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Start With A Book: Read-Talk-Explore All Year Long

summer readingIs your child fascinated by dinosaurs, planes, bugs, birds, animals, the moon and stars, art, thunder and lightning? Do you have a young detective, explorer, or superhero at home? Does your child love reading poetry, myths, or tall tales with you? Start with a book … and see where your child’s imagination goes!

American Library Association

The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer.  Three Summer Reading book lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd– 5th and 6th-8th grade students.

The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014 Edition 

These lists are compiled by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College in New York City.

Books 4 Boys

Here you’ll find awesome boy-approved* book suggestions, FREE downloads, and plenty of fun stuff to keep the boys you know reading and—most of all—having fun.

Children’s Choice Awards

A listing of this year’s Children’s Choice Awards Books can be found on this blog post.

Guys Read

Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The mission of Guys Read is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.  This site contains great lists and every month features a “Book of the Month”.

HAISLN Recommended Reading Lists 2014

This list of titles has been compiled by librarians at member schools of the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN).  It includes both fiction and nonfiction books by some of the best authors for children.

Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Horn Book has hand-picked some of the top ten in each age range, all published 2013–2014, that are ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.

I Hated Reading Until I Read This Booklist for Boys

Ask a boy who hates to read what he does like to do, and you’ll get a surprising array of answers.  Everything from playing sports to building models, to dinosaurs and animals to cars, machines, and movies – the funny ones, the sci-fi ones, and the scarier the better. So let that be your guide.  Find books that plug into his hobbies and interests – books he’ll want to tell his friends about – and he’ll be hooked.

Interesting Nonfiction for Kids

Discover books that show how nonfiction writers are some of the best storytellers around. Learn how these writers practice their craft: research techniques, fact gathering and detective work. Check out how they find unusual tidbits, make the facts interesting and write something kids will love to read. Explore how photos and illustrations are integrated with the text to explain an artist’s vision of the world. Consider what subjects are flooding the market and what still needs a voice. Rethink nonfiction for kids.

Read Kiddo Read

This site was created by author James Patterson and inspired by his experience as a parent trying to ensure that his son didn’t just like to read, but loved to read.  His lists contain newly printed books and modern “classics”.

Reading Rockets Themed Books and Activities for Summer Reading

This site contains lists for 24 different learning themes.

Teacher’s Choices 2014

Each year since 1989, the International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choices project has identified outstanding trade books, published for children and adolescents, that teachers find exceptional for curriculum use. Parents, also, will find here books good for reading aloud and for help answering questions prompted by tours to a farm, aquarium, or museum or by other shared family activities such as television viewing.

 

Tips for Parents

  • Share your enjoyment of books with your child.
  • Talk over your reading.
  • Continue to read aloud to your child even after he or she reads independently.
  • Encourage your child to choose a book to read aloud to someone else.
  • Broaden your child’s horizons by helping to select from a wide range of subjects.
  • Encourage your child to read whatever he or she enjoys even if it appears to you to be too easy or too hard.
  • Let your child see your enjoyment of your own reading.

Irresistible Read Alouds

Read Aloud Tips for Parents

  • Share your enjoyment of books with your child.
  • Talk over your reading.
  • Continue to read aloud to your child even after he or she reads independently.
  • Encourage your child to choose a book to read aloud to someone else.
  • Broaden your child’s horizons by helping to select from a wide range of subjects.
  • Encourage your child to read whatever he or she enjoys even if it appears to you to be too easy or too hard.
  • Let your child see your enjoyment of your own reading.

