Saturday, July 13, 2019

Book Recommendation: We're Not From Here #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

We're Not From Here

Recommended by CG


Hi, this is We're Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey. This is a dystopia book. This book is about how humans destroy earth so now they're living on Mars. Then everything starts going wrong so then they have to go to Choom. The Choom government says they can come.

Twenty years later the humans arrive at Choom but now the Choom government does not like them all of a sudden. Read the book to find out what happens next.

This book is very good because it is humorous and it is always interesting. If you liked Ready Player One or Armada you will love this book. This is very good that you will love.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Best Book List: Adventure and Mystery #bestbooks #iLoveMG

At the end of the year, I asked my fifth grade students to create their own Best Book List, themed however they wished. Click our Best Book tag for more lists or #iLoveMG for individual books recommended by my fifth graders. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Check out #3rdfor3rd for kid recommendations from when I taught third grade.

10+ books that have adventures and mysteries, and much more!

Recommended by AH


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Warrior series by Erin Hunter
Harlem Charade Natasha Tarpley
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
Whittington by Alan Armstrong
Inside out and Back again by Thanhha Lai
The One and Only Ivan by K.A Applegate
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Wishtree by K.A Applegate
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Moo by Sharon Creech

Click here for all of our Best Books posts or here for more great middle grade recommendations. What are your favorite fantasy books?

Monday, July 1, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 07/01/19



It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.



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I'm getting back into the blogging grove (or trying to)! I'm hoping to at least (re)commit to posting #IMWAYR posts once a a month, and I've been putting together book view and favorite book list posts that my fifth graders wrote this year.

Looking forward to a school year with no new preps (first time in over three years) and a sixteen-month old with a modicum of self-direction to give me a little space inside my own head. We'll see!

Middle Grade



The Bridge Home (2019) by Padma Venkatraman. This is the powerful story of two sisters, runaways to "the city" (Chennai, India), and the challenges they face there. The characters are immediately engaging and pull you into the story, and the writing is quick-paced and descriptive.


Blended (2019) by Sharon Draper. Sixth grade Isabella feels literally split in half by her divorced parents and her mixed-race heritage. This book draws you in and slowly builds in very thought-provoking subplots about divorce, racism, microaggressions, and even police shootings. Well-written, and I loved Isabella's voice and insights.

Young Adult / Adult



Laurie Halse Anderson's poetry memoir, Shout, is electric and a must-read.

Will I see any of you next week at Nerd Camp?

Happy Reading!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Book Recommendation: The Mad Wolf's Daughter #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

The Mad Wolf's Daughter

Recommended by LH


The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras, is a very good historical fiction book. It’s set in medieval times. Unlike most things in that time, the hero is a girl. The main character, Drest, has to save her family from being executed. She has five days to find them and save them before they are executed. She encounters friends and foes, twists and turns, and witches in the forest.

Can she save them? How far is she willing to go for her family? I give this book five stars.

Click here for all of our #iLoveMG posts. What are your favorite middle grade books?

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Best Book List: Awesome Books #bestbooks #iLoveMG

At the end of the year, I asked my fifth grade students to create their own Best Book List, themed however they wished. Click our Best Book tag for more lists or #iLoveMG for individual books recommended by my fifth graders. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Check out #3rdfor3rd for kid recommendations from when I taught third grade.

Some Fantasy Books and Other Awesome Books

Recommended by AG

 
Another student designed this cover for Ruby on the Outside

Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
Gregor the Overlander #1 by Suzanne Collins
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Baskin
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
3 x Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Wish by Barbara O'Connor
Rain, Reign by Ann. M. Martin
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Serpent Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Click here for all of our Best Books posts or here for more great middle grade recommendations. What are your favorite fantasy books?

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Book Recommendation: The Thief Lord #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

The Thief Lord

Recommended by DG


The book The Thief Lord is a realistic fiction novel written by Cornelia Funke.

It takes place in Venice Italy. Prosper and Bo are runaways from their Aunt and Uncle, who's plans are to separate them, they seek refuge in a gang led by Scipio, who takes the name the Thief Lord. Prosper and Bo meet the rest of the gang, Hornet, Mosca, and Riccio, and they are welcomed into their secret hideout, an old run-down movie theater. But when a detective steps in trouble runs along their path. Secrets are unfurled, a friend is untrusted, and a chance that will change someone's life forever will take root in an all grand adventure.

This book is given adventure in a beautiful city, mysteries that twist the plot, and secrets that the reader is to find out. The characters are well-thought of and each have their own personality, which makes the book all more exciting. The writing in this book includes some Italian words, and a Glossary in the back defining each one.

"This is our…… home. The best home we've ever had. And he spoiled it all. And now he gets coffee as a reward?" is what Riccio had said when the gang was eating breakfast while talking about their "captured detective".

If you like a tiny bit of magic, mystery, a book with another language which you can learn from, and secrets to solve then you will love this book.

The Thief Lord is a great book for Middle Realistic Fiction to Teen Realistic Fiction which includes things that a reader would love to read. The reader is able to train their mind on thinking about what the characters look like. This book is one of the ones that should be on your must-read list!

Student-designed cover for The Thief Lord


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Friday, January 25, 2019

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day!


Today is our 6th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day, welcome!

I am thrilled to again be joining up with Multicultural Children's Book Day as a co-host and book reviewer. Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

Here’s how to celebrate:


  • Link up your diversity book reviews at the bottom of this post.
  • Join us tonight at our 6th annual Twitter Party! Follow @McChildsBookDay to join in on the diverse book discussions, discover new titles and authors and for a chance to win one of our twelve book bundles. Party time is 9 pm to 10 pm EST. RSVP here. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld.

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the Sponsors, Authors, Publishers, Organizations, Book Reviewers, Book Donators, Parents, Caregivers, Educators and Librarians who devote their time and energy to helping us to achieve our mission of getting multicultural children's and YA books into the hands of readers. We appreciate you!


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