Thrilling New Adventure and Mystery Books

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Get ready for the best new adventure and mystery books for kids because Find more than enough recommendations to keep your kids reading for months. (These are mostly all middle grade chapter books with three YA books that I snuck in at the end.) As always, happy reading! Thrilling Adventure and Mystery Chapter Books The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt … [Read more...]

Four Rock-Your-World 2015 Middle Grade Books

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Some books change your life. Here are four new (2015) middle grade books that will rock your world in a good way -- they're beautifully written with themes that are relevant to adults as well as children: the power of storytelling, the power of love, the power of forgiveness, and the power of love. These are all don't-stop-now-go-directly-and-buy-these books. Read them with … [Read more...]

14 NEW Beginning Chapter Book Reviews, Fall 2015

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If you're at that stage (around age six or seven) when your child is taking off with reading, you're no doubt searching for excellent books. Start with these beginning chapter book reviews and see what she want to read first. Let him choose the books. You buy them or check them out. Then find lots of time for reading every day. Go, you! For lots of at-home reading … [Read more...]

Your Studying Strategies Aren’t Working (& What To Do Instead)

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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Reedier III and Mark A. McDaniel takes the latest research in cognitive psychology and other disciplines and synthesizes it into practical learning and studying strategies. And it's not what you think. In fact, how you studied in your educational life probably wasn't the best method. What's more, how … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Parenting an Introverted Child

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“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

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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...]

Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books

Disney's Desendants Books

written by Annika Taylor Get ready for the Disney Channel's newest movie, The Descendants, by reading all the Descendants books first. The Descendants movie is coming out this summer, 2015, but the books are already here! Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books Isle of the Lost Isle of the Lost is a prequel to the Disney movie, Descendants. It takes place … [Read more...]