123 versus ABC
written and illustrated by Mike Boldt
(Harper)

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?
written by Julie Middleton
illustrated by Russell Ayto
(Peachtree)

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!
written and illustrated by Scott Magoon
(Simon & Schuster)

Bugs in My Hair!
written and illustrated by David Shannon
(Blue Sky Press)

Can’t Scare Me!
written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Chick-O-Saurus Rex
written by Lenore Jennewin
illustrated by Daniel Jennewin
(Simon & Schuster)

King for a Day
written by Rukhsana Khan
illustrated by Christiane Kromer
(Lee & Low Books)

The King of Little Things
written by Bil Lepp
illustrated by David T. Wenzel
(Peachtree)

Lucky Ducklings
written by Eva Moore
illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
(Orchard Books)

Nurse Clementine
written and illustrated by Simon James
(Candlewick)

The Silver Button
written and illustrated by Bob Graham
(Candlewick)

That Is Not a Good Idea!
written and illustrated by Mo Willems
(Balzer + Bray)

Tiger in My Soup
written by Kashmira Sheth
illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
(Peachtree)

The Tree Lady
written by H. Joseph Hopkins
illustrated by Jill McElmurry
(Beach Lane Books)

Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
written by Adam Lehrhaupt
illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
(Simon & Schuster)

Whale Shines
written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson
(Abrams)

 

Best Books of the Year 2013

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What better gift to give than one that can be shared again and again?  If you’re looking for a great book for your child to read this winter break, I highly recommend the books on the lists below.

Guide Book to Gift Books (2013 update)

This is a 27 page annotated listing of books that would make great gifts for children of all ages and is issued by the highly reputable Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

2013 Books Buying Guide (Reading Rockets)

Lots of things go away quickly. But stories and books have sticking power and can be shared time and time again. Try a new story, revisit an old favorite. How about a story of fact or perhaps a fantasy? Stories can be read alone, together, aloud or quietly. Pick up a book for yourself and your favorite child this season.

ALA Notable Children’s Books 2013– nominees

ALSC Best Graphic Novels

ALSC – 2013 Notable Children’s Books

Amazon Best Books of the Year (Board Books)

Amazon Best Books of the Year (Children’s Picture Books)

Amazon Best Books of the Year (Chapter Books Ages 6-8)

Amazon Best Books of the Year (Fiction Ages 9-12)

Goodreads (picture books)

Goodreads (middle grade & children’s)

Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2013

NPR’s Best Children’s Books of 2013

NY Times Notable Children’s Books of 2013

NY Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books (Picture Books)

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books (Fiction Books)

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books (Nonfiction Books)

SB & F – Excellence in Science Books

School Library Journal – Best Picture Books

School Library Journal – Best Children’s Fiction

School Library Journal – Best Children’s Nonfiction

Society of Illustrator’s Best Books of the Year

"Reading in the Wild"

I am a big fan of Donalynn Miller.  Her book,  The Book Whisper, was not only inspiring, but affirmed my beliefs about independent reading when it came out a few years ago.

Donalynn Miller

From the Publisher: Reading in the Wild explores whether or not we are truly instilling lifelong reading habits in our students and provides practical strategies for teaching “wild” reading. Based on survey responses from over 900 adult readers and classroom feedback, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage and assess key lifelong reading habits, including dedicating time for reading, planning for future reading, and defining oneself as a reader.

jim trelease

Another NEW professional book that might be of interest to you is Jim Trelease’s, The Read Aloud Handbook, seventh edition.  If you’re like me, his previous editions have been your read aloud “Bible” and go to book.

From the Publisher:  This updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including the good and bad news on digital learning).

NEW Wordless Picture Books

Some incredible wordless picture books have been published this year. These books can be used to support literacy in a variety of ways.

Supporting Emergent & Beginning Readers

While “reading” a wordless picture book children practice literal and inferential messages, evaluate a character’s actions, understand the interrelationship of concepts presented and increase vocabulary.

Develop Story Lines

Wordless picture books or Stories without Words can be used to help children who struggle with story ideas and topics for writing.  Children can be encouraged to create story lines orally and in writing.  Instructional strategies could include:  dialogue, setting development, character descriptions, sequencing of events, and story development.

Here are a few of my NEW favorites:

mr. wufflestortoise and the hareflora flamingojourney.wordlessdaisy gets lost

bluebird

For more information about using, exploring and enjoying wordless picture books go to:  My Little Bookcase