Summer in the Frugality Is Free family means lot of fun, adventure, morning trips to the beach, lazy afternoons by the pool and more, but it also means freedom to learn and explore topics in depth that there were no time to study for during the busy school year. It also means catching up on subjects that the school went over too quickly, because the focus was on teaching for the tests on which their funding depends.… Read more
With an aspiring shark scientist in the family, the new book series Surf Sharks quickly got my attention. Surf Sharks – The First Ride is a fun book about a group of sharks and the dangers they face every day. Surf Sharks follow three young sharks from Fin City, as they meet and connect with three young surfers.
Surf Sharks is a catching book that keeps the attention of shark lovers, and with impressive illustrations full of color and action, Surf Sharks is difficult to put down.… Read more
Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud is a cute and educational story about Octavia Octapus, who lives in a secret cave in a coral reef. Through a game called “how to hide from a hungry creature”, she teaches kids how different animals use different tactics to escape harm from predators.
In addition to teaching kids about ocean animals, the book Octavia also teaches kids about colors.… Read more
If you want to raise curious readers, it is important to surround them with books that keep their interest, and one of the best book stores for this purpose is Barefoot Books. Barefoot Books sells some of the best children’s books to help encourage imagination, foster diversity as well as captivate young minds, and their unique books are both colorful and full of flavor.… Read more
My nine-year-old son has been reading The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society) by Trenton Lee Stewart, and he will be reviewing it for all of you.
About The Extraordinary Education of Nicolas Benedict: (From Amazon.com)
Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments.… Read more
The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes is a children’s book about the hardship of the working class in 1930s Liverpool, but it is also a story about trusting in others, the survival of human kindness in tough times, and it is about accepting kindness when it is offered.
Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story A Christmas Carol has come to life in the most incredible way in Chuck Fischer’s A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book.
H Is for Haunted House: A Halloween Alphabet Book by Tanya Lee Stone is a fun alphabet book with a great Halloween spin. Descriptive seasonal rhymes along with detailed and colorful illustrations keep young children interested in learning their alphabet without even realizing it. Reading H Is For Haunted House out loud to my sons took me quite a while, as they kept on finding something in the illustrations that piqued their curiosity.… Read more
My Name Is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammad tells the story of Sangoel, an eight-year-old boy, who is a Sudanese refugee. His father was killed in the war, and as a result of the war Sangoel, his mother, and his sister are all staying at a refugee camp in Sudan.