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  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2020/01/30 Permalink
    Tags: book of the month, , , , january, Kid Stuff,   

    Guest Post: The Unteachables Author Gordon Korman Shares A Reading List for Unteachable Kids 

    The surprisingly heartwarming story of a classroom filled with misfits, paired with a teacher counting down the days to retirement, Gordon Korman’s hilarious middle grade novel The Unteachables is B&N’s children’s book of the month for January. We asked the author to share a reading list for “unteachable” kids, and he recommended some excellent must-reads for young readers—including a mix of beloved classics and brand new stories.

    The Great Brain, by John D. Fitzgerald
    Okay, it’s pretty old—but so am I! This series proves that you can be a genius and an Unteachable at the same time. 

    New Kid, by Jerry Craft
    Required reading for anyone entering middle school. Also, Jerry Craft and I have been running into each other at book festivals for so long that we qualify as camp buddies at this point.
    (Editor’s note: This title won the 2020 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award!)

    Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, by John David Anderson
    Just because you’re an Unteachable doesn’t mean you don’t have heart! 

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume 
    Believe it or not, I was a fourth-grader around when this came out. It was the first time I really saw myself in the characters of a book. 

     

    Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
    Thanks to this book, I actually feel deprived because I never wore braces when I was a kid. 

    Heads or Tails, by Jack Gantos
    For my money, the top middle-grade writer of all time. His Jack Henry series is my personal favorite. The characters are as unforgettable as they are Unteachable. 

    Wings of Fire, by Tui Sutherland
    I have never attended a single children’s book festival, with any group of authors, where this series did not receive the loudest cheer of the day. 

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams 
    I get it—it’s not a kids book. But a lot of kids read it. It’s weird. It’s hilarious. It’s out there. It’s worth it. 

    Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz 
    You don’t have to be an Unteachable to believe that a kid can be a secret agent. 

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney 
    Over the years, I’ve ready every book in the series three times—once with each of my kids. I found something new and different to love on each go-through. (Plus I was once a balloon-handler for the Greg Heffley balloon in the Macy’s parade, which was pretty awesome!) 

    The Unteachables is on B&N bookshelves now.

    The post Guest Post: <i>The Unteachables</i> Author Gordon Korman Shares A Reading List for Unteachable Kids appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Jen Harper 4:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , fetch-22, karen's witch, Kid Stuff, , , ,   

    December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers 

    The holiday season is upon us, which means decking those halls, wrapping presents, baking cookies, and making sure the kids have enough reading material to make it through all those days off school. We’ve rounded up the best new releases for young readers this month, including new installments to favorite Dav Pilkey series Captain Underpants and Dog Man, the first Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister book to get the graphic novel treatment, the kick-off in a new series for unicorn lovers, and more. Check out our top picks and let us know what books your kids will be curling up by the fire to read over the break.

    Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants Series #9—Color Edition), by Dav Pilkey
    In this brand-new color edition of the ninth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious Captain Underpants series, George and Harold are in jail even though they’re totally innocent—of the crime they’re being accused of, anyway. And now time-traveling tyrant Tippy Tinkletrousers is pulling them from behind bars and back into their carefree kindergarten days, where they’ll have to face sixth-grade bully Kipper Krupp, who just happens to be the nephew of Principal Krupp. But this time, George and Harold don’t have Captain Underpants to bail them out, so the boys will have to rely on their wits alone in this fun read.

    Fetch-22 (Dog Man Series #8), by Dav Pilkey
    He’s half-man, half-dog, and all-cop—and he’s back with the eighth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious graphic novel series. This time, Petey the Cat is out of the slammer and has a new leash, er, lease on life. But Li’l Petey has gone the other way entirely—he can’t seem to find the bright side of anything anymore. Can Dog Man and Petey put their differences aside to help Li’l Petey go fetch his bright spirit once again? Find out in this exciting and funny new installment. Bonus for super-fans: This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes an awesome colorable pull-out poster.

    Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix Series #1), by Katy Farina and Ann M. Martin
    First Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club books got the graphic novel treatment, and now her Little Sister series is getting in on the fun. For younger readers or for BSC fans looking to soak up even more of Martin’s Stoneybrook magic, Karen’s Witch is an awesome read starring Kristy Thomas’s 6-year-old stepsister Karen Brewer, who has a wild imagination and believes that the woman who lives next door to her father is actually a witch. With full-color illustrations and a fast-paced story, the first book in the new Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix series definitely falls into the category of dibbly fresh.

