Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Kids' Picks for November

Kyle has discovered the 818.60 section at his school library.  Over the last several weeks, at least one of his 2 books have come from there.  Any Dewey Decimal aficionados know where that takes him???

Joke books. 

I love that he'll sit and read and read and browse (and of course share them, even when he doesn't get them).  There are a couple I can recommend:

Knock, Knock has a contributor list from the picture book greats: Laurie Keller, Henry Cole, Dan Yaccarino, Tomie Depaola, etc etc. The artwork by these talented folks makes each joke stand out and adds to the telling with cartoon panels and great photographs -- very creative.

The Buddy Books series includes different categories. There is a book on Sports Jokes, Monster Jokes (which I think started the trend when he grabbed it from the Halloween display), School Jokes and more. They are written by people such as U.R. Phunny, Cyl Lee, and Hugh Moore (I had to say this many many times to get it).

Amanda has been helping me out with the Cybils still. She is really enjoying her books, and usually goes for the girly tween books. A book that we both really REALLY enjoyed is The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin by Micheal Beil. We listened to the audiobook, which was a great telling of the story. This novel is perfect for middle school readers who want a bit of adventure, a bit of romance, and a bit of rebellion. It's all perfectly age appropriate and yet compelling. Love it!

This is the second in a series (with a 3rd coming out this summer), and after Amanda enjoyed reading about these NYC private school detective girls, she also went back to book one, The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour.

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart was seriously laugh out loud funny. And then by the end, I was hit with the heart. That's the kind of one-two punch that makes for a knockout of a read. We both loved this one as well, and it is also perfect for middle school readers (boys or girls).

What are your kids reading?? Let us know over at 5 Minutes for Books.


4 comments:

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I remember the days of sitting around telling knock knock jokes.

Wild About Words said...

Jennifer,
Thanks so much for your kind comments about How to Survive Middle School! They brightened my day.
Best regards,
Donna

morninglight mama said...

I look forward to the day when my younger two children actually understand knock knock jokes!!

Cindy said...

uh oh! Joke books! My 8 yo likes to make them up but he's way too literal so they're not too funny but you have to laugh anyway because that's what Moms do, right?! He hasn't found that section yet!