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Chapter books that are great read alouds


In 1948, Ruth Stiles Gannett, a recent graduate from Vassar College published My Father’s Dragon. It was an immediate success, winning a Newbery Honor Award in 1949.

Steve Jenkins


The Birchbark House series by Louise Erdrich


It was while reading the Little House series to her own children that, Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction, became upset by the negative portrayal of the Indians in the second book, Little House on the Prairie. Ma Ingalls de

READING UP IS NOT ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE

Can you name a few titles that many second and third graders are asking to read these days?

If you said Ivy & Bean or Ramona or Cam Jansen or the adventures of Humphrey the hamster, you’d be wrong.

What kids tell us they are reading are Twilight, the Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lightning Thief.

Educators call this Reading Up.

Abraham Lincoln

Have you seen the movie, Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg? It is now in theaters. After watching it,  you may yearn to learn more about our 16th president.

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