Spotlight on New Comic Books

best new comics 2014

"Comics are a gateway drug to literacy."--Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus and TOON Books Series Advisor Don't you love this quote!? I totally agree. Kids need a variety in their reading diet. Let kids read comic books + chapter books + non-fiction books. It's like a healthy eating: a little of everything from each food plate category adds up to the … [Read more...]

The Latest Chapter Books for Kids Ages 6 to 12

latest chapter books, summer 2014

Grab a good book from this list of the latest books I've read, all but one are recently published. I've added each of these books to my new master book lists by age! Books for 5- and 6- year olds Books for 7-year olds Books for 8-year olds Books for 9-year olds Books for 10-year olds Books for 11-year olds Books for 12-year olds Happy reading! :) The … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need to Read Non-Fiction Books

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Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or non-fiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with non-fiction and fiction both. Here's why it's important to read non-fiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason kids need to practice reading non-fiction (informational) text is that as they progress in school and life, most … [Read more...]

Warning: Harry Potter Fanfiction Gets Kids Writing (A Lot)

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It's time to introduce your kids who are fans of Harry Potter to writing fanfiction. Why? Because it gets them writing and stretching their imaginations. Both very good things. Oh, and did I mention it's tons of fun? Especially if you write with your friends. What is fanfiction, or fanfic? Fanfiction is fiction written by fans of the original works that takes … [Read more...]

Does Your 8 – 12 Year Old Need a Good Book?

good book list for 8- 12 year olds

Newly Published Summer Chapter Books for Kids Ages 8 - 12 I read tons of kid books so you don't have to. Because we all hear our kids say, "I don't have anything good to read," right? That's why it helps to have a list of good books to recommend to those silly kids. (Do they think they can get out of reading with this excuse?!) Something will appeal to them eventually. … [Read more...]

Smart Book Clubs for Kids

book clubs for kids!

There's nothing better than hanging around with your friends, playing, eating, and . . . talking about a book! Yes, talking about a book. :) Because it's the social, playing, and eating aspect of a book club that makes reading and taking about a book so much fun. Basically, the purpose of a book club for kids is two-fold: to get social time with friends AND to read … [Read more...]

Steampunk for Kids

steampunk books for kids too

Have you heard of steampunk? I first heard about this new sub-genre of science-fiction a few years ago. Now, children's steampunk books are also increasing. (Both in number and quality.) So, What Is Steampunk? Steampunk is science fiction in which the Victorian era society's technology is powered by steam. In other words, no electricity or batteries or gas. Steam. The … [Read more...]

New Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

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Are your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read yet? (Or is that just mine?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of chapter books that I highly recommend. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (7-10 years) Hysterical and totally believable . . . if your goldfish dies and you bring him back to life. It … [Read more...]