Recommended Reads

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Recommended Books

Check out this page for more wonderfully books to read:

Happy Reading!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Bucket Book List!

Check out many more recommended books on my Bucket Book list, featuring one picturebook or novel per week:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville

Armageddon Summer, Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville

The main criterion for my selection of my 52 favorite books ever, is "how long did this book stay with me after reading it, and how did it change me?"

Armageddon Summer is an intriguing novel. Each chapter is in the voice of either Marine or Jed. I always wonder if Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville each 'became' the girl and the boy and wrote to each other?

The world will end on Thursday, July 27, 2000. At least, that's what Reverend Beelson has told his congregation. Marina's mom believes him. So does Jed's dad.
That's why they drag their teen children to join the reverend's flock at a mountain retreat. From the mountaintop they will all watch the end of the world -- and then descend to begin the world anew. But this world has only just begun for Jed and Marina, two teenagers with more attitude than faith. Why should the world end now, when they've just fallen in love?

Told in alternating chapters from both Jed's and Marina's points of view, this first-ever collaboration between two masters of children's literature is a story about faith and friendship, love and loss . . . and the things that matter most at the End of the World.

A powerful read. It will make an interesting book club read for discussion in high school classes.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Picture books in Spanish/English

Are you looking for bilingual books in both English and Spanish? Groundwood Books has a line of beautiful picture books with text in both languages on each page. Arroz con Leche or Rice Pudding and Talking With Mother Earth/Hablando con Madre Tierra, both by Jorge Argueta, are exquisitely illustrated poems. Author Jorge Luján wrote Tarde de invierno or Winter Afternoon, Colors!/Colores! and the rhythmic Rooster/Gallo. These books are a delight for any Kindergarten or primary grade and can serve both for bilingual students or anyone wanting to learn a new language. Check out:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road

One of the most informative and attractive nonfiction books I have seen in a long time is Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, written by Priscilla Galloway with Dawn Hunter. Aimed at ages 10 and up, the book takes the reader along on breathtaking adventures on the fabled Silk Road with Chinese Buddhist Xuanzang to India. Six hundred years later, Genghis Khan secures control of the Silk Road for Mongols while during the 13th century Marco Polo uses the road to introduce China to Europe. The photos, sidebars and maps bring the story of the Silk Road to life with amazingly vivid details. A great book to use both for readers who love information and as a valuable classroom resource. Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, Priscilla Galloway with Dawn Hunter. Annick Press, ISBN 978-1-55451-198-3

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