I heard about this book and thought it sounded interesting. Long-story (oh-so-long!) short, I ended up having to get a review copy sent to my vacation-hotel in California because the publisher wouldn’t ship to Canada. Was it worth it? Yes. Memorable characters and interesting premise. Things get a little wild and crazy […]
Here is a wonderful trailer for Brian Selznick’s new book, Wonderstruck. Brian Selznick’s the guy who wrote and illustrated the uber-brilliant The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Here’s a mother-daughter book you may want to check out. Wait, I’m assuming you’ve both read (and loved) the Anne of Green Gables series. You have? Good. Let’s continue. So, I’m browsing the shelves of Chapters in a small town in Ontario recently, and my fingers are drawn to a […]
I can’t get the smile off my face – the new Robert Munsch book arrived in the mail this week. This isn’t just any Robert Munsch book. It’s the result of 170,000 kids voting on the best plot. Remember the contest we told you about? Where kids got to choose […]
You can read them in a box, You can read them with a fox! They discovered seven new Seuss stories you see, Filled with crafty rhymes for you to read. But don’t go to the store yet, please remember… They won’t be published until September! Yes, you’ve got it right—seven […]
Gary Kohl – elementary schoolteacher and writer – offers his review of Dust City, by Robert Paul Weston. The book is recommended for kids age 12+. By Gary Kohl Robert Paul Weston’s new book, Dust City, has many magical elements scattered through its 300 pages of mystery and intrigue. Weston reaches […]
Bone is a very popular (understatement) series of graphic novels. Many a reluctant reader has been enticed into reading because of the Bone series. Parents will be thrilled, then, by this latest Bone offering – it’s an actual novel without the graphics. Kids who’ve been reading and enjoying Bone may be ready […]
When kids see adults reading they’re more likely to read, themselves. It isn’t just a theory, there’s been research done on this.
When a kid sees an adult reading a children’s book, he’s even more likely to read. Try picking up a kid’s book for yourself the next time you’re at the library; the effect on your child will be very interesting.
My literacy colleague, Jen Robinson, has a slew of other great reasons why adults should read children’s literature.
Take a dash of something kids like… and add a dash of something parents like… and you’ve got Bone, the novel.
The Bone series by Jeff Smith has long been an enormous hit with kids. At our elementary school library, we have tons of copies of each one of them and we can’t keep ’em shelved (I know, because I help do the shelving.)
The kids are nutty about Bone. Me, not so much. While I respect the plain fact that something that’s that popular with kids has to be on to something, I find Bone kind of hard to relate to. But that’s probably good (for me, and for Bone) since I’m not the target audience.
Remember the Scholastic poll we told you about awhile ago?
The one where kids could vote for one of three plots–in effect, choosing what Robert Munsch’s next book will be?
Well, more than 170,000 kids voted and their verdict is in!