Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime

As seen on "Tween us" blog.

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime
There's a big trend of Facebook asking people to share the top ten books that have stayed with them or influenced them.  I'm loving reading these lists. What fascinates me is how many of the books I keep seeing listed are great books that are often first read during the tween years.
Here are the top 10 tween books that I have seen make appearances on several lists:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Englemockingbird
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Diary of Anne Frank
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Bonus book #11: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (This may be a little young but I'm willing to stretch it as I remember reading it third grade, and many kids then are 9, which counts as an early tween. The same may be true for others of these)
The lists also serves as a reminder of the many wonderful books available to our kids.
Seeing the lists of books that have stuck with people has reaffirmed for me the importance of reading as a tween. As busy as our kids are these days, it can be tough to carve out time for just sitting with a great book. That book may be one that stays with them throughout their lives, and what a gift that is.
What great books would you add to the list?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What children's book character are you

I saw this post on the NY Public Library page. Interesting question.
They taught us to love adventure. They taught us to yearn for the stars, how to be strong, and what it means to have compassion. We might be all grown up, but the characters from our favorite children's books will stay with us forever. Which one are you most like?

Anyone have a thought?

Summer Reading Survey

Thanks to all of you who filled out the summer reading survey on Survey Monkey. I'm sorry to ask you for all this information, but the state needs it. Thanks in advance! Patty

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The John Green Effect

Will there be more movies based on John Green novels? Don’t bother answering that.
Now that The Fault in Our Stars is a certified hit, The Hollywood Reporter gives details on the “frenzy of interest” in his other novels.
Paper Towns   Wonder    Behind the Beautiful Forevers
The one most likely to hit screens first is Paper Towns, (Penguin/Speak), which has Nat Wolff, (Isaac in TFIOS), set to star. Fox 2000 on the search for a director.
THR also reports on the “ripple effect” for other “grounded” Y.A. adaptations (which have the advantage of not requiring expensive special effects). On the heels of the success of TFIOS, Lionsgate says they are close to hiring a director for an adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, (RH/knopf)
Note to Hollywood: Green is currently promoting a much different book, one that is not yet a movie, but should be, he says, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Great Science Books for Summer Reading

Science Books
Meet two academic goals with one book. Summer reading is key and the Scholastic Summer Reading Program's theme is Reading Under the Stars offers lots of fun activities, book ideas and motivation.
Great space-themed books for kids ages 8-10:
* 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar45396948
* Stink: Solar System Superhero by Megan McDonald & Peter H. Reynolds
* Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
* Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet by Alexandra Siy
Great space-themed books for kids ages 10-12:
* A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano & Michael CarrollBlack-hole
* How Do You Burp in Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know by Susan E. Goodman & Michael Slack
* The Silver Six by A.J. Lieberman & Darren Rawlings
For more advanced readers:
* The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson737914
* These Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner
* Alienated by Melissa Landers
Find more great summer reading suggestions with a focus on science here.
* Summer Brain Games

Specifically designed to keep kids' brains engaged during summer vacation, the Museum of Science and Industry's Summer Brain Games are online and offer eight weekly free and fun at-home science experiments available to everyone. You can sign up here.

As seen on "Tween Us"

Monday, May 12, 2014

Comic Books Coming to Small Screen

Posted: 12 May 2014 04:37 AM PDT From The Eleventh Stack

A while back, I featured some books that would making their way to the small screen with adaptations (That was in August? Holy smokes!). Well, now that the networks are announcing their choices for the next TV season, it’s clear that more folks jumping on board the comic book party train for their source material.  Let’s check out a few of the books that I can’t wait to watch in a few months.
Thanks to the fantastic Arrow series on right now (Scott was not wrong about that show), we’ll get to see The Flash this fall. Arrow has done some legwork in building this spin-off in the past few months, with characters popping up and even setting the stage for Barry Allen’s transformation from skinny nerd to The Fastest Man Alive. I really hope these series work together in the Buffy-Angel mold, in that they support two strong, separate plots, but allow for movement between shows in a seamless way.
I’m beside myself over Gotham. I love the idea of a show living in the world of Batman, but focusing on the people around Bruce Wayne in the years leading up to him putting on the cape and cowl. This hasn’t been explored much in the comics, but I think Gotham Central might be the closest match, in that it revolves around the work Jim Gordon and other members of the Gotham PD are doing to solve crimes in their city.
I knew Rob Thomas (this one, not that one) was working on a new show and there would be zombies, but I had no idea that it was based on a comic series. iZombie follows a young woman who happens to be a zombie – as she consumes new brains, the memories of the dead person take over and she works to fulfill their last request. The show is moving away from the graveyard of the comics to a coroner’s office for a more defined detective story angle. Slightly gory Veronica Mars? Sign me up.
Are there any comics/graphic novels that you’d love to see turned into a TV show?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Teen craft ideas on Pinterest

Are you looking for fun craft ideas for Teens?
Don't forget to check out the PLS Pinterest page.

Here is a new pin that was added today!

Remember to post pictures of your Children and Teen crafts.  We would LOVE to see them!