LATEST BOOKLISTS FOR KIDS
Science fiction for K-3
Scary books for Years 4 - 8
Books highlighting self-control
Series books for middle schoolers
[More kids' Booklists]
have to stop
SIMPLE THINGS FAMILIES CAN DO TO HELP
ALL CHILDREN READ WELL AND INDEPENDENTLY
THE END OF THIRD GRADE
Children Learn to Read
Helping a child learn to read, is
a gift that will last a lifetime and takes a partnership that
begins at home and continues at child care and in school. Here
you will find tips and information to help children build the
foundation to learn to read.
Can I Encourage My Child To Read?
"The majority of reading problems faced by today's
adolescents and adults could have been avoided or resolved in
the early years of childhood."
--National Research Council (1998)
a parent of a young child, you are probably more concerned about
your child's progress in reading than in any other subject
taught in school. To achieve in math, science, English, history,
geography, or any other subject, your child must have reading
skills that are developed to the point that most of them are
automatic. He can't be struggling to recognize words in a school
textbook when he is trying to read quickly to grasp the meaning
of the text. In other words, children must learn to read before
they can read to learn.
children tips _ Where to begin
To instill the love of
reading in your children is one of the very first thing parents
wanted to do. Once a child begins to read at an early age, the
tendency is that he will have the love of reading for the rest
of his life.
Can Families Do to Keep Children Reading During the Summer?
As children's first and most important teachers, families
have a major role to play in motivating children to read during
the summer months. There are many strategies families might
employ to encourage summertime reading. Here are tips offered by
Reading Is Fundamental:
Teaching someone to handle a Book
In cultures that have had little or no exposure to books,
handling a book properly is a skill that must be learned.
Character Is Destiny : Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember (Hardcover)
"McCain's latest volume uses biography as an illustration of virtue, but this time the senator broadens his palette significantly, telling 34 stories of heroes whose lives embody qualities ranging from honesty and loyalty to curiosity and enthusiasm. At the root of them all, he says, is a willingness to stay true to one's conscience against all challenges."
"Although he is reaching out to a younger readership, McCain's plain but sincere language does not condescend to his audience."
Try RocketReader Kids
The ultimate child reading tutor. Ages 4
Recommended Reading by Grade Level:
These are lists of books compiled
by BOOKPALS from notable booklists from around the
country. As you may
notice, many of these books are appropriate for more
than one grade level. For book selection, they recommend
that you refer to the appropriate list for your grade as
well as lists for surrounding grades. Also, ask your
local children's librarian for additional suggestions.
Creating a Literacy-friendly home
Use the literacy checklist to create a literacy-friendly
home or classroom. (This
activity is provided by Get Ready to Read! It aims
for all preschool children to have the skills they need to learn
to read when they enter school.)
Into, Through and Beyond
1. Get "Into" the book
— This is where you introduce the book & develop a
connection to the book before you read. Tell a personal
story, use props, play music, start a discussion. Talk
about the title, make predictions about what will happen
in the book based on the cover art, write difficult
words on the board (especially in language limited
classes). If you are reading TOAD by Ruth Brown, you
could bring in a book about real toads or ask, "How many
of you have touched a toad?" Be creative.
2. Go "Thru" the book
— Read using expression, voices, sounds, timing - make
the story come alive! Whether you read straight through
or stop occasionally depends on your style.
3. Get "Beyond" the book
— talk about what happened in the book. Ask questions
like "Did the story turn out the way you thought?"
Discuss issues and/or the children's lives as a place to
begin. Relationships develop during "Into" &
"Beyond". Literacy is modeled and language is developed
during the "Thru" portion of your visit. Have fun!
— Ellen Nathan,
BookPALS National Program Director
When it came time for her to pack up the books of her two
she couldn't bear to part with them, especially the picture
And that's when Dianne Ochiltree knew it was time to change
and so she started writing children's books.
Dianne always has friends read her manuscripts out loud, so she
hear where they're emphasizing the words and what kind of
rhythm the story takes. "You have to write for two audiences,"
says, "not only the little ones, but also for their
if the book becomes a favorite, their kids will ask them to read
reread it over and over again."
