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Meet Young Adult Lit Author Catherine Egan

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

…tter @byCatherineEgan Tell us about your latest published children’s book. Who do you think should read it? What are you most proud of? Bone, Fog, Ash & Star is the third and final book in The Last Days of Tian Di series. It will be published by Coteau Books on September 1, 2014. The trilogy follows my hero Eliza from the age of twelve in the first book, when she is kidnapped by magical beings who want to train her to be a Sorceress,…

World War I Historical Fiction for Youth – I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

…ood friend. Clearly unwell, McBride is accused of desertion. While awaiting dawn arrival of an the executioner, Allan McBride describes his horrifying experiences in the trenches near Amiens, France. Although the I Am Canada series is suggested for nine to twelve year olds, be advised that Shot at Dawn depicts the grim reality of trench warfare. Although fascinating, it may be disturbing to some readers. Update June 18, 2012, Shot at Dawn is…

Spring Themed Picture Books Will Help Young Readers ‘Blossom’

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Engaging and fun, these three Spring themed picture books feature gorgeous illustrations and delightful wordplay. It is no wonder that each is part of a popular series of children’s books. Bear Wants More written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman Spring Themed Picture Book published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Fans of Bear and his forest animal friends will enjoy reading about his…

Summer Reading List – for middle grade students and adults

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

…phy family even harder when her real mom decides she wants her back. A story of struggle, fitting in, and family, this one is probably going to make me cry. The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling The beginning of the end in a series of seven, I’m reading this one because I promised my ten year old daughter we could read it together this summer. I’m worried though because I know the darkness that it reveals and the sadness. Are we ever…

Beach Fun! Beach theme picture books and printables for kids

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

…dy Squirrel at the Beach written and illustrated by Melanie Watt Beach theme picture book published by Kids Can Press Scaredy Orville Squirrel whose initials are S.O.S. is an immensely popular character in an equally popular series of picture books. In Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach Scaredy the worrywart is very careful to avoid any sort of real or imagined danger. Rather than encounter pirates, jellyfish, seagulls and sea monsters, he decides to…

Finding a Balance – Looking at a Child’s Reading Level and Maturity When Selecting Books

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

…books for the typical grade two/three student would appeal to their developmental stage. Some great books in this age range (at least for my girls) are the Daisy Meadows Rainbow Fairies collections, the Nancy Drew Clue Crew series, or the Bailey School Kids. These books appeal to this audience with their age appropriate characters solving problems, working on mysteries, and going up against mythical or magical figures. In grades two and three,…

Grade Two Chapter Book – Why Nate is Really Great

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

…ance that is often reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, Nate is all business – except if pancakes are on the menu. Along with with Annie and Rosamond, our hero cracks each case with solid detective work. Nate the Great is a series that has been delighting young readers for more than thirty years. Suitable for children who are reading at about a grade two level, some of the stories are divided into chapters. Generously illustrated, the text is…

Three Cheers for Rick Riordan and The Lightning Thief

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

…of their beds engrossed in chapter books. For my eldest, this is not at all unusual but for my ten year old it was momentous. Truly, I can’t recall it ever happening before. My eldest son is rereading the Harry Potter series and enjoying every minute. He is fascinated by the small, seemingly insignificant details that are mentioned in one book, “forgotten” for awhile and then resurface two books later. I laughed when a casual…

Tea, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Reading Aloud to Preteens

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

…articularly good series to share with reluctant readers. The chapters are short and exciting. Since sharing this with my own sons, I have recommended to several other moms and some middle grade teachers. Read more about this series here. Wolf Brother at Amazon.com Wolf Brother at Amazon.ca The Silverwing Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel – simply magical! I will never forget sharing this fantasy-adventure series with our boys. Highly recommended…

Anti Bullying Chapter Book – Jake Drake Bully Buster

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

…d will learn a variety of ways to effectively deal with bullying. Jake Drake Bully Buster is an 80 page, illustrated chapter book that is best suited to children in grades two to four. There are four titles in the Jake Drake series. Post reading questions and activities from WITS The WITS Program brings together schools, families and communities to help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. Jake Drake, Bully…

