This might be the ultimate cross over young adult book for kids. It has a science fiction bent but it’s also appropriate for kids ages 9 and up.
Josh in 6th grade shares his favorite chapter books, a mix of Newbery winners and newly published books.
To celebrate Earth Day, I am giving away 6 earth-friendly non-fiction picture books for kids.
Sneaking good food into your child can be a challenge. Missy Chase Lapine, a.k.a. The Sneaky Chef, shares her secrets.
Is the luck of the Irish a gift from the gods or the result of hard work? Chapter book Beyond Lucky explores this idea with a soccer coming of age story.
My oldest daughter finally gives me her favorite books of 2011. She’s a 6th grader and 12-years-old but I think her book suggestions skew plus or minus by two years.
Promise the Night covers Beryl’s childhood with inserts that document her aviation achievement. In real life, Beryl writes a memoir, West with the Night, that becomes a literary sensation, and goes on to Hollywood to consult on aviation for films. Ultimately, she ends up back in Nairobi, successfully training horses. She dies at the ages of 83.
I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time about — dating myself — 35 years ago and how much I loved this book and this author. It was as if entire worlds opened up for me; suddenly science was something mysterious and exciting, as it should be, not something to toil over and memorize. Is it because it’s a tale of a classic theme of good versus evil; light against dark? No, there is so much more to this book. Madeleine l’Engle is not just a great storyteller, but a scientist, dreamer and philosopher.
To say that Grace Lin speaks to the Asian American experience is probably not specific enough and, simultaneously, also much greater than that. As a sensei (sorry, I’m half Japanese and this means second generation in Japanese), Grace speaks poignantly of the pushes and pulls between her homeland and her “Americanization” conflicts that stem from trying to find the space where she fits in and yet connects with her ethnicity. I especially love Grace Lin’s Pacy series. The Year of the Dog is where Pacy discovers her career path in writing and illustrating books. The Year of the Rat has Pacy dealing with big changes coping from the loss of her best friend — the only other Asian American girl in her class who moves away to California. In real life, this happens to Grace as well, and this best friend turns out to be her future editor!