Wonder: A Novel for the Whole Family #theWonderofWonder #choosekind

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio is a middle-grade novel that will grab your heart and change it for the better. (*This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Wonder blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Links to the book are affiliate links.) We meet August, or Auggie, when he enters a public school for the first time as a fifth grader. It’s … [Read more...]

What to Read or Not to Read, That is the Question

Should Parents Censor

written by Tara Lenga, Strategy Consultant at Exceptional Kids Note from Melissa: I asked Tara to write this after a fascinating Facebook conversation on the Imagination Soup page about censorship . . . Go here for that conversation. As parents, we are constantly on top of making healthy food choices, ensuring their shoes still fit, and double-checking their school … [Read more...]

Gift Guide for Kids: Children’s Books 2013

Book Gift Guide 2013

I've found the best books to give your kids as gifts this year. Books for all ages from 2 to 18! Here are my final picks, books that my kids and I have read and recommend. Enjoy!!   Board Books 1. Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Fold and Play Book for ages 12 months+. Fold and flip for fun. This unique origami-inspired toy is both a folding book and a learning game in one. … [Read more...]

The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children

The Artist's Way for Parents

Are you a fan of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron? Because, if so, you'll be thrilled that Cameron just released, The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children, with co-writer, Emma Lively. Why does our creative spirit matter as parents? Well, Cameron writes (and I underlined and starred!,) "Isolation as a parent takes two forms: one is being alienated from … [Read more...]

Newly Published Chapter Book Recommendations, Fall 2013

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Do your kids need new books to keep them reading? That's why I review the newly published books so that you can get your kids reading with new books that will interest them. There are so many great books in this list but I especially love The Lost Kingdom and Salem Hyde. See what you think for your kids! Easy Chapter Books (grades 1 - 3) The Gumaing Gum Girl! by Rode … [Read more...]

Get Excited to Read Halloween Books

Halloween books for kids

I'm not crazy about scary books but some kids love them. But often scary books can get some kids reading more than usual -- which is a good thing. So, here's a new list of scary and not-so-scary Halloween-themed books. New Picture Books Ten Orange Pumpkins A Counting Book by Stephen Savage A bold, graphic illustrations accompany rhyming text that counts down from 10 to … [Read more...]

Book Character Halloween Costumes for Kids and Teens

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Ready for more book character Halloween costumes? Today I want to give you ideas for kids from 7 to 17. Book Character Costumes for Older Kids Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon make a dragon costume buy dragon costume Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis buy Prince Caspian costume Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling buy Harry Potter costume buy Slytherin Robe buy … [Read more...]