Cozy Picture Book about Generosity and Gratitude – Bear Says Thanks

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

…to share. But me, I have nothing. My cupboards are bare!” Bear’s many friends are not at all troubled by the fact he can’t contribute food to the meal, they know there are other ways he can share. Part of a series of Bear books (Bear Feels Sick, Bear Stays Up for Christmas ….) Bear Says Thanks is a lovely celebration of friendship, generosity and gratitude, well suited to preschool age children. Gorgeous illustrations…

The Runaway King

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

…the skepticism that the follow up cannot possibly surpass the greatness of the original. That’s why Oceans 11 is awesome and Oceans 13…not so much. This is completely not the case with Jennifer A Nielsen’s series. I read the False Prince because Carolyn recommended it so highly and I always want books that will engage the students, especially those reluctant readers. It was every bit as good as Carolyn had said. The students…

Pet-loving friends highlight generously illustrated chapter book: The Great Dog Disaster

Monday, June 24th, 2013

…mportant and how the girls’ determination to make a difference has far-reaching implications. Ms. Shaw’s charming illustrations and amply-spaced text will appeal to reluctant readers. Note: Throughout the book, Anna refers to “Me and Suzanne.” If grammar mistakes are a problem for you, The Great Dog Disaster will not be a good choice. Website for the Great Critter Capers series of generously illustrated chapter books. The…

Meet Author Frieda Wishinsky

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

…uld have loved to meet William Steig. I love that he began writing kids books late in life. His writing and art are funny and so “true”. Our reviews of some of Ms. Wishinky’s books: Canadian Flyer Adventure Series You’re Mean, Lily Jean Do you do school or library presentations? I do many school, library and conference presentations all over Canada and beyond. I love sharing writing ideas and books with kids and adults….

Dads Reading to Boys – Raising Young Men Who Will Want to Read

Monday, August 29th, 2011

…e chapters of Harry Potter and then we all charged ahead when my husband returned. I will always be grateful for the message my husband gave his boys; he has always been eager to enjoy a good book with them (another favorite series was Kenneth Oppel’s Silverwing). But that particular incident was evidence of just how important reading with the boys is to him. It is not at all unusual for parents of preteens to be frustrated by their boys’ lack…

Celebrate the Holidays with a Christmas Picture Book

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Christmas is just a couple of days away. In this post we look at two Christmas picture books that feature characters from popular picture book series Pete the Cat Saves Christmas written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean Christmas Picture Book published by Harper Collins Children’s Books Pete the Cat website The first Pete the Cat’s picture book was (self) published in 2008. Now, there are several best-selling picture…

Wordless Picture Book Fun with Flora

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

…4 Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo at Amazon.com Flora and the Flamingo at Amazon.ca Flora and the Peacockscreated by Molly Idle Wordless Picture Book published by Chronicle Kids The third book in Ms. Idle’s series, Flora and the Peacocks adds another dimension to her storytelling. In this wordless picture book, Flora introduces herself to two peacocks. One of the peacocks appears quite happy to have a new friend but the other…

At the Heart of things… Engagement and Capturing Attention

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

…ting the stage and making you fall in love with her characters. My favorite part of the book is that at the beginning of every chapter, she has included a quote from another book or story. This has been very powerful for the students as well because they may have read the story she quotes. Though we are a ways from being done, the kids are already excited about reading the next books in the series as well: Inkspell and Inkdeath . Definitely…

A Special Gem – Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time written by James Howe and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay Chapter book series for kindergarten – grade three published by Candlewick Press When Houndsley and Catina are unexpectedly snowed in, Houndsley is quite happy to relax and enjoy The Quiet Time. Catina is not nearly as content. She has things to do and places to go. Eventually the two settle in and spend an enjoyable day playing board games,…

Interviews with Two Reluctant Readers

Monday, December 10th, 2012

…st two months. This is proof that we read what appeals to us as people; what compels us personally. 10. As mentioned, books on hockey, mysteries, and graphic novels are on the list. Books that are long can be intimidating. A series, such as Nancy Drew, keeps them hooked because they know there’s more on a character they’ve already connected with. It’s not exactly a research-based understanding of what makes kids turn away from…

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