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Top 100: Best Children’s Books

Top 100 Best Books for Kids

This list of Best Children’s Novels from the School Library Journal was selected in 2010.  There are classics from 100 years ago as well as contemporary favorites.  The list is chock full of Newbery Award winning favorites that have stood the test of time.  Some of these selections are also available FREE through the Borders Summer Reading Program.  Enjoy! Read more…

Coming-of-Age Chapter Book as Appealing as Ice Cream in Summer

Chapter Books for Kids With Special Needs Characters that Teach Compassion

I  live in a city that is composed of about a dozen villages.  Most of the villages have a small town center and most of the town centers have an ice cream shop.  My village has a town center but it’s a small one so it’s not really a draw.  The town center lacks, well, a center.  It’s more of a town perpendicular than a town square.  There is an ice cream shop but it was one that we rarely visited, opting instead to drive further to the center of town with the bad parking to another ice cream chain store because our ice cream store wasn’t much of anything.  Even the ice cream there tasted a wee bit like freezer burn. Read more…

Percy Jackson + King Arthur = The Dark is Rising

Fantasy Adventure Award Winning Chapter Book Series

A reader commented earlier to check out The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper for my Reluctant Boy Reader list, and it’s taken me a while to track it down, but she was right! I just finished the second book, The Dark is Rising and think that this is a fantastic series, with two Newbury awards; The Dark is Rising is a Newbury Honor book and The Grey King is a Newbury Medal Winner. Read more…

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Use My Library Summer Book List; It’s on Your Shelves!

Best Summer Book List for Kids

My friend, CapabilityMom, asked me yesterday if I posted on the reading list from our public library (Newton Free Library) and this caused me to go into a tirade: Read more…

Oh, The Places You’ll Go with this App eBook!

Go Places with Oh, The Places You’ll Go Dr. Seuss App for Kids

I must say this a lot but I LOVE Oceanhouse Media’s iPhone and iPad apps.  They have the exclusive license for Dr. Seuss and they do a bang up job every time to make a classic even better by adding INTERACTIVITY!  All the Dr. Seuss iPad and iPhone apps let you click on a picture and have the word float from the text to the image.  And the narrator says the word.  It’s a great feature for teaching little ones word recognition, plus it’s fun! Read more…

best native american books for kids

Top 10: Native American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Native American Books for Kids

I had the privilege of meeting two Native Americans at the NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Diversity Council) Advanced Management Education Program at Kellogg a few weeks ago.  While I was there to learn about entrepreneurship, I couldn’t help but query them about the Native American children’s literature they grew up.  The upshot is that there is very little and the really good stuff is not well known.

I had to dig on the internet and ask my “go to” librarian for books that portray the experience and tell the story of the Native American people.  Of course, there is not one story but many.  These books help to depict a portion of their story and I would urge you to share these stories with your children so that their stories are not lost and their rich history becomes mainstreamed.  It was both an education and a great pleasure for me to find and read these stories include Abernaki, Iroquis, Mohawk, Lakota, Navajo, Cheyenne, Creek, Cherokee, Potowatami, and Sioux Native Americans. I hope you enjoy them too. Read more…

Top 10: Best Young Adult Books of 2010 (ages 12-18)

Best Young Adult Books for Teens

This list is from the Young Adult Library Services Association. They took their 101 YA Books and narrowed it down to 10. This list is alphabetical order and includes fiction and non-fiction. Read more…

Top 100: Kids’ Favorite Books

Best Books for Kids Chosen by Kids

This list was compiled by kids and interesting because it’s not so different from the Teacher’s Choice list also compiled by the National Education Association.  Great minds think alike! Read more…

Top 10: Ways to Make Reading Fun

Ideas to Make Reading Fun for Kids

This is from Home and Family Blog.  Thank you Home and Family blog for this great list of ideas!! Read more…