Tags: literacy events, Million Book Read, National Football League, Reading Events, reading with your kids, Super Bowl parties, Super Bowl XLV
“The Million Book Read is an international literacy pledge campaign designed to motivate into action adults taking time to read with children. The goal is to confirm 1 Million participants reading with kids Super Bowl XLV week.
At Super Bowl XLV, February 2011, the Million Book Read will host over 5,000 kids for a day of celebrating the joy of reading.
Your participation supports our effort to sustain the delivery of literacy programs to families of all cultures through select non-profit organizations.”
For more information, please visit http://millionbookread.com/!
Tags: A Whole Nother Story, adventure stories, Another Whole Nother Story, Bloomsbury Books for Kids, book reviews, Dr. Cuthbert Soup, humorous science fiction, Middle Grade books, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection, time travel, Tween fiction
Hold onto your hats for one wild and hilarious adventure in A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup.
Mr. Cheesman has invented a device so powerful that all sorts of evildoers want to get their hands on it. The LVR can do an amazing thing–which I won’t tell you because you need to read the book–and what that means for Mr. Cheeseman and his “three attractive, polite, relatively odor-free children” is running from town to town to stay away from the bad guys and changing their names, hoping to stay in one place long enough for the kids to make friends and maybe explore their interests.
I’ll have to tell my husband that I have officially found my lost sense of humor. He believes I have none. But I laughed so much while reading this book, I thought he was going to have me committed. Not only has Dr. Soup created a great group of zany characters in A Whole Nother Story, this book has an exciting plot with a story told by an engaging and entertaining narrator.
Since Dr. Soup is the founder and president of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice, the reader will also find several bits of unsolicited advice within the pages of A Whole Nother Story. A brief interview with Dr. Soup appears at the end of the book, along with a short excerpt from the next book, Another Whole Nother Story, which I look forward to reading soon.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Soup and his books, I suggest you visit his amazing website at http://awholenotherbook.com/.
If every book was as funny and engaging as this one, there would be no such thing as reluctant readers.
Also available in audio and Kindle editions.
Tags: Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!, Cheryl Malandrinos, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection. The Trunk in the Attic
Katie and Jake are spending summer vacation with Aunt Jean on the farm. She has many portraits of their relatives hanging on the wall, and she says that Katie and Jake carry the wanderlust gene that Great-Grandpa Henry had.
With the help of their dog, Cooper, Katie and Jake find a manhole cover with a handle in the yard and pull it up to find Dirk from Holland climbing out. Their conversation and a mysterious noise leads Katie and Jake to investigate Aunt Jean’s attic, where they find a talking trunk, some mysterious items and two purple bracelets that allow them to become Undercover Kids like Dirk.
Katie, Jake and Cooper travel through the tunnel where they first saw Dirk and end up in Holland where they learn more about the Dutch. Cooper disappears and Katie, Jake and Dirk must find him before their time runs out and Katie and Jake are forced to return home without him.
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King James II runs away from England and soon ends up in France with his friend Louis XIV, plotting and planning the downfall of England. The army in Ireland was committed to restoring King James II to his throne. The residents of Londonderry, however, were making preparations for a prolonged siege.
The French officers that followed James on his journey to Dublin decided that it wouldn’t be long before Londonderry was in their hands, if the residents put up any type of fight at all.
Wouldn’t they be surprised?
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Tags: From the Family Bookshelf, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection
Well, it finally stopped snowing. When I went outside about an hour ago, we had 21 inches. Yes, nearly two feet of snow in one day. With drifts and the clearing of the driveway Dad did before he left for work this morning, only about 18 inches of my lammpost is visible. They are calling it the worst blizzard since 1978 – http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampden/%22Worst-storm-since-Blizzard-of-%2778%22.
Speaking of Dad, in this issue of From the Family Bookshelf, you’ll notice he’s still reading the same book, Cell: A Novel by Stephen King. The poor guy. He got one week off between Christmas and New Year’s, and now he’s back to 60 hour work weeks.
