math Curse, where I could not get this pattern of numbers:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5 …

And who was this Fibonacci character anyway? I had a feeling that the name was not a random choice. Read more…

Dear Flyary

New Picture Book Reviews by My First Grade Son

New Picture Books for 1st Grade

A page from Dear Flyary, my son’s favorite new picture book!

My 7-year-0ld son in first grade reviews a large stack of newly published books. He ranks them by preference. #10 is his favorite and it’s not surprising to me that it’s Dear Flyary, a picture book for kids about a cute alien with a new vehicle. Read more…