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Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles Book by Candlewick Press

Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles Book by Candlewick Press

Muddy puddles made their way into my house this last week in the best possible way: in a book called Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles, which I received for a book review — to be completed by the most stringent of critics – my boys. At age 2 & 5, they let me know quickly if they like an item or not. Peppa Pig is best known for its hit television series; and now, Peppa … Read entire article »

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American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

My daughter loves American Girl and we’re very excited for the debut of Saige, American Girl of the Year for 2013. American Girl has been dropping hints that the 2013 Girl of the Year is from New Mexico and loves horses and art–now we finally get to meet Saige Copeland and learn all about her! In conjunction with introducing Saige, American Girl is launching an Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest: Starting January 1, elementary art teachers … Read entire article »

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Emily Hudson- A Novel By Melissa Jones

Emily Hudson- A Novel By Melissa Jones

I have to admit that this is not the type of book I normally would pick up. I was recently given the chance to review Melissa Jones book: Emily Hudson: A Novel.  I am so glad that I gave it a chance.  This book was wonderfully written and kept me intrigued from beginning to end.   It was hard for me to put this book down and I craved more when I was finished. The idea for … Read entire article »

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Summer Reading: North of Beautiful

Summer Reading: North of Beautiful

School’s almost out. You may be looking for great summer books for your teen. I had a chance to review Justina Chen Headley’s third book, North of Beautiful. And I highly recommend it to teen girls and their mothers. Terra Rose Cooper, has a port wine stain covering the left side of her face. She tries to cover her birthmark with heavy makeup and undergoes numerous painful procedures in an attempt to remove it. In Terra’s mind, … Read entire article »

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Momma Loves Her Little Son Book Review

Momma Loves Her Little Son Book Review

When I was a little girl, I asked my mother to read me The Runaway Bunny over and over away.  The imaginative and beautiful pictures captivated me initially, but the book became a favorite because it so perfectly expresses the depth and strength of a mother’s love for her child. I still remember cuddling with my mother while she read me that story.  I felt so loved and so comforted by the story. And I think … Read entire article »

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“The Help” Book Review

“The Help” Book Review

Some books are so good that I’ll stay awake all night to finish reading them. The Help is one of those books. It also happens to be one of the best fiction books I’ve read about race relations and the birth of the civil rights movement. Set in rural Mississippi during the 1960s, the book mentions Martin Luther King Jr.’s march, the death of Medgar Evers, the Freedom Riders, the integration of the University of Mississippi by James Meredith, the sit-ins … Read entire article »

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Holiday Book Roundup: New Children’s Christmas Books

Holiday Book Roundup: New Children’s Christmas Books

If you’re tired of reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for the millionth time, check out these newly released Christmas books for children: The Gift of the Magi– I remember reading the classic O. Henry story in school. This new version for children is beautifully illustrated. For children unfamiliar with old-fashioned things like pocket watches, the illustrations will really add to their understanding of this moving story about love and the act of giving. I also think … Read entire article »

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Halloween Children’s Boooooo-ks

Halloween Children’s Boooooo-ks

Fueled by candy, children’s imagination runs wild at Halloween as they transform themselves into superheroes, animals, monsters, pirates, villains, and fairy tale characters. Feed your children’s imagination with some ghoulishly great books that they’ll enjoy long after they’ve eaten their fill of fun-size Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You won’t need to trick your children into reading these lively tales of ghosts, witches, vampires, monsters, witches and more.   Vunce Upon a Time is a charming and beautifully-illustrated Halloween story that might even help banish … Read entire article »

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Start Your Reading Engines…

Start Your Reading Engines…

There’s a lot of talk in education circles about the literacy gender gap. Boys are lagging behind girls in reading and writing. I’ve heard author Jon Scieszka of Guys Read.com on NPR talk about how to close this gap. One of his suggestions for closing the literacy gender gap is encouraging male role models for reading.  I love reading to Baby Mwah, and so does my husband. But our choices of reading materials are quite different. While I’ve been reading … Read entire article »

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How to Teach Your Child Tolerance: Create a Global Bookshelf

Even though Baby Mwah is only a few months old, I’ve been pondering the best way to teach him tolerance and respect for other cultures as he grows. I know that one of the best ways is by modeling love and respect for others, but I also did some research about more ways to teach your children to appreciate other cultures. This article on the Scholastic website has some great tips about how to teach your child to be a citizen of the world. One of the tips was about creating a global bookshelf: “Stock your shelves with stories that represent different cultures, written in a variety of languages. You might include a collection of alphabet books depicting the many alphabets of world languages, and then switch to counting books, which illustrate … Read entire article »

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