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Subject: helping parents find good books for their kids to read
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 2:48 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2008
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Hello - As a mom of 15 years, bookseller of 13 and avid lover of kid's books, I want to help parents find good books for their kids to read, especially kids who are reading above their grade level. I started a blog where I review books and make suggestions and compile book lists. This is a passion of mine and not a money making venture, thus there is no advertising on my site. I am most interested in chapter books in the 2nd - 6th grade reading levels as well as books that are a little out of the ordinary. If you have any great titles you can suggest to me for review, I would love it. Thanks - Tanya www.booksforyourkids.com
Subject: books for children
Date Posted: 9/20/2008 11:37 AM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2008
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Hi Tanya,

Thanks for doing this!  I am an elementary school principal of a charter school and it is tough to refer parents to books their children will like.

Honey for a Child's Heart is a good booklist book

Have you linkied them to Lexile.com?  That will help parents find books right in the challenge area of their child's reading level. 

We have a lot of nonfiction in our library, classics, etc.

2nd grade- Hank the Cowdog!  We howled at these books- and the  Flat Stanley Series, Cam Jansen Books, Nate the Great, Freckle Juice, Ramona Books, Hundred Dresses

3rd grade- The Bobbsey Twins seem to be ageless, Alice in Wonderland,

4th grade- Robin Hood, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Chronicles of Narnia, Gulliver's Travels, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Pacific Crossing

5th grade- Red Badge of Courage, Pollyanna, and Sherlock Holmes are books are students love- The Penderwick Series, Caddie Woodlawn, Dear. Mr. Henshaw, My Brother Sam is Dead, Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Sarah Plain and Tall,

6th grade-Tale of Troy,  Little Women,  the Wtson's Go to Birmingham, the Day No Pigs Would Die, Long Way from Chicago, Where the Red Fern Grows,Old Yeller, The Yearling, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry,

Subject: books!
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 12:40 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2008
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Subject: Books!
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 12:42 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2008
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Holly - Thanks so much for your suggestions. I will try out those links. One of the issues I try to address with my site is the difficulty of navigating reading levels and their accuracy. I will add your titles (that aren't already in my pile) to my list of books to review. -Tanya ps - If you have any ideas on how I can reach a larger audience, please let me know. I am very new to blogging and am still stumbling my way around.
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2007
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http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homePage.do

Try this, you can use AR Levels/STARS Test results and grade levels..