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...]

Fanciful Grammar App for Kids

Sleep Furiously grammar app for kids

Imagine your kids playing with grammar. And enjoying it. Unless you're a geeky English major like me, that probably isn't something you imagine. But I've discovered a grammar app for kids called Sleep Furiously that is goofy, funny, and 100% grammar geeky -- that my kids love. The name Sleep Furiously comes from the sentence linguist Noam Chomsky coined to demonstrate this … [Read more...]

13 Sight Word Apps and 26 Alphabet and Phonics Apps

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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...]

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...]

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...]

These Learning Card Games Will Make Kids Think

Super Genius Educational Card Games for Kids

Blue Orange just released a new learning card game series called Super Genius. The card games remind me of Spot It! but are harder and more educational. They'll make your kids THINK! And by think, I both reviewing known concepts and learning new ones. For us, it's review and practice of multiplication facts. (Those darn facts are tricky to remember!) But it could also be … [Read more...]