All posts tagged good chapter books for 5th graders

Wonder, R J Palacio, chapter book on special needs, chapter book that teaches compassion

Summer Reading List: New Books for Kids and Book Reviews for B&N

Summer Reading List for Kids

I am really excited! I am on a “try out” (much like my girls’ stressful soccer tryouts) to write children’s book reviews for my favorite bookstore, Barnes and Noble! Our missions are aligned, we both want to get kids reading this summer and — dare I say it — even excited to read! B&N (’cause now we’re on a shortened name basis) is just starting to pull together reviews for KidLit (think iTunes genius suggestions) and they will need a steady supply of *good* reviews to match the books customers buy on their Nooks. Read more…

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Top 10: Newbery-ish Small Town Quirky Chapter Books (ages 8-14)

4th Grade and 5th Grade Chapter Books

Is there something about small towns in America that has a special place in the hearts of the Newbery judges? Or is it the people who live there are somehow more quirky, more worthy of nuanced layers of personality ranging from slightly deranged to just plain weird? Are murder and violence somehow easier in a small town? I doubt that. Perhaps it’s easier when resentments simmer for decades or even generations. Read more…

A Million Miles from Boston, Karen Day,

5th Grade Chapter Book GIVEAWAY: A Million Miles From Boston

Best Chapter Book for Girls Entering Middle School

I’m lucky to have Karen Day as a neighbor. We met through Music Lovers’ third grade soccer team. Karen’s youngest was also on the same team and we had a chance to chat at the end of the season dinner at the coach’s house. Once there was a face to the name, I started bumping into her everywhere! We like to go to the same off leash dog park around a reservoir one town over and now our dogs are buddies. We also  like the same hot yoga studio another town over too. Strangely though, I’ve never bumped into her at the grocery store. Read more…

Smile, Raina Telgemeier, graphic novel for girls

4th Grade Book Club: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novels for Girls

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap. Read more…

Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos, Newbery Winner, 2012 Newbery Winner

Newbery Winner Dead End in Norvelt Audio book GIVEAWAY

Award Winning Books for Boys

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Read more…
new mysterious benedict society book, extraordinary education

Newest Mysterious Benedict Society Chapter Book GIVEAWAY!

Mysterious Benedict Society Books for Kids

It’s hot off the presses! The long-awaited 4th installment of The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy by Trenton Lee Stewart!! Read more…

Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief

Josh in 6th Grade Shares His Favorite Books

6th Grade Books Recommendations by a 6th Grade Boy

Hi again! Now that I have permission too, I just thought that I’d give some more book recommendations/reviews. These are just random books that I’ve read some what recently (these are in no particular order). Read more…

Double Dog Dare, Lisa Graff

Double Dog Dare GIVEAWAY and CONTEST!

I Double Dog Dare You

My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, thinks that this middle grade chapter book, Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff, is FUNNY! Read more…

The Hunger Games Movie

The Hunger Games and Age Appropriateness

The Hunger Games Age Appropriateness

My 10-year-0ld, PickyKidPix, read The Hunger Games series against my wishes though it’s not like I’m going to go ballistic over something like reading! It’s just that I would have preferred for her to wait, even a year, so that she would get more out of it. No such luck. She challenged her table mates to a reading race. Pretty soon half of her class was powering through the series much to the chagrin of her teacher, who agreed with me about waiting, even half a year. Read more…