Montana Parent Magazine has listed Fairview Felines as a book recommendation for reading moms! Check out their thoughts.
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Howdy Partners! We have two new books available for your Kindle as of today. Other devices are coming shortly so hang on to your bloomers!
Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery
Back cover copy: Thomas Weston has newspaper ink in this veins. He also has funny headlines running through his head 24/7. If he can convince the principal at Fairview Middle School he has what it takes, maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to make his dream of a school newspaper come true. But first he has to figure out why all the cats in Fairview are disappearing!
True Lies: A Newspaper Mystery
Thomas is in hot water with the principal again. He has one more chance to make it right, to put out the best issue of the school paper, ever. Or else. While trying his hardest to do just that, with those funny headlines flying through his head, Thomas and his friends end up in the middle of one of the biggest jewel heists in Montana!
Since today is World Penguin Day I thought I would share my love of penguin children’s literature. Do you have any favorite penguin books? Share them with me!
Well, I’m a day late, but it’s with much heart and soul that I bid you all HAPPY EARTH DAY! Earth Day started more than 30 years ago on April 22nd, 1970 in my adopted hometown of San Francisco. It has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, which makes sense since it’s celebrating the beauty and wonder of our home planet.
However, Earth Day also carries with it a warning–we’ve only got one planet, so we better treat her right! Living in harmony with the environment is a noble goal. And it has always bugged me that I work in the publishing industry…an industry that uses tons of paper.
In honor of Earth Day, I’m going to give a shout out to one of the most ecological developments in the entire publishing industry: eBooks! Sure, it still costs some energy to create an eBook and view it on a Kindle or Nook. But compared to the amount of paper we use to print libraries of paper books, I’m a big proponent of digital books.
What do you think about books, publishing and ecology? Can you share some tips to conserve and preserve for readers, authors and publishers?
Last night on Twitter I learned what AR points are. We didn’t have a program like this when I went to school. We were way to concerned with T-Rex attacks and carnivore safety. Basically each book is assigned an AR level. Students can earn things (like Six Flags passes) by reading and then passing a quiz about the book.
- City of Bones – Cassie Clare: AR Points 20
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling: AR Points 12
- Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger: AR Points 11
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain: AR Points 12
- Twilight – Stephanie Meyer: AR Points 18
The points amaze me. I am going to research today how points are awarded. Have you ever completed an AR reading program?
A friend of mine linked this article to her Facebook page yesterday. At first the post seems innocent enough, but then when you read the title and the text it begins to feel a little sensational. You start to think OMG OUR KIDS CAN’T READ, but you swiftly realize after looking at the slideshow, our nation’s children are reading for fun! Here’s a quote from the article.
High school students today are reading books intended for children with reading levels far below those appropriate for teens, according to a recent report.
A compilation of the top 40 books teens in grades 9-12 are reading in school shows that the average reading level of that list is 5.3 — barely above the fifth grade.
“A fifth-grade reading level is obviously not high enough for college-level reading. Nor is it high enough for high school-level reading, either, or for informed citizenship,” writes Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas.
Below the text there is a slideshow that reveals the hottest books and their reading levels. For example The Hunger Games is 5.3 reading level. My daughter is in second grade and reads 2.1, so she is behind because she is in grade two but the year is almost over, she should be at 2.6 by now. So our high school students are reading books in the 5.0 range and the nation is clutching its collective pearls.
But here’s what I see. Thanks to Harry Potter, and Twilight, and The Hunger Games I see a nation of children reading for entertainment. They are reading for fun! Haven’t we, the people of the book, been waiting for this day since Beowulf was first transcribed and became the first thing ever written in the English language?
I say we ease our hands off the pearls folks, and let the kids read.
No, I don’t mean the bologna from Oscar Meyer here folks! I mean the annual Bologna, Italy Children’s Book Fair held last week. That’s where publishing people from around the world flock to each year to see what foreign children’s book publishers are selling and maybe interest them in some American children’s book authors. The word back from Italy says publishers are looking for mysteries, thrillers, science fiction and contemporary books for tween and teen readers. Not paranormal or dystopian. WOWZA! That means you’ll be seeing the results of the deals made last week on bookshelves and eReader screens in late 2013 or 2014.
What do you think? What types of YA and MG books do you wish were on bookstore shelves in your town?
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