A real life friend asked for some suggested reads for her advanced reading 2nd grader with a RL of 4.7. While this blog is focused on advanced readers ages 8-12, I’ve spent a lot of time digging up great reads for that 5-8 age category as well. Fortunately, most of the books in the lower reading level ranges are appropriate for… Read More
Thanks go to Steven for the funnies! Who knew cats were so literary? And because cats have imagination, too . . . Happy Weekend!
The idea fairy, of course. Mighty Mite (age 6) was tasked with completing 4 lines of written work, resembling a paragraph, for his Wednesday Writing homework. If the teachers thought using alliteration would make the 1st grader more excited about writing, they were wrong. Might Mite loathes writing. Abhors it. Would rather roll his eyes at me for a half… Read More
Do you know how there are days where time is a slippery eel that escapes your grasp, no matter what you do? When you stay up waaay past midnight, and only the kittens are up scampering around and everyone, including your spouse, has ditched you for dreamland, because you’re obsessively trying to finish that chapter? And then, a mere seconds after your… Read More
I happened upon a great post decrying the dearth of science fiction novels nominated in the Cybils Awards (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger Literary Awards). Out of 134 nominations, only 11 could be considered “real” science fiction – books that relied on science, not fantasy. Given that I’m writing a middle grade science fiction novel, this confirmed what I had observed on… Read More
Common Sense Media lauded a study on kids and media by the Kaiser Family Foundation, with the sobering conclusions that: Kids are using more media, and have discovered the time dilation effect that I’ve been searching for, packing over 10 hours of effective media use into 7 hours, via multitasking Preteens (ages 8-12) stand out for their heavy usage Kids… Read More