Why Kids Need to Read Nonfiction Books

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Recommended nonfiction books for kids Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or nonfiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with nonfiction and fiction both which is why I have a list of recommended non-fiction books for kids. Here's why it's important to read nonfiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason kids … [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 Good Middle Grade Books?

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Middle Grade Chapter Books for Kids Ages 8 - 12 I read tons of middle grade chapter books for kids 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 … [Read more...]

Smart Book Clubs for Kids

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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 Books 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, steampunk books for kids 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...]

Recommended Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

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Need some recommended chapter books to stop your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read? (Or is that just my kids?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of middle grade chapter books that I highly recommend. Recommended Beginning Chapter Books My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (beginning chapter book … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]

26 Books Similar Harry Potter

books for kids who like Harry Potter

If your kids are big Harry Potter fans like mine, here are 26 books similar to Harry Potter they'll also love and I highly recommend. (Also, I highly recommend encouraging your Harry Potter enthusiasts to write Harry Potter fanfiction -- basically their own Harry Potter stories. It's so fun and gets kids writing A LOT.) Books Similar to Harry Potter 39 Clues by Rick … [Read more...]