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Girl Bullying: The Hundred Dresses by Estes (grades 3-5th)

Best Chapter Book on Girl Bullying Ever!

My oldest’s teacher recommended this book to me when my daughter was in 3rd grade. There had been a history of not-so-nice girl bullying since Kindergarten but by 3rd grade, it was totally out of hand. The teacher thought this would be an especially good book for my daughter’s book club, and we, the moms, talked about doing a Mother and Daughter book club to model discussion around this book but we never pulled it off. Read more…

Asian Adoption Chapter Book: Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent

Multicultural Chapter Book for Kids with Adoption Themes

14-year-old Joseph Caldararo has a loving family and is a well-adjusted popular kid at school. But when his social studies teacher assigns a paper on Your Cultural heritage, his world gets turned upside down. He knows he’s adopted from Korea when he was just an infant and it’s never really bothered him before, but now it does. It doesn’t help that the new dry cleaners are taken over by a Korean family who are off-out by his adoption. And it makes his parents upset when he wants to learn more about his own cultural heritage. His best friend assists him in conducting an internet search to try to trace his parents but that’s a long shot at best! But what to write for this paper? His confusion about who he is leads him down a path of deceit and now everything is a mess. On top of this, he’s trying to get a date for the school dance. Whoever said that middle school is tough is right! [chapter book, ages 9-12] Read more…

Asian American Chapter Book for Girls

Multicultural Chapter Book for Girls

Millicent Min is an 11-year-old girl genius with no social skills or friends except for her Grandmother Maddie. While Millicent can rationalize her solitude, her parents and grandmother co-conspire to socialize her. They force her to play volleyball and to tutor an annoying Chinese American kid, Stanford Wong, who is the polar opposite of her. Things look up for Millicent when she makes her first friend, Emily, at volleyball. But things come to a head when Emily finds out that Millicent and Stanford are lying to her as they both try to hide their tutoring arrangement from her. And to make matters worse, Maddie decides to move to England. Millicent is a genius, but can she figure out how to repair her friendship? Read more…

Introducing … Sasha Abramowitz: Teaches Compassion for Turret’s

Best Chapter Books that Teach Compassion

I am shocked that Introducing…Sasha Abramowitz by Sue Halpern did not win any awards. It reminds me a lot of Rules by Cynthia Lord which won a Newbery Award.  Must have been a tough year that year!  If you child like Rules, s/he will love this book. Read more…

Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated Kids from Kid Companion

Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated and SPED Kids

My oldest daughter bites her nails.  It’s pretty bad actually because her nails are bitten down to nubs.  We’ve tried talking to her and putting band aids and the like but it didn’t really work.  So, I found this Chewy Jewelry from Kid Companion on Twitter and it’s a necklace you can chew on designed for special needs kids.  My daughter loves those fidgets also; the special needs kids in her class get them to help keep them focused and she’s always been jealous that she doesn’t get one to play with. Read more…

Maniac Magee + My Side of the Mountain = Hoot by Hiaasen

Chapter Books for Boys in 4th-7th Grade

This chapter book won an insane amount of awards including A Newbery Honor Award and it’s not hard to see why once you read it.   It’s a mystery and an adventure with multiple happy endings including the school bully getting what he deserves.   I remember seeing this book a lot at the library with its minimalist cover always beckoning.  This chapter book also reminds me of Because of Winn Dixie, another Must Read favorite of mine, with characters both interesting and realistic. Read more…

Percy Jackson: Add-On Books Get Rave Reviews

An addendum to Percy Jackson: The Movie and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.

It’s always sad when a really great series ends, so there are always “add-on” books to prolong the experience but are not really the same as the book series. My daughter LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Percy Jackson series so much that she also got really into Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. She’s been begging for the “add-on” books. I got her The Ultimate Guide through Scholastic at school and she told me that it helps her to understand the series better. Now she wants the other two. Will I buy them? Of course! It is really sad when a great series ends so why not?! Read more…

Book that Changed Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s Life…Really!

My Side of the Mountain By Jean Craighead George

If you ever truly wondered if books are living changing, I give you this forward by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. from Frightful’s Mountain:

“…I thought the Craigheads might be the only family in America that was having more fun than the Kennedys. Obssessed with falcons as I was from birth, I read My Side of the Mountain in 1964. … I entered Millbrook upstate New York drawn by its informal falconry program….My experience as a young falconer accounts in large part for my lifelong devotion to raptors and my continued interest in natural history….My years as a falconer helped drive my own career choice as an environmental lawyer and advocate. The knowledge and experience I acquired from falconers have marked my life and made me a far more effective advocate on nature’s behalf.” Read more…

Adventure Book for Middle School Boys

Best Books for Boys Who Hate to Read

Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen is Sam Grimby, of My Side of the Mountain, a little older morphed with the movie starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer called The Ghost and The Darkness.  At 103 slim pages, this book is a perfect read for reluctant boy readers.  With one climatic chapter that is a little gory, because there is a devil muckwa (Cree for devil bear) involved — think back to the possessed lions in The Ghost and The Darkness and I’d place this book for 4th through 6th graders depending on how they can handle a little blood and gore. Read more…