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 so 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...]

Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers

summer picture book list

A reader asked me to make a summer reading list of picture books for pre-readers that included good variety, from lesser known authors, were well-written and highly recommended. I loved the challenge. I hope you and your kids like the list! :) (Scroll down to see all three categories of picture books.) Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers The Book with No … [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 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...]