December 5, 2010

Books Read the Week of November 29th, 2010

Here are the books my children read the week of November 29th, 2010.

My 2nd grade daughter read

My 4th Grade Son Read

My 7th Grade Daughter Read, School Spirit, but doesn't remember the author.  The book was about students trying to save their school after the school board scheduled the school to be shut down.

My 9th Grade Daugther Re-Read, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, by J.K. Rowling.  We had gone to the movies to see the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and she was feeling nostalgic and decided to reread the first book.

November 28, 2010

Books Read the Week of November 21, 2010

My children read the following books this week.

My 2nd grade daughter read The School Skeleton (A to Z Mysteries), Vacation Under the Volcano, Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House) and Junie B Jones and her Big Fat Mouth.

My 4th grade son read the following book

My 7th grade daughter is reading The Mailbox.

My 9th grade daughter is currently reading the Maze Runner by James Dashner

August 29, 2010

Back to School is Upon Us

My kids went back to school last week.  With the summer sports season over, it was a nice break in August without much to do, and not much running around.

After the first week of school it was nice to see the kids all relaxing with books again.  I most admit, the house was a bit quieter than normal this week. 

Here's what everyone was reading this week:

Ninth Grader - Released on August 23rd, 2010 - Mockingjay (third book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
Seventh Grader - The 39 Clues Book 6 - In Too Deep by Jude Watson
Fourth Grader - Bone, Volume 1 - Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
Second Grader - Sabertooth by Patrick O'Brien

I can't wait to see what they read the rest of the year.  I know my 7th graders is already looking forward to The 39 Clues Book 10 which is being released on August 31st, 2010.

June 13, 2010

2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

On June 8, 2010 the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners and honor books were announced. Books eligible for the 2010 Horn Book Awards are all children's books and young adult books published in the United States between June 2009 and May 2010 and, unlike the Caldecott Medal, the winner can be from any country.

The 2010 Horn Book winners are:

Fiction and Poetry 2010 Horn Book Winner - When You Reach Meby Rebecca Stead. This is the 3rd honor for When You Reach Me as it also received the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award for Middle Readers and the 2010 John Newbery Medal Winner.

Non-fiction 2010 Horn Book Winner - Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge

Picture Book 2010 Horn Book Winner - I Know Here by Laurel Croza, illustrated by Matt James

In addition to winners, the Horn Book can present up to two honors books in each category. The 2010 Horn Book Honors Books are

Fiction and Poetry 2010 Horn Book Honors Books - The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís and A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner.

Non-fiction 2010 Horn Book Honors Books - Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol and Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic/Graphix)

Picture Book 2010 Horn Book Honors Books - It’s a Secret! by John Burningham and The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Congratulations to all 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book honorees.

For more great award winning children's books check out the page, Award Winning Children's Books

June 10, 2010

Children Book Series for Summer Reading

Kids have a lot of time during the summer. I like to encourage my kids to read during the summer months, when they can't play outside with friends because we're on vacation, it's raining, or we are at a siblings baseball game.

Series books provide a great way to encourage your children to read multiple books over the summer by introducing them to multiple books that continue to build on the same character.  I know I couldn't wait for the next Harry Potter book to come out or to read another Hardy Boys book.  Here's a list of book series by grade level that can encourage your kids to read as well.

Kindergarten Book Series - Dinofours by Steve Metzger
1st Grade Book Series - Junie B Jones by Barbara Park
2nd Grade Book Series - The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids by Macia Jones and Debbie Dadey
3rd Grade Book Series - Hardy Boys Series by Franklin Dixon and Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene
4th Grade Book Series - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
5th Grade Book Series - Harry Potter by JK Rowling
6th Grade Book Series - The 39 Clues by various authors
7th Grade Book Series - The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
8th Grade Book Series - Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
9th Grade Book Series - Maximum Ride by James Patterson

May 15, 2010

Finding Age Appropriate Kids Books

One of the hardest things to do is to find age appropriate books for your children. I have four kids and over the past two years they have been in eight different grades from kindergarten to 8th grade.

As a way to keep track of what books they read, I've created some web pages that I'm sharing with everyone. I hope your kids enjoy some of the same books my kids have and you share some of your kids favorites as well.

