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Sign Language in the Classroom

Sign Language Picture Book for Kids

A few things coincided for this post. My middle daughter who is in 3rd grade told us at dinner that she’s learning sign language at school and proceeded to demonstrate the alphabet. She has had a hearing impaired student in her class for the last three years so I asked her if it is to help communicate with that child. She said, “Yes.” Read more…

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90 Second Newbery Film Festival

Newbery Film Festival for Kids

I thought this would make for a fun book club for children or home school project. Or maybe just a fun project for a budding movie director. Your child can make a 90 second movie based on a Newbery book to enter this film festival. There’s plenty of time. The deadline is not until September 15, 2011. This would also be a fun summer project to do with friends! Read more…

Sharon Creech Author Study

Mom and Daughter Author Study on Sharon Creech: We Agree to Disagree

My 5th grader is doing a Sharon Creech author study in class and she’s been reading and loving Ruby Holler and Heartbeat, and wants to read Chasing Redbird. We tend to agree on books that we like but it’s strange that we haven’t when it comes to Sharon Creech.  Don’t get me wrong; we both LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sharon Creech, but we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE different chapter books. Read more…

Top 10: Best Audio Books for Kids (Some are FREE!)

Great Free Audio Books for Kids

Ambling Books is a great site for audio books. If your child reads along with the audio playing, it’s a great way to improve his or her reading skills. Try this with a reluctant reader. This is their Top 10: Audio Books for Kids list. They also have free audio books. Read more…

The Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Unsung Heroes of WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers

It wasn’t until I read Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, a great author discovery I made last year, that I knew about the unsung Najavo heroes of WWII. I was only really cognizant of the 442nd Infantry Regiment made up of Japanese 2nd generation Americans because I’m half-Japanese; another group of unsung heroes of WWII with perhaps better P.R. Read more…

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Easy Chapter Book Mythology Series for Girls

Easy Greek Mythology Chapter Books for Girls

My 5th grade daughter took great exception to this book series because the mythology is slightly inaccurate. She fumes that Athena didn’t live with humans, nor was she even a preteen. The “brainstorms” in which the gods’ ideas rained down on earth also bugged her. In fact, this book so annoyed her that she told me not to blog on it or to let her younger sister read it. “She’ll hate it,” she warned. Read more…

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Book Trailers … to entice kids to read

Chapter Book Trailers by School Librarians

This is  a really cool way to chose a chapter book for your child. Play the chapter book video trailer … yes, just like a movie trailer but on a quality children’s chapter book! The list is extensive! This is great for reluctant readers! Many of these videos were made by teachers. Read more…

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Best Books for Grades 3-5, Recommended by Kids

Best Books for Kids in Third Grade Through Fifth Grade (by kids)

My 4th grader helped to compile this list of favorite books she recommends for 3-5th graders. I have also vetted this list for content. I feel that some topics such as death, cruelty, poverty, when dealt with a heavy hand are best suited for when kids are a little older, say Middle School. These books, even though they cover these heavy topics, are still uplifting. Read more…

Award Winning Children’s Books 2011

Caldecott, Newbery Children’s Book Winners and More

What is great about these award winning books is that many are discounted at Amazon now. It was also fun to read posts by experts A Fuse #8 Production and Amanda Stuckmeyer, a former Newbery judge, predicting winners for many of these awards. And they were dead on. The Newbery winner was the biggest surprise for me as I’d never heard of the book or author nor did it pop up in any mock Newbery contests. I’m excited to chase down these books and read them. I love it when good books are screened for me, keeps the riff raff out of my house! What books have you read and what books from this list are on your list to read, either for yourself or your child? Read more…