Aug 12

You really don’t have to be bothered by kids saying, “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do” during summer. There’s a great solution for this, and it doesn’t mean sending him off to “Just go there and play.” All you need is a list of the best 2012 summer readings for kids for all ages:


Dan Gutman’s “Baseball Card Aventures”
David A. Kelly’s “Ballpark Mysteries”
Kevin Markey’s “The Super Sluggers”
S.J. Kincaid’s “Insignia”
Catherine Fisher’s “Incarceron”
Matt and Dave’s “Yuck” series (“Yuck’s Amazing Underpants”)
“Planet Tad”
Lincoln Pierce’s “Big Nate Goes For Broke”
Jennifer and Matthew Holm’s “Squish: Super Amoeba”
“Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers”
“Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants”
Brian Selznick’s “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”


Artie Bennett’s “Poopendous”
Owen Davey’s “Night Knight”
Chris Van Dusen’s “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit
Charise Mericle Harper’s “If Waffles Were Like Boys”
Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Licktenheld’s “Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site”
Ame Dyckman’s “Boy + Bot”
Michael Chabon’s “The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man”
Peter Stein and illustrator Bob Staake’s “Bugs Galore”


Polly Horvath’s “Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire”
“Charlotte’s Web”
Lissa Price’s “Starters”
Cassandra Clare’s series “The Mortal Instruments”
Lauren Oliver’s “Liesel & Po”
“Junie B. Jones and Ramona Quimby”
“Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly School Bus”
Stephanie Barden’s “Cinderella Smith”
Jennifer L. Holm’s “Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick”
“Letters to Leo”


Matthea Harvey’s “Cecil the Pet Glacier”
Emily Redmond’s “Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo”
Jonny Duddle’s “The Pirates Next Door Starring the Jolly-Rogers”
Peter McCarty’s “Chloe”
Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Plant a Kiss”
Amy Beth Bloom’s “Little Sweet Potato”

Have you found any interesting titles for your kids?

Source: Summer Reading 2012: Books for Kids of All Ages (Huffington Post)

Jan 24

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and kids everywhere are making and buying cards to give out to their friends and classmates.  But sometimes, all that cutesy, love  stuff can be a bit much for little boys. Here are some great ideas for Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for boys.

Dec 26

Everyone loves Legos – those colorful little bricks can keep kids busy for hours. But for the most part, Legos have appealed more to boys than girls over the years, so what did the company do? They made Legos that appeal to girls, of course.  Unfortunately, some moms are all upset over this, because they feel the toys stereotype kids. What do you think?

Dec 13

When you think of Oscar de la Renta, children’s clothing might not be what comes to mind, but the designer has decided to create an in-house children’s wear collection. The line will be for girls ages 18 months to 14 and boys around the same age, and it will be sold at Oscar de la Renta stores and luxury retailers.

Oct 17

Getting little boys to read can be a little bit of a challenge when they’re itching to run around and play in the dirt. But reading is an excellent way to ensure your child has a lifelong enjoyment of learning, and it’s always great to encourage it. Looking for some picture books your boys will love? Whether it’s humor, fantasy, mystery, adventure, poetry, animals, sports and more, PBS Kids has compiled a great list of picture books for preschool and early elementary age boys.

Oct 7

Obviously, there are differences between boys and girls, but does that mean each gender’s brain is different? You betcha! From language to behavior, there are just some things that are result of each gender being wired differently.  David Walsh, Ph.D. explains those differences in Boys’ and Girls’ Brain: What’s the Difference?

Jul 18

It’s an age-old debate: which sex is easier to parent?  Boys have been stereotyped as wild and physically demanding, while girls can be demanding and emotionally draining.   But is that always the case?  Are those really stereotypes or just the way of nature?  Breezy Mama takes a look at which gender is easier to raise.

May 22

Girls have baby dolls, Barbies, paper dolls, and other ways to play dress-up.  Boys might find all that a little girly, but thanks to Melissa & Doug, there’s a more masculine toy for playing dress-up.  Meet Joey!  Whether he’s a police officer, fireman, superhero or pirate, Joey comes with plenty of clothing and accessories that attach to him magnetically – providing boys (and maybe girls too) with hours of fun!