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...]

Virtual Field Trip to the Coral Reefs of Palau

virtual field trip with the Nature Conservatory to the Coral Reefs of Palau

Take a classroom field trip to the coral reefs of Palau in the Pacific Ocean with your students on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET. It's a virtual trip for grade 3-8 classrooms to understand the diverse ecosystem of Palau’s Coral Reefs and the symbiotic relationships between its many organisms, plus what endangers it and how people can help protect it. The goal is to … [Read more...]

Summer Printable for Kids

Brain Camp summer learning for kids

Download this amazing free summer printable for kids that will guide them in reading, writing, and math learning. (And prevent the summer slide & summer learning loss!) Summer Printable for Kids Stick the printables into a 3-ring binder or just staple the packet. (I like the binder because then I can add math worksheets and handwriting worksheets.) I added colorful … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Lists For Kids Ages 6 – 14

summer reading list

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...]

8th Grade Summer Reading List (ages 13+)

8th grade reading list for summer

I'm calling this list the 8th grade summer reading list but it's really for all teenagers, 8th grade through 12th grade. That being said, the books are appropriate for anyone to read, even younger readers who are reading at a high reading level. (And good for us adults who appreciate YA books, too!) 8th Grade Summer Reading List (ages 13+) If you like science fiction and … [Read more...]

6th Grade Summer Reading List (ages 11 – 12)

6th grade summer reading list

Want to keep your 6th grader (age 11-12) reading all summer long? The best way is to make sure he has a lot of excellent books. I've debated forever and finally chosen the best books for your child to read. Here's my 6th grade summer reading list for kids ages 11 and 12. 5th grade summer reading list 7th grade summer reading list Best Books for 11 Year Olds 6th Grade … [Read more...]

5th Grade Summer Reading List (age 10 – 11)

summer reading list program for 5th grade kids

It's fairly ridiculous how much I agonize over each book in my book lists. But, I know I love getting recommendations as much as I do giving them and imagine you do, too. So, here is the 5th grade summer reading list, books for your kids ages 10 or 11. Hope it's helpful! 5th Grade Summer Reading List (age 10 - 11) (Download a printable list here for your school or … [Read more...]