10 Engaging Beginning Chapter Books

beginning chapter books

Introducing ten new beginning chapter books for your growing readers with fun, adventure, hilarity, and curiosity . . . perfect for kids needing a good book to read and adore. Beginning Chapter Books   Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative beginning chapter book. Oliver must rescue his explorer parents … [Read more...]

Cooking Science: Eat Your Science Homework

Finished Science Hmwork Snack

Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds by Ann McCallum, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez shows kids how cooking is chemistry! Although some might say that my cooking and refrigerator are often accidental science experiments. Eat Your Science Homework We tried Invisible Ink Snack Pockets with my own gluten-free recipe substitution -- which turned out to be … [Read more...]

New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet

books about books and stories

Recently I read several amazing picture books about books, stories, and the alphabet -- which seemed to all fit together. I figured these books were something you might just love for your own kids or your classroom. Here we go, . . . books about books. Picture Books About Books Once Upon an Alphabet Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers My kids and I ADORE … [Read more...]

Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories

nonfiction picture book biographies

Biographies should be compelling stories that hook the reader immediately. This list of nonfiction picture book biographies do exactly that -- they tell a story that makes it seem like you're reading a fiction book. Which kids generally prefer over a book of facts, dates, and dry informative text. Quite frankly I prefer it, too. Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies The … [Read more...]

Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

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The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]

Phenomenal New Historical Fiction Books

phenomenal historical fiction books

I have so many totally heart-tugging, can't-stop-reading, phenomenal historical fiction middle grade books to tell you about! Before I dive into the reviews, I want to mention that these are SOOOO good but even so, they may be books that kids don't pick up and devour. However, I know that but they will genuinely LOVE the stories. Remember how important it is for all ages of … [Read more...]

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Using Education Games in the Classroom

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We teachers love engaging children in learning. Education games are one way we can do this. Staples offers a wealth of educational games (among other things) that will provide opportunities in your classroom for enthusiastic and engaged kids. In fact, this post is sponsored by Staples. Using Education Games in the Classroom Here’s what you need to remember when using … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Vocabulary

learning new vocabulary words

Show your child how to use a Dictionary app while reading - it makes learning those new words STICKY. In other words, it's a great way to improve your vocabulary. In our mother-daughter book club, we just finished Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Because the book had such amazing words, both Jemma and I started looking up words voraciously. Reading on the Kindle, both … [Read more...]

Celebrate Beautiful Oops Every Day #beautifuloops

Celebrate Beautiful Oops

One of my favorite children's books of all time is Barney Saltzberg's Beautiful Oops, a book which inspires viewing life with a whole new paradigm. Now it's also a worldwide celebration! The Paradigm of a Beautiful Oops A beautiful oops is making lemonade out of lemons. It's taking a mistake and making it something beautiful. Barney shows this … [Read more...]