I do love a good Top 10 List and this chapter book children’s book list for ages 10-14 (middle-school-girl-ish-give-or-take-a-year-or-two) from ChristinaReads is a really good one with her childhood favorites!
Imagine my surprise when I read her new book, Dotty:
There are no chickens involved whatsoever!
The book does not rhyme!
The theme of the book tackles twin issues of growing up and fitting in.
The book celebrates The Teacher Who Makes a Difference!
These are the winners to the Australian Children’s Book Council for 2010 in the categories of Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, and Eve Pownall Award for Information Book of the Year. For a complete list of winners including the books that won an Honorable Mention, please see TrevorCairney’s blog.
I believe that all it takes to create a reader is the right book. Finding that tale is the trick. So how do you pick books that will hook reluctant readers? Each child is different, with very particular tastes. Nevertheless, here are some key elements that engage child readers, along with some suggested titles …
This is from FunKidsLive. It looked like a great book series for reluctant boy readers. NERDS (which stands for National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society) is a new book series by Michael Buckley.
Is our education system failing boys? The Harvard School of Education’s take on this raging debate. Click here for link.
The TakeAways for Me:
Hook reluctant readers by finding books that appeal to them! Graphic novels, sports themed books or whatever!
Advocates for more “boy-friendly” education have been arguing for some time that schools should include more reading materials that boys tend to like, such as action-oriented stories and graphic novels, in an effort to motivate boys to read.
Nontraditional materials such as comic books and sports-themed materials can provide an important “hook” to get boys more involved in reading.
“College kids, here are ten apps to help you be smarter and more efficient with your studies so there’s more time for dollar drafts, creating the next Facebook, three dollar tequila shots or whatever it is you do for fun.”
The thought of a child dying brings overwhelming emotion to any parent. But for those who have actually experience the unbearable loss of a child, Randy Gilbert, the guest author of her post, suggests two helpful ideas:
Don’t try to rush the grief journey. Let it be in your own time. Everyone is different and grieves in his or her own way.
Find what works for you.
The Booktrust Early Years award shortlist was announced late last week. For great picture book that you’ve never heard off, please check out this list … makes great gifts for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers!