Elizabeth Low is a freelance writer and mother of two. She has a Master's of Library Science and has worked as a children's librarian. Currently, she maintains a blog that reviews children's books: childrensbookbin.com .
This post is adapted from a bibliography that I composed for a graduate school class. My husband is ethnically Chinese, my kids are half-Asian, and many of my students are Asian-American, so I looked hard to locate books that are culturally-relevant, while still appealing to younger children.
Redwoods In this story, a young Asian American boy travels through time and space from on the F train in New York to the redwood forests of California with the help of a magical book. While
I recently enrolled in a teacher education program. As a result, I have been learning about teaching math to young children. While I emphasized reading with my own kids, I always felt that math was a lesser priority. This is a mistake too many Americans make. Just as reading readiness is important for 4-year-olds, so […]
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My two children have spent many hours over the past year making objects out of a clay compound known as Model Magic. My 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son mix blue, red, yellow, and white to create a variety of colors. For beginners interested in trying some of these projects, I recommend purchasing Crayola 57-4415 Model Magic Modeling Compound, 2-lb. Bucket, Asstd Colors, Four 8-oz. Pouches, but our family uses so much that we actually purchase the Class Pack. If you would like more colo
Paper crafts have long been common in Japan and now they are becoming more popular in the U.S. as well, thanks to some amazing books that will entertain your children (or you), while promoting hand-eye coordination at the same time.
Papertoy Monsters: Make Your Very Own Amazing Papertoys! Brian Castleforte Ages 5+
My children received this title for Christmas and it was a huge hit. The book contains 50 pre- perforated monsters, ready to pop-up, fold and glue. Also
Children learn best through creative play and at least in my house that play often involves a pile of stuffed toys. Each and every one of my kids’ beloved plush animals has a name, back story and designated location in the house. So if you are looking for a holiday gift for that special child in your life, here are fourteen (plus) book/toy pairings that promote literacy and fun.
Book: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Character Traits: Peter Rabbit is adventurous and da
Despite their fearsome appearance and unpronounceable names, children adore dinosaurs. When I was a child, I had a T-Rex toy that I regularly fed bits of food and then pretended to attack other dinosaurs. I was a complete girly-girl, but T-Rex provided an outlet for my more savage side. In many current picture books, dinosaurs tend to represent the kind of questionable (but entertaining) behavior that children frequently engage in, namely, disregulation, with a touch of ferocity.
Superheroes are huge at our house – and not just the Hulk. Not a day goes by that my son does not dress up as and draw whatever comic book character is his current muse. Trips to the bookstore are spent glued to the comic book section. Last year we went to New York Comic Con – a truly massive event at Javits Center. Despite the crushing crowds, both father and son were enchanted. Needless to say, I have read a lot of books about superheroes and honestly, some of them are vapid and others are
August House, a publishing company based in Atlanta, sent me review copies of several of their latest titles. I don’t always review everything I receive; I am hesitant to recommend any book that I am not fully impressed by. After all, this blog is essentially a labor of love. That said, I liked what I received and decided to promote the items. Last Thursday, I sponsored a giveaway for the book Teaching with Story: Classroom Connections to Storytelling. Only three people have signed up so
As much as I love books, I am aware that we are increasingly living in a technology-based world. You are now more likely to see kids playing iPads than flipping through a pile of books. Do I have a problem with this? Yes, but I also don’t want my kids to be complete Luddites, either. […]
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