All posts tagged children books

Beyond Lucky, chapter book, soccer chapter book, chapter books, sports chapter books, Sarah Aronson

Getting Your Own Luck Assuming You Are Not Irish

Luck of the Irish For the Non-Irish

It’s St. Patrick’s day soon and there is something about being Irish that is always associated with lucky. And why is this? I asked this myself to my good friend Google. There were a few theories but these two made the most sense … Read more…

Wimpy Kid, Diary of Wiimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, books for boys, reluctant readers, reading, reading strategies,

Children’s Choice Book Awards: Vote!

Kids Favorite Books as Selected by Kids

The finalists for the 5th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages, are in! And YOU, the reader, determine the best kids books! There are books ranging from picture books, graphic novels, early chapter books to chapter books for ages 4 through 10 or grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Please vote and have your kids vote too! Read more…

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Picture Books to Teach Compassion: Book Club for Boys

Picture Books That Teach Compassion

The first idea is paring this non-fiction picture on Everything Ancient Egypt from National Geographic Kids with an outing. I found several. The Museum of Science in Boston has a virtual tour on Ancient Egypt that might be fun to incorporate. For a road trip, there are these other Egyptian exhibits around Boston: Read more…

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Text Talk: OMG! It’s time to think again!

Texting and Teens: Are They Losing Verbal Skills?

“2B oar knot 2B datz da ?” This famous sentence from Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been highlighted regularly as a line to distinguish between a love or hate for text talk. Read more…

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Funny Books for 3rd Grade Boy: Reluctant Reader Challenge

My mom friend Julie’s son just finished the chapter book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and then panic set in for her and sadness for her son. He loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid which I think is one of the best early chapter books for kids to get them excited about reading, but alas, a new one needs to come out or reading will be a nightly struggle. She is a teacher herself and feels that children and reading can be a struggle in the early elementary school years. We put our heads together for reading strategies to make reading for kids more fun, especially for her son!

I had posted on Spawn of Diary of a Wimpy Kid so I brought in a selection of chapter books to yoga (we do yoga together) and gave her a brief synopsis of each one. Only a few were going to fly, but hey!, that’s ok! It’s really interesting that her son rejects all Dan Gutman books including baseball chapter books because he’s a really sporty kid. You name it, he plays it and plays it well. But the crux is: not funny. He needs funny! Funny makes him want to read more. I think these reading strategies will work. He just needs more chapter books for boys like Dairy of a Wimpy Kid.

Wish us luck!

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Today!

Celebrating Dr. Seuss on His Birthday!

My latest revelation (and I’m always late to the party) is that an author that I’ve always loved as did my children, Theo (Theodore) LeSieg is ACTUALLY Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel). He has more pseudonyms than an international espionage agent! Our very favorite book and probably the first book that my kids read on their own delighted in their ability to decode is Ten Apples Up on Top but I wish That I Had Duck Feet is a close second favorite book of all time. Read more…

Ellie McDoodle, Spawn of Diary of Wimpy Kid, graphic novel chapter book hybrid, chapter book, 4th grade chapter book,

Top 10: Spawn of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Books

Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I think that when a chapter book series is different and successful such thatnit creates its own mini genre that this is only a good thing. Just like Harry Potter which broke publishing notions that kids won’t read very, very thick books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series also got kids wildly excited to read. And though the lead character is a boy, girls were also reading this series in droves. Read more…

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Exploring Vietnam: Culture and KidLit

Vietnam: Crafts and Books for Kids

I’ve never been to Vietnam but it’s at the top of my list of places that I want to visit, particularly for the food which we eat at least once a week so it was a easy choice to armchair travel.  I grew up 15 minutes from Little Saigon in The O.C.  and I am a big fan of Vietnamese food.  It’s my favorite Asian cuisine.   Read more…