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My daughter loved Rules by Cynthia Lord, Because of Winn Dixie, Savvy and many of the other books on your list. Multicultural Children’s Book Day Jan 27thMulticultural Children's Book Day is January 27th!
Your email subscriptions, powered by FeedBlitz, LLC, 9 Thoreau Way, Sudbury, MA 01776, USA. In the times of castles and kingdoms, Drake learns he is a dragon master (and that dragons are real!) He must train with the other kids to master his dragon, an earth dragon. Gordon, a superhero chicken, and his little brother Benny must rescue an opera singer from the evil Dr. Kudos to Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat for creating such an action-packed, engaging new series for young readers.
You can’t help but love Boris, a wildly imaginative boy who really wants a pet Komodo dragon.
Posey gets annoyed about those crazy first grade boys and makes up a mean song about Henry. This is a funny beginning chapter book about a boy who is convinced (rightly so?!) that his rescue dog is a crime-solving, vampire, genius! This is a delightfully funny 20-book series about a boy named Wiglaf who attends a fairly terrible school for dragon slayers, has a pet pig who speaks pig latin (HA) and is friends with Eric, who is Erica, a princess longing for adventure.
A hilarious new book in one of my favorite graphic novel book series about Mal, a young inventor, and his best sidekick, his dog, Chad. Friends and kid detectives, Jerry and Maya, go undercover in a jewelry store to figure out which of the three employees is stealing diamonds from the owner. This is the first book in the series of the innocent but funny misadventures of Roscoe Riley.
There are many books on this list I hadn’t heard of before, so I’m excited to introduce them to my kids! Not only are the hours long and the pay not that great, but teachers also have to come up with their own inspiring lesson plans, schedules, and homework. From the best children's and poetry books to failsafe gift and cookery books, you will find exactly what you are looking for. Ida Bidson becomes a teacher at 14-years-old when her teacher at her one-room schoolhouse has to leave due to a family illness. A true story about Sarah Noble, a brave 8-year-old pioneer child, who must leave her mother and siblings to accompany her father to the wilds of Connecticut while he builds a house for their family. My daughter’s 3rd grade teacher recommended this book and my daughter also said she loved it. This series is about Sam Gribley living unhappily in New York City who runs away to some forgotten family land in the Catskill Mountains. When her older brother dies unexpectedly less than a year ago, Annie reacts by excessive worrying. Technically, this is historical fiction about a teacher who goes to rural Alaska and transforms the lives of the children at a one room schoolhouse. Everyone in Coal Harbor, British Columbia is convinced that 11-year-old Primrose Squarp is an orphan after her mother sets sail after her fisherman father during a big storm and both don’t return except Primrose who knows they will return deep inside her heart. 8-year-old Shirley Temple Wong immigrates to America and, after a bumpy adjustment, finds that America is the land of opportunity by discovering baseball, Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. A really wonderful story about a girl whose special needs brother and special needs friend help her to discover the courage to just be herself.
An excellent and award winning series about a boy rescuing a dog from his abusive neighbor. Set during the Yi Dynasty, considered the Golden Age of Korea, the seesaw girl illustrates lives and limitations of women in a noble family. Set in 12th century Korea during the Koryo era, an orphan who ends up working for a celebrated celadon potter is able to realize his own potential.
I have just discovered this Newbery Award-winning author and I have to say he’s an amazing story teller. Set in Bangladesh, a sickly rickshaw driver’s daughter strives to earn money for her family. Apparently the newest American Girl doll is based on this book so maybe it’s more well-known now. My oldest daughter’s well-read friend says that this is her new favorite book of the year. The first time I got about halfway through, and I was bored, so I put it down and didn’t pick it back up.
This is a fun chapter book that will interest almost any child as it has just the right amount of conflict, adventure, and excitement. Clyde turns into a mischievous monkey when he gets excited – which ends up being a big disaster when he’s in school.


