Top picks for your kids this holiday season

dear santaNovember isn’t even over and one of my younger son’s favorite activities of late is ‘working on his Christmas list’. This involves browsing the websites of ToysRUs, Amazon, BestBuy and other online retailers for the best of the best in electronics and gaming. Sigh!

Not surprising.

A recent Nielsen poll suggests that 44% of kids in the US want an iPad for Christmas.

what kids want for ChristmasSo I suppose in a way I should consider myself lucky that the top item […]

Top picks for a reluctant reader boy

We’ve had a couple of reading a-ha moments lately that I just had to share. While my older guy has gotten hooked on The Hunger Games trilogy (he’s reading Mockingjay at the moment), and finishes any book he starts whether he enjoys it or not as a matter of principle, my younger guy often flits from book to book. Starting many, finishing few.

(In case you’re interested in The Hunger Games,  check out the new trailer that’s just been released!)

Back to my younger guy. Lately we’ve hit on a few books that he’s thoroughly enjoyed (and finished!), so I feel […]

How to pick the best books for your kids: 10 top tips!

Secret to picking best books for kids

I’m going to let you in on a secret. And it’s a biggie. Getting kids to read is simple, really. Astonishingly so, in fact. And I am going to share it with you, now.

Ready? You have to pick the right books.

Books they’ll enjoy. Books at their reading level. Books that cater to their interests, not yours.

I know that’s hard to do! How many times have I caught myself saying: You’ll LOVE this book, it was my favorite when I was your age! Only […]

Winners of the 2011 Children’s Choice Book Awards!

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) in association with Every Child A Reader, the CBC Foundation, announced the winners of the fourth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards at a gala in New York City on May 2nd as part of Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2011). Children across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at, casting over 500,000 votes.

The Children’s Choice Book Award winners are as follows:

Author of the Year: Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of […]

Why I raid my kids’ bookshelves

I’ve spent so much time lately researching reading picks for my kids, stocking their bookshelves with all sorts of award-winning and popular titles, that when it finally comes time to reading myself, I often end up reading one of the books I’ve carefully chosen for…. my boys.

I was almost ashamed to admit how lost I got in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. I bought and read all three in a single week. I’ve since read many more great YA titles, with a To-Read list that is growing daily.

Not only […]

Books Boys Love – Part 2

Continuing on from my earlier post about Books Boys Love… I’ve been compiling a list of popular books from our Reading Rewards website that were read (and enjoyed!) primarily by boys. If you’re looking for great book recommendations for boys, you might want to consider some of these titles!

Eragon (Inheritance)
Christopher Paolini

Amazon puts this book into the Young Adult category, and happens to have the highest average reader age of all our ‘Top Books for Boys’: 12 1/2 years old. So a […]

Books Boys Love – Part 1

After more than 12 months of readers logging their reading minutes and book reviews on Reading Rewards, I thought I’d take a look and see which books were read and enjoyed primarily by boys.

Here are some of the books that came out on top. I’ll post some others later this week!

The first novel of the Heroes of Olympus (Rick Riordan) series was read by 25 of our members, 20 of which were boys (80%). Their average rating was 4.9/5, so this was a huge […]

The Power of a Book

How I believe in the power of a book. I actually remember the first book I ever ‘read’: sitting on my father’s lap, and feeling his pride (and my own) as I read Dr. Seuss’s Hop On Pop. Cup, pup, pup in cup. I suppose much of it was from memory but I’ll never forget that feeling of reading on my own for the first time. Once I started, I never really stopped.

As a very awkward pre-teen, I dove into Judy Blume and read her books from […]

Why I love Madeline

Much to my dismay, my 5 year-old daughter does not speak English. As an English-speaking (a.k.a ‘anglo’) Montreal native, this is really quite devastating.

How did this happen?

My 2 boys were born in the UK. Although we never really discussed things, it was clear: my French husband would speak to the boys in French, and I would speak to them in English. They grew up beautifully bilingual, with a gorgeous British accent that they have sadly lost since our move back to Canada 7 years ago.

Law in Quebec is such […]