    Eva’s Campfire Adventure (Owl Diaries Series #12), by Rebecca Elliott
    The 12th book in this popular early chapter book series finds young owl Eva Wingdale prepping for a fun camping trip with her friends at school. Young readers can join the wilderness-venturing crew as they pitch tents, enjoy treats around the campfire, and even go on an exciting treasure hunt in the forest. Will Eva and her pals locate the treasure before their camping trip is over? Find out in this fun new book filled with illustrations, easy-to-read text, and large type to keep early readers motivated and confident.

    The Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever (The Bad Guys Series #10), by Aaron Blabey
    Fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants will love the 10th installment in Aaron Blabey’s hilarious and action-packed The Bad Guys series. In it, the Bad Guys and even Badder Girls are in a battle to the finish against Crown Prince Marmalade to see who is really the baddest of them all. Yes, the Bad Guys—our group of wannabe heroes out there doing good deeds whether you like it or not—are in for their baddest day ever in this new illustrated novel sure to entertain and enthrall fans of the series.

    Bo’s Magical New Friend (Unicorn Diaries Series #1), by Rebecca Elliott
    From the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries early chapter books comes a brand-new series for helping young readers grow their reading confidence and stamina. In this first installment in the Unicorn Diaries books, young unicorn Bo Tinseltail attends Sparklegrove with all of the other magical unicorns—Bo’s magical power is the ability to grant wishes. And what Bo wishes for most of all is a best friend. And when a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry comes to school, it looks like Bo’s wish might just come true in this delightful story of friendship.

    Bad Kitty Joins the Team, by Nick Bruel
    The hilariously high maintenance Bad Kitty is back for another illustrated tale sure to keep fans of the series entertained. In the latest story, Kitty’s owner realizes it’s time for this cat to get in shape and start exercising—much to Kitty’s chagrin. Will Kitty be able to get in touch with her sporty side and get into the game? It may take some serious convincing, but surely Kitty’s competitive spirit will pop out in a flash. Kids will love Kitty’s hilarious antics and the accompanying illustrations in this new read.

    What are your young readers into this month?

    The post December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Jen Harper 4:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: , bo's magical new friend, , , , fetch-22, karen's witch, Kid Stuff, , , ,   

    December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers 

    The holiday season is upon us, which means decking those halls, wrapping presents, baking cookies, and making sure the kids have enough reading material to make it through all those days off school. We’ve rounded up the best new releases for young readers this month, including new installments to favorite Dav Pilkey series Captain Underpants and Dog Man, the first Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister book to get the graphic novel treatment, the kick-off in a new series for unicorn lovers, and more. Check out our top picks and let us know what books your kids will be curling up by the fire to read over the break.

    Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants Series #9—Color Edition), by Dav Pilkey
    In this brand-new color edition of the ninth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious Captain Underpants series, George and Harold are in jail even though they’re totally innocent—of the crime they’re being accused of, anyway. And now time-traveling tyrant Tippy Tinkletrousers is pulling them from behind bars and back into their carefree kindergarten days, where they’ll have to face sixth-grade bully Kipper Krupp, who just happens to be the nephew of Principal Krupp. But this time, George and Harold don’t have Captain Underpants to bail them out, so the boys will have to rely on their wits alone in this fun read.

    Fetch-22 (Dog Man Series #8), by Dav Pilkey
    He’s half-man, half-dog, and all-cop—and he’s back with the eighth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious graphic novel series. This time, Petey the Cat is out of the slammer and has a new leash, er, lease on life. But Li’l Petey has gone the other way entirely—he can’t seem to find the bright side of anything anymore. Can Dog Man and Petey put their differences aside to help Li’l Petey go fetch his bright spirit once again? Find out in this exciting and funny new installment. Bonus for super-fans: This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes an awesome colorable pull-out poster.

    Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix Series #1), by Katy Farina and Ann M. Martin
    First Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club books got the graphic novel treatment, and now her Little Sister series is getting in on the fun. For younger readers or for BSC fans looking to soak up even more of Martin’s Stoneybrook magic, Karen’s Witch is an awesome read starring Kristy Thomas’s 6-year-old stepsister Karen Brewer, who has a wild imagination and believes that the woman who lives next door to her father is actually a witch. With full-color illustrations and a fast-paced story, the first book in the new Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix series definitely falls into the category of dibbly fresh.

