The Book Bag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, November/December 2005

Yes, I know it’s a little late for a November-related post, but we had nearly 40 reviews in November, so it took a bit to get them all up on the web site. Here are some of our favorite non-seasonal books. I am posting a separate Holiday Book Bag with great tales for all ages! The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin. The Giving Book teaches children to not only learn about giving and the reasons why we give but allows them to participate by writing down their thoughts about giving. [Watering Can Press, 2004] The Obstacle Course by Neal Voron. The “Obstacle Course” referred to in the title is what one would … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, October 2005

Did you see the National Report Card? There’s some mixed for reading. Some scores are up, but others (namely for eighth graders) have dropped. No surprise, there; it’s much harder for books to compete with games and TV for this age group. Did you know that in our Nation’s Capital 67% of students in the fourth grade fall BELOW BASIC reading levels? How sad is that. Click Here to see the Report Card and search for your state’s reading achievement levels. Here is this month’s list of potential page-turners for that tough middle reader group. barthpenn@heaven.org by Scott Collier. Angel 2nd Class Bartholomew Pennington sent an Email from Heaven that mistakenly arrived in the In-box of 10-year-old Jordan Mink. Bartholomew’s … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, October 2005

Well, we only posted reviews for about twenty-five books this month. Still, that makes it plenty hard enough to whittle out just a few to be highlighted in the Book Bag. Next month look for reviews of holiday books. We’ll try to get our list out around Thanksgiving.Adventures of Riley: Mission to Madagascar by Amanda Lumbry and Laura Hurwitz. Riley and family are in search of the rare aye-aye Lemur. The book is crammed with fun stuff to do and learn. It covers geography, nature, animal habitat, conservation in just a couple dozen pages. The passport is a great way to encourage additional global discoveries and learning.An African ABC by Jacqui Taylor. This ABC book features plants, animals and culture … Read more