The Lil Diva and the Lil Princess received books for Christmas. Their Diary of a Wimpy Kid collection is now complete. We read through the first book in the series and then moved on to The Last Straw. We’re now reading Rodrick Rules together, and the Lil Diva is reading Dog Day s by herself for her school reading log. After reading so many of these books, I can see what one reviewer was commenting on with the new book and how the main character never grows or changes.
The Lil Princess is also reading Marvin Redpost: A Flying Birthday Cake? by Louis Sachar. I might have to buy her some of these for Easter.
Then comes me, Mom. My list is a decent size this time too:
Finding God: To Believe or Not Believe by Nick Oliva (spiritual nonfiction)
The fourth book in the Extreme Devotion series by Kathi Macias, Red Ink (Christian contemporary international thriller)
The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Larkin (YA Fantasy)
Hurricane Mia by Donna Marie Seim (Middle Grade novel)
Red in the Flower Bed by Andrea Nepa (children’s picture book)
The Rewritten Word by Aggie Villanueva (writing craft)
I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson (tween fiction)
Chasing the Spirit of Service by Kristen Zajac (children’s picture book)
Lily and the City of Light by Lindsay Bonilla (children’s picture book)
Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” by Margot Finke (children’s picture book)
Cinderfella and the Furry Grandmother by Dixie Phillips (children’s picture book)
Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani (children’s picture book)
The Butt Book by Artie Bennett (children’s picture book)
Tell Me About That Horse by Vaughn Wilson (picture book/coffee table book)
A Higher Court by John Betcher (literary fiction)
Falling Home by Karen White
Second Chance by Sandra Gerencher
I am currently reading A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup.
Until next time, keep reading!
Tags: adoption, animal lovers books, autism, book reviews, books that teach a lesson, Pet lovers books, Sandra Gerencher, Second Chance, teaching children about adoption, The Children's and Teens Book Connection, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection, virtual book tour
A story that will delight you and touch your heart is what you will find in Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism and His Shelter Dog by Sandra J. Gerencher.
Chance is a shelter dog who spends his day in a pen with his pal, Ruffles. One day, a woman and a boy come to the shelter. The boy jumps up and down with excitement and chews on the sleeve of his coat. Chance soon is getting hugs from all the people and the shelter and is taken by car to a new place, where he finds out he has been adopted, just like Ryan, the little boy who chews on his sleeve. Problem is, he doesn’t know what adopted means. He knows that his new brother and sister, the Pomeranians, were also adopted, but they can’t tell him what it means. But soon Ryan explains all about being adopted and Chance is so very happy that he has a forever home.
This is such a sweet book. Told from Chance’s point of view, we follow him on his journey from meeting his new Mom and Ryan, to the drive home, to settling in and meeting his doggie brothers and sister–P.J., Little Rascal (who was not adopted), and Shelby, and the way things run around his new home. Chance has the curiosity of a child, so it is no surprise that he and Ryan connect so well.
What is so wonderful about Second Chance is that it carries with it the message of unconditional love. As Ryan explains all about the many foster homes he’s been in and finally being adopted by his new Mom, and the reader gets to listen to Chance’s thoughts on how his story is not very different from Ryan’s in many ways, the reader can see just how much of a blessing adoption can be when the right match is made.
Your family will love reading Second Chance by Sandra J. Gerencher. The many photos make it a special read aloud book that everyone will enjoy.
Read more about Chance and Ryan at www.chancetheshelterdog.com!
Second Chance is also available in a Kindle edition!
Tags: books for young readers, Chapter books, children's books, Children's picture books, Middle Grade books, Teen fiction, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection, Tween fiction, Young Adult fiction
Around the beginning of January I usually post about my favorite books from the previous year. I am holding off for a little bit because I still have one YA novel that I’ve had for a while that I would like to read before posting my favorites.
