All posts in 5) Middle School

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2011 (ages 7-16)

Best Books for Kids

Our elementary school librarian has a shelf dedicated to the Massachusetts Book Award short list books (below) and there is a challenge to the 5th Graders to read the entire list.  The reviews are from the Acton Memorial Library.  If you click on the book title, you can reserve the book through the Minuteman Library System of MetroWest Boston.  If you click on the book, you can take a look at it in Amazon.  If you click on the author link, you will go to their website. Read more…

Top 6 Apps For Mobile Education

Apps for Mobile Education eLearning

Tyler Stubenhofer’s assignment for a Master’s Seminar was this very assignment:  come up with apps for distance learning.  Here is the excellent list he put together.  And click here to see his blog called Tyler Stubenhofer’s Blog:  education, technology and other stuff. Read more…

FREE eBooks: Classic Children’s Literature

Free eBooks for Kids

There are not a ton of free children’s classics for Kindle, but there are some good ones.  I suppose the common theme here is expired copyright protection.  If you have a Kindle, you might want to consider sharing it with your kids.  If you don’t, it’s almost a reason to buy one!  Here’s a sampling and here’s the link. Read more…

7 Ideas for Social/Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning at School

We start school in two days and my kids are getting a little anxious about it despite being very familiar with their elementary school.  I know it’s normal to be anxious even if the transition seems small.  I came across this great list about Social and Emotional learning and the Start of School and there is great advice for both parents and teachers.  Hey, we are all in this together!  Here’s to a smooth transition to your child’s school year!  Let me know how yours went and if you have any advice on what worked for you. Read more…

Best Chapter Books for Middle School Girls

Best Books for Middle School Girls

I do love a good Top 10 List and this list is chapter books for middle school girls for ages 10-14 (middle-school-girl-ish-give-or-take-a-year-or-two) from ChristinaReads is a really good one of her childhood favorites!  I have only read half her list, but the books that I’ve read are such winners that it makes me want to read the rest of her list.  Clearly the woman has great taste!  This is a list worth having your daughter work her way through.  Let me know what you think?  And please check out ChristinaReads excellent blog! Read more…

Best Books for Kids from Australia

2010 Winners:  Australian Children’s Book Council

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. Read more…

Tips for Hooking Reluctant Readers

Getting Kids Who Hate Reading to Love It

This wonderful list of books is from author Maria Scheel. You can find her blog by clicking here.  Her full post can be found here. Read more…

Riordan, best chapter books for kids

Percy Jackson + Ancient Egypt = Red Pyramid

Ancient Egypt Mythology Chapter Books for Kids

I was at the bookstore with my middle child in search of the newest Clementine book and the latest Ivy and Bean book.  We found the new Clementine but we already owned the latest Ivy and Bean.  As we were checking out, I noticed this pile of books behind the check out counter. Read more…

NYTimes Top Selling Graphic Novels

Best Selling Graphic Novels

There is a lot of talk on the internet in the Reluctant Reader arena that graphic novels are a legitimate vehicle for literacy.  I, for one, agree!  Graphic novels tell stories both through images and words.  If this gets a Reluctant Reader excited to read more, what is not to like? Read more…