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Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

Books for Kids Who Hate to Read

I discovered this really excellent list of chapter books to hook reluctant readers by SchoolBusProject.com.  I love how it’s organized by topics and also that it has a range of books within each topic for different ages and abilities. Finally, I love how the books are so well chosen out with many award winning chapter books across a whole jumble of children’s book awards as well as kids books that they will truly enjoy.  Even if your child is not a reluctant reader, scan the list. There are discoveries waiting to be made here! Read more…

Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater, best young adult contemporary fantasy, http://PragmaticMom.com

Top 100 Best Young Adult (YA) Novels: From Persnickety Snark’s Poll

Best Young Adult Books

This excellent list is from Persnickety Snark.  She ran a contest to compile this list.  Here’s what she says:At the conclusion of the Top 100 YA Novels poll for this year, I would like to share some information gathered from your votes. Read more…

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Top 10: Banned or Challenged Books to READ!

Why Read Banned and Challenged Books?

I was helping out at my school book fair last year, and I pointed out And Tango Makes Three to my son’s Kindergarten teacher as she was looking for good books to put in her pile. “This one is banned because the parents of the penguin are gay,” I told her. “I heard it was really good.” Read more…

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Best Chapter Books from My 5th Grade Daughter

Best Chapter Books for 5th Grade Because They Are So Awesome

We lost power for 28 hours from Hurricane Irene yesterday even though by the time it reached Boston, Irene was just a tropical storm. 24+ hours without screens turns out to be a long time for me though my kids made out fine by taking the emergency lamp to the basement to pretend to camp out. By 10 p.m., I was pretty tired of the blackout was using my Color Nook as a light source while rereading David Senderis books. Read more…

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Happy 4th of July: Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading

Thank you, as always, for the adorable pictures of kids so very happily reading! I hope they inspire your kids to take a wacky picture … in an unusual place, with a pet, sitting on a special chair, or cuddled up with someone. I hope that summer means that you can slow down. I know I need to slow down … and take some time to turn pages more slowly, whether it is on a eReader or an old-fashioned book! Read more…

Percy Jackson and The Olympians, http://PragmaticMom.com, Rick Riordan

Best Boy Characters in Books (You’d Let Your Child Date)

Best Boys in Books to Fall in Love With

I need your help here.  Please suggest any boy characters in children’s literature or young adult books that you’d like your daughter to date. Heck, you might want to date them yourself, either as your younger self or even now.  That’s the nice thing about these boys — they are frozen in time but we can age them up as we please.  Please comment with your suggestions and let’s grow this list! This list can also be seen as a testament to authors who create characters so real, deep, and nuanced that we fall in love with them, if not for ourselves, then for our children.  And I can safely say that no one else is consumed with creating this kind of list! Read more…

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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…

Top 10: Best Boy AND Girl Characters in Adult and Children’s Books

Best Characters in Books EVER!

I found this pair of posts on some great blogs and the dicotomy of boys versus girls made me want to post them both at the same time.  I have not read all these books, but these lists make me want to!  For the full post on boys (thank you, Must Love Books), click here.  For the full post on girls (thank you, Consumed by Books), click here. Read more…

Top 100: Best Children’s Books

Top 100 Best Books for Kids

This list of Best Children’s Novels from the School Library Journal was selected in 2010.  There are classics from 100 years ago as well as contemporary favorites.  The list is chock full of Newbery Award winning favorites that have stood the test of time.  Some of these selections are also available FREE through the Borders Summer Reading Program.  Enjoy! Read more…