14 Notable Chapter Books for Summer Reading

new chapter books summer 2015

Let your kids look through these new book reviews and see what grabs them. Will they want to read a fantasy or mystery? What kind of characters do they like? Remember that choice is so important to give kids ownership over their own learning -- especially in reading. Of these 14 new and notable chapter books for summer reading, I hope you consider Pip Bartlett, Unusual … [Read more...]

How Reading Easy Books Helps Your Child

why kids should read easy books

This weekend, my daughter read three books. In about two hours. No, she's not a speed reader, she just read books that were really easy for her. And, I totally endorsed it. In fact, I want you to try it with your kids as well. Reading too easy books is a great strategy to get your kids back into the habit of reading over the summer. But, that's not all. There are specific … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books Spring 2015

new books spring 2015

What should your kids read next? If they're like me and love to read the new chapter books. Here are 16 I highly recommend from middle-grade to YA. New Chapter Books Spring 2015 Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day by Nick Bruel HUMOR ages 6 - 9It's delightful to read a series where every book is consistently good. Well, in this case, hilariously good. Bad Kitty is raging! Puppy … [Read more...]

Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids

learning apps

Learning apps for kids are a solid choice for summer learning options. Researchers say that the best educational apps are: ACTIVE ENGAGING --not overly distracting MEANINGFUL to a child's life SOCIAL to include parents and peers Do you agree? Here's a list of new apps your kids might enjoy this summer . . . Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids The Counting … [Read more...]

10 Fascinating Nonfiction Books for Kids

nonfiction picture books for kids

Do you read nonfiction books with your kids? We gravitate toward fiction so I have to intentionally give my kids nonfiction books to read, some of which we read together. Which is what I figure you're doing, too. So here are new nonfiction books for kids I think you'll love! How do I get my kids to read nonfiction? I often pick out a nonfiction book to read tidbits from. … [Read more...]

Scholastic Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Reading This year, 2015, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge will let kids unlock new stories written by their favorite authors. Each author started with the same opening sentence: “I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…” Doesn't that sound … [Read more...]

Captivating Beginning Chapter Books (Spring 2015)

early chapter books for beginning readers

Last week I hit the mother load of NEW easy chapter books at the library -- and loved almost all of them. (Since I prefer to be positive, I don't post about books I've read and disliked. If you're ever wondering about a book, just email me.) These are all excellent beginning chapter books, I think your kids will love them! And, even better, they are all series!! Beginning … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Lists For Kids Ages 6 – 14

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Happy summer vacation 2015! What are the best books for your kids to be reading this summer? I think I can help answer that question. I've read a ton of books and am excited to bring you the best summer reading lists for kids at every grade level from elementary to middle school!! Summer Reading Lists Picture Book List for Pre-Readers 1st Grade Reading List (age 6 - … [Read more...]

7th Grade Summer Reading List (age 12 – 13)

7th grade summer reading book list

I think the hardest age for summer reading is in middle school - don't you? Try these good books for 7th graders (age 12 - 13) and see if they'll find something to read throughout the dog days of summer. I'm wondering if your 7th graders are reading on a device? Mine is. At least most of the time. And I like that she's reading so I don't care if she reads on a Kindle, an … [Read more...]