The Great Screen-Time Tug-of-War

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Tug of war contested at the 1904 Summer Olympics. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The screentime tug-of-war is, I’m sure, a very very common sport in households today. Technology offers us ever more brilliant and enthralling ways to entertain and educate ourselves, and the desire for knowledge is a good thing, right? And yet, and yet, many parents harbour great anxiety about the slippery slope of screen time.*

Steve Almond has written a great piece on this for the New York Times: My Kids Are Obsessed With Technology, And It’s All My Fault. More

Summer Hikes… with Kids

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Here’s a great post about hiking with little ones: Five Tips for Joyful Hiking with Little Kids courtesy of nature mom.

A particularly good suggestion is “forget about the destination”, though this can change with the age of the child. At age 3-4 this definitely applies, as they are distracted by every little thing they see, and it’s best to just resign yourself to the fact that as soon as they start flagging, it’s time to turn around and head back, no matter how far you’ve gotten.

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Same-Sex Parents in Picture Books

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I’ve been meaning to make a list of titles on this topic and now someone else has done it for me:  9 Books About Families With Gay and Lesbian Parents at notimeforflashcards.com. This is terrific list – I’m afraid I’ve only read one of them, Everywhere Babies, which we received as a gift when my daughter was a baby. We read it countless times and enjoyed it a lot. I particularly liked this book because the illustrations include just about every family combination you can think of, all of them happy, warm and loving.

Thanks notimeforflashcards! Great list!

Collected Stories for Children

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1947

Collected Stories for Children

by Walter de la Mare

Age: 8+ (read to); 11+ (independent reading)

Interests: folk tales, fairy tales, animals, magic, romance, fairies, spooky stories, adventure, travel, cats, monkeys

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Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman

illustrations by Caroline Binch

Age: 4+

Interests: acting, theatre, imagination, strong girls, single parent

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The Dot

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The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds

Age: 5+

Interests: art, artists, school, teachers

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Jim Henson: How to Make Puppets (1969)

Oooh Kiddley finds all the best stuff… Here’s a film clip of Jim Henson on Iowa Public Television giving a workshop on puppet making. Totally simple puppets anyone can make. This is in the pre-Sesame Street days, but I defy you to listen to Henson’s voice and not think of Kermit..

Harry and Hopper

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2010

Harry and Hopper

by Margaret Wild

illustrations by Freya Blackwood

Age: 3+

Interests: dogs, pets, death, grieving, fathers, single parents

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1968

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E. L. Konigsburg

Age: 10+

Interests: museums, art, running away from home, New York City, mysteries

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Long Neck and Thunder Foot

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1982

Long Neck and Thunder Foot

by Helen Piers

illustrated by Michael Foreman

Age: 2+

Interests: dinosaurs, fear, friendship

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