Librarians in Children’s Books Who Change Lives
UPDATE: It seems that our beloved librarians are under siege due to draconian budget cuts in California. Why do we need librarians? There is a great article here from The Los Angeles Times. [excerpt: “To get them off the payroll, the district is arguing that librarians don’t teach and thus don’t qualify for the seniority protections given to teachers.”]
If your school librarian is in danger of being cut, I would advise strength in numbers and advocacy. Rally other parents and make a big stink. Do your research and present your case. You’d be surprised how a group of fired up parents can change the world! Read more…
Best Books for 2nd Grade with Some Stipulations
I remember how difficult it was to find great books for kids once they’ve moved to chapter books but are not quite ready for Newbery books. Read more…
I remember when I handed my daughter The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo when she was in third grade. We had just enjoyed Because of Winn Dixie together by the same author and The Tiger Rising seemed perfect from the quick cover once over. The chapter book was short, with biggish text inside.
A few days later, my daughter asks if she can please stop reading.
“Why?” I asked her.
“It’s too sad,” she replied.
I took the book from her and read the first few chapters. I was horrified to find out that this was a Grapes of Wrath level of sad kind of story. Not that this book isn’t wonderful or beautifully written but it was just too sad for an 8-year-old to bear.
After that I started reading ahead to screen all her books for her. And then I started this blog. I guess if I had this list, I wouldn’t be blogging!
I have added one asterisk to the books that I’ve read and liked it and two asterisks for books I read and loved. I also think that you can go up a grade or even two for these books but I would not necessarily go down.
Newbery Books by Age Appropriateness
2013: The One and Only Ivan (Grade 3) **
2012: Dead End in Norvelt (Grade 5) *
2011: Moon Over Manifest (Grade 4) **
2010: When You Reach Me (Grade 5) **
New Books for 5th Grade and 6th Grade
This great list is from my local library, the Newton Free Library. If you are part of the Minuteman Library System, just click on the title to reserve the book. These lists have a great mix of graphic novels, non-fiction, poems, fiction, audio books and more. I have more lists here: Read more…
New Chapter Books for 4th and 5th Grade
This is a great list of chapter books from my library (Newton Free Library). If you are a member of the Minuteman Library System, you can click on the title of the book to reserve. Other lists include:
Great Reading List of New Books: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Read more…