Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Henry Winkler writes with empathy and understand about Hank Zipzer a boy with learning differences and a spirited imagination. Written at a frenetic pace, that matches Hanks mind, the novel is lively and entertaining. The family dynamic between Hank, his Dad, his Mom and sister Emily is realistic--filled with bickering and love. Hank and his two best friends plan for Halloween--fabulous costumes and a party-- while various adventures keep them well occupied. A fun chapter book series, great for boys and reluctant readers.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
We recently enjoyed listening to the Wayside School series on audiobook. This creative and quirky series is based around Wayside School. Wayside School was built sideways. Instead of 30 classrooms in a row the classrooms were build one on top of each other making the school 30 stories tall. Which means, of course, there are 30 stories in the book! Each chapter features a different unique story about a different unique student. Kids will love the fact the stories don't make a whole lot of sense and will enjoy trying to figure out what is real and what is not. These endlessly creative stories will delight kids with their silly humor. A wonderful irreverent series.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
This is a great new blog that I've been reading for about a month now: The Children's Book-A-Day Almanac. The author of the blog, Anita Silvey, is well known in the children's book world. She has been the editor of The Horn Book, a children's book review journal. She has also written numerous books on children's literature. Two of her books that I have really enjoyed are : The Essential Guide to Children's Literature and Children's Books and Their Creators. Her daily blog of children's books highlights a different theme everyday: some days a well-known holiday and other days a totally obscure one. Today, in fact, is Take Your Child to the Library Day!
Posted by Tales of a Librarian Mom at 5:12 AM