New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet

books about books and stories

Recently I read several amazing picture books about books, stories, and the alphabet -- which seemed to all fit together. I figured these books were something you might just love for your own kids or your classroom. Here we go, . . . books about books. Picture Books About Books Once Upon an Alphabet Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers My kids and I ADORE … [Read more...]

Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories

nonfiction picture book biographies

Biographies should be compelling stories that hook the reader immediately. This list of nonfiction picture book biographies do exactly that -- they tell a story that makes it seem like you're reading a fiction book. Which kids generally prefer over a book of facts, dates, and dry informative text. Quite frankly I prefer it, too. Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies The … [Read more...]

Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

story idea

The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]

Phenomenal New Historical Fiction Books

phenomenal historical fiction books

I have so many totally heart-tugging, can't-stop-reading, phenomenal historical fiction middle grade books to tell you about! Before I dive into the reviews, I want to mention that these are SOOOO good but even so, they may be books that kids don't pick up and devour. However, I know that but they will genuinely LOVE the stories. Remember how important it is for all ages of … [Read more...]

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Outstanding Nonfiction Early Reader Series

non fiction easy reader

I recommend the following outstanding nonfiction early readers series from these publishers: Usborne, Newmark Learning, National Geographic Kids, Time for Kids, and Scholastic's Fly Guy Presents. When I evaluate early readers, I consider the text to picture ratio, the visual appeal, the quality of information, and the interest level to kids. These early fove reader series do … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Vocabulary

learning new vocabulary words

Show your child how to use a Dictionary app while reading - it makes learning those new words STICKY. In other words, it's a great way to improve your vocabulary. In our mother-daughter book club, we just finished Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Because the book had such amazing words, both Jemma and I started looking up words voraciously. Reading on the Kindle, both … [Read more...]