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Ch. 1: Blog News ...
Book Talk: Pinkalicious Easy Readers by Victoria Kann When we review books on our blog reviews we like to feature two titles at once. In mid-October, we looked at two Pinkalicous Easy Readers. Victoria Kahn started her Pinkalicious series in 2006; and up to now, they have been picture books. Although these books are designed for developing readers, Kahn has not strayed from her formula: a light-hearted approach to solving a problem. The result are easy readers that have more depth than most I Can Read books. Here is our review.
Now THAT's Scary During the week leading up to Halloween (starting 25 Oct), I will be running a series called Now THAT's Scary. Each day I will have a short post with a statistic about illiteracy. We'll look at the impact on learning, high school drop out rates, and more. You can subscribe by email to get the series in your inbox. Then you can unsubscribe ... you won't hurt my feelings.
Hooking Readers with Nonfiction. You can find book reviews for every genre in the kidliitosphere (the realm of writers who blog about children's and young adult books). Many bloggers believe so passionately about the nonfiction book hook that they start their week talking about them. Each Monday, a blogger hosts Nonfiction Monday. That means they collect all of the posts (articles) about nonfiction children's books. Voila! You have a nice, tidy, weekly list of nonfiction books that have been read-tested with librarians, parents, teachers, and book lovers.
Ch. 2: News You Can Use
Making Read for the Record Accessible to All Readers
JumpStart's Read for the Record is an annual event to set a world record for the most people reading the same book with their kids on the same day. This year, thousands of adults read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats with millions of kids around the world. That's great for kids who can hear what you're reading, but what about those who can't? For the past few years Keith Wann, an American Sign Language (ASL) Storyteller and Performing Artist, has taped performances of him reading the chosen book. You can link to the videos from our Blog or directly to Keith via YouTube.
Parents: We Might Have to Rethink Screen Time
There were two newsy items related to the long-term effects of media use during childhood that caught our attention. The first is a recent study conducted by Sandra L. Hofferth, a family science professor and director of the Maryland Population Center (University of Maryland). In a nutshell: hours at the computer with achievement test scores and behavior and found little sign of harm for children ages 6 to 12 as they increased their screen time over a six-year period. Read Donna St. George's full article here. (Washington Post, 9/15/2010)
The other item comes from Scholastic's "2010 Kids & Family Reading Report." The company surveyed 1,045 children between the ages of 6 and 17, as well as their parents, about reading books for fun in our digital world. What they found is that kids are interested in Ebooks. "57 percent of kids (age 9-17) say they are interested in reading an eBook, and a third of children age 9-17 say they would read more books for fun if they had access to eBooks on an electronic device. This includes kids who read 5-7 days per week (34%), 1 to 4 days per week (36%) and even those who read less than one day per week (27%).
Ch. 3: Old and New Favorites
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In the spirit of the coming holiday, we've selected some books that fit the season. The easy readers in this collection have real plots and make great read-alouds for emerging readers and mixed-age audiences, too.
Title links take you to our website review and tells you what the kids we read with thought of these books.
Cat Nights by Jane Manning. Felicity has waited for this moment a long time. 263 years, as a matter of fact. She finally can turn herself into a cat. But even spells have limits, and you can only turn yourself into a cat eight times. On the ninth time, a witch will be a cat permanently. Will Felicity remember the rules? Will she become bored with being a cat? Or will she be a cat forever? This is a picture book that celebrates wishes coming true, independence, and respect
by Sally M. Walker; ill. by Lee White. Did you know, that witches used to walk on tiptoe? When it came to spooking and spells, they wanted to have the element of surprise. Poor Druscilla, though, was anything but sneaky. She tried everything she could think of: a donkey spell, a wheelbarrow, even flying with bird feathers didn't work. Was there anything that could help? This is a picture book story that tells the legend of witches riding brooms.
Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (I Can Read, 1) by Doug Cushman. When the ghosts on Ghoul Street start complaining about living in a haunted house, Dirk Bones is given the task of writing an article for the newspaper. What could it be that's scaring the ghosts? This is a seasonal tale for beginning readers.
Halloween Howls: Holiday Poetry (I Can Read, 2) by Lee Bennett Hopkins; Ill. by Stacey Schuett. From pumpkins to candy corn to trick or treating, there is a poem for every aspect of Halloween. This is a seasonal book for kids who still need help reading. The poems are cute and fun to read. The illustrations helped bring them to life for our pre-reader.
Tell Me Another Scary Story...But Not Too Scary! by Carl Reiner, ill. by James Bennett. One Halloween Eve, a young boy got the scare of his life. His neighbor, Mr. Neewalloh (Halloween backwards) was making a costume for him. When the young boy went over to see him, Mr. Neewalloh wasn't there to meet him at the door. When he went to the basement, he found Mr. Neewalloh on the floor, next to Dracula, and covered in blood. Or was it ketchup? This picture book story offers suspense in a way that let's kids say "enough," if it gets to be too much. It comes with a CD.
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Ch. 4: What We're Reading
Ch. 5: What We're Tweeting