Posts from the ‘middle grades’ Category

Exactly what it says…

Anyone Can Draw Unicorns: Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Tutorial for Kids, Teens, and Beginners How to Learn to Draw Unicorns Book 1 (Aspiring artist’s guide)

Written and illustrated by Julia Smith

No mystery here. The book matches its title. Smith presents 35 color pictures of unicorns. Then she gives a step by step method one box at a time to complete the drawing.

If you have a child who is enamored of unicorns, this book provides an opportunity to lend a creative outlet. Smith encourages young artists to add original details to make their drawings unique. She reminds them to practice over and over as artistic expression is a learning curve.

Budding artists who are in late elementary and middle-school will be entertained by the book

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AN APPEALING APPETIZER

Delish Kids (Super-Awesome, Crazy-Fun, Best-Ever) Cookbook Free 12-Recipe Sampler 

Created by Joanna Salz

This book is a sampler of the full recipe book. It contains twelve recipes of the types of food kids absolutely love. These recipes include a unique spin on favorites like tacos, grilled cheese, and hot dogs.

Children will want to try grilled cheese on a waffle iron, taco mac and cheese, and unique recipes for chicken nuggets and Big Macs. Perhaps you can entice them to stir up the mix and match healthy grain bowls.

These are perfect for late elementary grade and middle-grade students. A nice way to set up a family cooking project teaching session. The authors have come up with a clever marketing technique. Many purchasers will want to buy the entire cookbook with 100 recipes.

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Dynamite Detectives

The Dragon Defenders – Book 1

Written by James Russell

Animations by Yongtao Zhang

Paddy and Flynn are two brothers who live on an island in the Pacific ocean. That may already sound like an adventure. They also have a dog named Coco, a pet falcon, and a horse. In addition their island is home to secret dragons.

Sounds like a promising beginning to an adventure series for late elementary school and middle-grade readers. The two brothers become detectives and try to thwart the evil boss who wants to capture one of the dragons.

This is a page turner that is made even more attractive by the ability for readers to download an app to turn the book into an interactive adventure. Readers who download the app are able to read secret codes, and view three dimensional animations. There is also a map to trace the journey.

Lots of authentic dialogue, intrigue, teamwork, colorful characters, and bravery to spur readers on and get them hooked on reading the entire series.

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A SUMMERTIME ADVENTURE

The Universes Inside the Lighthouse: (Balky Point Adventure #1)

Written by Pam Stucky

A good choice for middle-grade and young adult readers looking for a summertime read. A vacation trip to an island turns into the adventure of a lifetime for teenage twins, Charlie, and Emma.

They cannot resist investigating the haunted lighthouse. Soon they get a lot more than they anticipated. This adventure combines real science, science fiction, magic, time-travel, and fantasy with two interesting characters.

Charlie and Emma become the detectives who discover multiple universes, two-dimensional characters, and a society that chooses to isolate its members. The twins are surprised to find alter egos and must figure out how to cope with them and find a way out of the void.

The dialogue is fun and the plot fast-moving. This is the first book in the series.

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“PAWSITIVITY” GREAT

Alice Eloise’s Silver Linings: The Story of a Silly Service Dog

Written by Sarah Kathryn Frey

Illustrated by Kit Nicua

This book is a beautiful picture book that effectively teaches children how service dogs assist disabled people. As the story opens, readers are introduced to Double Doodle pups awaiting adoption. Sarah Kate is a young woman with physical disabilities who is seeking a pup to train as a service dog.

Our young protagonist pup who is selected is named Alice Eloise. He is a fun-loving silly pup who must learn how to perform a very serious job. Throughout the book, readers discover how service dogs assist their owners. In addition, the biography of Sarah Kate is included.

I recommend this book highly for elementary and middle-grade students. Parents or teachers can use the tale to develop empathy and educate youngsters about people with disabilities. The illustrations are exquisite and the story opens up multiple avenues for meaningful discussions.

