Apr 222013

The Saurus Street series

The Saurus Street Series

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
When Jack wishes for his own Tyrannosaurus, he doesn’t expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch.

A Pterodatyl Stole My Homework
What bad luck! Just when Sam’s finished his homework a pterodactyl flies through the window and steals it.
The Very Naughty Velociraptor
Tom and Tam are horrified when they find out Great Aunt Gertrude is coming to stay. She’s got bad breath, smelly feet and her false teeth like to bite.

An Allosaurus ate my Uncle
When Susie won’t hand over her pocket money to her mean cousin Walter, he locks her in the attic.

(Includes a video of the author, Nick Falk discussing the books and a video of the illustrator, Tony Flowers, drawing dinosaurs) => http://bit.ly/ZB8qhO

Mar 222013

If the act of rereading a book is partly about remembering the you who paged through it the first time, and comparing that version of yourself to the one dipping into that book again, the classics that we read in high school offer endless possibilities for rediscovery, for looking at ourselves then and now. That’s part of what makes Kevin Smokler’s new book, Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School, so much fun. His homages to 50 titles, including Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, The Bluest Eye, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, and even The Scarlet Letter (he writes, “I don’t like it either,” but argues for rereading it nonetheless), offers a truly enjoyable trip down one’s personal memory lane of books. It’s also a love letter to the act of reading, to continual learning, and to making an effort to slow down and savor the good books in life.

=> http://bit.ly/YmelCy

Jan 012013

Between Shades of Gray
Winner – Fiction – 2012 Golden Kite Awards for Children’s Books

Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, in 1941. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.
Includes discussion questions and a free excerpt … => http://bit.ly/S31j0u

Mar 212011

Rumors have been swirling all day, but we wanted to wait for the official word. Well, it’s here! Lionsgate has confirmed that Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play Katniss Everdeen in the much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of the bestselling trilogy from Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games.

=> http://bit.ly/gf2Hlb

Mar 082011

Puffin are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series with new look book covers!

Today on London’s Piccadilly Circus, the jaw-dropping new covers for Eoin Colfer’s ARTEMIS FOWL books were premiered in front of eager fans.

This is the moment the covers were unveiled on the giant screen! Puffin are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the bestselling series with a packed year, so find out more at www.artemisfowl.co.uk

Jan 132011

The internet has become integral in the education of students of all ages across the world but it has become especially important in the reading development of young children. Children these days love to play games on the internet, even at a very young age, since computers and the internet are so easily accessible at home and at school. Many internet companies have turned their online games into learning modules for children, especially ones that teach reading and reading comprehension. Most of the reading websites that offer online reading for kids are free of charge, but some of the more involved ones offer subscriptions and different courses for teaching reading to children.

One of the best features of online reading for children is the fact that the websites and electronic books are offered in thousands of languages, which means that there are zero language barriers that can cause the child to struggle when learning to read. Most of the websites and books can either be translated into the child’s language or purchased in the child’s language without any problems. Another feature of online reading for kids is the ease of access should there not be any physical paperback or hardback books readily available for the child to use. Physical books are not always readily available, but online reading can be performed on computers, iPods, iPads, iPhones, BlackBerry smartphones, Android phones, laptops and eBook readers. This means that your child will be able to read online no matter where they are located.

Online reading for kids also includes picture books that are available on the internet. Picture books can help children with word association so they know what a dog, a cat, a cow and other animals are in relation to their names. The best way to learn a new language these days, no matter your age, is using the internet. The same can be said for children who are learning a second language. Hundreds of language teaching websites and eBooks are on the internet today that can teach kids who are using online reading as an education aid.

If your child is a very young learner, around the age of two, there are digitized audio books that can have the text read aloud while the child looks at the text on the screen. Hearing the text read aloud to them while looking at the text will help young children learn the sounds of words as well as what they look like as well. Cultural interest also helps online reading for kids because it lets them read works from other countries all over the world. Children will be able to see what other culture’s literature is like and whether or not they use pictures too. Online reading for children has become an excellent method to teach young children the ins and outs of reading. This includes learning larger words, learning reading comprehension, learning to match pictures with words and learning proper grammar used in the United States today.

Nicole Roberts
Welcome to Reading Is Fun For All, inside you will discover an amazing selection of low priced and excellent quality online reading for kids.

Nov 272010


David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Kids, ballerinas from the South Shore Ballet Theatre, who performed at the opening celebration, and a large white rabbit checked out the exhibit.

Exercise at the library? It may sound kid of odd. But organizers of the “Literacise” event today at the Boston Public Library say that when kids exercise, it may make them better able to focus their minds and sit down and read.

Nov 242010

Bring award-winning novels to life with this interactive middle school language arts curriculum. Kaleidoscope presents a movie theatre interface for learning about language and literature. Students visit the box office and start with the activity in Movie Theatre 1. Then they complete all six activities in order. In the activities, students study the characters and create a movie poster to promote the book.