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Tips to Encourage Struggling Readers

Tips for Encouraging Readers Who Struggle

This article is from Child First.  I know that many of us parents are gearing up for summer reading both to get our kids to enjoy reading and to complete summer homework assignments.  If your child does not love to read, this can be really stressful for both parent and child.  This is a great article that give Tips for Encouraging Struggling Readers.  Reading is like a bell curve (remember those from college science classes?  ugh!). Once your child gets over the hump, reading becomes something that is pleasurable.  I hope these tips are helpful for you. Read more…

100 Best Children’s Books from Teachers First (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids Selected by Teachers

I was searching online for another random list (Top 10:  Children’s Books about Life Changing Teachers) and came across this gem which so many of my favorites that I wanted to share.  Also great if you are still pondering summer reading lists for the kids this is a great “classics or all time greatest hits” list. Read more…

Support Your Child’s Passion (and The Dreamer)

Chapter Book The Dreamer Reminds Us to Support Our Child’s Passion

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.  ~Josh Billings Read more…

One Free Chapter Book For Kids at Borders (ages 6-12)

Free Books for Kids from Borders

I was a Borders today just perusing, and came across their Summer Reading Program.  It’s great and this is how it works: Read more…

Groundhog Day + Pinky and Rex = 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (ages 8-12)

Chapter Book for Kids Reminds Me of Ground Hog Day Movie

Imagine spending your first ten birthdays with your best friend who happens to be a boy. Now imagine a terrible fight that lasts a year, and a miserable 11th birthday without him. Now do that over and over again, Groundhog Day movie style. Read more…

Chinese King Arthur: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (ages 8-14)

Asian Percy Jackson-Like Adventure Book for Kids

Lloyd Alexander’s The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen reminds me of Percy Jackson but the zen version or even a more swashbuckling version of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. I’m a big fan of Lloyd Alexander.  His Black Cauldron series was one of my favorites when I was a kid but I never came across this book until recently. Read more…

Japanese American Post Internment Story: Journey Home (ages 8-12)

Multicultural Books for Kids on Japanese American Internment

Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchida is an important Japanese American story about what happened after the Japanese Americans were released from internment camp. This is Yoshiko Uchida’s own family story. This is the sequel to Journey to Topaz, in which eleven-year-old Yuki and her family are forced to relocate to a dusty internment camp in a remote part of Utah. While there are many stories about the Japanese American internment experience, and I list more on Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books, Journey Home is the only book I’ve come across that tells the next piece of the story. 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…