What’s More Important? Winning or Having Fun?
So, here’s the thing about winning versus having fun: it’s more fun to win than to lose. I hate to sound all “not PC,” but that is the truth. On the other hand, there is nothing more unattractive than a parent out of control on the sidelines screaming at their kids with the intensity of someone whose head might explode if their child doesn’t do exactly what s/he is screaming about. That’s not pretty and sometimes this story ends tragically. Read more…
Science of Earthquakes for Kids
I grew up in Southern California and experienced many an earthquake including the Northridge one which was quite memorable. Though many in my area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan. Read more…
When Good Readers Don’t Want to Read. Ever!
This is part 2 of a nice series from TWRCank.com — Resources for Teaching Online: Think, Wonder, Reflect, Connect & Refine. The entire article can be found by clicking here. 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) **
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…