From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Kathryn Erskine
Just this past year, I have been reading some of the titles my nephew has been reading and, boy, was I pleasantly surprised by the advanced themes they tackled. My nephew is eleven and his recommendations have included Dave at night by Gail Carson Levine, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper, and Wonder by RJ Palacio. All of these books deal with children in unique situations. Out of my mind is an expose of a young girl trapped by cerebral palsy in a silent world while Wonder deals with a young boy with two facial deformities. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine was my latest read of his recommendations and it was terrific. A young girl, suffering with Asperger’s Syndrome, is forced to come to terms with her brother’s death. Asperger’s Syndrome can be characterized by problems with social skills and communication difficulties. The main character, Caitlin, struggles to show empathy and make friends. She has difficulty understanding why her brother’s death is so hard for her father. Devon was Caitlin’s main instructor in how to cope with life and she now needs to learn new coping techniques. Caitlin and her father, according to Caitlin’s research in her best resource, a dictionary, need to find “closure.” Caitlin is not sure how to attain closure but she and her father triumph in the end and attain their goal of closure.
From Leslie Rode
Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author: Brian Selznick
Great fantasy/mystery book to read….even aloud to your older children. Great story about a 12 year old poor orphaned boy living in Paris who basically goes on a journey that invites him into the lives of interesting people, which changes his own life forever. There are many beautiful, intricate pencil drawings that are essential to the story. A real picture book for adults that can be shared with children 🙂
From Elham (Ellie) Raminfard
Title: LI Parent Magazine June/ July issue
Author: Liza Burby
I love this magazine for many reasons. It always has the latest and newest news fro parenting and on kids. It gives you information from everything from birth to college. All the brthday party places and clothing, toy stores. It talks about allergies, foods to boost energy etc.. The magazine is always winning awards. Overall great magazine.
From Brianna cook
Title: if you give a cat a cupcake
Author: laura numerpff
i think you should read this book because it is very funny.the best part is about when he makes the girl do everything while he dose fun stuff like goes to the zoo and plays on the miracle round . i also liked the part about when he ate sprinkles and the he begged for a cupcake to go with it .so that is why i think you should read this book i bet you would like it.
From brianna cook
Title: the dumb bunnies
Author: dav pilkey
i think you should read this book beacause it is a great lesson of what you should not do. the book is based on the three litte bears . i think that this book is very silly so if you read this book i think you would laugh.i love the part about when they let the little bunny in charge of driving the car withe 3 bikes on top of it .and i also like the part about when they eat in the car wash .so i think you will love the book the dumb bunnies
From Gina Scaglione
Author: Marice Sendak
My aunt always collected pop-up books. They were beautiful, with intricate pictures. I always loved when she let us look at them. We were never allowed to touch them, mind you, but we loved them just the same. I started my collection today with Mommy and my kids and I absolutely adore it! I can’t wait to get my next one.
From Terry Gustafson
Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher
As a teacher of elementary students this book will definitely be a big winner for grades 3-5. The story will pull them in right away. They will be amazed by Jeremy’s discovery of the dragon’s egg. It’s a wonderful story.
From Terry Gustafson
jennifer murdley’s toad
This a great book for elementary schools grades3-5. As a teacher I always look for books that will keep them reading, This is a cute story about a girl who doesn’t like her looks.
From Theresa Gustafson
the monster’s ring
This is an excellent book for elementary school grades 3-5. It’s part of his magic store series. The students will love it.
From Shari Brunning
author: Brodmann, Aliana
The Gift, A Hanukkah Story
I was cleaning out untouched books and almost gave this one away, but the illustrations caught my eye and I started to read. Little girl decides best to drop her five-mark piece in a homeless musician’s hat after hearing his music (in the season of giving) rather than spend it on a fountain pen or a new doll was my take. Author wonderfully explains further that opposite people find common ground in the magic of music and the sharing of each other’s gifts; Germany 1950’s.