Pax – Mock Newbery 2017

Pax

As I read books this year, I’ll post when I think a book is a Newbery contender.  I already knew Pax by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen was a contender before I started it.  It’s getting lots of buzz from those that love children’s literature.  I’m often skeptical children will like the books adults are talking about.  In this case, I’m wrong.  I haven’t read any of it with ML; but I know she’s going to love it.  The only person I know who will love it more is her animal-crazy friend SJ.

SJ’s family participated in our Mock Newbery last year.  I feel certain they will again this year.  Who else wants to join the fun?

After Ivy + Bean – A Booklist for Eleanor

My friend requested some series ideas for her daughter, Eleanor, when she finishes the Ivy + Bean books written by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.  Eleanor is on book nine.  Time is of the essence  as there are only ten books in the series.  All the books I recommend below are on similar reading levels and include illustrations.  I’ve featured picture books by illustrators of most of these series.  The combination of high quality stories and engaging illustrations make an early grades chapter book desirable to children bridging the gap from picture books to chapter books.

Like Pickle Juice On Cookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like Pickle Juice on A Cookie by Julie Sternberg and illustrated by Matthew Cordell – I don’t think ML and her friends will be able to resist a book where the first chapter states, “I had a bad August.  A very bad August.  As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.  As bad as a spiderweb on your leg.  As bad as the black parts of a banana.  I hope your August was better.  I really do.”  The main character’s name is Eleanor just like ML’s friend.  There are two more books in this series with equally funny titles.  Like Bug Juice on a Burger and Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake.

 

Nikki Deja

Nikki and Deja by Karen English and illustrated by Laura Freeman – Nikki and Deja are best friends who happen to live next door to each other.  As a former teacher, the author understands the trials and tribulation of being a third grader.  Along with the importance of friendship.  With only five books in this series, I hope another is published soon.

Judy Moody

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter Reynolds – Judy Moody has been around for 14 years, and she continues to resonate with elementary school students.  She’s funny, fiesty and always in a mood.  The illustrations are authentic.  Just like Judy Moody’s brother Stink, I’ve seen ML lie upside down on the couch with her head touching the floor and her legs against the back of the couch.  There’s a reason titles continue to be published.

Gooney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Middy Thomas – I’ve posted about Gooney Bird before.  Click on Gooney Bird Greene to see the post.

Clementine

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and pictures by Marla Frazee – No series post for a second grade girl is complete without mentioning the Clementine books.  All you have to do is read this quote from page one.   “Someone should tell you not to answer the phone in the principal’s office, if that’s a rule.”

Looking forward to seeing which books Eleanor decides to try.  ML’s on an Ivy + Bean kick right now, wanting to read all of them.  I’ll put Eleanor in charge of recommending ML’s next series.

 

First Graders Who Fly Through The Magic Tree House Books

ML’s teacher asked me to recommend books for her first graders who are flying through Magic Tree House, Flat Stanley, etc.   She was particularly interested in ideas for boys.

Books for first graders at a challenging reading level, but not too mature, take a bit of thought.  Luckily, my coworker does a 2nd-3rd grade book club so I had an expert source.

MouseMotorcycle

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary – A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Wild Robot

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown – Roz the robot discovers she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.

 

FriedWorms

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell – Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. A hilarious story that will revolt and delight.

MadTreasureHunt

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter A Reynolds – During a weekend trip to Ocracoke Island, siblings Judy and Stink Moody take part in a pirate treasure-hunting game, in which various clues lead them to silver coins, or “pieces of eight,” hidden across the island.

WaterHorse

The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith – In 1930, on the coast of Scotland, eight-year-old Kirstie finds a large egg which hatches into an unusual sea creature, and as he grows her family must decide what to do with him.

Chocolate Fever

Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith– Henry breaks out in brown bumps as a result of eating too much chocolate. He then gets caught up in a hijacking and learns a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.

WorldHumphrey

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney – Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Clementine

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Chet Gecko

Chet Gecko – Private Eye by Bruce Hale – When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster’s revenge upon the school football team.

FantasticFox

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.

EncyclopediaBrown

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol – Encyclopedia Brown, a ten-year-old detective, uses his intelligence to help solve puzzling crimes.

 

Amy’s Daughter – 2nd Grader Reading at 4th/5th Grade Level Loves “The Sister’s Grimm” Series

My friend Amy’s daughter is a 2nd grader who loves the series The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Peter Ferguson.  She’s almost finished with this series about fairy-tale detectives.  Below are some ideas for an advanced reader in 2nd grade.

EllaEnchanted

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – “In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.”

ToysGoOut

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins – “Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.”  There are two more books in this trilogy.

Jeremy Thatcher

Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville – “Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon’s egg.”

Series

DarkGrimm

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz – “Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hanseland Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs”

Spiderwick

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Toni DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Holly Black – “The field guide sets up the story of the Grace children–13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon–who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries. In the Spiderwick chronicles’ second book, The seeing stone things get even more exciting–and kind of scary–for the Grace kids, as the strange faerie world hinted at in The field guide blooms to full life around them. When Mallory and Jared attempt to rescue Simon from goblins, they use a magical stone which enables them to see things that are normally invisible.”

FathersDragon

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett – “A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.”

EmilyWindsnap

Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler – “After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.”

NarthanielFludd

Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist by R. L. LaFevers – “In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father’s cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a “beastologist.”

Something Unrelated to The Sisters Grimm

Clementine

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker  – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.