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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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6th Grade Reader Challenge: Books Like The Hunger Games

6th Grade Action Adventure Books

The cobbler’s kids have no shoes. That’s how I felt when my oldest announced that she has NOTHING to read so she might as well re-read The Hunger Games series for the 4th time and the Twilight series for the 2nd time. Oops. I thought I better have at it. 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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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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Top 10: Best Books by My Son in 1st Grade

Best Books for 1st Grade

I have read my share of mind numbing Rainbow Fairy easy chapter book series. Those chapter books were beloved by my two older daughters but the plot was so predictable and the vocabulary was repetitive that it put me a little over the edge after I was forced to read more than two dozen of them out loud. Still, I was happy to buy them for my girls to encourage them to read. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Books for Middle School by my 6th Grade Daughter

Best Books for 6th Grade by My 6th Grade Daughter

You have no idea how difficult it was for me to pull this list from my eldest. I have been chasing her down for over a month, trying flattery:

“Can I please get your Top 10 chapter books of the year? You know your posts are some of my most popular posts!” Read more…

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Percy Jackson Fan? Try Noah Zarc

Time Travel Adventure Books for Middle School

 Time can’t exist without space, and space can’t exist without time. The two exist as one: the space-time continuum.

Any event that occurs in the universe has to involve both space and time.

If you could travel on a beam of light,  time slows down and distances tend to shorten, particularly if you are near a massive object like a sun or planet.

I honestly didn’t expect to like this action adventure thriller as much as I did. True, I LOVE Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan but  it is because of the mythology mixed in that makes me pre-order the books before they come out. Read more…

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Chapter Books for 2nd Grade through 8th Grade

Best Chapter Books for 2nd Grade to 8th Grade

Please welcome Tanya who writes a fantastic children’s literature book blog  called Books4YourKids.  I am always struck by her great taste in books and now, after reading her list, I am itching to get my hands on these chapter books including Vanished. This is the third time it’s hit my radar. Read more…