There will be a new From the Family Bookshelf column coming soon. Right now, the snow is falling fast and it’s possible I will lose my Internet connection. That storm that pummeled the Southeast is now up here in the north making a menace of itself.
If I have power and Internet access later today I’ll try to post my From the Family Bookshelf column then.
Stay safe everyone!
Tags: book reviews, coming of age stories, Growing Up Gracie, LDS fiction, Maggie Fechner, Teen fiction, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection, Young Adult fiction
Growing Up Gracie by Maggie Fechner is a coming-of-age story many teens will enjoy.
Gracie Fremont is the fifth of six kids growing up in Cody, Wyoming. She struggles to find her place in the world and what exactly makes her special. Committed to, yet, unsure in her faith, Gracie searches for answers. As she matures from child to young woman, Gracie discovers that with Divine guidance, even an ordinary girl from Cody, Wyoming can lead an extraordinary life.
This is a charming story of one girl finding her place and learning to seek God’s guidance in her daily life. I especially enjoyed how Fechner created Gracie’s tiny circle of friends, and how their relationships evolved over the years. She also created a fine picture for the reader of life in Cody, Wyoming and the daily life in a LDS community.
The pace of this story burbles along like a country stream, flowing well with the overall setting of Growing Up Gracie and the lives of its characters. Fechner did not spare Gracie many disappointments, but she also gave her glorious triumphs.
The one challenge I had with the book is that it covered so many years in Gracie’s life, I felt characters got lost from time to time. The book opens with Gracie and her best friend Liza Roberts playing hide-and-seek in Liza’s home. Gracie is five. By the next chapter she is seven and meets Chelsea Copeland for the first time. Chelsea, Liza, and Gracie are as thick as thieves and their adventures are often mentioned in the pages that follow, as are the changes in Gracie’s home. But at some point, Chelsea drops off the radar and she isn’t mentioned for a while. I’m left wondering what happened to her. Did she move away? Did the girls have a fight?
A similar thing happens to Cade. It seems these two were being set up for a long friendship, but then Cade disappears and we only hear about him one other time after several years have passed, even though it appears he still lives in Cody. And then there is Quentin. Gracie befriends him in wood shop. He becomes a big part of the book. Something happens between them–which I’m definitely not going to share–but then poof, he’s gone for a bit. When I looked back, Quentin was only gone for around 20 pages, but the pace of the book made it seem longer.
I kept trying to figure out what this book was like, and it kind of reminded me of the hit family drama, The Wonder Years, starring Fred Savage. The narrator is an older and wiser Gracie sharing the story of her childhood. The prologue kind of threw me for a minute because it takes place when Gracie is obviously a young woman, and then in Chapter One she is five. Overall it was a wonderful story and I might read it again to see if I have a different impression of how the passage of time impacts the plot.
If you’re looking for a story that combines family, friendship, and faith, Growing Up Gracie by Maggie Fechner would be a good choice.
Tags: Artie Bennett, book reviews, books that teach a lesson, children's books, Children's picture books, Dr. Seuss, humorous children's book, Rhyming books, The Butt Book, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection, The Tooth Book, Theo LeSieg
Every once in a while you come across a book that you immediately call out to the kids and say, “Come here, you have to see this book!” That’s what I did when I received an email from Artie Bennett that included a PDF that said “Butt Book.” Now, I’m sorry, but for something that says that, I’ll risk downloading a virus. Okay, maybe not, but it definitely was worth it.
I laughed like crazy as I read The Butt Book. I don’t know how many of you own The Tooth Book by Theo. LeSieg–who knows Dr. Seuss rather well–but, The Butt Book, is a sillier, zanier version of that story and talks about bottoms, how handy they are to have, and many of the creatures who have them.
My daughters have brought every one of their friends up to my office to read this book. It is uproariously funny, and the illustrations provided by Mike Lester are just as crazy as Bennett’s rhymes.
I have never laughed so hard in my life. Boys and girls will love this one!