You guys, my pile of picture books to share with you this month is HUGE. In fact, there are so many good books that I’m making A TABLE OF CONTENTS to organize this list of reviews. Crazy, right? (And hopefully a bit helpful.) Enjoy these new picture books! Table of Contents: Variety of Topics Family […]Continue Reading
Books, Activities, and Games for Elementary Age Kids
Teachers, parents, librarians, and grandparents, find the best book reviews and recommendations, activities, lesson plans, writing ideas, fun educational ideas, games, and toy ideas for elementary age children who are ages 5 to 12.
In the U.S., elementary school is usually kindergarten to fifth or sixth grade.
Here are some quick links to get you started finding good children's chapter books, picture books, and nonfiction books.
The term voice in writing refers to the narrator’s or author’s personality coming through, some call this the author’s style. This list of children’s picture and chapter books provide mentor text examples for you as you teach students all about writing with voice. In a first-person narrative, voice means the writing sounds like you — […]Continue Reading
If you’re looking for mentor text picture books to use in the classroom with students, here is a list of wonderful choices to teach and model context clues and inference. But first, what is an inference? Inference is when you use your background knowledge and clues from the text and illustrations to make an assumption […]Continue Reading
Help kids learn and practice addition and subtraction using picture books that they’ll love to read! These fun stories aren’t just great for teaching addition and subtraction, but also help kids practice these essential math skills. Picture Books About Addition & Subtraction One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl & Tom Lichtenheld HAHA — this […]Continue Reading
Whoa! DC Comics is busy releasing new and amazing graphic novels like never before. (Or at least, they’re sending me lots of review copies like never before? Thank you for that by the way!) And today, I get to share with you my favorites. Of which there are a lot. Yay! This list will give […]Continue Reading
Note: originally written in 2012 by educator, mom, and “education diva,” Ruth Spivak with updates and revisions in 2020 by Melissa Taylor. Mwahahaaaa! An awesome villain can really make a great children’s book. Oh sure, it’s great to have a hero who models virtue and courage, but it’s the villains who are often the most interesting and […]Continue Reading
In no particular order, check out these amazing new 2020 middle-grade chapter books. This list contains mystery, historical fiction, survival, sci-fi, and adventure genres — lots of choices for every reader. Middle-Grade Books, February and March 2020 Winterbone Home for Vengence and Valor by Ally Carter MYSTERY April is a foster kid invited to […]Continue Reading
An activist is a person who works to bring about political or social change. Use these children’s books about activism to teach your children and students about activists who sparked change in their communities and the world. You’ll read biographies and stories about changemakers and movement starters, females and males, young and old, who stood […]Continue Reading