The Fascinating Human Body in Books

The Fascinating Human Body in Books   It’s good to know about our bodies, don’t you think? Here are books covering all sorts of human body information. But none just about the brain—I’ll have lots of them next week. I’ve grouped them loosely by difficulty.    Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney, illustrated…

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Backyard (Park, Driveway, Empty Lot…) Games for Outdoor Fun

  Backyard (Park, Driveway, Empty Lot…) Games  for Outdoor Fun   It’s summer so you want to be outside as much as possible. But do you always know what to do with your time? Here are a bunch of ideas!   Backyard & Driveway Games for Kids from Spoonful Many here are ones I wish I’d…

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Another Bunch of Summer Crafts

  Another Bunch of Summer Crafts   Early in July, I posted some summer crafts links, with a promise to post some more. Well here they are!   Summer Arts and Crafts for Kids from Yahoo Voices  Guaranteed to be messy!   406 Summer Crafts from Spoonful  Really, there are craft sites that add up…

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Books for the First Day of School

  Books for the First Day of School The first day of school is coming soon for some of you. For others, not until September. Here are some books that show how a few characters think about, get ready for, and get started in school. Most are for kindergarten and first grade.    Chu’s First…

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A Bunch of Trailers for Graphic Novels

x A Bunch of Trailers for Graphic Novels   Book trailers are fun. Like movie trailers, they show you just enough to get you interested. Here are 3 sites that show trailers for a variety of graphic novels.   Graphic Novel Trailers for Grades K-2 from Mr. Schu Reads    Graphic Novel Trailers for Grades 3-5 from…

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Graphic Novels and Literacy

x Graphic Novels and Literacy   Graphic novels offer an enticing way to show reluctant readers that reading can be fun. There are many benefits to offering graphic novels as one of the types of books kids can choose from. Here are a few:   They are fun. Graphic novel authors know how to deliver a great…

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Picture This: Graphic Novels for Kids

x Picture This: Graphic Novels for Kids It’s been a year since my last post on graphic novels. It’s time for another one! To help you find the right ones for you, I’ve added the suggested grade levels—example (2-3).    The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka (1-4) One book reviewer described this…

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Science: The Perfect Portal to Literacy

x Science: The Perfect Portal to Literacy  x This is a repeat from last summer’s science posts, with a few additions. Science is still one of the best ways to engage kids in their world.   Although science is important in its own right, it’s also a wonderful tool for boosting literacy skills. Science has…

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