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Middle School Books Hot off the Presses

Great New Books for Middle School Kids

This great list is from the Newton Free Library system. I find that they have great book lists but sometimes there are so many of them that they are challenging to locate on the website. I was at my first Middle School Curriculum night and my daughter’s English teacher (who is her favorite teacher so far!) said that he expects his students to read 250 minutes a week. He wants them to get in the groove of reading because stats show that reading drops off at seventh and eighth grade and he’s hoping that won’t happen if the kids get some momentum. Here’s hoping! Read more…

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Japan: Books for Kids on Shogun, Family Crests, Block Prints

Japan: Children’s Books, Culture, and Art of Shogun Period

I have been thinking of doing a Teach Me Tuesday on Japan for a long time and now, with Japan in the news, I am a little tongue-tied. My mother’s side of the family is from Hiroshima and though we have a cousin who now lives in Tokyo, all are safe and sound. So this post is for everyone who has ties to Japan, either though family or emotionally (and that is probably most of the world as we look on with empathy and try to help). Read more…

Award Winning Children’s Books 2011

Caldecott, Newbery Children’s Book Winners and More

What is great about these award winning books is that many are discounted at Amazon now. It was also fun to read posts by experts A Fuse #8 Production and Amanda Stuckmeyer, a former Newbery judge, predicting winners for many of these awards. And they were dead on. The Newbery winner was the biggest surprise for me as I’d never heard of the book or author nor did it pop up in any mock Newbery contests. I’m excited to chase down these books and read them. I love it when good books are screened for me, keeps the riff raff out of my house! What books have you read and what books from this list are on your list to read, either for yourself or your child? Read more…