Summer Reading Tip #3 — Current Events!

When it comes to older students, sometimes fiction books are not enough.  There comes an age when some students outgrow stories of superheroes, princesses, and magical lands.  As students become disinterested in these topics, it can sometimes become difficult to find new things that capture their interest. Here’s a simple solution – check out current events! The world is its …

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Remarkable Reading Recommendations — North Coast’s Best Picks!

Here is the final installment of our Summer 2015 Remarkable Reading Recommendations!  We hope you have enjoyed our lists!  Up to this point, all of our posts highlighted different books featured on the Scholastic 2015 Summer Reading Booklist.  Each of our posts also included a book for non-readers all the way through young adults, focused on a different theme. Did …

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Summer Reading Tip #2 — Make a Floor Pillow

Kids and teens will come up with all sorts of reasons why they cannot read: “It’s boring.” “I’d rather be outside.” “I want to do something more fun.” Rather than fighting to convince them to read, find a way to make reading a special experience.  Here’s a fun way to make reading enjoyable — make a Floor Pillow together! DIY Roundup compiled …

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Remarkable Reading Recommendations — Just Released Books!

We hope you have been enjoying our Remarkable Reading Recommendations for Summer 2015!  It’s hard to believe that we’re almost done.  Just two more lists to go! Here is our next installment.  All of our posts have highlighted different books featured on the Scholastic 2015 Summer Reading Booklist.  Each of our posts has focused on a different theme and has included a …

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Remarkable Reading Recommendations — Non-Fiction Books!

We hope you are enjoying our Remarkable Reading Recommendations for Summer 2015!  Here is our fourth installment.  All of our posts will highlight different books featured on the Scholastic 2015 Summer Reading Booklist.  Each of our posts will focus on a different theme and will include a book for non-readers all the way through young adults. Did you miss our …

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Remarkable Reading Recommendations — Series

We hope you are enjoying our Remarkable Reading Recommendations for Summer 2015!  Here is our third installment.  All of our posts will highlight different books featured on the Scholastic 2015 Summer Reading Booklist.  Each of our posts will focus on a different theme and will include a book for non-readers all the way through young adults. Selection #3 – Series It can be …

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“A Touch of Wonder”

“But I recall walking through the treetops, chasing dragonflies, and endless days that seem so long ago.” — “before there was time” by Beau Bristow   Beau Bristow came and performed at my college when I was still in school. This song touched me so much I purchased his CD so I could listen to it over and over again.  Years …

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Summer Reading Tip #1 — Make it a Game!

You can find books anywhere you look — stores, libraries, classrooms, even online.  But even with millions of title to choose from, sometimes it can still be difficult to get your student to sit down and read. Try this trick this summer — play Summer Reading Bingo! My Sister’s Suitcase posted this cute and customizable reading Bingo card on their blog: …

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Remarkable Reading Recommendations — Fiction

Welcome to the first installment of our Summer 2015 Remarkable Reading Recommendations!  This is the first of six posts, which will highlight different books featured on the Scholastic 2015 Summer Reading Booklist.  Each of our posts will focus on a different theme and will include a book for non-readers all the way through young adults.   Selection #1 – Fiction …

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Remarkable Reading Recommendations Kick-Off!

As schools close their doors for the summer, libraries and book stores are getting ready for summer reading!  While it is still common for teachers to assign specific books for summer reading, some teachers let their students choose their own books.  There are also students who can’t get enough of reading and want to read more books over vacation!   …

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