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.