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Thursday, May 7, 2015

More Transitional Chapter Books

I got a note from Jill Patchin from Eau Claire today, saying if she'd known I would accept books in series for last month's reading goals, she would have had lots to recommend.  Jill runs My First Book Club, for kids just starting to read chapter books, and has had great luck with almost all of these titles (except Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater), especially these series:  Lulu (by Hilary McKay), Moongobble (by Bruce Coville) and Milo and Jazz Mysteries (by Lewis B. Montgomery).

Jill calls these books Bridge Books.

·         A to Z Mysteries: Absent author                                                                    by Rob Roy
·         Down Girl and Sit:   Home on the range                                                       by Lucy Nolan
·         Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: The Mt. Rushmore Calamity            by Sara Pennypacker
·         Franny K Stein Mad Scientist: Lunch Walks Among Us                               by Jim Benton
·         Doyle and Fossey Science Detectives: The Case of the Gasping Garbage   by Michele Torrey
·         Lulu and the Duck in the Park                                                                       by Hilary McKay
·         Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth?                                                           by Louis Sachar
·         Mercy Watson to the Rescue                                                                          by Kate DiCamillo
·         Milo and Jazz Mysteries: The Case of the Stinky Socks                                 by Lewis B. Montgomery
·         Moongobble and Me: The Dragon of Doom                                                   by Bruce Coville
·         My Weird School Daze: Mrs Dole Is Out of Control                                      by Dan Gutman
·         Mrs Noodlekugel                                                                                              by Daniel Pinkwater
·         Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue your Friends to Chairs                                by Katherine Applegate
·         The Littles                                                                                                         by John Peterson

·         Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery                                                    by Doreen Cronin

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

April Reading Goals: Transitional Chapter Books

This was a month with less participation, which may have been because I stipulated that the chapter books should be stand-alones.  Turns out there just aren't many transitional chapter books that aren't part of a series of books about the same characters, which makes a lot of sense.  Most of these titles are part of a series, too.  Remember May's reading goal:  Fantasy.  Here's the form.

Transitional/Easier Chapter Books, Reading Goals April 2015

Atinuke.  Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus. 
Kayla from Plum City might recommend this title--it has a few challenging words in it.

DiCamillo, Kate.  Bink and Gollie.
Cassie from Augusta enthusiastically recommends this for primary grades

DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black.  Spiderwick Chronicles.
Kayla from Plum City would recommend this title to middle grades—especially kids who aren’t prone to nightmares and who like adventures.

Krosoczka, Jarret.  Lunch Lady. 
Kayla from Plum City recommends this one for kids who like graphic novels, or kids who are intimidated by a solid page of text.  Some harder words, but kids will be able to figure out from context.

Lin, Grace.  Ling & Ting Twice as Silly.
Valerie from Ladysmith would recommend this.  She says that Ling and Ting are Chinese American twins.  There are other books about them, but they can be read in any order.  The book contains 6 short stories, and is a good way to add some diversity to this area of the collection.

Osborn, Mary Pope.  Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Treehouse).
Kayla from Plum City enthusiastically recommends this one—the most challenging words were the dinosaur names.

Pennypacker, Sara.  Clementine.
Kayla from Plum City did NOT like this one.  Leah from IFLS DID like it.  Kayla thought there were too many distractions and story lines.  Leah liked the characters and humor.

Quinn, Jordan.  The Kingdom of Wrenly series.
Valerie from Ladysmith enthusiastically recommends this one, even though it is a series.  Lots of interest from parents and kids.  Large font, easy to read, lots of pictures.  Main character is a prince with a pet dragon whose best friend is a girl.

Stilton, Geronimo.  Cavemice Watch Your Tail.  (Geronimo Stilton)
Krissa from Roberts recommends this title, and the entire series.  Each can be read as stand-alones.  She appreciates the comic type words that are highlighted, and even though some words may be a little more difficult, the fun writing style and unique fonts keep a person interested.

Viorst, Judith.  Lulu and the Brotosaurus. 

Kayla from Plum City enthusiastically recommends this one, it has easy sentences and word choices.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Screen Use for Children Under 3: Free Webinar

Photo credit:  Quite Adept

Check out this free webinar, sponsored by Early Childhood Investigations:

Technology for infants and toddlers? Appalling or appealing? This webinar, presented by the authors of Zero to Three’s report, “Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight- Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old” will review the research, dispel myths, and provide new guidance about using or not using interactive technology with the youngest children. The research is clear: Children learn better and more efficiently from play and interaction in the “real,” three-dimensional (3-D) wor1d with parents, caregivers, and peers. The fact is, however, that young children now grow up in a world of technology-screens are everywhere.

This webinar will cover guidelines for parents and caregivers of children younger than 3 years on how to use screens in ways that minimize the potential negative effects and maximize learning

Monday, May 4, 2015

Teens' Top Ten: A New Way to Interact

Teens'Top Ten Badges Site graphic
Every year, teen groups from across the country nominate titles for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten, and nominations are announced in April.  Teens have all summer to read the 20-25 books, and then VOTE on their favorite titles anytime between August 15 and October 24.

This year, IFLS and a team of public and school librarians put together a site to experiment with badges and promote reading and interacting with the Teen Top Ten nominees.  Many thanks to Gus Falkenberg, the IFLS technology-and-coding wiz, we have a pretty cool site: http://ratearead.org.  Teens can earn badges by reading and rating titles, commenting on them, and going above and beyond (by going to the author's website, commenting on their own social media about a title, or writing fan fiction).

This could be a fun thing to promote during your Summer Library Programs!  Please do, and let me know if you have any questions about it.