Hot Off the Presses Middle Grade Chapter Books

A little cute kid and large number of books

I loved all of these new and very good middle grade chapter books - from detectives to manicurists, fantasy to mystery - and I think you'll find something exciting for your child to read. :) Middle grade refers to the chapter books for children ages eight or nine to about twelve. (I've added a favorite YA - young adult - book, too.) Sparkle Spa: Purple Nails and Puppy … [Read more...]

Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

books for kids who love Diary of a  Wimpy Kid

If your kids like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, you'll want find similiar books like Diary to keep them reading. So I've gathered a book list of books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid that are similar and just as appealing. Happy reading! Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce Another funny book with a combo of text and comics that will crack … [Read more...]

Host a Book Club Book Wars Party

book wars

Make reading social by reading with your friends this spring. Host a book club where each person picks what to read-- then have a BOOK WARS party. Which book will win? (dunt-dunt-dah) Hosting a Book Wars Party 1.  Decide who to invite. (Group by interest, age or gender.) 2.  Select the first book, date, time and location. For this Book Wars meeting, each child picks a book … [Read more...]

9 Essentials to Creating an Enticing Book Nook #PointsforPassions

DIY Book Nook

You don't need to break the bank to pursue your passions. I actually find that the bigger hurdle is finding more time! One thing I do is use a generally untapped resource – my American Express Membership Rewards® points – to help me get merchandise to help me pursue my passions. Amex wants to encourage you to do the same and makes it easy through their ShopAmex site... As … [Read more...]

17 Book for Kids Who Like Junie B. Jones

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A moms asked me for books and book series that were like Junie B. Jones in reading level and interest. (about a first grade reading level.) I actually don't like the Junie B. books. The grammar? I just can't do it! Her sass? Hate it. BUT, lots of kids like her. And if kids are reading, I'm (mostly) good with it. Plus, I can't turn down a parent request to recommend books … [Read more...]

New Educational Apps Kids Love

Rapunzel App

You're looking for educational and learning apps for your kids -- apps for reading and spelling, maybe even some good book apps -- then here are some newly published gems from app store that I recommend for your kids. Educational Apps Happi and the Word Thief $2.99 While you can't practice your own spelling words, you can practice spelling general words in a fun, … [Read more...]

Get Help with IEPs, LD, Bullying, and More

LD toolkits and ebooks

Do you know about the National Center for Learning Disabilities? It's a fantastic site -- with a ton of free materials that you can easily download and use today. Parent Toolkit: IEP Basics for Parents of Students with LD Parent Toolkit: Dyslexia Toolkit School Toolkit: The Truth About Bullying E-Book: IEP Meeting Planner E-Book: Executive Function Around the … [Read more...]

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Book Bucks

Printable Valentine's Day Book Bucks LG

This year, I'm giving my kids Valentines' Day Book Bucks instead of stuffed animals or candy. And, I've made free printable book bucks you can easily download and print for your kids, too! Gift of Book Bucks Like most kids, my kids love to choose their own books to read. They enjoy browsing the bookstore almost as much as me. (Which is one of my favorite things EVER.) I … [Read more...]