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The Best Tools to (Productively) Gamify Every Aspect of Your Life

The idea of rewarding yourself to build better behaviors isn't new, even if the phrase "gamification" is. There are more tools out there to turn …

Gamification

Bee’s Wrap: Just like Plastic Wrap, Minus the Plastic

In my kitchen–and in my home in general–I try my best to avoid plastic of any kind. In fact, this past winter I purchased my very first roll of …

Are we teaching kids to hate reading? - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

OK, the statistics in the graphic above may be questionable (Robert Brewer is a pastor at a Texas church and the Jenkins Group (a "custom" book …

Inside News Corp's $540 Million Bet on American Classrooms

In the middle of Brooklyn’s high-end Dumbo neighborhood, 20 inner-city children sit around two wooden tables at what appears to be a small summer …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

KQED

Manhattan mom Heather McFadden is grateful that entrance into the prized New York City Gifted and Talented program has worked out for her two kids. …

Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2

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Tentsile Stingray Suspended Tent | HiConsumption

Posted in Gear<p>The Tentsile suspended camping tent revolutionized the common tent design, and now the design team has gone back to the drawing board …

Inflatable Cave Tent by Heimplanet | HiConsumption

It may be a bit too cold to set out on a camping trip in January, but it’s never too early to start prepping for the upcoming camping season. This …

Inflatable Tents Are Blowing Up

Tent makers Vango and Nemo have long seen the benefits of inflatable tents, with air beams that are stronger, more durable, and quicker to set up …

Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

Blue Ridge Camping Hammock was designed especially for backpacking in hard terrain, it is lightweight, weather resistant, and flying insect free. It …

Cocoon Tree Tent

Is it a cocoon? A suspended bed? A tree house? The Cocoon Tree is sold by a French company and supports more than two tons above the ground. The …

Treehouses

Hanging Tent | By Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Cliff Cabana Double Portaledge is strong, stable, reliable and easy to set up. It is the most reliable single-point suspension …

Glider | Shelter & Rain Retention System

Remember the popular Kammock? (a light-weight camping hammock designed to comfortably sleep one person), now the same guys have launched a new …

7 Tips for Hammock Camping Beginners

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the popularity of hammock camping skyrocket, as backpackers have realized that hammock systems can be more …

Backpacking

Tentsile tree tents: floating treehouses mimic spider webs

How to get children to read? Embrace the e-book

Despite fears digital literacy could overshadow children's reading skills, studies show that kids are delving into the literary world more than ever …

THE FALL OF FIVE by Pittacus Lore -- Official Book Trailer

The Outsiders

• <b>Author:</b> S.E. Hinton<p><b>A heroic story of friendship and belonging</b><p>No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything …

Wonder

• <b>Author:</b> R. J. Palacio<p><b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY!</b><p><b>Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.</b><p><b>The book that inspired the Choose</b> …

The Giver

• <b>Author:</b> Lois Lowry<p>Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. This ebook includes a sample chapter of GATHERING BLUE.<p>Aug 01, 1994 – Winner of the 1994 …

The Steele Wolf

• <b>Author:</b> Chanda Hahn<p>After finally settling into her new life at the Citadel, Thalia is reunited with her father, who is disturbed at the changes within her. Risking banishment, Thalia must work to prove to her clan and herself that she is still capable of leading them. The problem is, her memories …

A Rite of Swords (Book #7 in the Sorcerer's Ring)

• <b>Author:</b> Morgan Rice<p>“THE SORCERER’S RING has all the ingredients for an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, and blossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. It will keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended for …

City of Heavenly Fire

• <b>Author:</b> Cassandra Clare<p>Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling Mortal Instruments series—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! <i>City of Heavenly Fire</i> is a …

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three)

• <b>Author:</b> Rick Riordan<p>In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they …

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Insurgent

• <b>Author:</b> Veronica Roth<p>One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent.<p>A hit with both teen and adult readers, Insurgent is the action-packed, emotional adventure that inspired the major motion picture …

Fairest

• <b>Author:</b> Chanda Hahn<p>Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,<br>Who is the Fairest of them all?<br>In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don’t all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story’s first fairy tale quest, Mina …

The Fault in Our Stars

• <b>Author:</b> John Green<p><b>"The greatest romance story of this decade."</b> —<i>Entertainment Weekly</i><p><b>-Millions of copies sold-</b><b><br>#1 New York Times Bestseller</b> <b><br>#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller</b> <b><br>#1 USA Today Bestseller</b> <b><br>#1 International Bestseller</b><p><b>TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012<br>TODAY Book Club pick</b> <b><br>Now a Major Motion</b> …

The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four: The House of Hades

• <b>Author:</b> Rick Riordan<p>At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way …