Challenges for 2012!

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I have officially entered 2 reading challenges for 2012:

The Eclectic Reader Challenge


The TBR Double Dare

The Double Dare only runs through April 1st……which is good.  It will be a challenge to make it all the way to April without starting a brand new book.

Are there any other good challenges out there?  Suggestions?


Little Reader #1’s Christmas Books

In Books for Kids (Big and Little) on December 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

If your kids are like mine, they received a number of books this holiday season.  In our house, Santa loves to leave new books under the tree. 

Little Reader #1 (8 years old going on 33) is planning on doing her own reading challenge.  She is going to see how many of the books she received for Christmas she can start and finish in the month of January. 

 Here is her list:

Savvy by Ingrid Law

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

Ten by Lauren Myracle

Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker

American Girl Mini Mysteries 3

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

The Abominable Snowman (Choose your Own Adventure) by R.A. Montgomery

Happy Birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’brien

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

I think she’s got some good ones on there…..any recommendations out there for 3rd, 4th or 5th grade level kids books?  What were your favorites?



Something new for 2012!

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I recently learned about the site  Novel Challenges and wanted to add a few of the challenges to my New Year’s Resolutions. 

I’m also always looking for ways to help my kids learn outside the classroom and reading plays a huge part in that……I often find cool “extra credit” activities for kids and would like a community to share those with and get additional ideas from.

So, if I wanted to participate in challenges, maybe start a kids challenge for my 2 little ones (and any of yours that want to participate) AND share all of the cool books/sites/learning apps/toys/activities I come across this year, I thought a blog would be the way to do it!

Hope to meet fellow readers and parents who are interested reading, playing and learning along with their kids!