Books for tweens and teens

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Earlier in the Summer my daughter Jillian and I asked you for your recommendations for books for tweens and teens.  Boy, did you come through for us!

Thanks to you, we have discovered a few new series that we are both hooked on (I like to read what she’s reading) and we rediscovered a few old favorites.  Thank you!

I know that many of you who have children in your lives around the same age frequently are on the hunt for good reading material for them as well, so today I’m rounding up some of your suggestions, plus a few that the tween reader in my house loves, to share with you today.

Books for tweens and teens

Here are a few of our favorites so far this Summer …

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (series) – many of you mentioned this series to us so Jillian and I were curious.  We began with book one, The Mysterious Howling and have moved on to book two and are eagerly waiting the third book to come out in paperback so we can continue the adventures of Miss Penelope Lumley and the “three wild creatures” in her care.  Written by Maryrose Wood, we’ve found these books to be funny, thoughtful, and intriguing. Plus, as the older sister to three “wild creatures” Jillian finds herself relating to the governess in more ways than one.

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Weekend links


Yearly planning with a file crate system

I’m over at Simple Mom today, guest posting for Tsh while she’s on her break.  I’m writing about a topic I don’t get to share too much about in my regular blogging routine:  organizing.  I’m sharing my file crate system and I hope you’ll come over to Simple Mom and take a look. – Kara

As much as I love paperless planning and Pinterest, for some things there is just no substitute for actual paper planning.

I love technology, but when it comes to things like holiday recipes written in my grandmother’s hand, family wedding invitations, and articles from the print resources I use, I find it is just more practical, even meaningful, for me when they are in their original paper form.

And, truth be told, even though I am a blogger, I like to have certain aspects of my life “unplugged” and power-cord free.

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Ages and Stages: toddling along with pull toys (Plan Toys Dancing Alligator review)

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I suppose I should admit it, even though I can hardly believe it myself:  I am the mama of a toddler now. 

Amelia has been walking since just shy of her 10 month birthday and this mama certainly wasn’t ready for it.  Truth be told, I’m having a real hard time thinking of my baby as a “toddler” despite the fact that she’s been toddling along for almost two months now. Slow down, baby girl, slow down.

Amelia’s new-found walking skills mean that she is very interested in things that she can pick up and carry, like little baskets, small soft dolls, the measuring cups with handles.  One can usually find her toddling along with an object in each hand as she makes her way around our home.

The dancing alligator

She also currently loves push and pull toys.  She’s accomplished learning how to push the doll stroller, albeit in a rather awkward fashion, and anything with a string or a leash gets dragged along on the floor behind her.

One of her favorite toys right now is a pull toy: the Plan Toys dancing alligator.

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Holiday kids’ gift craft-along July link-up

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

As we discussed last week, I am a little crazy when it comes to Christmas.  You see, I like to give each of my children at least one handmade thing every year and I also like to have all of my holiday crafting finished up before December 1st.

That means I have approximately four months to select, create, and finish up my handmade gifts this year.

Guess what?

I’m not the only crazy crafter out there.

I was so relieved last week when many of you commented that you are also starting to think about your holiday crafting and gift making.  It is nice to you know aren’t the only one, am I right?

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