Friendship + Laugh-out-Loud Antics

We’ve done lots of picture books … now its time for something a little meatier: a series of illustrated chapter books about friendship! For the next several weeks we’re going to take a break from our usual Throwback Thursday Book Review schedule to focus on sharing gift ideas with a literacy twist. These are featured selections from our Gift of Literacy board on Pinterest. Even kids who are now reading independently benefit from listening to an adult read a book out loud. Scroll down to check out an idea on how to give a book and also the experience of reading it aloud – even if you can’t be there. Sharing Friendship … There is lots to love about Annie Barrow’s … Read more

Claudia Mills How Oliver Olson Changed the World #TBT

Last week’s Throwback Thursday review featured a Short Chapter Book nominee from 2010 (the fifth year of the Cybils Awards). This week, we’re going to the 2009 Cybils. How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills was a finalist in the Short Chapter Book category that year. If you’ve read this title – or any book by Claudia Mills, be sure to include a link to your review! How Oliver Olson Changed the World written by Claudia Mills illustrated by Heather Maione Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009 Oliver’s third grade class is studying the solar system. Crystal Harding, Oliver’s classmate is horrified that Pluto is no longer a planet. Oliver sort of agrees with her – it doesn’t seem … Read more

Poetry Book Review: A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky

A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky illustrated by James Stevenson Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2013 Material: paperback Genre: Nonfiction – poetry, humor Circles, triangles, short stanzas and long; words you’re familiar with and some that are much too long (Fummawummalummazumms!). More than 100 poems cover topics from food to pets to school and avoiding chores. There are all varieties of poems for young readers. Interest level: 5 and Up. Recommended Ages read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up Type of Reading: Family reading, independent reading, read aloud Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl. Target Audience Reader: Our preteen is balking at reading, but still loves poetry. She likes being able to open … Read more