A Big THANK YOU to Karen Day for her visit! And just a shout out that SHE’S AN AMAZING SPEAKER. SHE IS OPEN TO VISITING SCHOOLS. Our elementary school brings authors into the classroom as part of our literacy program that is funded by the PTO. Here’s her contact info.
Ok. So these are not really the list of Caldecott and Newbery candidates for 2011 but School Library Journal Blog’s best guess… but I have feeling that they know what they are talking about. We shall see when the awards come out next year, but I’m betting they got quite a few correct.
My oldest choose No Cream Puffs by Karen Day for the first book club of the year. They are in 5th grade now and have been meeting for book club since 2nd grade. My daughter played soccer with the author’s daughter this past spring, but she had no idea that the mother is an author, though we (the moms) have all heard of Karen Day and knew of her books here in Newton, MA. What I didn’t know was that KAREN was a really great baseball player and the book is loosely based on her own childhood story! (see interview below)
Our school librarian at our elementary school always has a shelf dedicated to these books and there is a challenge to the the 5th Graders to read the entire list. The reviews are from the Acton Memorial Library.
There are not a ton of free children’s classics for Kindle, but there are some good ones. I suppose the common theme here is copyright has expired. Here’s a sampling and here’s the link.
I had no idea that today is Roald Dahl Day! But I found this gem online from Philip Ardagh. Click here for a link to his blog.
Usually I am one to tout the book over the movie, but in the case of How to Train Your Dragon, it was a toss up. I loved both. It’s hard to choose because both are so different and yet each are well done. The iPhone/iPad/iPod ebook app is a well done synopsis of the movie and great as a “book on tape” for reluctant readers.
Whew! The kids are back in school! The first month of school is typically a time to assess and review from last year. What does this mean for math?
I believe that all it takes to create a reader is the right book. Finding that tale is the trick. So how do you pick books that will hook reluctant readers? Each child is different, with very particular tastes. Nevertheless, here are some key elements that engage child readers, along with some suggested titles …