Captain Awesome, comic-book and superhero fan, save the town from villains without revealing his secret identity? Pants gets to borrow his mom’s videocamera and his movie making is quite the silliness. These combine mystery, history, magic, and adventure as siblings Jack and Annie adventure through time.
The text actually works quite well for a beginning reader because who needs proper sentence structure when you’re less evolved cave kids?
In fact, it’s his wild imagination that prompts him to tell his entire class that he’ll be not only getting a Komodo dragon, but that they can all see it. The dragon poops in their shoes, eats their pet bunny, and causes all kinds of destruction which all are the subjects of Edward’s letters to his nowhere-to-be-found uncle.
The hapless and greedy director sends off his students in order for them to kill the dragons and steal their gold for the director. She has three imaginary friends: one monster friend, one fairy godmother that’s actually not a lady, and one bad lady nemesis. She has some trouble with making things (herself) gigantic and other things (the birthday party kids) small. Hilarious, wacky, and totally enjoyable. This is all before even entering the classroom, and as any veteran teacher will tell you, it's best to expect the unexpected in that area. I feel that some topics such as death, cruelty, poverty, when dealt with a heavy hand are best suited for when kids are a little older, say Middle School. When Eben McAllister is challenged by his pa to discover wonders in his small farming community, he finds the extraordinary in a doll, a bookcase, a saw, a table, a ship in a bottle, a woven cloth, and more.
It’s great for 3rd grade girls because this is when social issues such as cliques can form.
He learns to live off the land with the help of a kindly librarian, a falcon baby, a flint and steele, penknife, and a ball of cord. Her uncle Jack is recruited to take care of her and he is convinced that Coal Harbor can be converted from a dying fishing village to a tourist destination.
Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is an Asian-American version of the Percy Jackson series starting with The Lightening Thief. A Year Down Yonder is the Newbery Award winning book, and it’s the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago.
Set in 1930’s Paris, Hugo Cabret is an orphan with a talent for all things mechanical.
The first book is the only one in print, but you can find the rest of the series at your public library or used on Amazon at sometimes exorbitant prices: More All-Of-A-Kind Family, All-Of-A-Kind Family Downtown, All-Of-A-Kind Family Uptown, Ella of All-Of-A-Kind Family. Ruby Lavender spends the summer dealing with the absence of her beloved grandmother, who is visiting family in Hawaii. Last year, her favorite book was Love, Ruby Lavender but she says this book is better and funnier.
There were not a lot of twists or turns, and some parts that were slower than others, but over all it keep me interested. I was horrified at how she was taken, shocked at the planning and stalking that went into it, and exhilarated reading how she was found. It’s the true story of two sisters who were on the very first transport to Auschwitz. The next thing she knows, she wakes up on the floor of the gym (she hates working out??!) and it’s 10 years later. After hearing so many, many, many reviews of how good this book is (and given that I typically am drawn to this genre), I decided to give it another shot. And, he’s right in the middle of everything especially after he finds an old notebook of drawings and facts about monsters. Finally Edward hears from his uncle who suggests feeding the dragon chocolate. Will Edward’s mom lose her mind? When Posey’s teacher, Miss Lee, says to stop and that Posey was bullying Henry, Posey feels very mad. But when his sea-faring family of pirates is captured, Shivers is their only hope for rescue.
Adventure, battles, and bugs make this a fun first read in a new early chapter book series. Teachers will encounter bullying, disrespect, frustration, joy, love, and triumph during their career.
With large type and short chapters, this Newbery Honor book is perfect for younger readers.
He is joined by his sister in book two, and book three chronicles Frightful’s migration journal south. For anyone who has had to move to a new town and stuggle to make new friends and fit in, this is the perfect read. Where Riordan weaves in Greek Mythology into his plot, Grace Lin uses Chinese Folk Tales into a wonderful, inspiring and heart-warming story that teaches all of us to just… BELIEVE. While this book is set in a small country bumpkin town during the Great Depression, it’s a hilarious story about fifteen-year-old Mary Alice who is sent to live with her Grandma for a year during the Great Depression while her parents get situated.


You’d have to be living under a rock for over a decade not to know about Harry Potter.
So in honor of the new year, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads from 2013.
I didn’t want to put it down, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened.
At first I could not even remotely comprehend how they voluntarily got on the transport until I read her first-hand account.
They weave a lot of history in with the story, so they’re interesting to read and learn a few things too. It had been awhile since I’d read it the first time though, so I just decided to start all the way over. Then, he sees his new neighbor’s house being burglarized and finds the robbers, saving the day.
But he didn’t do it either so he partners with the cheerful 4th Little Pig, Ferkel, (who knew!?) to find the real culprit. Luckily he meets the daring and adventurous Margo who gets them off of dry land, teaches Shivers about sword fighting, and helps him find and rescue his parents.
Older readers might compare this to Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, another true story about a pioneer girl who befriends Indians. A note of caution, A Tiger Rising also by Kate DiCamillo also won a Newbury Honor award but I didn’t think the content was suitable for ages 8-10. This book was listed twice as a favorite book on my kids’ elementary school newspaper.
Percy Jackson is an ADD, dyslexic 6th grade hero who has trouble staying in school because, as it turns out, he’s no ordinary human but a half-blood related to one of the big three in Greek Mythology. Despite a spate of deaths in the family and other wacky adventures, the story is both hilarious laugh-out-loud and poignant.
Rowling Recommended by Six Authoritative Sources Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Recommended by Five Authoritative Sources Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander Skellig by David Almond The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis The Giver by Lois Lowry The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Holes by Louis Sachar Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. I thought it was very well written and the style was easy to read, even though the subject was not.
It got a little technical about military aircraft carriers in one very small section, but the rest of the book kept me on the edge of my seat. The chapters are short and there are several storylines going on at once, so there’s always something exciting happening. I knew I’d just read something I liked, but just two weeks later I remembered nothing about it. I love this humorous fairy-tale mash-up and can’t wait for more adventures in this series.
Can MO and Jo run faster than the skunk?” is the narrative text while the dialogue bubbles on the same page are “Uh-oh!
Appealing colorful illustrations accompany this fabulous simple early chapter book making it another book I highly recommend. Until her neighbor boys make fun of Posey’s little brother and suddenly Posey realizes the truth. In this story, Roscoe wants to help his teacher with his unruly classmates during their school performance. Fortunately, there are hundreds of books written by real teachers that share real stories, tips, tricks, and motivation that will make the transition from college campus to primary or secondary school teacher that much easier.
From beach reads, to mystery, to memoirs and historical fiction, I’ve got you covered.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is a similar account of surviving concentration camps in WWII, and is on my list as a favorite, unforgettable, life-impacting book. I was fascinated reading about his life after years of imprisonment and wished that part went into more detail. This particular book was a little weird for me, but mysterious enough to keep me reading to find out what happens in the end. The following 50 books about teaching cover everything from lesson plans to teacher appreciation, and while certain books may be better suited for different grade levels, all are considered some of the finest in their particular area. I flew through this book and when I got towards the end I stayed up all night reading it just to find out what happened. We saw the movie over Christmas, and while they left out a lot and really toned the movie down, I loved it too.
The level of difficulty is slightly easier than Book 1 of Harry Potter; this book is 375 pages long, normal sized type.
However, I can assure you that two weeks later I did not forget the name of the book or what it was about. I had a huge emotional response to it, and one of those really good, freeing, stress-relieving cries.



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