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.

February 9, 2010

2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

This begins my series on the 2010 Award Winning Children's books beginning with the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is awarded to authors and illustrators of beginning reader books published in the United States. The Geisel award is presented by the American Library Association and was first given in 2006.

This years winners are:

The 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner is Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes.

The 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors go to

I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
Mouse & Mole, Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day by Kate McMullan

Congratulations to this year's winners.

For a comprehensive list of children's awards, check out this page of Award Winning Children's Books