Easy Chapter Books for Emerging Readers (Around Ages 6-8)

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As my 1st grader gets more confident in his reading, we're looking to turn the corner from the Level books with pictures into beginning Chapter books.  But it's a big corner and what are the best beginner/early chapter books? Things to look for as your child gets better with their reading and ventures into chapter books: Larger fonts.  I … [Read more...]

Books & Products Kid Who Loves Greek Mythology #mythology #greekmythology

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My memory of 6th grade and the time I discovered D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths is so distinct to me.  I loved that book.  I read it cover to cover several times, earmarking favorite myths of mine.  I swore that someday I would study mythology, which probably seemed funny at the time but was no longer funny I declared Mythology to be my minor in … [Read more...]

New Hot Book Series for your 3rd-7th Grade Level Reader: Spirit Animals

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My 4th grade boy loved this book.  He stayed up two nights in a row reading Spirit Animals - Book 1 (Wild Born) ($7.79 for Hardcover) after we bought it at our Scholastic school book fair.  He's clearly taking after my love of sci-fi and fantasy as this is a cool series about teenage kids who can call their own "spirit animals" out once they come … [Read more...]

10 Spooky Halloween Books for Kids

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At some point I got organized and made a little "holiday" section on my son's bookshelf.  "Holiday" is broad but basically means I have lumped together some Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas books that I can pull out at the right time of year.  My kids love reading these seasonal books! I put together a list of some Halloween books … [Read more...]

Free Boy Book Series on the Kindle for Amazon Prime Members

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Well, I finally caved and let my 9 year old set up Kindle for himself. He's been a reluctant reader and I somehow felt he really needed to get on solid reading feet before reading on a Kindle. But then my Mom sent me two old Kindles they weren't using and I decided to go ahead and give one to Nate since it was free. My only wish is that I had … [Read more...]

The Pigeon is 10! {A Favorite Children’s Character Turns 10!}

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One of our ALL TIME favorite children's books is Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus!(Amazon, $14.91) I can't tell you guys how many times I've read this aloud to my kids.  On preschool days where the parent would have to go in and read a book? That was it.  The teachers loved it and the reactions from the kids was always so funny and … [Read more...]

Books My Reluctant Reading 3rd Grade Boy Has Been Loving

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As far back as I can remember, I loved to read. I remember reading in Kindergarten, elementary school and beyond and just loving books.  Judy Blume was my inappropriate author choice in elementary school and thanks to an older cousin, by middle school, I was reading Judith Krantz and Danielle Steel. (Probably with many a shocked look on my face at … [Read more...]

Trying to Learn #Minecraft? Check out Minecraft for Dummies

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If you have a boy who is 7+, chances are you have heard of Minecraft or he's already playing! My 9-year-old son has been playing Minecraft for a little over a year now. It's the *it* game for boys right now, or it sure seems like it! While I play, I would imagine most Moms don't (I'm a geek) and don't really have any clue what about the game. … [Read more...]

New American Girl Book Release (Feb 14): Care & Taking Care Of You 2

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Man, it's stuff like this that makes me glad I have two boys. Not that I won't have to have the "talk" with my boys at some point but I can at least lean on hubby to do most of the talks that have anything to do with boy parts. With girls? Girls need their Moms and there's a lot that goes on hormonally with their bodies that they need … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation for Your Lego Fan

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Got a Lego fan on your holiday list this season?  There's still time to get him or her this fun book - the Lego Adventure Book! Its a book full of ideas for what to build with your Legos.   Step by step colored photos make building various suggested models really easy! Get the Lego Adventure Book on Amazon for $16.47 (normally $24.95) and you … [Read more...]