12 New Nonfiction Book Standouts for Kids

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With nonfiction books for kids, the challenge is to create a book that is not just informative but captivating and entertaining as well. Here are twelve fantastic new books for children that do all three. Since the topics range from the right to vote to the lives of real princesses, I'm sure you'll find a wonderful book for your child's interests. Nonfiction Books for … [Read more...]

How to Support Introverted Children

tips for parenting introverted children

Introverted children, that's about one-third to one-half of the population, recharge their energy from time spent alone. (As opposed to time spent with other people.) Back-to-school time can be especially challenging for introverts. (We were so happy and comfortable at home during the summer with more control and choice over our activities. Now we're thrust into a crowded … [Read more...]

13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults)

13 places to look for children's and adult's book reviews

Recently a reader asked me where I find all the good books I read. What websites do I read? How do I find good books -- both for myself (an adult) and for kids. It's a good question so I thought I'd give you a behind the scenes peek at my process. And, I read a LOT -- so much that I sometimes have to stop myself and make sure I'm being present in my life. But that's another … [Read more...]

13 Sight Word Apps and 26 Alphabet and Phonics Apps

reading apps

Learning letters and letter sounds start a child's journey to reading words and these alphabet and phonics apps will help. Learning "sight words," or words to recognize at a glance, is another step. Download these sight word apps when your child is ready to learn these commonly used words. Click on the image or name of app to see or buy it in the Apple App store. Android … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids About Sex

talking to kids about sex ed

I just sat down and watched a sex video with my 13-year-old. Well, a sex education video -- that was pretty detailed with anatomical models. In this day when kids are exposed to so much, so young, I wanted my kids to be educated and prepared. Seeing exactly what the "deal" is will be to her benefit. Hopefully. Talking About Sex with Kids Long before we watched the video, … [Read more...]

Favorite Cookbooks My Kids Actually Use

best cookbooks for kids

About 5:30 in the evening I start imagining a fairy god-cook who whisks in and whips up a healthy meal. Since that's NOT happening, I figured I better keep working on my kid's cooking skills. Thus, I must find cookbooks my kids will actually like and use. They already pack their own lunches and can make breakfast, pasta, frozen pizza, and hot dogs. But their idea of cooking … [Read more...]

How Does a Picture Book Artist Balance Working and Being a Mom?

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Ever wonder how a picture book artist balances working and being a mom? (In a small house?) (With small people?) Want to see? Hannah E. Harrison, picture book author and artist, shows us a day in the life. Watch. WOW, right? Can you relate to Hannah's dance of working and parenting?  Hannah’s new book, Bernice Gets Carried Away, tells the story of an adorably … [Read more...]

Parenting an Introverted Child

parenting an introvert

“How come you never pick her up?” my friend Kristen asked, looking at my four-month-old baby, Ani, sitting on the floor. We sat sipping ice tea in my living room. “Oh, you don’t know her yet,” I said. “Watch this.” I scooped up AJ, and she immediately began to cry. I put her back down on the floor and she stopped just as suddenly. “See? She doesn’t like to be … [Read more...]

Emotional Intelligence Activities for Kids

Activities for Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Kids

Because it's an assignment from school, I've been reading aloud Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves to my 13- year old daughter. It's been exactly what she needs. It's helping her label not just the emotions that are floating around her adolescent brain, but is providing strategies to improve both her emotional self-awareness and emotional … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading 2015

chapter book recommendations for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade

It's mid-summer and I've already got another long list of good books for your kids to read. New! Hot of the presses! I love new books, as you can tell. :) So if you need new chapter book ideas for your summer reading, check out these reviews. Hopefully something will stand out to you that will interest your kids. Happy reading! 16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading … [Read more...]