Travel to Korea via children’s books, food, and culture with me as I share my husband’s family history of the Yi Dynasty or Choson period, considered the Golden Age of Korea.
If your elementary school is like my elementary school, kids entering grades 3-5 need to read 5 or so books during the summer (and do a book project on one of the books). It’s not normally a struggle to get my kids to read 5 books during the summer except for the selection of the books because the summertime reading has to be especially engaging to compete for their time! These 10 books should do the trick. And if your child reads 5 books and fills out a form from Borders Bookstore, she or he can get one of ten selected books for free.
The Magic School Bus series both books and DVDs are really wonderful and accurate introductions to science. So, out of a stack of books, I asked my two oldest to rank their favorites and these are their Top 10.
Funny photos of little boys doing stupid, dangerous but funny things! I hope they all survived childhood!
Klutz activity books. It’s a book. It’s an activity. What’s not to love about them? These are our 10 favorite Klutz books for boys; road tested by my three kids and husband!
I can’t exactly remember how I discovered AudioBooks for Kids but I think they sent me an email a long, long time ago and now I am finally posting! While my kids are not using audio books to any degree, I do think they are a GREAT way to experience books and particularly good for reluctant readers who can follow along with the book. The issue for audio books is often technology. There are plenty of audio books at the library but who has a cassette tape player in their cars these days? I don’t. I don’t even have one in the house save for an ancient children’s toy that is part Karaoke Machine/Part Torture Machine due to said Karaoke Microphone. I pray that this toy has made it to the trash but I am too scared to check the playroom in the basement as it always looks like a tornado hit. Soooo… it’s great that THESE audio books come via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android!
The Korean-America authors have a unique stories to tell. Their collective memories of the old country are still fresh, as is their immigrant experience. Enjoy these 10 Korean American children’s books with your children.
It was strange to me that many important Japanese American stories were not told by Japanese Americans. I tried, therefore, to focus my Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books list on lesser known authors telling important stories. I hope this list will inspire more authors in this genre!
I’ve never been to Laos but I want to. My first introduction via children’s literature is from Mali Under the Night Sky, A Lao Story of Home. This story is universal in that it gives a gentle background to the refugee immigrant story and has a place in any classroom or home. I’ve found amazing Lao artisans who work with materials on hand including silver, wood, fibers and more. Finally, The Plain of Jars is fascinating stuff and still a mystery to be solved. Come explore Laos from your armchair with your children!