Teen science fiction.

Teen science fiction.  Hello summer reading! Ender’s Game Our youngest son was assigned this science-fiction novel for summer reading prior to starting 9th grade in August.  Bill saw the movie with our other son, and Cynthia generally reads the summer books with our boys, so this one feels like a natural.  Before getting started, though,…

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Reading development. This summer!

Reading development.  It’s an important process that explains how students progress as readers. Stages are based on students’ experiences and skills, not their age or grade level. Who is doing this? Our beloved Mrs. Mendenhall will be working part time at A Step Ahead this summer, while she also explores working with the Institute of Reading…

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Piecing Me Together.

Piecing Me Together is an award-winning novel by Renee Watson. This book is changing me I read this book because the American Library Association awarded it the 2018 Coretta Scott King Award, and also named it a Newberry Honor Book. First, though, I read the John Newberry Award winner, which is Hello, Universe by Erin…

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Award-winning children’s books! Let’s read.

Award-winning children’s books!  In addition to awards for movies, stage and television, February brings awards for children’s books, too. Award-winning books for 2018 The American Library Association (ALA) announces annual winners in youth media. ALA announces winners at its midwinter meeting, held this year in Colorado. There are many categories and many new award-winning children’s…

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Books made into movies

Books made into movies!  Yes, we just wrote about Wonder and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library before the winter holiday break. But then we saw more books made into movies.  We saw Jumanji and Ferdinand and the trailers for the upcoming film version of A Wrinkle in Time.  We couldn’t resist doing it again.  And in…

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