Mystery stories for kids: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended mystery stories for kids.  Melissa Y. of Sweet on Books explains why: “What You Need to Know: • This is an extraordinary story. It is told uniquely through illustration and text. • The reader will move quickly through story, because of illustrations, even though it’s a hefty 544 pages….

Children Are Renaming Things The Way They See Them And It’s So Delightfully Pure

By Evan Brechtel for percolately.com From the mouths of babes come some of the most interesting explanations and most adorable words. When Twitter user @TessaDare shared a five-year-old’s epic name for crows, grownups everywhere began sharing the kid-created names of various well-known objects and our lexicon is SHOOK. These kids remixed the terms for everything from animals… My friend’s 5-year-old just…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are some things you learned in school that children today are no longer taught?

This question triggered so many interesting memories. The first item that came to mind was cooking –which was called Home Economics.  Aside from the basics, there was very little cooking in my home and the class taught me a range of skills that served me well throughout my life.  The same holds for sewing. Mastery of the sewing machine proved…

This Map Shows How Low States Education Spending Has Gotten

By Joshua A. Krisch for fatherly.com The United States spends only 5.6 percent of its gross domestic product on education, placing it 51st on the United Nations Development Program’s list of 160 countries. Depending on how you view the importance of education (there’s a right answer), this is embarrassing. Cuba spends 12.9 percent of its GDP educating young communists. Denmark spends 8.7 percent of its GDP…

Reading book for kids: The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended reading book for kids. Melissa Y of Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know: • This is Meg Wolitzer’s first foray into children’s literature: she should visit more often! • The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman is a middle grade novel about a group of…

These Are the Chores Your Child Should Be Doing This Year Based on Their Age

by Alessia Santoro for popsugar.com If you’re a mama who feels like she’s doing literally everything around the house, including picking up after your very capable kids, we know how you feel. It makes some parents feel guilty to give their children mundane responsibilities like taking out the garbage, and some moms follow the “if I do it, it’ll get done…