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What Bill Gates Taught Me that Harvard Did Not
Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Read more…
I remember when I handed my daughter The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo when she was in third grade. We had just enjoyed Because of Winn Dixie together by the same author and The Tiger Rising seemed perfect from the quick cover once over. The chapter book was short, with biggish text inside.
A few days later, my daughter asks if she can please stop reading.
“Why?” I asked her.
“It’s too sad,” she replied.
I took the book from her and read the first few chapters. I was horrified to find out that this was a Grapes of Wrath level of sad kind of story. Not that this book isn’t wonderful or beautifully written but it was just too sad for an 8-year-old to bear.
After that I started reading ahead to screen all her books for her. And then I started this blog. I guess if I had this list, I wouldn’t be blogging!
I have added one asterisk to the books that I’ve read and liked it and two asterisks for books I read and loved. I also think that you can go up a grade or even two for these books but I would not necessarily go down.
Newbery Books by Age Appropriateness
2013: The One and Only Ivan (Grade 3) **
2012: Dead End in Norvelt (Grade 5) *
2011: Moon Over Manifest (Grade 4) **
2010: When You Reach Me (Grade 5) **
I am always delighted to help find books for kids. A young USAF family being reassigned from Japan sent me an email asking for book recommendations for Japanese themed and Japanese/English, bilingual books. These are the books I’d recommend to keep the kids exposed to the Japanese language.
I just found out about Tuttle Publishing and they sent me the perfect book!
My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book by Michelle Haney Brown
This is a lovely picture book in ENGLISH but with Japanese words for each letter both in Hiragane and Kanji. There is also interesting tidbits of information about the Japanese culture that kids would enjoy. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
Japanese Themed Picture Books for Preschoolers
Here are more picture books with a reference to Japan.
Japanese/English Bi-Lingual Folk Tale Picture Books
I happen to have these Japanese Folk Tale books that I found in a Japanese bookstore in Orange County when visiting my mom. They are lovely little books on famous Japanese folk tales and are bi-lingual.
These books are great and have Japanese vocabulary words throughout both books as well as cover the holidays and traditions of the Japanese people. I learned a lot from them!
Japanese Themed Easy Chapter Book
The Story of Yuriwaka: A Japanese Odyssey is a short chapter book which would be good for the older son.
A Haiku Poetry Book
This picture book is a tranlation of Haiku poems by Issa, a Japanese poet born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan. He began writing haiku as a young child.
I found these books that also might be good:
Recommendations from Readers
Thank you to Rachel for this great recommendation! I have heard so much about this book but I don’t think I’ve read it yet! [picture book, ages 6-9]
To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.
Win Back to School Clothes for Kids
With back-to-school right around the corner, Cozi, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar and organization service is teaming with Target and Cherokee USA to give one lucky family $1,000 worth of Cherokee clothing and a smart phone. Read more…
Best Books on Learning Disabilities
This is a really helpful post from The Children’s Book Writer on books covering learning disabilities. If you have any suggestions of other good books on this topic, please leave a comment. Thank you! Read more…
Back to School Free Sites for Busy Moms
With back-to-school quickly approaching, all parents have two things on their minds; saving money and finding simple solutions to ease the transition into the busy school year ahead. Below is a list of the top five FREE tech tools to ensure success for back-to-school, whether you’re headed off to college or a parent whose child is entering kindergarten. Read more…
What Teachers Really Want to Say to Parents
My husband sent me this great article from CNN. It saddens me that teachers are bearing the brunt of negativity that bears resemblance to a Salem Witch Hunt because the U.S. education system is failing in the inner city. It’s not the teacher’s fault; the roots for the demise lay in No Child Left Behind but I digress. Read more…