Visit these pages to find your age appropriate children's books:

Books for Kindergarteners
Books for First Graders
Books for Second Graders
Books for Third Graders
Books for Fourth Graders
Books for Fifth Graders
Books for Sixth Graders
Books for Seventh Graders
Books for Eighth Graders

May 12, 2010

2010 Children's Choice Book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the 2010 Children's Choice Book Award Winners.  The Children's Choice Book Awards are voted on by children and awarded on May 11th, during Children's Book Week.  This year's winners are:

Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Book of the Year
LuLu the Big Little Chick, written and illustrated by Paulette Bogan

3rd Grade to 4th Grade Book of the Year
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

5th Grade to 6th Grade Book of the Year
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, written and illustrated by Rachel Renee Russell

Teen Choice Book of the Year
 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Author of the Year
James Patterson for Max

Illustrator of the Year
Peter Brown for The Curious Garden

For more great award winning children's books check out Past Winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards and Award Winning Children's Books

May 10, 2010

Past winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards

The Children's Choice Book Awards started in 2008 as part of Children's Book Week.  The awards are the only nationally kid selected book awards.  The awards are handed out in six categories, Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Book of the Year, 3rd to 4th Grade Book of the Year, 5th to 6th Grade Book of the Year, Teen Book of the Year, Illustrator of the Year, and Author of the Year.  Past winners include classics like The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyers, Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling.

The 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards will be handed out at the gala in New York, tomorrow, May 11th.

To see more of the past winners, visit the page the Children's Choice Book Awards page I am currently maintaining.

Note: The Books My Children Read blog and the pages recommended on this post are not affiliated with the Children's Choice Book Awards.

May 9, 2010

Children's Book Week - May 10-16

National Book Week began in 1919 and this year marks the the 91st observance of National Book Week.  Official book week events will be hosted in 10 cities across the United States this year including Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Houston TX, Minneapolis MN, New York NY, San Jose CA, St Louis MO, St Paul MN, Sebastopol CA, and Webster Groves MO.  Local Events

On Tuesday, May 11th, the Children's Choice Book Awards Gala will be held in New York City during which this year's Children's Choice Book Awards will be announced.  The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national child-chosen book award.

"A great nation is a reading nation" is a quote by Frederick Melcher, the editor of Publishers Weekly, who along with Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library, and Franklin Matthiews started National Book week.  Franklin Matthiews who in 1913, while acting as the librarian for the Boy Scouts of American began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books.  In 1916 the Boy Scouts partnered with the American Book Association and the American Library Association in sponsoring Good Book Week.

Thank you to everyone who promotes children's books and for making book week a great time of the year.  We look forward to learning the winners of the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards and we salute Franklin Matthiews for starting this grand tradition.

May 8, 2010

The Christopher Awards

The Christopher Awards were presented in New York on April 15th, 2010. The awards were established by Father James Keller in 1945, who believed that every individual has the power and responsibility to change the world for the better. The Christopher awards are in four media categories; feature films, TV & Cable, books for young people, and books for adults. The awards encourage audiences and readers to use their best instincts on behalf of others, "affirm the highest values of the human spirit".

The Christopher award is a bronze medallion, 4 inches in diameter and is depicted on the right.

This year's winners in the books for young people are:
Preschool - Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story, by Yumi Heo
Ages 6-8 - Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle, by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery
Ages 8-10 - Most Loved in All the World, by Tonya Cherie Hegamin, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Ages 10-12 - Extra Credit, by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott
Young Adult - A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, by Tori Murden McClure

Visit 2010 Award Winning Children's Books for more great books.

March 2, 2010

Books for 3rd Grade Boys

This is my fourth post in a series based on books for different grade levels. Today I am writing about books for 3rd grade boys. The three previous posts were about books for 2nd Graders, 1st Graders, and Kingergarteners.

My son reads completely differently than my daughters, and I'm not sure if its the grade or the gender as I don't remember my two oldest daughters reading like this. My son is in an exploratory stage with his reading. He reads a lot of different books, and if he doesn't like one, he doesn't finish it. On the other hand, he tends to explore a lot of different types of books: sports, mysteries, humor, and even some non-fiction.

Some of the series he has been reading include, In the Land of the Lawn Weenies series by David Lubar, the Goosebumps series and the Ghosts of Fear Street series by R L Stine, Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald Sobol, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. See all of these and more and my page Books for 3rd Graders.

