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Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain

Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain
School is out for some kids and the countdown of the final days is on for most other students. Parents are pretty aware of the summer brain drain and their efforts often focus on reading and social sciences like history and geography that tie in to summer trips. Science can be an academic area that... Read more »

New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls

New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls
Being a tween girl in today’s plugged in, sexed up, media saturated, fast paced world is far from easy. Being a parent of a tween girl isn’t a walk in the park, either. Psychologist, parenting coach  and author Lori Day wrote the book Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious... Read more »

Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up

Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up
Puberty isn’t easy, for kids going through or their parents. But fear not! There is help available for both and Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know about Your Changing Body is a comprehensive book that takes away the fear, gives solid information and makes girls feel less alone. I really... Read more »
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Kate DiCamillo: A look at the best books by the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

<b><a href="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=twus-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=076366040X">Flora &amp; Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures</a></b>

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This is DiCamillo’s most recent book, and she explained that it took the longest to write in part because it has many graphic elements. My tween read it this fall and while she liked it, she said that she prefers <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Tale of Despereaux</span>. She appreciated that the main character’s parents were divorced and that it seemed a bit more mature than some of DiCamillo’s other books. Ulysses, by the way, is a squirrel, and I don't look at the ones in our back yard the same way after reading this book.
Kate DiCamillo is a favorite author of both my tween and myself. I’m a firm believer that a really good story can be a fabulous adventure enjoyed by all ages, and DiCamillo’s many novels are perfect examples. Today, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. My tween and I were fortunate enough... Read more »

Fun, cheap and educational gifts for kids: 8 present ideas under $17

<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Snap Circuits Flying Saucer</a></strong>
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This teaches some basic electronics and circuitry without any soldering. Reviewers say it assembles quickly and is a big hit. If you have a more advanced scientist, consider a larger, more involved kit, but for most tweens and teens just getting into this area and who do not appreciate delayed gratification, this is fast and fun. $12.05 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a>.
Kids want presents that are fun, parents want gifts that are both fun and educational. Parents also want gifts that won’t cost a fortune. Tween Us has everyone covered this holiday season. Here are 8 awesome educational gifts, all under $17 and favorably reviewed by users. While tweens and teens can handle these items solo,... Read more »

Meet the tween blogger and parents behind the popular site This Kid Reviews Books

Meet the tween blogger and parents behind the popular site This Kid Reviews Books
An amazing tween, Erik, runs a popular website called This Kid Reviews Books. He started blogging about books he had read when he was 9 and two years later, his blog is going strong and he has covered a ton of books. It’s a great site to get new ideas for tween readers. Erik’s parents... Read more »
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Review: Tween gives Giada de Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure books two forks up

Review: Tween gives Giada de Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure books two forks up
Giana de Laurentiis launched her Recipe for Adventure book series for tweens this fall. The books follow the adventures of Emilia, 12, and her brother Alfie, 11. The first one is set in Naples! and the second in Paris! Those books are out now and the third book, Hong Kong!, will be released on Jan.... Read more »

Happy National Read a Book Day: 8 tween books that have stood the test of time

<strong>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith</strong><p></p>
Published in 1943, this novel tell the story of an Irish-American family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. This one gets special mention because I remember my mom recommending that I read it and saying how much she enjoyed it. Multiple generation staying power is a reason to check this one out.
September 6 is National Read a Book Day. Let the reading begin! They say you can’t go home again, but with great books that’s not necessary true. Some young adult books have enough magic in them that they capture the imagination of readers for decades and decades. It’s quite possible that some of the books... Read more »

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a wonderful family read aloud book

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a wonderful family read aloud book
I’m a big believer in reading aloud to older kids and we still read aloud with our tween at bedtime. We are currently in the middle of a wonderful book, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It takes place at the time of the Jewish New Year and it seems to fitting to post about... Read more »
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7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading

7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading
Summer is flying by and the start of school looms in the distance. We’ve all heard of the summer slide or summer slump and the need to keep kids reading and learning over the summer so that their brains don’t become Swiss cheese. But we also know that the best laid plans for a summer... Read more »