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Children’s Resource: Reading Beyond Booklist

16 Jun

ReadingBeyondLOGO-_FINALI’m so excited to promote this amazing booklist, just in time for summer reading and all those parents looking for books for their kids who read beyond their grade level.

The Reading Beyond booklist is a list of “75 titles chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee to provide guidance to parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and anyone interested in discovering books for children who read at an advanced level and are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate, books.” (CBC website)

The list is broken down into three areas:

  • Kindergarten & 1st graders reading at a 3rd grade level
  • 2nd & 3rd graders reading at a 5th grade level
  • 4th & 5th graders reading at a 7th grade level

This list was curated with special care looking for diverse titles in different genres in the hopes that there is something for each and every child looking for some new titles. And I know, because I was able to be on this amazing committee working on this list for the past year. It was not an easy list of books to come up with as there was a lot of back and forth – whether the content was appropriate for the reader, whether the reading level was too easy or too difficult and ensuring that diversity was well represented with the list.

Share this great curated and annotated reading list with friends, family and your libraries!

15 Picture Books to Celebrate Ramadan

2 Jun

Ramadan

  1. It’s Ramadan, Curious George by H.A. Rey, Hena Khan, illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young
  2. Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman, illustrated by Sue Williams

  3. Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  4. The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon

  5. My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
  6. Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr by Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Holli Conger
  7. The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen
  8. A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen
  9. Ilyas & Duck: Fantastic Festival Eid-al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja, illustrated by Leo Antolini
  10. Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale by Fawzia Gilani-Williams, illustrated by Proiti Roy
  11. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  12. Time to Pray by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon
  13. Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Lea Lyon
  14. Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi, illustrated by Omar Rauuan
  15. Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr Story by Jonny Zucker, illustrated by Jan Barger

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

24 Young Adult Books Featuring Black Protagonists

24 Mar

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My goal was to get this list out during Black History Month, but in all honesty these are amazing books that can be read any time of the year. Like my chapter book list, this list includes historical fiction, realistic fiction and fantasy novels with characters that are black, biracial from around the world.

  1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Fly Girl by
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  5. Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
  6. This Side of Home by Renée Watson
  7. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  8. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  9. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
  10. The Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  11. The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
  12. Hot Girl by Dream Jordan
  13. If I Tell by Janet Gurtler
  14. Tyrell by Coe Booth
  15. After Tupac & Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
  16. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  17. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  18. Fake ID by Lamar Giles
  19. Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
  20. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  21. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  22. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  23. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  24. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

10 Titles for St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

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Grab your favorite leprechaun and pick up a book about St. Patrick, Ireland and the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  2. A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Tom Curry
  3. The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Ethan Long
  4. Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
  5. Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk: An Irish Tale by Gerald McDermott
  6. The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer
  7. The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
  8. That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
  9. O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
  10. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tome DePaola
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