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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 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…

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…

Top 10: Chapter Books with Activity to Get Boys to Read

Chapter Books with Activities for Boys Book Club

Some of my Mom Friends are dreading the summer reading requirements from school because their boys are not reading for pleasure yet.  So I put together this list that combines books with a related and fun activity as an incentive for  boys to read.  Yes, I believe in bribery.  It helps get kids over the hump to change their behavior on a temporary basis but that might be enough for them to realize that reading is fun. Read more…

Environmental Crisis and Birth of Audubon Society

Historical Fiction Environmental Books for Kids Inspire

I pair these two excellent  books together because they tell two parts of the same story:  the near eradication of the Snowy Egret caused by a fashion trend and the birth of the Audubon Society in Boston, Massachusetts.  It’s interesting how easy it is to change the natural balance of things by something seemingly so insignificant as a fashion trend.  This is a great environmental message to children that also happens to have a happy ending:  the Snowy Egret, now protected by law in the U.S., has made a come back! Read more…

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…

Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale … and Mary Breckenridge (ages 9-12)

Female Role Models: Extraordinary Nurses in History

Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories by Rosemary Wells

If you hear Rosemary Wells and think Max and Ruby , Yoko and Friends or McDuff, you have the right author. She is an author, like Cynthia Rylant, who has incredible range and also have ties to the Appalachians. I had read biographies in 5th grade about Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale but I was not familiar with Mary Breckenridge until I happened upon this book and it turns out that she deserves the same recognition, if not more so. Read more…

Fairy Chapter book, no flying in the house

Finally, A Really Good Fairy Book for 2nd Grade Girls

2nd Grade Fairy Book for Girls

My 7-year-old came home from school two days ago with an important message for me: “I just read the best book. You need to add it to your blog.” I had never heard of No Flying in the House by Betty Brock and assumed it was a picture book, though I don’t know why. My middle daughter is the reason why I created the Favorite Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers because she refuses to read anything except chapter books. She proceeded to borrow it from her teacher so that I could save a trip to the library and I have to say that she is right. This is a great, old-fashioned fairy story. Our copy was even more charming because it was clearly a really old book with a big chunk of pages taped carefully back into the book. It looked like a garage sale rescue or a beloved book that was carefully passed down. No matter! It’s a find! Read more…