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STORYTELLING STEP BY STEP

HOW TO TELL WRITE AND MAKE UP A STORY: CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING LEARNING BOOK PART 1

Rose Press House

An interesting approach to teaching the art of storytelling. In Part 1 of this series, readers meet Tom, a 12 year old boy who loves listening to stories. Tom, his uncle, spends lots of time doing telling Tom stories. One day, Tom suggests that they change things up. He asks the boy to tell him a story. The boy is at a loss. He says he does not know how to do that.

Patiently, Tom guides the boy step by step. Through their conversation, he guides readers through the process. First, Tom decides on the main character and describes him. Then he sets a moral and theme for his story. The boy decides on a name for his story and develops an outline to put the details that support his character and theme in order. Then the boy writes a draft of the first part of his story and shows it to an adult to read. But the story is not finished. The boy needs to complete the transitions, details, and supplementary characters that will provide a resolution or completion of the story. That will be coming in Part 2.

I liked this casual approach using storytelling as a vehicle not only to develop communication skills, but also to teach the steps necessary to write an effective story. Many middle-grade students who have difficulty organizing both their ideas and putting them down on paper will enjoy this unique approach to oral and written storytelling.

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FAMILY FUN

Spot the differences: Puzzle Game Book

Written by A. R. Soufiane

If you want to get the children away from the TV and video games, this is one solution. It would also be a good rainy day activity or family game night. Teachers might find it useful as a visual discrimination teaching supplementary tool.

The book is targeted to be enjoyed by children in the four to twelve age range. Challenge is to find seven differences between two pictures. Some of the sets are easy and child-like in illustration, others are more challenging to solve. This activity might also be used to foster cooperative learning among children of different ages.

In any case, it provides a unique way for families to share quality time while challenging the brain.

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#MyFirstScienceBook

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dover Publications

ABOUT THE BOOK

My First Book About Dinosaurs

Written by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne

Ages 8-12 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Dover Publications | ISBN-13: 978-0486845562

Publisher’s Synopsis: Welcome to the amazing world of dinosaurs! Children ages 8 and up can discover where these prehistoric creatures lived, the food they ate, and what they may have looked like. Along the way, they’ll encounter bone-crushing teeth, slashing claws, and spiked tails while learning fascinating facts about dinosaur eggs and fossils, moving continents, climate changes, exploding volcanoes, and even an asteroid crashing into Earth.

Other Books in the Series:

My First Book About Our Amazing Earth

My First Book About the Oceans

My First Book About Backyard Nature

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/2TeZ540

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780486845562

https://store.doverpublications.com/0486845567.html

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

An accomplished science and nature illustrator, Patricia J. Wynne is the recipient of the 2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor and has won awards from Parenting magazine, the John Burroughs Association, and the National Science Teachers Association. Patricia’s artwork has appeared in galleries, magazines, newspapers, and more than 100 books for both children and adults. She is the illustrator of numerous successful Dover titles on science and nature, including My First Book About Outer Space and My First Book About the Body.

Trained as a research scientist, Donald M. Silver has written more than 80 books for students of all ages and for teachers. His One Small Square series takes a close-up look at plants and animals where they live. He has won numerous awards including the Children’s Science Writing Award in Physics and Astronomy from the American Institute of Physicists. He lives in New York City where he has worked with Patricia J. Wynne since 1981 and with whom he has co-authored numerous successful Dover titles on science and nature, including the “My First Book” series. 

MY REVIEWS

In My First Book About Dinosaurs, children gain a wealth of information while applying their artistic talent to coloring the pages.

The illustrations are detailed and aptly captioned. First, the definition and concept of fossils are explored. The work of paleontologists is explained. Next, the reader learns about the Triassic, Cretaceous, and Jurassic Periods, names of the dinosaurs living in each period, and their characteristics. Finally, readers learn the parts of the world inhabited by each dinosaur and what might have caused their extinction.

Children learn a ton of information by carefully reading the descriptions and studying the illustrations. Highly recommend it for children in the eight to twelve age range.

