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:

BOOKS FOR BOYS:

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”

PICTURE BOOKS FOR BOYS:

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”

BOOKS FOR GIRLS:

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”

PICTURE BOOKS FOR GIRLS:

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)


Feb 5

With spring just around the corner, kids will be spending more and more time playing outdoors. This means every child will need a good pair of sneakers. Not looking forward to spending a ton of money on shoes? Check out this guide to buying cheap toddler girls sneakers.


Feb 2

Little girls love to get their toenails and fingernails painted, but parents may worry that the polish is just not good for them. If this sounds familiar, check out Little Blu, a non-toxic nail polish for kids. The polish, which is sold online and in the UK, even washes off with soap and water.


Jan 23

When are little girls grown up enough to wear make-up? It’s a question that is often debated, but there doesn’t seem to be a right answer. Some girls start playing with lipstick when they’re in preschool and some parents forbid it until their child is a teenager. What do you think?


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 22

Everyone likes to get dolled up when the holidays roll around, and little girls are no different.  Check out these “special” hairdos that are fun for little girls and add a little glam to your Christmas dress or holiday look.


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 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?


Oct 1

It’s about time to start thinking about Halloween costumes, and for many little girls that means pink, frilly princess dresses and shiny crowns every year. But what if your daughter isn’t into princesses or you both think it’s time to switch things up a little bit? Momformation has a few cool ideas for the anti-princess Halloween costumes for girls.


Sep 25

Are you or your daughter tired of all of the pink, frilly princess products always aimed at little girls? If so, you’ll want to check this out. Babble has a list of picture books that “empower” little girls. You’ll find old favorites like Madeline and Elosie, as well as some new books from your favorite authors.


Sep 5

If you’re looking for a fun party idea for your daughter’s next birthday, look no further than this pink prince party from Lil Sugar.  Your little girl will feel like a princess on her big day and best of all, it’s a budget party, which is great news for your wallet.


Jul 22

Should tell your daughter she’s pretty?  Seems like an easy question, but a new book from CBS’s Lisa Bloom says that constantly telling a little girl she’s pretty undermines her other abilities and tells her that looks are number one.  What do you think?  Does telling your daughter she’s pretty hurt or help her?  Does Bloom make a point about self-esteem or is this just a case of people over-analyzing a simple gesture?


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.


Jun 27

Actress Courtney Cox has talked about how much her six year old daughter enjoys fashion and beauty and the little girl was recently spotted out with her mom wearing a little bit of red lipstick.   The picture has sparked quite the debate at People Magazine’s Celebrity Baby Blog.  The question: is six years old too young for make-up?  If so, when should little girls be allowed to play with mom’s make-up or have some of their own?   What do you think?  Is make-up for little girls harmless dress-up or growing up too fast?


Jun 26

American Girl dolls have been around for a quarter of a century now, meaning several generations of girls have grown up with Molly, Samantha, Addy, Kaya and the rest.   Whether they owned the dolls, read the books, or visit the stores, little girls  and their moms have made American Girl Dolls into an American tradition.  Read more about the role the dolls have played in the lives of girls over the last few decades at the Washington Post.


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