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A 12 Days of Christmas Story Time

So many crafts and educational extensions for Christmas and holiday picture books.  Great ideas for keeping kids entertained during the holiday season.

I love this time of year, don’t you?  There are so many fun things to do during the holidays.

One of my favorite holiday traditions has become collaborating with other bloggers to bring you lots of yummy good stuff to help you celebrate your holidays.  This week, I’m taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas series with Sicily’s Heart and Home, and there are already so many great ideas for you in the series.

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Using Middle Grade Books to Navigate Life

Middle grade books that teach kids about life.  It's hard being a tween.  Let books show them they're not alone.

I learned to read when I was 4.  By first grade I was reading chapter books for 5th graders.  So by the time I got to the age where most kids read middle grade books, I had graduated to Stephen King and Charles Dickens.

One of the things I love most about my two favorite authors is that their books tend to have a young boy in them.  Especially King almost always has an 11 or 12 year old character and there’s always a coming-of-age theme around that kid no matter what the story is about.  I love coming-of-age stories.  12 is probably my favorite age for a kid, because it’s so cool to watch them discover the world beyond the cocoon of early childhood.

As an adult, becoming a children’s librarian made me go backward in time and start reading books for kids again.  It’s probably the best thing I ever did for myself, because it helped me to choose books for my own kids.
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