Poetry Plot – Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook

Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook by Mary Amato Publisher: Holiday House, 2011 Material: Paperback Genre: mystery, poetry, friendship, life lessons The thief is a poet – or is it a poetry thief? First Slurpy, then a keychain … Ms. Herschel’s classroom is a thief magnet! Convinced that he will solve the crime first, Edgar Allen starts a notebook. H isn’t Wordsmith Elementary’s only junior detective. Solving the crime becomes a contest and testament to friendship, judging others, and jumping to conclusions! Interest level: 7 to 12. Recommended Ages: read together: 7 to 10 read yourself: 9 to 12 Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud Parent Reader: I loved this book!  We see the world … Read more

Ha! Ha! Laugh Out Loud Books for Reading with Kids

It has been a while since we’ve added to our Reading with Kids series … too long. In our first post, we shared our  favorite books with sounds. These are the books where the words are sounds. In the second post, we had fun with words. These are the stories with silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth.  Keeping with the idea that reading with kids is pure fun, we’ve pulled out some of our favorite books that make you laugh out loud … and read them again and again. Laugh Out Loud Books for Kids Old Mr. Mackle Hackle written by Gunar Madsen; illustrated by Irana Sheperd Little, Brown and Company, 2005 … Read more

Black History Month: Strong Women for Strong Girls

To kick off Black History Month, Google chose Harriet Tubman for its daily Google logo on February 1, 2014. It is so cool on so many levels. It also ties nicely with our theme for Black History Month this year: Strong Women for Strong Girls. When I read Patricia Hruby Powell’s new book Josephine, the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, I couldn’t wait to share it with my daughter. It is a beautifully told and illustrated story … and one that I did not know. That was when I decided to share some of our favorite books about incredibly influential women of color – trail blazers, independent thinkers, confident women. Women whose stories are not talked about as often as … Read more