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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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Homeschooling Middle School with Literature

Homeschooling Middle School with literature can be as fun as reading The Great Gatsby while you study 1920s America

This week, the boys and I started The Great Gatsby as our homeschool read-aloud.  My love affair with this book is less than a decade old, but every time I read it I am wowed all over again by the way Fitzgerald can put so much description into so few words.  The first chapter alone gives profound insight into all of the main characters with barely a nod of acknowledgement to any of them.

How does he do that?!

Doesn’t matter; I’m smitten.  And now so are my boys.
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YA Book Review: The Never Dawn Series

The Never Dawn Series is a brilliant YA Dystopia that will keep you riveted from the 1st page of the 1st book to the last page of the 3rd.

You know I love me an Indie author.  Almost as much as I love a good Dystopian trilogy.  With The Never Dawn Series, I got both.

And I fell completely in love.

Author R.E. Palmer, who is from my favorite place, England (okay, so the U.S. is my really favorite place, but England is my dream trip), has turned out a non-stop, page-turning, drooling-on-yourself-and-wishing-your-eyes-weren’t-so-gritty-from-lack-of-sleep powerhouse that he should be getting paid Suzanne Collins’ advances for.

I totally mean that.
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