Category Archives: Children’s Books

September TumbleBooks Book Club [For Kids!]

How It Works

  • Ask your library if they have access to TumbleBooks. It could be linked through your libraries website under ebooks. For access through the Albany Public library go here (my local library.)
  • Read one of the suggested books a week with your kid(s.) I’d love to hear their thoughts on the books too!
  • Comment on this post, or write your own blog post about the experience. Let me know which book was your favorite.
  • If you have a blog you can add our badge to your post/site to encourage others to join in.

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Septembers’s Theme is…

Friends!

Week 1: Bully Goat Grim, Author: Willy Claflin, TumbleTime: 13 minutes 50 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 4.9

Week 2: Enemy Pie, Author: Derek Munson, TumbleTime: 10 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 3.2

Week 3: Best Friend Trouble, Author: Frances Itani, TumbleTime: 8 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 3.0

Week 4: I Miss Franklin P. Shuckles, Author: Ulana Snihura, TumbleTime: 7 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 2.2

September

Bonus: Watch a movie about friends we particularly like Lilo & Stitch.

Introducing the TumbleBooks Book Club

As a member of our local library board I enjoying trying to use all the services our library has to offer and encouraging others to do the same. One of the best kept secrets of our library is TumbleBooks. An online eBook reader for kids. In order to encourage others to use TumbleBooks to read with their kids I’m starting a monthly TumbleBooks book club. I choose June as the launching month because I know how important it is to keep kids reading through the summer months. Hopefully this will be a fun way for your kids to read all summer long!

How To Join:

  1. Ask your local library if they offer TumbleBooks, or check out the Albany Public Library collection. (If you don’t have access to TumbleBooks you can still participate by checking the books out at your library.)
  2. Read one of the suggested books a week with your kid(s.) I’d love to hear their thoughts on the books too!
  3. Comment on this post, or write your own blog post about the experience. Let me know which book was your favorite.
  4. If you have a blog you can add our badge to your post/site to encourage others to join in.

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June’s Theme is…

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Chickens!

Week 1:  Chicken Big, Author: Keith GravesTumbleTime9 minutes and 20 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 2.7 

Week 2: Can Hens Give Milk?, AuthorJoan Betty StuchnerTumbleTime7 minutes and 45 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 3.0 

Week 3: Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken, AuthorKate DiCamilloTumbleTime11 minutes and 30 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 3.8 

Week 4:  Coriander the Contrary Hen, AuthorDori Chaconas,  TumbleTime9 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 2.9 

June Book Club

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Chicken Facts:

  • Over 9 billion chickens are raised for food annually in the US.giphy (1)
  • With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.
  • Chickens are omnivores. They eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.
  • There are roughly 280 million laying birds in the United States, and each produces 250 to 300 eggs a year.

More chicken facts at the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom page.

Bonus chicken craft to do with your kids.

Drop Everything and Read 2016

deardayD.E.A.R Day is coming up tomorrow April 12th. Drop Everything and Read is a celebration of author Beverly Cleary’s Birthday.  To celebrate you simply pick a time (at least 30 mins), pick a book, and just read. It’s the perfect holiday if you ask me.

Other Ideas for Celebrating:

  • Read a book by Beverly Cleary, like Ramona Quimby, Age 8, the inspiration for D.E.A.R day. Challenge yourself to start and finish it in one day.
  • Go to the library and read there. Our library has lots of comfortable reading areas. Find a book on the shelf and sit down and read. If you like the book check it out.
  • Read a book that ties into a favorite TV. For kids read an Arthur book, like Arthur’s New Puppy or Curious George. For adults try something like this Downtown Abby inspired novel or George RR Martins A Game of Thorns.
  • Watch an interview with one of your favorite authors. Check out this great list from Reading Rockets. Then read a book by that author.
  • Do a book craft with your kids.
  • Lastly, you could to wear it. Wear a fun t-shirt, do your nail literary style (I have lots of great ideas on this pin board,) wear a vintage library button, something to say “I’m Love Reading!” I will be wearing Jamberry “Word to the Wise” nail wraps.

Bonus: Watch the Oregon Public Broadcasting special on Beverly Cleary.

 

 

5 Books for 5 Year Olds

My Goddaughter is now 5, and has started Kindergarten. We are able to read longer books now and she is even able to sound out some of the words herself. Looking back over the 5 Books for 4 Year Olds post I see some she still likes (The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?), and others that we have not read in a long time.

Here are some of her favorite books right now.

  1. Bad Kitty Gets A Bath & Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle MurrayWe have read these books so many times I’ve lost count. The original Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy picture books are still favorites, but these comic/chapter books bring Kitty’s hijinks to a new level. These are laugh out loud funny to the five-year-old even if she nearly has them memorized.
  2. Cloudy With a Chance of MeatballsShe came home from school one afternoon and announced that they had read a book at school that I had never heard of. When she told me it was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, I had to take her upstairs and show her my copy. We’ve only read it about 100 times since that day. 🙂
  3. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Along with the ever favorite The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham we have been enjoying the newer Cat in the Hat Learning Library books. The ones we’ve collected so far are There’s No Place Like Space!, Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?, and Oh Say Can You Seed? These books are bright and colorful and having the rhyming meter that Dr. Seuss was know for, and they contain lots of great facts for learning about their subjects. Next are on list is Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?
  4. The_Good_Dinosaur_01 Anna’s Best Friends and Disney Story CentralFrozen is huge here, as I suspect it is any where there is a little girl these days. Which is why she loves the Step into Reading Books about the characters from Frozen, and of course they are even better if they come with stickers inside! And then there are the e-books from Disney Story Central. She loves having the computer read the books to her and can spend a lot of time reading and re-reading the Disney books there.
  5. Any With Dinosaurs -Whether it’s the Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, or The Good Dinosaur if it has dinosaurs she loves it! She’s always loved dinosaurs, but as she grows up she is able to pay attention more to factual books as well as fiction books staring her favorite per-historic creatures.