February 22, 2010

Books for 2nd graders

I must admit, that I started creating web pages for my kids books at the end of last year, which is when my son was in 2nd grade. Boys, for whatever reason don't read as many books as girls do. My Books for 2nd Graders page is a bit sparce and I'm looking for some ideas for when my daughter goes into 2nd grade next year.

But if you have a 2nd grade boy, here's some of the books my son was reading. Any of the Star Wars books. I don't think he read them, but like the fact that he had them on his bookshelf. The Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, My Weird School Series by Dan Gutman, and the Stink books by Megan McDonald.

There's definately a boys take to this list of second grade books.

February 18, 2010

Books my 1st grader reads

Yesterday's post I talked about the books my kids read in Kindergarten. I'm writing this series to give parents ideas of some good books to read.

Today, I'm going to talk about Books for 1st graders. 1st grade is an interesting year for young readers, as they start to explore on their own books they like and books they want to read. First graders are usually introduced to their first chapter books, which they love, as it makes them feel like their older brothers and sisters.

One of my children's favorite chapter books are The Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones. The Bailey School Kids books helps develop the imagination of children with wonderful titles like Dragons Don't Cook Pizza, Ninjas Don't Bake Pumpkin Pie, and Robots Don't Catch Chicken Pox.

I've created a web page to highlight Great Books for 1st Graders. Other titles you will find there include, the Junie B Jones series by Barbara Park, Froggy Books by Jonathon London, and the Ghostville Elementary series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones.

Help the group out by posting your favorite book for first graders and always remember, Reading is Fun.

February 17, 2010

Great books for Kindergarteners

I began this blog to write about books my children read. Today, I am going to start a series on books that my children have read during a particular school year. As I have four children, they read a lot of books, and my goal is to capture the books they are reading and share it with you.

I no longer have a child in kindergarten as my youngest is now in 1st grade. When in kindergarten, it was important for us to read to our kids every day. As part of that process, we encouraged our kids to read books to us. As such, the books had to be easy to read.

Dinofours Books by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Hans Wilhelm are great as the characters are dinosaurs in pre-school. They tackle subjects about school and life including Fire Drills, Class Trips, and all the major holidays. The characters are fun with unique personalities. A great set of books to start with.

Some other great series include Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, Dr Seuss books, Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, and Clifford books by Norman Bridwell. I have captured a lot of these books on the following webpage, Books for Kindergarteners

One of our favorite author's is Jan Brett. Her books are beautifully written with illustrations that just pop. The Mitten, The Hat, Town Mouse Country Mouse, and Gingerbread Baby are great for kindergarteners as they're learning to read.

Let us know your favorite author or books for Kindergarteners. Keep reading, as everyone knows, Reading is Fun.

February 14, 2010

The 2010 Coretta Scott King Book Winners


This is my fourth post is Award Winning Children's Books. See my 1st three posts for The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, The John Newbery Medal, and The Randolph Caldecott Medal.

The Coretta Scott King award recognizes African American authors and illustrators for their books for young adults and children.

This year's 2010 King Author winner is Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

The year's 2010 King Illustrator winner is My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., written by Langston Hughes

The year's 2010 King Honors books are

"Mare's War" by Tanita S. Davis
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes

Visit the following link to see more Award Winning Children's Books .

February 11, 2010

The 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winners

This is my third post in a series featuring 2010 award winning children's books. The first two posts featured the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners and the 2010 John Newbery Medal Winners.

Today's featured award is the Randolph Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott medal is given to distinquished picture books and their illustrator by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Assocation.

The 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner is "The Lion & the Mouse", illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney

The 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal Honors books are

"All the World", illustrated by Marla Frazee
"Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Congratulations to the 2010 Caldecott Medal winners.

Visit the following website to see more Award Winning Children's Books

February 10, 2010

The 2010 John Newbery Medal Winners

This is my second post in a series of award winning children's books. My first post focused on the 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Today's post is for the winners of the 2010 John Newbery Medal.

The John Newbery Medal is currently awarded by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The medal was first awarded in 1922 and is given "to encourage original creative work in the the field of books for children".

The 2010 John Newbery Medal is awarded to "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead.

The 2010 John Newbery Award Honors go to

"Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" by Phillip M Hoose
"The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" by Jacqueline Kelly
"Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg" by Rodman Philbrick
"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin

Congratulations to this year's Newbery Medal Winner and Honors books and their authors.

More great books can be found at 2010 Award Winning Children's Books.