Her latest children's book, "Lull-a-bye, Little One," was just
released this month and I have 20 copies to give away to
They each come with a "SHHH...Someone's Napping!" door hanger
postcard that you could send to your grandchildren, niece or
to let them know ahead of time that you're sending a book in the
To see a copy of "Lull-a-bye, Little One," and to enter the give
away, go to:
to Raise a Family & Career Under One Roof: A Parent's Guide to Home
by Lisa M. Roberts
Well formatted and easily read, this
is a must for any parent considering a home business. The author has
drawn parallels between nurturing a business with that of raising a
child. She recommends color-coding various areas of your business
for task management, and offers practical business and home
organizing advice. The references to her personal journal were a
nice touch, allowing the reader to identify with the writer. This
one was hard to put down!
This guide to entrepreneurship is
full of practical advice, heartwarming essays, and bountiful
resources. The author provides guidelines and frameworks to help
parents methodically and sensibly transition their current careers
to home-based entrepreneurial reality. She shows readers how to
plan, initiate and manage a successful home business and household
while reminding us to stop and drink in the richness of life at home
with the children. An affirming and well-researched manual for
anyone considering a home-based career.
All New Square Foot Gardening (Paperback)
by Mel Bartholomew
...anyone, anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.
I've rarely seen a more reader-friendly book! It comes complete with layout pages, very
concise planting guides, even planting time tables for your area and the amount of time you can store your seeds! If you have never gardened before or started a garden that eventually left you frustrated, then this is the book for you! I just think that you should check your area for agricultural grade vermiculite before you buy the book. But once that little snafu is over, you are going to be amazed at how brilliant and easy this book makes successful gardening. I highly recommend this method for busy people and parents like myself. It is wonderfully easy to maintain, makes loads of produce, and looks very attractive. Two green thumbs way, way up.
More reviews from Amazon where the book is selling for $13.59
Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered
Marriage by Stephanie Coontz
economics, greed, sex, cars—without them, matrimony wouldn’t have caused
the historical revolution ensuing today, concludes social historian
Stephanie Coontz, in Marriage, a History. Modern marriage is in crisis;
but don’t pine for a return to "the good old days," when men earned
money and women kept house. Don’t even assume the crisis is all bad.
Coontz details how society’s attempts to toughen this institution, have
actually made it more fragile. Her rich talent for analyzing events,
statistics, and theories from a myriad of sources—and enabling the
reader to put them all in perspective—make this provocative history book
an essential resource.--Liane Thomas
Based on extensive research (hers
and others'), Coontz's fascinating study places current concepts of
marriage in broad historical context, revealing that there is much more
to "I do" than meets the eye. In ancient Rome, no distinction was made
between cohabitation and marriage; during the Middle Ages, marriage was
regarded less as a bond of love than as a " 'career' decision"; in the
Victorian era, the increasingly important idea of true love "undermined
the gender hierarchy of the home" (in the past, men—rulers of the
household—were encouraged to punish insufficiently obedient wives).
Coontz explains marriage as a way of ensuring a domestic labor force, as
a political tool and as a flexible reflection of changing social
standards and desires. She presents her arguments clearly, offering an
excellent balance between the scholarly and the readable in this timely,
Agent, Susan Rabiner. (May)
She writes in a very readable
style. You will find yourself quickly having read large passages of this
book effortlessly. The book is informative, eye opening, and definitely
well worth the read. I recommend this book if you want to see what the
institution of marriage has been through out time and different cultures
Tips for reading with your child (in 27 languages)
1. Spend time with your children talking, telling stories and
singing songs. These are fun and important activities that help
children get ready for reading.
2. Read to and with your children every day. This shows that
daily reading and spending time together is important.
3. Let your children help choose the books you read together.
This will help keep your children's interest.
5. Change your voice and the pace that you read to fit the
story. This makes the story more interesting for your children.
6. After reading a book, talk about the story. Discussing the
pictures and the main ideas in a book helps develop
7. Let your children see you reading books, newspapers, and
magazines. This sets an example for children that you
enjoy and value reading.
8. Take your children to the library regularly. Libraries
are a wonderful place to find books and so much more