Tag: books

8 must-read summer reading books for tweens and teens who want to stay woke

Lately, as my kids are getting older and the world has gotten (ahem) a little crazier, my 10- and 12-year-old have been questioning what’s going on. I chat with them about my own observations and beliefs…and ask them about theirs. But one thing that helps us both understand where other people are coming from is to read stories written from their perspectives. So I’ve recently tracked down a handful of books that can help kids stay woke. I’ve collected these with tweens and teens in mind (although check them out first, because some of the books on this list...

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The 10 most read fiction books on Amazon this week: Are they worth adding to cart?

Beach reads are one of the greatest things about summer — whether or not you actually make it to the a beach. To help you find your next great literary escape, I checked out the top 10  most-read books on Amazon this week a new list they’ve started publishing. It’s fantastic for finding a change from your standard genre, discovering a hot new author, or rediscovering an older one. The latest fictional books on the Amazon list include page-turning thrillers, best-selling children’s books, and even a must-read (or must-reread) classic, and we’ve got a little more about each of them....

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The new personalized books for kids that make the best birthday gifts

We discovered the cool parent-run company that creates personalized Lost My Name books for kids nearly four years ago, and became instant fans. From the gorgeous art to the compelling story, and the clever customization that makes every single book different, they remain one of our very favorite gifts for kids. Now they have two brand new stories to choose from — Kingdom of You and The Birthday Thief. Which means two more easy gift ideas that kids of all ages are going to love. (My kids will vouch for that.) Related: Personalized books that get kids with special needs in...

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A book club that supports Black women authors sets its sights on a festival you should know about.

From Brooklyn to beyond! The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club (WRBG), which has been bringing together women of color to celebrate and raise awareness of Black literature, will be hosting its first-ever The Well-Read Black Girl Writers’ Conference & Festival this fall and we couldn’t be more excited! Since its launch in 2015, WRBG has rapidly grown its Brooklyn chapter, as well as its nearly 20,000 online community members nationally, to meet monthly to discuss celebrated works from literature greats, such as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, as well as contemporary authors like my personal favorite Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and our amazing friend and former CMP contributor...

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Cool Wonder Woman gifts that boys and men will love too.

Wonder Woman — let alone an exclusive all-female screening of the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman movie — does not frighten the boys and men in my life, and for that I am grateful. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to look up to a badass superhero who’s a natural born athlete, fighter, and can bench press 15,000 pounds? And that was before she earned the bracelets. Not to mention that iconic magic lasso which so many of us coveted as kids. Related: 13 amazing superhero gifts for girls who can (and will) do anything So while we’ve featured tons of cool Wonder...

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The coolest summer activity books for kids. Because, this summer, there will be no such thing as “I’m so booooored!”

As much as we’re looking forward to summer and all of the many kids’ activities that come with it, we have to say that it’s those long days of no activities that can be most stressful. That’s why we made this list of awesome summer activity books for kids — with these on hand, your kids will have approximately zero reasons to be bored. At top: Go Photo! by Alice Proujansky CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Made-for-summer crafts that will keep your kids creatively and happily occupied. Fill-Me-In by author/illustrator Moose Allain was on our list of best activity books for summer last year, and you can...

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Gwendolyn Brooks’s new children’s book offers a joyous lesson in empathy

Once in awhile, a children’s book comes along that’s equal parts timely and and classic, and that’s just how I’d describe the We are Shining, penned by the late poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Gwendolyn Brooks. It’s filled with exquisite but accessible words of hope, excitement and self-affirmation that even young children can understand and appreciate. And a message they could probably use these days, if they have a sense of some of the more troubling issues in the news lately. Related: What did Frederick Douglass really do? This book helps them (and a few adults) find out. What’s really special to me is how...

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This Is How We Do It: The fabulous new book that teaches kids empathy while celebrating diversity.

One of the best ways our kids can learn empathy and celebrate diversity is to see the myriad of ways different people live their lives all around the world. Which is why I am loving the brand-new children’s book, This Is How We Do It, by Matt Lamothe. My kids get to see that their way of life isn’t the only way. And that’s a really important lesson. For us all. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 9 lovely children’s books about the immigrant experience to help encourage more kindness and empathy. Related: The One Globe Kids app takes your children around the...

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5 important dystopian novels for tweens and teens to inspire critical thinking and positive action

In the age of “alternative facts,” it’s no surprise that classic dystopian novels, which encourage readers to take a critical look at things, are dominating bestseller lists right now. While dystopian literature has always been popular with middle and high schoolers — probably because adolescence is a time when kids start focusing on their individuality and independence, questioning authority, and caring more about issues in the world — since January of this year, sales of the quintessential dystopian book 1984 has spiked, putting the 70-year-old George Orwell novel at the top of the Amazon bestseller list. Other classic novels warning of oppression, propaganda, and government control have had...

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One Star Wars gift we want the whole world to buy. May the Fourth be with you!

We are clearly not unbiased when it comes to everything Star Wars, but when there’s a totally perfect Star Wars gift to celebrate May the Fourth and it happens to support one of our own team, we’re all over it. And you should be too. Can’t wait for The Last Jedi? You’re in luck!   Uh. So I’ve been keeping secrets from you… #Phasma A post shared by Delilah S. Dawson (@delilahsdawson) on Apr 14, 2017 at 2:39pm PDT Our own longtime contributor Delilah S. Dawson, also a popular author, girl power graphic novelist, hilarious Instagrammer and bona fide Star Wars junkie is...

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How a new children’s book is helping Black families discuss police encounters.

