Does Your 8 – 12 Year Old Need a Good Book?

good book list for 8- 12 year olds

Newly Published Summer Chapter Books for Kids Ages 8 - 12 I read tons of kid books so you don't have to. Because we all hear our kids say, "I don't have anything good to read," right? That's why it helps to have a list of good books to recommend to those silly kids. (Do they think they can get out of reading with this excuse?!) Something will appeal to them eventually. … [Read more...]

Summer Learning with PBS Kids

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If you are looking for activities and workbooks to keep your kids learning over the summer, check out these ideas shared with me by PBSKids. Carson-Dellosa Learning Books I loved workbooks when I was a kid. My own kids, not so much. So, if I'm going to use workbooks, I use them sparingly and only ones with engaging illustrations, pages that aren't too long, and useful … [Read more...]

Smart Book Clubs for Kids

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There's nothing better than hanging around with your friends, playing, eating, and . . . talking about a book! Yes, talking about a book. :) Because it's the social, playing, and eating aspect of a book club that makes reading and taking about a book so much fun. Basically, the purpose of a book club for kids is two-fold: to get social time with friends AND to read … [Read more...]

Steampunk for Kids

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Have you heard of steampunk? I first heard about this new sub-genre of science-fiction a few years ago. Now, children's steampunk books are also increasing. (Both in number and quality.) So, What Is Steampunk? Steampunk is science fiction in which the Victorian era society's technology is powered by steam. In other words, no electricity or batteries or gas. Steam. The … [Read more...]

It’s About Process, Not Product Says TinkerLab Guide for Little Inventors

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Rachelle Doorley writes one of the most inspiring blogs, TinkerLab. Now she's published a wonderful book --TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors (55 Playful Experiments That Encourage Tinkering, Curiosity & Creative Thinking.) (*affiliate link) The book celebrates a child's process, the tinkering. It's not about product -- not at all. It's more about what … [Read more...]

5 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

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Kids can become virtual campers at online summer camps. Here are five fun virtual summer camps for 2014. Camp PBS Parents Check in weekly for educational activities, crafts, and experiments for you to do at home with your kids. sample activity: Make a Cereal Box Board Game Camp PBS Parents Camp Wonderopolis FREE virtual camp where kids gain extensive science … [Read more...]

New Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

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Are your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read yet? (Or is that just mine?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of chapter books that I highly recommend. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (7-10 years) Hysterical and totally believable . . . if your goldfish dies and you bring him back to life. It … [Read more...]

We Love Dads Who Read #dadsread

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Hey, dads! Good job on reading with your kids -- and showing your kids that you are a reader. Not all dads do though. To Raise a Reader, Be a Reader One of the BIGGEST gifts you can give your kids is to be a reader yourself. And let your kids see you reading. Which is why I want to celebrate how great it is that YOU are a reader. Good job! “As much as they may deny it, most … [Read more...]