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Josh in 6th Grade Shares His Favorite Books

Book Recommendations for 6th Grade by 6th Grade Boy

HI! My name is Josh and I’m 11 years young. I just happened to come across your website as I was searching for some books. I looked over a few of your lists and I found some very interesting books! I thought that I could send in some recommendations, but I found most of mine on one of your lists! I saw The Mysterious Benedict Society on a list which is my all-time favorite books! I’ve also read Savvy, which is my 3rd favorite book. So her are a few books that I just want to recommend. Read more…

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Top 10: Books for Kids with Science Concepts

Best Kids Books with Science Ideas

I will confess that I have been thinking and working on this post for MONTHS. The gist in my mind was science-y chapter and picture books that are NOT non-fiction, that make science fun and accessible, and excite a child’s imagination. Yep, it’s taken a while to find enough books that fit this criteria to make it to 10 but I think these are worthy of this list. What do you think? What non-fiction science-y books do you and your children like? Are there enough to actually make this a new children’s lit. genre? Now THAT would be exciting! Read more…

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Wendy Mass Books for Grades 3-6th

Chapter Books for Girls Ages 8 to 12

I’m finally getting around to blogging on Finally, Wendy Mass‘ excellent follow-up chapter book to 11 Birthdays which is up for many major awards: Read more…

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Best Books for Middle School Kids from Actual Middle School Students

Favorite Books for Middle School from Middle School Kids

Once your child can read Harry Potter, the entire universe of books opens up, but what is age appropriate?  I have handed my oldest chapter books that were Newbery Award winners, on the thin side, and with decent size type only to find them a tad too old for her based on content.  I have a tendency to steer what I call “Grapes of Wrath” realism to middle school; I think these books are fine for 4th or 5th grade as a classroom assignment because the teacher provides context, but reading for pleasure should be … a pleasure.  Read more…

Top 10: Best Children’s Books about Best Friend Issues (ages 2-16)

Best Books For Girls on Complicated Best Friendships

Why are best friendships between girls so complicated?  Can best friendships morph and survive as one grows up or do best friendships that have begun at a young age get stuck in a pattern of behavior that keeps the relationship in a dysfunctional time warp?  I wish that I knew the answer to that.  I have polled my mom friends and some have best friendships that have lasted a few decades.  Others, myself included, not so much.  One lovely mom friend who is incredible on every front (gorgeous!  funny!  nice!  intelligent!) said that she never had a best friend growing up, only a circle of very, very good friends (just like what men do!).  It blew my mind that this was a girl option!  But it makes so much sense to not have all your eggs in one basket.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now… Read more…

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Kids’ Favorite Books: Children’s Choice Book Awards

Kids Give Book Award to Their Favorite Books

The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national children’s book awards program where winning titles are selected by young readers of all ages. The good news here is that there is a very high probability that your child will like these books too! The children (and teens) have spoken! These are their favorite books for 2011! Read more…

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Top 10 Children’s Books: Trying Out New (Bad) Behavior

Top 10 Books of Kids Trying Out New Behavior

I think it’s essential for children to try out new behaviour in a safe place. Like it or not, this probably means at home, on you, the parent.  It’s a child’s way of spreading their wings; trying out new personalities and traits.  A safe way to experiment is important because your child knows that you will always love her or him no matter what.  But a book can also be a safe way to try out new behavior as a reader if you talk about the book in the context of how it makes you both feel. Read more…

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2011 (ages 7-16)

Best Books for Kids

Our elementary school librarian has a shelf dedicated to the Massachusetts Book Award short list books (below) and there is a challenge to the 5th Graders to read the entire list.  The reviews are from the Acton Memorial Library.  If you click on the book title, you can reserve the book through the Minuteman Library System of MetroWest Boston.  If you click on the book, you can take a look at it in Amazon.  If you click on the author link, you will go to their website. Read more…

Groundhog Day + Pinky and Rex = 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (ages 8-12)

Chapter Book for Kids Reminds Me of Ground Hog Day Movie

Imagine spending your first ten birthdays with your best friend who happens to be a boy. Now imagine a terrible fight that lasts a year, and a miserable 11th birthday without him. Now do that over and over again, Groundhog Day movie style. Read more…