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Read Alouds for 7-10 year olds, approved by a difficult-to-please 8 year old boy

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Finding great books for 7 – 10 year olds to enjoy can be enormously rewarding. The initial learn–to-read phase is complete and we hope our children will chose to read for pleasure. When, as parents, we check to see why things are so quiet and discover our children with a book, it is indeed a special ‘a-ha’ moment. Just as reading picture books aloud is important to very young children, it is vital that mom and/or dad continues to read aloud to…

Squirrel Theme Circle Time For Preschool and Kindergarten

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Use these squirrel theme circle time materials to celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day January 21st! A number of years ago, my father-in-law was frustrated by some pesky critters in his beautiful garden. Stellar jays were not the only visitors who liked the peanuts he offered, not surprisingly the neighbourhood squirrels were also attracted by the treats. Unfortunately, the squirrels were much less appreciated as guests than the jays –…

The Grade Four Reading Slump – Steps to Avoid It

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Grade Four Reading Slump – parental awareness and action can have a huge impact Children, when they reach about grade four, are vulnerable when it comes to reading. Typically, the books grade four children want to read are longer, the print may be smaller, there are fewer illustrations and readers may encounter tougher and/or altogether unfamiliar words.All of these factors may deter these children from wanting to read. To avoid…

Sir Dragon Offers a Thoughtful, Thorough Anti Bullying Picture Book

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids (and Dragons) – written by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Martine Gourbault Be sure to check out our page about anti-bullying picture books for children, our page about anti bullying chapter books, graphic novels and novels for children , and our Pinterest anti bullying board The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids (and Dragons) is part of the Dragon Safety Series….

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

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

As a teacher and a mom, I want to see kids succeed. I want to see them achieve success and push past it to the next level, particularly in reading. When getting kids to fall in love with reading you have to keep a couple things in mind: a) You have to (help them) find books that interest and appeal to them b) You need books that they can read and understand independently without frustration Once you have done both of these things, the chances…

A First Look at Difficult Issues – Including Bullying

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Bullying doesn’t happen by accident, it is a deliberate, repeated act. Bullying can take many forms. It can be physical and/or emotional. Emotional bullying happens directly (verbally) and indirectly (for example, doing something behind the victim’s back). Stop Picking On Me written by Pat Thomas and illustrated by Lesley Harker is part of a series that looks at difficult issues. Other titles in the A First Look At series examine…

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

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

…I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn is the intense, thrilling and tragic story of Allan McBride, a young Canadian who, during World War I, wanted to follow in the footsteps of his childhood hero and friend, Ken Harrison. Whilst growing up together on Vancouver Island, McBride and Harrison had enjoyed many childhood adventures….

Darkside: Suspense for Middle Grade Readers in Secret London

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Darkside written by Tom Becker Suspense Novel for Middle Grade Readers published by Orchard Books Yesterday’s blog post introduced Measle and the Wrathmonk. Today’s book will appeal to a similar demographic – middle grade boys and girls. Darkside is the first in a suspenseful and exciting fantasy series about a secret part of London. Inhabited by dangerous characters, this underbelly of London is nothing like the city we see…


Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at wordless picture books and why they belong on every child’s bookshelf Wordless and almost wordless picture books rely exclusively on illustrations to tell a story or convey facts. Some wordless and almost wordless picture books have a small amount of text but most do not have any text at all. Wordless and almost wordless picture books encourage children to take an active role in telling a story. Typically,…

Beach Fun! Beach theme picture books and printables for kids

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Whether planning a day at the beach or just back from some fun in the sun, these beach-theme picture books will be a wonderful addition to your summertime fun. Suitable for toddlers, preschool age children, kindergarten and older, these stories address important themes like fear of the water and getting outside one’s comfort zone. Whenever possible, it is very valuable to have children read books that match their experiences. These…

A Look at the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal Award Winner and Honor Books

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The Watermelon Seed written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli Picture book for beginning readers published by Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group When a charming and exuberant crocodile explains that he loves watermelon, we are utterly convinced, Ever since I was a teeny, tiny baby cocodile, it’s been my favorite. CHOMP! SLURP! CHOMP! While enthusiastically devouring his favorite fruit, the crocodile accidentally ingests…

Picture Books About Moms and Motherhood

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

So many ways to explore the special bond between a mother and child. Just like My Mum is playful, Mama, Do You Love Me? is informative, The Best Gifts is supportive, The Runaway Bunny is reassuring and Mom and Me is revealing… The Best Gifts written by Marsha Furchuk Skrypuch and illustrated by Elly MacKay Picture book about family life including breastfeeding published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside This circular story begins with a joyous…

Storytime Standouts – Presenting our Highlights

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Welcome to Storytime Standouts Storytime Standouts is for parents, teachers and other caregivers who are supporting young readers and are interested in discovering great children’s books. We write about ways to support children as they learn the alphabet, learn letter sounds, start to read and embrace reading. We are enthusiastic about great children’s books and we want to share both new kids books and classics. We also focus on…

Summer Reading List – for middle grade students and adults

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

…Picture books, children’s books, and middle to youth books are extremely enjoyable and as an avid reader, should be part of your list. All of the themes that we relate to in life: friendship, relationships, fitting in, and acceptance play huge roles….

Meet Young Adult Lit Author Catherine Egan

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Catherine Egan grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She thinks it is a glorious city and there is no good reason ever to leave but, she left anyway. Since then she has lived on a wee volcanic Japanese island (which erupted during her time there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now-husband), Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing, an oil rig in the middle of the Bohai Bay (she still misses her little bedroom there), New Jersey, and now Connecticut,…

Meet Author Illustrator Alisha M. Risen-Kent

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Alisha M. Risen-Kent is working toward her BA of Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She lives at home with her four children and cat in Texas where she loves working in her garden. Her passions are reading, writing, drawing, and photography and she often creates the artwork for her books. She is an avid player of Dungeons & Dragons© and she comes up with most of her story ideas from the campaigns she plays in. She also…

Bone, Fog, Ash & Star: The Last Days of Tian Di, Book 3

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Bone, Fog, Ash & Star: The Last Days of Tian Di, Book 3 written by Catherine Egan Young Adult fiction published by Coteau Books Read our interview with Catherine Egan The lengthy title of Catherine Egan’s third book, The Last Days of Tian Di: Bone, Fog, Ash, and Star, alludes to the depth and complexity that is wrapped up within the story. Like the characters of this book, I felt myself immersed in unfamiliar, amazing worlds, pulled…

Meet Author and Storyteller Joan Marie Galat

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Although she started making books at the age of nine, Joan Marie Galat wasn’t published until the age of 12, when she became a paid weekly newspaper columnist. Today she is an award-winning and best selling author. Joan shares her love of the stars in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, which combines the science of the night sky with the ancient myths that give constellations and planets their names. Her first title, Dot to Dot in the Sky,…

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…

The Runaway King

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

…The students decided that we absolutely must read The Runaway King immediately after. I gave them other choices (all the while wanting them to choose The Runaway King) but it was a unanimous decision–we needed to know what happened to Sage/Jaron….

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