All posts tagged George Selden

All of a Kind Family

Reader Challenge: Happy Chapter Books for Little Girls

Happy Chapter Books for Young Girls

This reader challenge makes me so happy. It’s a father trying to find happy chapter books for his young daughters. He likes the idea of chapter books from a cost per page perspective and he intends to read them aloud to his girls. What’s not to love about that? Read more…

Cricket In Times Square: Book Club for Kids

Cricket in Times Square Book Club for Kids

I hosted my middle daughter’s book club this past week.  She chose her all-time favorite book by which she judges all other books, Newbery Honor Book, The Cricket in Times Squareby George Selden.  As a second grader, this book was a little hard for her although she won’t admit it, so I gave extra time to her book club friends to read the book.  Most of the kids finished the book and loved it.  Her book club is an active group of little girls, so I had planned two activities, but the winter has been so dreary and long, and the book club day was the nicest day we had in a long time, so the kids ate a snack and did the first activity (both of which took all of 30 minutes) and spent the rest of the time racing around outside. Read more…

Best Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers (ages 6-9)

Best Books for 1st Grade and 2nd Grade (when kids start reading independently)

I find that there is a void for newly independent readers. You know, the readers that have graduated from Henry and Mudge and insist on chapter books, but not ready for Newbery Award books. While there are a plethora of chapter books, the quality of many series books is low with a repetitive and tiresome story line and limited vocabulary. Read more…

Penderwicks at Point Mouette

Top 10: Best Middle Grade Chapter Books by my 8yold Daughter (grades 3-7)

Best Books for 4th Grade

My middle daughter is so picky that she started her own blog on the things that she likes. Getting her a book she likes for me is an education in getting reluctant readers to engage. Tonight at dinner she asked me to blog on her blog to drive traffic to it. Smart kid. I told her that she needs to put up 4 posts first so that readers will know what her blog is about. This is her second post but I changed the book descriptions. If you want her opinion on why she likes these books, please read her post at Picky Kid Pix. (She’d be delighted with some traffic and she doesn’t mince words!). Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #9 Post, Cricket in Times Square: Book Club Activities

Countdown of My Top Posts

Cricket in Time Square:  Bok Club Activities for 2nd-4th Grade, 665 page views.

It’s true that my middle child is a high need child and she came screaming into the world this way. She has some senses that are extra sensitive:  smell, tactile and that je ne sais quoi of honing in on really great authors.  She’s an enthusiastic but picky reader in that she reads narrow but deep.  Her favorite authors include:  Cynthia Rylant (Gooseberry Park, Cobble Street Cousins series),  Sophie Blackall (Ivy and Bean series),  Sara Pennypacker (Clementine series), Garth Williams (just Cricket in Times Square), Sydney Taylor (All-of-a-Kind family series), and Roald Dahl (The B.F.G, Danny, the Champion of the World, and The B.F. G.)  Do you sense a pattern here?! Read more…