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A 5th Grade Teacher shares his thoughts on children's books!

Updated: 2010-06-11T16:37:19-05:00


When Books Could Change Your Life: Why What We Pore Over At 12 May Be The Most Important Reading We Ever Do | Baltimore City Paper


When Books Could Change Your Life: Why What We Pore Over At 12 May Be The Most Important Reading We Ever Do | Baltimore City Paper.



Author: Scott Westerfeld (westerblog) Lexile Score: 790 Genre: Steampunk! (sci-fi, historical fiction) Maturity level: 5th grade Pages: 434 Chapters: 41 Pages per chapter: 9-10 there are several full-page illustrations Theme: World War 1, Nature vs. Machine (do you oil your...



How cool is this? Word cloud art taken from this site:

When You Reach Me


Author: Rebecca Stead (website) Lexile Score: 750 Genre: Science Fiction, mystery Maturity level: 4th grade (although this may require some more mature thought, for maybe grade... OK I admit it I can barely fathom some of this myself) Pages: 197...

The Graveyard Book


So Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" won the Newbery, and it wasn't even on my radar. Well, I did have it on my amazon wishlist (where I put books I hear good things about but cannot find at the library...

Newbery Excitement!


I've spent the morning browsing the various Newbery predictions (Fuse #8, SLJ Heavy Medal) and thought I'd log my own for the record. I have read so many amazing books this year! Here are my top ten: Diamond Willow by...

Cybils Finalists!


Our Middle Grade Fiction Cybils panel has decided on our finalists! You can see all the finalists here. It was an amazing experience - reading so many awesome books over the course of two and a half months and then...

Cicada Summer


Author: Andrea Beaty Lexile Score: 840 Genre: Realistic Fiction/ Mystery/ Suspense Maturity level: 4th grade (death of a sibling, older man chokes the main character) Pages: 166 Chapters: 16 Pages per chapter: 10 Theme: Death, secrets, judging other people's character...



Author: Juanita Havill Illustrator: Stanislawa Kodman Lexile Score: N/A Genre: Realistic Fiction/ Verse Novel Maturity level: 2nd grade Pages: 159 Chapters: n/a - most poems are 1-3 pages long in about 14 point type Theme: Gardening, growing, nature vs. industry...

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