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Anti Bullying Chapter Book – Song Lee and the “I Hate You Notes”

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

…apter books, graphic novels and novels for children , and our Pinterest anti bullying board Suzy Kline has written many books for young readers. She writes about school life, family life and social situations in chapter book series that feature Horrible Harry , Song Lee and Herbie Jones . In Song Lee and the “I Hate You” Notes, Mary has been staying up late. She is tired when she arrives at school and she is grumpy for most of the…

Gosh, kids who love ice hockey deserve better than this…

Monday, September 5th, 2011

There are so many terrific books that I usually don’t bother to comment on those that disappoint. I’d much rather write about winners than losers……but, I’ll make an exception this time. Last evening I picked up Sigmund Brouwer’s Timberwolf Hunt. My youngest boy plays ice hockey and I was interested to see how this writer approached the subject. Intended for readers aged 7 to 9, this easy-to-read chapter book…

Intriguing, Horrifying and Fascinating: Fanatics by William Bell

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Fanatics – written by William Bell Young Adult Fiction published by Doubleday Canada My thirteen year old son plays rep hockey and, as a consequence, I spend a fair amount of time in the car enroute to games and frequenting ice rinks. I do my best to always have at least one book with me when his games are ‘on the road.’ Recently, my book of choice has been Fanatics . At once intriguing, horrifying and fascinating, William…

Anti Bullying Chapter Book – Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

You may also be interested in our page about anti-bullying picture books and novels for children, our page about anti bullying web resources or our posts tagged “anti bullying”. Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again written by Susan Shreve and illustrated by Roberta Smith Anti bullying chapter book published by Knopf Books for Young Readers | Random House The day after Thanksgiving is extra special for Joshua T. Bates. It it the day he…

Happy New Year…here’s to starting over with middle grade readers

Monday, January 9th, 2012

…I ended 2011 in the middle or near the end of too many projects. It’s always a dilmena to me; do I start fresh, trying to re-engergize and engage the kids all over, or do I carry on from where we left off and show them the value and necessity in finishing what we start?…

Journey of a Reluctant Reader…apparently, “it’s on”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Maybe reluctant reader is not the term I’m looking for… I’m beginning to think that reluctant is not the best term to define my reader. While some synonyms of this word, such as wary or opposed, might apply to his overall attitude toward reading, this last week assured me that he is not, as the definition states, unenthusiastic or unwilling. Many of the kids were very excited by the arrival of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Cabin…

The False Prince – Delivers Adventure, Mystery and Suspense

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

…Well suited to middle grade readers, including reluctant readers, <strong>The False Prince</strong> is an exciting, accessible fantasy/adventure that will have special appeal for boys. Highly recommended….

Can You See What I See? Toyland Express from Walter Wick

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Can You See What I See? Toyland Express written and illustrated by Walter Wick Picture book published by Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic I have written previously of my younger son’s fascination with picture puzzles. When he was four or five, he would spend countless hours searching for objects and noticing small differences between pictures. He loved to have a picture puzzle book as one of his bedtime stories. He is still a…

Good Dog, Carl – Checking Out a Classic Wordless Picture Book

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at wordless picture book Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day Good Dog, Carl created by Alexandra Day Almost wordless picture book published by Simon and Schuster This immensely popular almost wordless picture book will be thoroughly enjoyed by dog lovers and young mischief makers. When mother goes out for awhile, she asks her pet rottweiler, named Carl, to look after the sleeping baby. Carl watches at the window as Mother…

Allergies in Picture Books

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

…<strong>Horace and Morris Say Cheese</strong> (which makes Dolores sneeze!) is a fun look at cravings and food allergies. Young readers will share Dolores’ horror when she learns that cheese is the source of her problems and will cheer when she discovers life after cheese….

Discover Classic Picture Book: No, David!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

No, David! written and illustrated by David Shannon Classic picture book published by Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic I have shared No, David! with dozens of preschool age children and, without exception, this is a picture book that they understand, appreciate and relate to. David is a child who can’t seem to do anything right. Whether reaching for a cookie jar, eating dinner, taking a bath or practicing his baseball swing,…

A Middle Grade Teacher’s To Be Read List

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

…nvisible Boy at Amazon.ca Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams Middle grade fiction published by Scholastic Two more authors that I love (the write the Goddess Girl Series and Heroes in Training) have another series, The Grimmtastic Girls. I might be bias because my eleven year old loves these two authors so much and the Goddess Girl series is one of her (and my) absolute favourites. They have a great writing style and their…

Recommended Chapter Books – What to Read After E.B. White and Roald Dahl

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

When you’ve read all the best-known novels for preteens, here are some lesser-known recommended chapter books I work with a grade three girl who is a very good reader. She has read almost all of Roald Dahl’s books (James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The B.F.G., etc.) and also E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan. The question posed Wednesday was, “What…

Lilly’s Chocolate Heart – A Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Storytime Standouts looks at Lilly’s Chocolate Heart, a sweet story about Lilly (of Purple Plastic Purse fame) and her one remaining foil-wrapped Valentine’s Day chocolate heart. Lilly’s Chocolate Heart written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes Lilly is a beloved picturebook character. Best known for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse , she also appears in Lilly’s Big Day, Chester’s Day, Wemberly Worried and Julius…

Books for Bedtime! Special Stories to Share with Children

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Finding the perfect bedtime story can make all the difference as toddlers and preschoolers settle down for the night. In this post, we have a look at some delightful picture books that will set the tone for a good night’s sleep. In the comments, we hope you’ll let us know about your favorite books for bedtime! 10 Minutes till Bedtime written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann Mostly wordless picture book published by G.P….

Picture Books Exploring Individuality – Both Set in Scotland

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Introducing two picture books exploring diversity and celebrating individuality Argyle written by Barbara Wallace and illustrated by John Sandford Picture book about individuality and self acceptance published by Boyds Mills Press Argyle’s life was exactly the way he wanted it. He was the same as all the other sheep and that was just fine with him. While roaming the highlands, Argyle discovered some especially tasty grass and some very…

Princess Marty McGuire Enchants

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Marty McGuire written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Brian Floca Marty is not yet impressed with grade three. Her former best friend has a new friend who likes dancing. Marty would rather catch frogs than waltz. She misses her friend very much. “Veronice Grace Smithers has stolen my best friend and taken over recess. I’d call Veronica Grace Princess Bossy-Pants if I were allowed to call people names. But I’m not. So I…

I hate when things are over…summer reading beckons

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Storytime Standouts’ guest contributor reflects on the school year and looks forward to summer reading One of my favourite lines from the song Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something is “And I hate when things are over/ when so much is left undone”. At the moment, it sums up how I feel about the end of the school year. Though I look forward to the summer, the break, the rest, and the, hopefully, nice weather, I…

Meet Author Aldo Fynn

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Aldo Fynn enjoys writing wacky, fantastical stories. Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer is his debut novel. It’s the first book in the Adventures of Prince Iggy Series. He’s also written two wacky, laugh-out-loud picture books. He lives under his desk and promises he won’t come out until Book 3 in the series is complete. Which is a shame because his desk is based in Los Angeles, where it’s sunny and 70 degrees most of the year. Twitter…

Laughter is the best medicine…even for writer’s block: Chester’s Masterpiece by Mélanie Watt

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I don’t know if it’s typical for adults to love picture books as much as I do. Many of the adults in my life; my husband, best friend, and co-workers, love them, but we’re all teachers, so maybe it’s just us. However, I think that children’s books are one of the best stress releases ever. The best ones are those that literally make you laugh out loud. Chester’s Masterpiece written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt Picture book published by…

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