Having “the talk” means something different to different families. Your mind may automatically go to the birds and the bees. But for thousands of Black families, it refers to essential conversations they’re having with their children — especially their sons — about encounters with the police. The tragic rise of unarmed Black men (and in some instances, unarmed Black children) tragically killed by police officers has inspired one mother to tackle this very tough subject through a children’s book. Her goal: to help families navigate “the talk.” And as a mother of two biracial children myself, I’m grateful. Momma, Did You Hear the News? by Sanya Whittaker Gragg is about a 10-year-old boy...

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One of our favorite teacher gifts is back: the 2017 Children’s Book Week poster and gifts!

One of my very favorite teacher gifts is here! The 2017 Children’s Book Week poster, and all the fun accompanying gifts. Each year, this is one of my go-to gifts for the special teachers or librarians who have fostered a love of reading in my kids. And I couldn’t be more excited that one of my very favorite illustrators, Christian Robinson (whose work you may know from Last Stop on Market Street or Josephine or Gaston), designed this year’s poster. Yay! I love knowing that my purchase of these gifts each year helps support Every Child a Reader, the non-profit who organizes Children’s Book Week (which is May 1–7...

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An irresistible collection of teeny, tiny, extraordinarily big family adventures

The brand new children’s book, Atlas of Miniature Adventures is the most charming, wonderful, travel-meets-trivia book. Author Emily Hawkins and illustrator Lucy Letherland sure know how get even the most cynical, “can’t we just stay on the couch and play video games?” couch potato excited to explore the world. (If only via Google.) The colorful, engaging pages take us across all 7 continents, with descriptions of fabulous adventures and natural treasures — but the catch is, they’re all in miniature. Irresistible! You’ll find short descriptions of diverse destinations, both natural and manmade, including the exquisite 1930 fairy castle dollhouse in Chicago’s Museum of...

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Launch Ladies: The new children’s book all about the trailblazing women of space exploration.

We’re all about women in STEM here at CMP, so I was stoked to discover Launch Ladies, a new children’s board book celebrating the inspiring women who’ve pioneered in the field of space exploration but may not be household names like their male counterparts. Yet. But, as we learned in Hidden Figures, they totally should be. Related: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The best bedtime book you’ll ever read. The Launch Ladies project on Kickstarter aims to give these engineers, computer scientists and astronauts the recognition they deserve for their contributions in the field of space. Which happens to include launching rockets and masterminding the...

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Hooray for Birds! The much-awaited new picture book from Lucy Cousins | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Candlewick Press If your kids adore the charm and fun of the beloved Maisy series of books, they’ll be thrilled with the brand new Hooray for Birds!, an irresistible new children’s book just out from author and illustrator Lucy Cousins. She’s turned her attention from mice to wonderfully colorful birds that practically fly right off the page, all accompanied by simple prose sure to keep your 2- to 5-year-olds rapt. Budding kindergarten bookworms can even read it themselves, discovering cardinals, roosters, even flamingos in a perfect celebration of spring.   It’s no surprise that Lucy Cousins’ books are such hits...

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10 tips to help you finally write that book, from a published author who did it…while nursing a baby.

I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that you can totally write a book. You don’t need otherworldly talent (though you do need some talent); you don’t need an MFA you promised yourself you’d get but never did; you don’t even need somebody else’s permission. The bad news? Writing a book is really hard. But, if you think you’ve got one in you, I can help. I’m now a traditionally published author, but back in 2009, I was just a harried mom of two who needed a hobby just for me. My husband (bless him) suggested I try...

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We’re All Wonders: Now, R.J. Palacio shares Auggie’s message with younger children too.

A few years ago, R.J. Palacio gave the world Wonder, a middle reader book that we here at Cool Mom Picks believe should be mandatory reading for all children and their parents, which is why we named it among our best children’s books of 2015. The truly moving novel about August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy who was born with a congenital facial abnormality and was heading to school for the first time in the fifth grade, is an important reminder to kids that everyone needs understanding, deserves friendship, and should feel free to be themselves. We couldn’t be more excited that this week,...

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11 inspiring children’s and YA books about historic women for our girls — and especially, our boys.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve been sharing so many ways to help get our kids excited about historic female heroes both past and present. It made me think to take some time this past weekend to browse through my bookshelf and pull out some inspiring books about historic women for my kids. And that includes my sons too, because it’s so important to me that my boys grow up with the inherent understanding that women are an important part of history and will continue to change the world in so many ways. From Malala to the Queen of Katwe to the underrated women of...

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She Persisted: Chelsea Clinton’s new children’s book becomes a best-seller in one day.

It’s no surprise that She Persisted is now the title of an upcoming book about history-making American women. What’s more interesting though, is that it’s a book written for children, by none other than Chelsea Clinton. The phrase has certainly blown up over the past month, becoming a deeply personal mantra for women. It began back in February when the statement was first uttered — not as a compliment, but as as a scolding of Senator Elizabeth Warren after she was silenced in an attempt to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor during a hearing. Since then, I’ve seen those words on more than...

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Triangle: The clever new kids’ book that will make the whole family smile | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Candlewick Press For a not-your-average bedtime story that will keep the whole family entertained, you’ll love Triangle, the newest book from New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Caldecott-winning illustrator Jon Klassen, known for the popular, Caldecott-nominated book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, amongst others. This fun new book is the first in an upcoming series from the dynamic duo known for their irreverence and wry humor. Triangle brings both to life through straightforward prose, charming illustrations, and a simple narrative. As Triangle tries to play a trick on his friend Square — or so he thinks — young readers...

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