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Best Books for 2nd Grade Girl but No Animals Talking, Fantasy or Adoption Themes

Best Books for 2nd Grade with Some Stipulations

I remember how difficult it was to find great books for kids once they’ve moved to chapter books but are not quite ready for Newbery books. 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…

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Top 10: Best Beginning Chapter Book Series (ages 6-9)

Easy Chapter Book Series for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

Dragons and aliens and dinosaurs, oh my!  And for girls, there are interesting, mischievous girls to meet, as well as cousins who are really sweet. This is a category of early chapter books, beginning chapter book — more advanced than Henry and Mudge but not ready for Newbery Award winners — that is sorely lacking in quality series.  I sought out a bunch of new early chapter book series to f ind more options and I’m happy to say that there are some new good ones!  I also “test drove” out my recommendations on my own kids and their play dates … and the verdict was positive. Ivy and Bean was a hit – twice over.  Cobble Street Cousins were a hit in my 2nd grader’s entire class, and Clementine, though slightly more advanced is well worth the effort.  Read on for the rest! 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…

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Percy Jackson + Ancient Egypt = Red Pyramid

Ancient Egypt Mythology Chapter Books for Kids

I was at the bookstore with my middle child in search of the newest Clementine book and the latest Ivy and Bean book.  We found the new Clementine but we already owned the latest Ivy and Bean.  As we were checking out, I noticed this pile of books behind the check out counter. Read more…