Real Life with a Touch of Magic: The Best Magical Realism Books for Tweens
Have you heard of magical realism? These are stories set in our everyday world but with one exception — they …
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In Praise of Dog Man and Other Gateway Books for Children
For a lot of parents, there’s a clear moment in a child’s literary life when reading for reading’s sake becomes a thing. That moment is often triggered by what Is called the gateway book.
Mindfulness and Meditation Made Cool with This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One)
With compelling, accessible writing and illustrations bursting with color, this new book is an exciting introduction to the benefits of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation for tweens and teens.
Why Kids Say They Love Fairy Tales
Almost any young person can tell you the basic plot of Cinderella or Hansel & Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood. What is it about this genre of stories that make them so memorable and so loved by kids and adults?
Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee
Stories can facilitate dialogue and promote healthy communication around this difficult topic, and help to foster empathy and understanding.
Why Historical Fiction Is Important for 21st-Century Kids
In skilled hands, the factual history makes the character’s story feel real, and being immersed in that story makes history come alive for the reader, sometimes in surprising ways. Human emotions are timeless; relationships, social status, age- and gender-appropriate roles and issues are fluid and ever-changing.
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One Skillet Butter Chicken and Orzo — A Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipe for Families
You'll hear no complaints from picky eaters with this delicious one-pot recipe from Half Baked Harvest Cookbook author Teighan Gerard.
6 Engrossing YA Books That Take Place in the Span of One Day
These teen stories all take place over the course of one day — and they’re so good that once you start, you’ll likely finish them in as little time.
How to Model Your Own Love of Reading in the Classroom (and Why It’s Important)
As teachers, we work to create an impactful learning community in our classrooms, a place where children not only see themselves as readers but also love to read.
Thinking Like a Coder: How Coding Concepts Appear in Kids’ Everyday Lives
Coding is adaptable to everything, and there is no question that it taps into all interests and facets of life today.