Poetry for 5th Grade Book Club
I love getting book requests from readers. This one came in recently:
Hi There –
I read your blog, especially for inspiration when organizing my daughter’s book club meetings (I’m the host for seven 5th grade girls each month).
I was wondering if you ever discuss or read poetry with your kids and, if so, if you have any recommendations for me. I’d like to focus on poetry for our next book club meeting but am not sure how to go about doing it – whether we should read/discuss a few poems together? or if each girl should bring a poem to share? Read more…
Best Dog Story Books for Kids
I’m a new dog owner and this is my first dog because you can’t count the beagle that we had when I was 2-years-old. Someone — maybe the meter reader? — left the gate open and he got run over and after that we just had a steady stream of Siamese cats. But now I get why dog people can be so over-the-top with their dogs. Dogs try to win your heart much more so than a cat, and these dogs in children’s chapter books have won untold hearts the world over. Even if you are not a dog person, these dogs will convert you! These dogs are either rescuing someone or being rescued, getting kidnapped or preventing robberies, or just a dog-about-town. Please meet some dogs to fall in love with! What dogs in children’s books have you fallen in love with? Please share! Read more…
Hate That Cat? No! Love this Novel in Verse for Kids
It’s a poem.
It’s a novel.
About Jack who hates cats but finds he loves kittens. Read more…
Best Books for Kids Who Don’t Like to Read
At our school’s curriculum night, I always tell parents that my number one goal is to help their child love to read so that he or she will become a life-long reader. For some students, this goal has already been met — the children come to me with a love of literature. For others, it is more difficult. This can be for a multitude of reasons. Maybe the child is still learning to read and has not built up the reading skill or endurance needed to focus on the content of the book versus the process of reading. Maybe the child has not found the right kind of books for him or her – maybe they are trying to read books that are too long or that they don’t have the necessary background knowledge for. Whatever the reason, it is my job to push, challenge and empower those children to become book lovers. Read more…
Multicultural Novel in Verse for Middle School Girls
Call Me Maria: A novel in letters, poems and prose by Judith Ortiz Cofer
is a song. As in, I just Met a Girl Named Maria Read more…