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Adult and Kid Must Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz's newest novel, Refugee, speaks to three generations of children seeking refuge across the world. The book covers cuba, the holocaust and syrian refugees and is absolutely a must read for children and adults alike.

My job as a mom is not just about caring for my child, making sure they eat their veggies and do their homework. Sure, cleanliness and proper nutrition are important – but the ultimate goal of any mom is to help our children grow into adults. What the world needs now is adults with empathy and compassion. But how do we teach our children to put themselves in the shoes of others? How do we teach them to understand the bigger picture? You see where I’m going right? Books have the unique ability to transport our children into uncomfortable and scary situations when they are still perfectly safe at home. Books like Refugee by Alan Gratz are crucial to raising kids with open minds and open hearts. Continue reading “Adult and Kid Must Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz”

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The War That Saved My Life & 16 Other Difficult Topic Tween Books

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubacker Bradley.

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a middle grade fiction that reached me on on emotional level.  I love this book and it is proof to me that book geared toward children can be smart, well -written and emotional while still being completely engaging. We’ve also crafted a list of 16 other emotional middle grade reads that cover subjects like displaced children, WWII and survivor stories. These stories can be hard to read at times, but are important topics to discussion with your child.
Continue reading “The War That Saved My Life & 16 Other Difficult Topic Tween Books”

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Best Books about School for All

,The Best Books about School for preschool to college aged kids.

Every time we look at the calendar we are shocked to see the summer is almost over (heavy sigh). Previously, we did a post that introduced going to school to your youngest child, but what about getting your older kid’s ready to head back? Some kids look forward to the start of the school year while others dread the end of summer. Getting them ready to head back can be as simple as finding a funny book or two! My personal favorites are those in the Wayside School Series. I use to laugh for hours reading them, but we have a ton of other fun books to get your kids ready for the grind! Continue reading “Best Books about School for All”

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“The Snowy Day” at Philadelphia Zoo’s New WINTER Exhibit

Snowy Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

There is not a single person I know who is surprised when I want to visit the Philadelphia Zoo. Not only is it my favorite place in the city, but it’s also my former place of employment. Maybe that makes me a little biased, but based on the sheer number of my friends that have a membership, I know I’m not alone in my love for this historic attraction. And with the Philadelphia Zoo’s new Winter exhibit, I bet YOU will be planning a visit soon too. Continue reading ““The Snowy Day” at Philadelphia Zoo’s New WINTER Exhibit”

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The Dark Side of 13 Reasons Why: Is Teen Suicide Glamorized?

Should you ban your kids from reading and watching 13 Reasons Why?

Netflix has already renewed 13 Reasons Why, a novel by Jay Asher for a second season. The controversial show started with critical acclaim. However, there is a dark side of 13 Reasons Why. It depicts teen suicide in such a way that many adults are left wondering if it glamorized teen suicide. Continue reading “The Dark Side of 13 Reasons Why: Is Teen Suicide Glamorized?”

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