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A Little Princess Power Never Hurts

Early Chapter Book Review: PJ Larue's The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool features princess power your daughters can admire that won't make you cringe

Getting to be part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day is not only an honor for me, it’s a great way to find new books to bring to you.

And you know that’s my favorite thing ever.

So when I was offered the chance to get at PJ LaRue’s Mystic Princesses books, I dove right in.

There’s a pun there.  You’ll get it later.
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Story Time: 10 Gulab Jamuns

Story Time: 10 Gulab Jamuns includes fun picture book reading extensions to celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day with your kids. Includes a free math printable, a craft tutorial for making a traditional Indian door hanging, and the recipe for gulab jamuns, an Indian treat

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is one of my favorite days of the year.  I love reading diverse books with my boys.  Introducing them to other cultures through books is one of the best ways I know to encourage tolerance and acceptance.  And tolerance and acceptance rock.

If you’re looking for good books to read for MCBD on January 27, I’ve got the goods.  (You know I love ya.)

Make sure and check out the Story Times for If You Were Me and Lived in the American West, If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Mali, and If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China , but right now let’s have fun with 10 Gulab Jamuns.
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Story Time: Trick or Treat Smell My Feet

Trick or Treat Smell My Feet activities for kids to do along with the picture book by Diane deGroat

This story.

I love Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet by Diane de Groat because it teaches lessons, sure,  but mostly I love how autumn-y it is. The background of each page is even shades of yellow and orange.  It pushes my happy buttons, I ain’t gonna lie.

Halloween, as you know, is my favorite-ist holiday.  Mostly because it happens in autumn, and the decorations are all those wonderful tones of red, orange, and yellow that get my blood pumping, but also because of costumes and treats and ghost stories.
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Chucking the Reading Level

Chucking the reading level can help your child learn to love to read organically

I’ve often said I’m not about reading levels for kids.  I think too much stress is put on reading levels in public schools, and it spills over into other types of schooling.  I’ve seen it it kill any love for books kids might develop.  Reading is such a personal act, and learning it should be as organic as it can be.

When my boys were little, we could often be found curled up with a stack of picture books on  the floor, reading through them one at a time and exclaiming over the pictures, studying the letters, discussing the sentence structure.  But at bedtime, even when they were toddlers, I snuggled up with them and read them a chapter from a chapter book.  Harry Potter The Key to RondoThe Narnia seriesThe Guardians of Ga’HooleA Series of Unfortunate Events.

Why?  Because stories expand our minds, and I wanted my boys to learn early how to let that happen without pictures.  Even I was surprised by how quietly they settled down and focused on the chapter each night, closing their eyes and letting my voice lull them.  I wasn’t at all surprised by the vocabulary they picked up, the way their imaginations swelled to include new knowledge, or their high-level ability to understand complex situations at an early age.  That’s what reading above your ‘reading level’ does for you.
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