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


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

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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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

MCBD Book Review: Someone New #ReadYourWorld


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.

Someone New


I was asked to review Someone New by Anne Sibley O'Brien, published by Charlesbridge Press. All thoughts are my own.

Someone New by Anne Sibley O'Brien is a companion book to I'm New Here (read my review here) and revists the story from the perspective of the three kids already at the school who each reach out to welcome the new immigrant students. What I appreciate about Someone New is that it focuses attention on the individual choices that people have to make - to be friendly, to reach out, to take a risk on inviting someone on your team, etc. and how these small moments of courage can be so important for someone else.

I shared both of these books with my fifth graders at the beginning of the school year. We had some wonderful conversations around the ways that each character has to choose to take action and the impact it has. These books are great for building classroom community as well as encouraging kids to see themselves as part of the global community too. Strongly recommended.


Join us for Multicultural Children's Book Day - read on!

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media!


MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

FREE RESOURCES From MCBD


Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: https://wp.me/P5tVud-1H

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTVLerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. SwiftT.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianClaudia SchwamLori DeMoniaTerri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on itGrowing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

MCBD Book Review: The Turtle Ship #ReadYourWorld


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.

The Turtle Ship



I was delighted to receive a review copy of The Turtle Ship courtesy of Lee & Low Books. All thoughts are my own.

The Turtle Ship is inspired by the true story of Korean Admiral Yi Sun-sin and his Turtle Ship, thought to be the earliest ironclad ship, predating the US Civil War era Monitor and the Merrimack by a few hundred years. Told in the style of a folktale, Sun-sin is presented as a young boy, whose friendship with a lowly turtle helps him discover the true strength and wisdom in a turtle's design.

This is a charming story, well-written and entertaining, and readers will love learning about the inventiveness of this time in history. The cut-paper collage for the illustrations is stunning and provides a great color pattern and dynamism for the story. I always appreciate a book with backmatter, and this one provides great details about what is known about the Turtle Ships as well as a bibliography and note from the author and illustrator.

I strongly recommend this book for classrooms, libraries, and families!

Interested in doing more for Multicultural Children's Book Day? Read on!

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media!


MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

FREE RESOURCES From MCBD


Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: https://wp.me/P5tVud-1H

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTVLerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. SwiftT.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianClaudia SchwamLori DeMoniaTerri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on itGrowing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.