Scholastic gives families an opportunity to own lots of books for not too much money. My kids just got their Scholastic Book Orders for April and I thought I might give you all a heads up on what’s good and what to skip. (In case you were wondering.) Ordering now will give you plenty of options for summer reading. (Or just go get these at the library or your local book store!)
From the April Scholastic Arrow, Lucky, Gift Books, SeeSaw & Firefly Book Orders —
Bless This Mouseby Lois Lowry is a sweet story about a group of church mice who are worried about two things, the big X (extermination) and rain on the Blessing of the Animals Day with all those cats. The heroine of the story, Hildegarde, organizes the nice so they can avoid and escape the big X. Then, she must take care of the mice again when it rains and the church opens its doors to all the animals.
** If you live in Denver, Lowry will be at the Highland’s Ranch Tattered Cover on March 28 at 6 p.m.
Over the Rainbow Pack performed by Judy Collins will warm your heart with her unique voice and a new verse. I love Judy Collins voice and recently interviewed her – she was actually named for Judy Garland!
Diary of a Worm & Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cornin are very entertaining and funny.
The Hunger Games pack will keep YOU, mom and dad, reading. You’ll want these for yourself!
Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science by Sean Connolly is more than just science experiments, it includes the scientific history as well – I really enjoyed this book.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is one of my all time favorite books and the National Book Award winner for last year. Told from the perspective of a girl with Asperger’s syndrome just after her brother is killed, it is an eye-opening, bitter-sweet story.
Percy Jackson and Harry Potter sets go without saying. Both are excellent.
Rhyming Dust Bunniesis the funniest picture book, it cracks us up every time!
Weird But True 2 is a riviting book of weird facts that will get your kids reading non-fiction!
Max Spaniel Dog Detective Pack is funny and great for early readers.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool won the 2011 Newbery Medal and deserves it. It’s a poignant historical-fiction story about the meaning of home and family.
Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi is a new favorite of mine, I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Eva is raised underground by a robot mom and never has seen other humans. When their home is attacked and destroyed, she must venture above ground in search of other humans and “WondLa.” (When you get the book, go to the website and see what happens!)
Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman is the sequel to our favorite, Chickens to the Rescue.
National Geographic Kids Readers set gives you excellent non-fiction, easy readers with beautiful photos (of course) and interesting facts.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a must-have for your poetry library.
The Kevin Henkes pack will give you some of his best picture books, all of them I think are delightful stories and well worth owning.
Pigeon and Friends pack by Mo Willems gives you four must-have books that you’ll read over and over. Love Mo.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett is another classic Brett story with her gorgeous illustrations. She’s amazing – I’m in awe of her borders. She has a great website with lots of free activities, too.
(that you might not really like but . . . at least they’re reading!)
Rainbow Magic – Predictable and easy to read make these great choices for girls.
Wimpy Kid books – Funny and addictive for both boy and girl readers.
Bone graphic novels – I haven’t read these books myself but know that kids love them.
The 39 Clues Set – Kids love these books, I didn’t get into the first book so I abandoned the series. My 13 year old babysitter is obsessed.
Goosebumps – Another book that goes in the “at least they’re reading” category.
Captain Underpants – Potty humor that gets kids reading.
Scary Stories – I couldn’t keep these on my bookshelf ever. My 5th graders loved these books.
SKIP THESE BOOKS
(I have to write anything negative about books, but I wanted to tell you about these and why I don’t recommend them.)
Goddess Girls – AJ likes these but I don’t. They’re catty girls fighting over boyfriends and in my view, inappropriate for elementary students.
Dork Diaries – Ditto on the cattiness – can’t we have good role models? The books eventually have a good message but will kids miss it after all the OMGs? No thank you.
Junie B. Jones – Hate this series. Sorry, but she’s a brat with bad behavior and uses poor grammar. Can’t stand her.
Ook and Gluk – Worse than Junie B. Jones! The poor spelling and grammar irritated me. Sorry but I hated this book.
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