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20 Titles for National Foster Care Month

5 May

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I’m always looking for ways to create book lists that I think are needed by people around the world, so when I saw that May is National Foster Care Month, I knew it would be a great time to gather some titles that show kids in foster care. I tried to provide some picture books, early chapter books, middle grade novels and teen novels – mainly focused on a story where foster care is part of a character’s life rather than focusing on too many “issue” type books where the book was written specifically to address the issue. I did include a few, that I found multiple times on other reading lists and didn’t think I should ignore. Now a quick caveat, there are as many different types of foster care situations as there are people, so even though I tried to provide a diverse list, the number of books about foster care are slim. I also tried very hard to focus on foster care, rather than adoption because (although some stories end with adoption) not all stories end that way and I wanted to be able to offer some kids mirrors for what their own lives look like right now. So, if I missed something that you think should be on the list, please share it, so that others will get your recommendations as well!

  1. Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman, illustrated by Kathy O’Malley
  2. Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon
  3. Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright, illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis
  4. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  5. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  6. Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  7. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  8. Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live with Their Parents by Janice Levy, illustrated by Whitney Martin
  9. Summer of the Gypsy Months by Sara Pennypacker
  10. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  11. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  12. Pictures of Hollis Woods Patricia Reilly Giff
  13. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
  14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  15. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  16. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  17. Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch
  18. Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
  19. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  20. Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth edited by Diane René Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman
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Picture Book Month Theme: Bunnies

30 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Wee Little Rabbit by Lauren Thompson
  3. Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
  4. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
  5. Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby
  6. Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
  7. White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
  8. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
  9. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  10. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Picture Book Month Theme: Farm

25 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora
  3. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  4. Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
  5. This Little Chick by John Lawrence
  6. I Spy On the Farm by Edward Gibbs
  7. Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming
  8. Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner
  9. Otis by Loren Long
  10. Cock-a-Doodle Hoooooo! by Nick Manning

Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Destiny)

1 Sep

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Destiny (Teen)

Big-Logo-Destiny-Wallpaper-HDDestiny is a first-person shooter set in a science fiction setting where the player becomes a Guardian to protect Earth’s last safe city where they yield the Light power to protects the city’s residents against a variety of alien races.  Books chosen for this video game include stories based in post apocalyptic settings where aliens are not uncommon and survival is key.  The books listed below are for teen readers and filled with action and adventure if a futuristic setting.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie has survived the first four waves as the beings who look human kill anyone they come across.  The name of the game is survival and Cassie knows that in order to survive she must trust no one.  But when her brother is taken from her, Cassie must choose to find him herself or to trust Evan Walker who may just be able to help.  And she needs to decide soon, because the 5th wave is coming…
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
15-year-old Daisy is sent to visit her aunt and four cousins in England, but soon after she arrives, her aunt must go away on business and the next day a bomb is dropped on London.  Soon, the farm on which Daisy is staying with her cousins becomes a place more isolated as the world comes to terms with an unnamed enemy.  Without any adults, Daisy and her cousins must make tough choices in order to survive – stay on the farm or leave?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Todd is run out of town – a town in which all the women have been killed and your thoughts are broadcast out loud for all the hear.  The cacophony of sound is almost overwhelming, but Todd knows that the town holds a secret.  Soon he is on the run with only his loyal dog (and the dog’s thoughts) to keep him company, until he comes across a silent girl.  Does she hold the key to find the answer to the secret Todd’s been searching for?
Icons by Margaret Stohl
Dol is one of four teenagers that survived The Day and are immune to the Icons powers.  The day the Icons came to Earth many people died, the power stopped and somehow Dol survived.  Soon the four realize they have more in common than they thought and their intense emotions which once got them into trouble are now a strength they need to survive.
Under the Dome by Stephen King
On a regular day in Chester’s Mill, Maine an invisible force field surrounds the town and separates it from the world.  Planes are crashing, people are separated from their families and no one knows what is happening.  A few unexpected townspeople bond together against a politician who will stop at nothing to hold onto his power in the town.  But the situation is dire because time is running out.  This book has also been adapted to television on the CBS network.

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Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Lego Games)

16 Jun

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Lego Games (Everyone 10+)

LEGO Video Games_1Lego Games are quite extensive with over 50 games released under the Lego umbrella. This list focuses more closely on the super hero, Star Wars, adventure style games that are so popular right now. The following titles are great for children entering the chapter book world and also make great read alouds together as a family. All the titles listed are the first in a series, making it easy to grab another title your child is sure to love!

Captain Awesome to the Rescue (Captain Awesome series) by Stan Kirby

Second grader, Eugene love comic books and superheroes so when he moves to a new school, he dusts off his own cape and his alter-ego Captain Awesome to find the class’ missing hamster!

The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich (Melvin Beederman series) by Greg Trine

Melvin Beederman may not be the best superhero around, but he’s committed to the job… that is, until his cape gets misplaced at the dry cleaner’s and he loses his superpowers! Will Melvin be able to race to the rescue, if he can’t fly?

Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power series) by Jacqueline Jules

Freddie receives a mysterious package – inside? Zapato Power shoes that give Freddie super speed! Soon he’s zipping through the neighborhood using his powers for good.

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady series) by Jarrett Krosoczka

She’s a lunch lady by day, but she’s also a crime-fighting super hero! This mission –prevent all the popular teachers from being replaced by robots. Her high-tech lunchroom gadgets – a hairnet net, linguini lasso, and her fish stick nunchucks will help her save the day!

Super Amoeba (Squish series)by Jennifer L. Holm

Squish is navigating the difficult world of being a kid – school, home, friends and being a super hero all at the same time, especially because he’s only an amoeba! A fun series for both boys and girls in the graphic novel format.

 

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