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Book – All new square foot gardening

Posted by bronwynr on April 8, 2009

All New Square Foot Gardening (Paperback)

by Mel Bartholomew

…anyone, anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results. I’ve rarely seen a more reader-friendly book! It comes complete with layout pages, very consise planting guides, even planting time tables for your area and the amount of time you can store your seeds! If you have never gardened before or started a garden that eventually left you frustrated, then this is the book for you! I just think that you should check your area for agricultural grade vermiculite before you buy the book. But once that little snafu is over, you are going to be amazed at how brilliant and easy this book makes successful gardening. I highly recommend this method for busy people and parents like myself. It is wonderfully easy to maintain, makes loads of produce, and looks very attractive. Two green thumbs way, way up.

More reviews from Amazon where the book is selling for $13.59


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Latest booklists from Pivotal Kids

Posted by bronwynr on March 26, 2009

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Book – The Fussy eaters’ Recipe Book

Posted by bronwynr on March 14, 2009

img-5The Fussy eaters’ Recipe Book

by Annabel Karmel

Since the Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner was published in 1991, Annabel Karmel’s essential guide to feeding babies and young children has become established as a classic.

Now completely up to date with ten new dishes, it also includes general advice on how best to cope with fussy-eating behaviours and improve mealtimes, Karmel’s The Fussy Eaters’ Recipe Book is more than just a recipe book – it will be the answer to many parents’ prayers!


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Kids Heart Authors Day a Success

Posted by bronwynr on February 20, 2009

Authors mingle with customers
for Kids Heart Authors Day at
Eight Cousins in Falmouth, Mass.


This past February 14, 172 children’s book authors and illustrators drove as much as two hours each way to read and sign books as part of Kids Heart Authors Day, a literary Valentine to 43 independent booksellers in New England.

Thanks to Mitali Perkins, author of Secret Keeper (Delacorte), who first suggested the idea on Twitter in early December, and publicity guru Deborah Sloan of Deborah Sloan and Company, the day was a big success. One bookseller, Ellen Richmond of Children’s Book Cellar in Waterville, Me., was so eager to participate that despite being forced by illness to close her store for most of the week leading up to it, she persuaded family and friends to re-open the store for Kids Heart Authors Day.

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Book – Strong fathers, strong daughters

Posted by bronwynr on February 14, 2009


Strong Fathers, Strong daughters


:10 Secrets Every Father Should Know  by Meg Meeker


The most important person in a young girl’s life? Her father. That’s right—and teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker has the data and clinical experience to prove it. After more than twenty years of counseling girls, she knows that fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for their daughters’ lives.


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The Presidential Inauguration – the speech, teacher resources, booklists

Posted by bronwynr on January 25, 2009

This is such a significant event in history, and in the social arena for Americans and for the world


Download the Inaugural speech here

Find lesson plans and teacher resources here

Use the booklists of kids books – Inauguration Booklist,  and  The Road to the White House Booklist

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Book – The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

Posted by bronwynr on January 10, 2009

by Chris Grabenstein

“Have you ever seen a face hidden in the bark of a tree and known that the man trapped inside wanted to hurt you?” It’s the perfect opening for Chris Grabenstein’s ghost story, The Crossroads.
Ghosts vengeful and benevolent, evil possession and dark secrets from the past all figure in this suspenseful page turner destined to grab reluctant readers, especially boys, and R.L. Stine fans.

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Book – eat this, not that

Posted by bronwynr on January 2, 2009

eat_thisfor Kids!: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block!

This small colorful book tells you very simply which food choices are the right ones. It not only tells you, but also shows you with hundreds of color photos. Although it is supposedly for kids, the information is useful — and fascinating — for anyone.

Click here for more about the book and how to get it for free

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Latest kids book reviews – Chalice, Martha speaks, ghostgirl, Tinker Bell, Little Blue Truck

Posted by bronwynr on November 20, 2008

Chalice by Robin McKinley

Martha Speaks

TV series and book

ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Tinker Bell DVD and book

Little Blue Truck by Alice Sherle

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The Best of Children’s Art & Crafts

Posted by bronwynr on October 28, 2008


 This book is an enormous collection of activities for children, all designed to exercise busy fingers and stretch fertile minds.





More arts and crafts for kids
More on parenting
More for teachers

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