    Eva’s Campfire Adventure (Owl Diaries Series #12), by Rebecca Elliott
    The 12th book in this popular early chapter book series finds young owl Eva Wingdale prepping for a fun camping trip with her friends at school. Young readers can join the wilderness-venturing crew as they pitch tents, enjoy treats around the campfire, and even go on an exciting treasure hunt in the forest. Will Eva and her pals locate the treasure before their camping trip is over? Find out in this fun new book filled with illustrations, easy-to-read text, and large type to keep early readers motivated and confident.

    The Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever (The Bad Guys Series #10), by Aaron Blabey
    Fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants will love the 10th installment in Aaron Blabey’s hilarious and action-packed The Bad Guys series. In it, the Bad Guys and even Badder Girls are in a battle to the finish against Crown Prince Marmalade to see who is really the baddest of them all. Yes, the Bad Guys—our group of wannabe heroes out there doing good deeds whether you like it or not—are in for their baddest day ever in this new illustrated novel sure to entertain and enthrall fans of the series.

    Bo’s Magical New Friend (Unicorn Diaries Series #1), by Rebecca Elliott
    From the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries early chapter books comes a brand-new series for helping young readers grow their reading confidence and stamina. In this first installment in the Unicorn Diaries books, young unicorn Bo Tinseltail attends Sparklegrove with all of the other magical unicorns—Bo’s magical power is the ability to grant wishes. And what Bo wishes for most of all is a best friend. And when a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry comes to school, it looks like Bo’s wish might just come true in this delightful story of friendship.

    Bad Kitty Joins the Team, by Nick Bruel
    The hilariously high maintenance Bad Kitty is back for another illustrated tale sure to keep fans of the series entertained. In the latest story, Kitty’s owner realizes it’s time for this cat to get in shape and start exercising—much to Kitty’s chagrin. Will Kitty be able to get in touch with her sporty side and get into the game? It may take some serious convincing, but surely Kitty’s competitive spirit will pop out in a flash. Kids will love Kitty’s hilarious antics and the accompanying illustrations in this new read.

    What are your young readers into this month?

    The post December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 3:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: cool beans, Kid Stuff, serious goose,   

    December’s Can’t-Miss Picture Book New Releases 

    The days are getting shorter, frost is on your windowpanes, and everybody’s missing a mitten. We know you’ve anticipated this moment all year, and finally it’s here—it’s SNUGGLE SEASON! Celebrate the arrival of earlier, longer storytimes with some of our favorite cozy tales this month—they’ll keep your bundled-up readers engaged and entertained as you prepare for your long winter’s nap!

    Serious Goose, by Jimmy Kimmel
    Written, illustrated and lettered by beloved late-night comedian Kimmel, this interactive picture book debut provides an open invitation for silliness. Readers of all ages will be compelled to make this very misanthropic, Serious Goose smile, and delightfully clever text will keep the story fresh for every repeat performance.

    The Cool Bean, by Jory John and Pete Oswald
    The latest tale from one of our favorite duos is filled with humor and heart, and though we hear it a lot, the message that “kindness is cool” is anything but refried, thanks to snappy text and fresh, fun illustrations.

    Love from the Crayons, by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
    The Crayons are back, and they have a message that we’re sure you never tire of sharing with your little readers: LOVE! Sometimes love is bright, at other moments it’s quieter shade—turn every page to find another hue that’s straight from the heart.

    Jack Frost vs. the Abominable Snowman, by Sourcebooks
    It’s Race Day in Winter Wonderland, and Jack and Abe are primed for their thrilling head-to-head match-up. If you thought you had no power in this story, think again—the outcome of this race is up to YOU! Your young reader will squeal with delight choosing a different path during each exciting reading—add this frosty crowd-pleaser to your storytime shelf today!

    Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (Questioneers Collection Series), by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
    If you have a discerning Questioneer in your storytime audience, then you’ll definitely want to introduce him or her to Sofia Valdez, the newest activist character from the team responsible for Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere! When Abuelo injures himself at the landfill and can no longer walk Sofia to school every morning, she cooks up a plan to transform Mount Trashmore once and for all. You and your young community activists will be rooting for Sofia all the way to City Hall—and this inspiring tale will quickly become a favorite!

    Sisters First, by Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush, and Ramona Kaulitzki
    An earnest young girl wishes fervently for a little sister, but once the baby arrives, the tiny little bundle isn’t much fun! Once she’s a little older though, the adventures start, and the magic doesn’t stop! This loving tribute to sisterhood and the magnificently unconditional friendship found therein shouldn’t be missed!

    Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon
    If Marie Kondo inspired you to transform your life and create extra room for joy, there’s a strong likelihood that she can work her magic on your young reader too! This tidying tale of true friendship will warm your heart and clear space for snuggles!

    My Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
    This witty follow-up to The Book with No Pictures brings a whole new dimension to storytime—your young raconteur will develop a personalized book of their very own for YOU to read! Simple fill-in-the-blanks (and plenty of nonsense stickers) will lead to hours of raucous storytelling—and create a hilarious moment in time that you’ll love sharing with your young reader over and over again.

    The Dinky Donkey, by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley
    If your little readers couldn’t get enough of The Wonky Donkey, we’re certain Wonky’s daughter, Dinky Donkey, will be just what the doctor ordered. As for you, start those tongue-twisting exercises now – get ready for wild rhymes and A LOT of repeat readings of this spirited tale!

    What new picture books are you excited to read this month?

    The post December’s Can’t-Miss Picture Book New Releases appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2019/06/20 Permalink
    Tags: Kid Stuff, montessori philosophy, montessori schools, parenting books, simone davies, the montessori toddler   

    15 Easy, Reassuring Montessori Practices FromThe Montessori Toddler You Can Try at Home 

    Simone Davies is a Montessori educator based in Amsterdam. She works with toddlers every day and has come to appreciate their energy, curiosity, and delight, but she’s mindful that not all parents feel quite the same way about this age. Her new book, The Montessori Toddler, is designed to empower parents who might be drawn to the idea of Montessori while also feeling intimidated by trying to implement the philosophy at home. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the book offers ways to set up the house to make the space more child-friendly, but the focus is on mindset, creating a calm environment, and understanding how toddlers see the world. Below are some easy ways you bring Montessori into your home, whether your kids attend a Montessori school or not. Hopefully you’ll find these practices as enjoyable as they will!

    1. Use the acronym SHOW when teaching children something new. It’s a reminder to use Slow Hands and Omit Words. When we’re talking and pointing out details, toddlers can get confused about whether they should listen or watch, so it helps to keep any demonstrations simple and quiet.
    2. Approach daily life as a chance to build practical skills. Pouring water, carrying dirty clothes to the hamper, taking off socks, nose blowing, and cleaning windows are all activities that engage young children’s senses and test their skills.
    3. Find ways to make each room accessible. In the bathroom, this might mean adding a low step, so your toddler can reach the sink. Or try adding an extender to the light switch.
    4. Make time to go outside every day. Try bringing indoor activities outside when the weather is nice.
    5. Grow a garden. It’s ok to start small! Welcome questions and digging in the dirt.
    6. Set up a cozy place for reading. Place books face-out on a bookshelf or in a basket. Let your toddler choose the books. Add a beanbag or cushion to encourage lounging.
    7. Step back and observe your child every day. Notice how they grasp objects. Watch what they eat. Observe preferences and interests. Listen as they communicate. Avoid judging or analyzing. Notice your own reactions. Use these to make small changes that can make daily life easier and more engaging for your family.
    8. Give your child a sense of belonging by trying to see the world from their perspective and avoiding labels like “the naughty one” or “the athletic one” and offering neutral feedback instead of praise.
    9. After you ask your child to do something, silently count to 10 before asking again or doing something else. That’s about how long it takes for toddlers to process a request.
    10. Acknowledge feelings even if they’re difficult feelings like being mean or hurt. Use phrases like “It looks like you…” or “I’m guessing you might feel…” Know that in a tantrum, the first thing you must do is help them calm down. Offer a cuddle if they’re receptive. Attempt to reason or explain only once the storm has passed.
    11. Try singing to add a bit of lightness to tough transitions or unpopular moments like brushing teeth or changing diapers.
    12. Let your child take the lead to see what activities they choose. It builds independence and can help you get to know your child better.
    13. Use positive language. Let your child know what to do, rather than saying what not to do. Try “We are gentle with the baby,” instead of “Don’t touch the baby!”
    14. Teach your child to share by taking turns. Give them the words if they need support. Toddlers can learn to say “My turn. It will be your turn soon.”
    15. Celebrate wherever you are. Trust that whatever your family looks like, it’s enough and you’re doing your best. Remember you’re a human. You might never stop learning or growing, but you can still enjoy who you are today. The same goes for your perfectly imperfect toddler too!

    The Montessori Toddler is on B&N bookshelves now.

    The post 15 Easy, Reassuring Montessori Practices From<i>The Montessori Toddler</i> You Can Try at Home appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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