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The Grade Four Reading Slump – Steps to Avoid It

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

…ither alternate reading with your child or let your child sit back, listen, relax and savor the story. Drawn in by a great book and your enthusiasm for it, your child will be motivated to read increasingly challenging books. Series are especially great choices because children will often decide to read subsequent books independently. To a parent, the choice for a child to pick up book 2, 3 and 4 of a series signals, “Mission…

Sir Dragon Offers a Thoughtful, Thorough Anti Bullying Picture Book

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

…ren, 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. Other books in the series provide suggestions regarding fire safety, water safety and stranger safety. Best suited for children aged five and up, this is a thoughtful, thorough treatment of a difficult problem;…

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

Friday, August 19th, 2011

…gether. Both were good fun and will be enjoyed by 7-10 year olds. The Legend of Spud Murphy has a very good message about reading and books therefore, I chose it as my favourite. Eoin Colfer is the author of the Artemis Fowl series (for older children). Eoin Colfer’s Legend of Spud Murphy at Amazon.com Eoin Colfer’s The Legend of Spud Murphy at Amazon.ca The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs written by Betty G. Birney and…

Darkside: Suspense for Middle Grade Readers in Secret London

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

…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 on postcards or television. The atmosphere in Darkside is gothic and intense. We accompany…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Squirrel Theme Circle Time For Preschool and Kindergarten

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

…. Unlike any hospital I’ve ever visited, the midnight hospital offers the perfect antidote and soon Danny and Matthew are flying high. Also well-suited for read aloud, this is part of Matthew’s Midnight Adventure Series and will be enjoyed by boys and girls aged five and up. Matthew and the Midnight Hospital at Amazon.com Matthew and the Midnight Hospital at Amazon.ca Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach written and illustrated by Melanie…

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…

A First Look at Difficult Issues – Including Bullying

Monday, February 21st, 2011

…r 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 death, disability, health and fitness, sibling rivalry and family break-up. Be sure to check out our page about anti-bullying picture…

Wordless

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

…for children kindergarten age and older. One of Kirkus Reviews’ 2010 Best Children’s Books The Boys at Amazon.com The Boys at Amazon.ca Breakfast For Jack Created by Pat Schories Wordless picture book (first in a series) published by Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press Jack is an adorable orange and white terrier, brimming with personality. One busy morning, his family gets up, feeds the cat, eats breakfast and rushes off…

The False Prince – Delivers Adventure, Mystery and Suspense

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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

Anti Bullying Chapter Books, Novels and Graphic Novels

Monday, November 26th, 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…

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

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

…ghly enjoyed by dog lovers and young children – especially those who are eager for an opportunity to read independently. Ball at Amazon.com Ball at Amazon.ca A Big Guy Took My Ball written and illustrated by Mo Willems Series for beginning readers published by Hyperion Books for Children This charming story will remind readers that appearances can be deceiving and perspective is everything! Gerald and Piggie’s friendship is solid and…

Storytime Standouts – Presenting our Highlights

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

…amilies Nursery Rhymes Seasonal Posts Middle Grade Fiction Antibullying Chapter Books, Novels and Graphic Novels Good Things Come in Threes: The Ascendance Trilogy Mysteries, Humor and School Life for Reluctant Readers Super Series Books for Grade Four Boys Three Cheers for Rick Riordan and the Lightning Thief Young Adult Fiction Intriguing, Horrifying and Fascinating: Fanatics by William Bell Out of my Mind – Sharon Draper’ Compelling Young…

Meet Author Illustrator Alisha M. Risen-Kent

Friday, June 20th, 2014

…ing his journey he faces many challenges, including human hunters. After being shot, he is rescued by wolf conservationist who eventually returns him home. While this book, as well as the rest in the Nature’s Guardians series is targeted at children 8-12, readers of all ages can enjoy this coming of age story. Each book contains a section on conservation that talks about where I gathered my information, the current plight of endangered…

Allergies in Picture Books

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

…Horace and Morris Say Cheese (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….

Picture Books About Moms and Motherhood

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

…Illustrators Parents, “Best Books of the Year” Mama, Do You Love Me? at Amazon.com Mama, Do You Love Me? at Amazon.ca Mom and Me by Marla Stewart Konrad Picture book about moms, part of World Vision Early Readers series published by Tundra Books The World Vision Early Readers series features minimal text and striking photographs from Romania, Uganda, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam. Mom and Me depicts…

Is there such a thing as too much reading?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

We all want to see our children reading. Even parents who don’t love to read, (such as my own dad who refuses to) like to see their children enjoying reading. We know that it’s part of what makes us successful in life. Reading and comprehension open not only figurative doors, but literal ones as well. Having your child be able to read and understand what they are reading is a necessity. However, having your child read just for…

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