The oceans book is a perfect choice for children interested in weather phenomena, sealife, volcanoes, tsunamis, and geography. They will enjoy the illustrations and the detailed information accompanying them.

There is a section about climate, the different types of regions around the globe, animals who live under the sea, and the interrelationship of atmosphere and the oceans. A bit of oceanographic history is included.

Recommended for students in grades three through six.

The coloring book about our amazing Earth is a good first introduction to Earth Science. Young explorers learn about rocks, minerals, mountains, our solar system, and the history of our planet.

They are introduced to volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, caves, geysers, and some of our treasured national parks.

After coloring the beautiful illustration, future scientists will want to keep the book as a wealth of reference information.

Recommended for students ages eight through twelve.

I never fully realized the ecosystem available in my own backyard. This book explores backyard treasures found both day and night. There are insects, birds tiny one-celled creatures, and large animals. Many examples of how their life cycles are dependent upon each other are explained. Silver shows trees, leaves, the changes in seasons, how to identify creatures, and the dangers to avoid in the backyard. Readers even learn how to plant a tree.

This beautifully illustrated book will keep middle-grade outdoor enthusiasts busy for hours and provide a plethora of information about our natural world.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a set of four My First Science Books!

Three (3) winners receive:

  • A copy of My First Book About Dinosaurs
  • A copy of My First Book About Our Amazing Earth
  • A copy of My First Book About the Oceans
  • A copy of My First Book About Backyard Nature

The giveaway begins May 31, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

https://gleam.io/C1DZx/my-first-sceince-book-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, May 31, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off‘My First Science Book’ Series
Monday, May 31, 2021BookshelfMommaA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Wednesday, June 2, 2021Heart to HeartA book review ofMy First Book About Dinosaurs
Thursday, June 3, 2021Over Coffee ConversationsA beyond the book activity‘My First Science Book’ Series
Friday, June 4, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA guest article byDonald M. Silver
Sunday, June 6, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Monday, June 7, 2021Shooting Stars MagazineA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Tuesday, June 8, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofMy First Book About Dinosaurs
Wednesday, June 9, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofMy First Book About Dinosaurs
Thursday, June 10, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Friday, June 11, 2021The Momma SpotA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Wednesday, June 16, 2021The Review WireA book review ofMy First Book About Dinosaurs
Thursday, June 17, 2021Books Are Magic TooA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Friday, June 18, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofMy First Book About Dinosaurs
Sunday, June 20, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series
Monday, June 21, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA review of‘My First Science Book’ Series

WINDING THROUGH TIME

Ruin Hunters and the Dead Man’s Myth: A series of epic adventures throughout ancient sites across the globe!

Written by Rob Beare

Protagonist River Ruins is a junior archaeologist embarking with his family on the greatest adventure of his twelve years. In this first adventure book of a new series, River and his family will sail their way through the Caribbean. Here they will find themselves with codes that need to be solved, fortresses that need to be conquered, and pirates who will fight them each step of the way.

The Ruin Hunter Family are in search of a statue, The Glowing Idol of the ancient Mixtec people. They will engage in a fierce battle with the Helions, who are just as determined to fight to the death for the idol statue and secure it for themselves.

The series promises to be a hit with middle-grade adventure and history lovers, especially boys who love Indiana Jones’ tales. Maps and illustrations enhance the read for reluctant readers. Recommended for readers ages nine through thirteen.

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#GAMEONAWESOMEACTIVITIES

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW AND DOVER PUBLICATIONS

ABOUT THE BOOK

Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

Written by Patrick Merrell

Ages 8-12 | 144 Pages

Publisher: Dover Publications | ISBN-13: 978-0486841854

Publisher’s Synopsis: The newest Game On! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids title, this activity book has dozens of new and challenging brain games for ages 8 to 12. More than 100 colorful puzzles feature the excitement and adventure of the United States, including crosswords, secret codes, word scrambles, spot the differences, mazes, and much more. It’s the perfect book for at home or on the go, and the fun starts with just a pencil — no electricity or batteries needed! Complete solutions appear at the end of the book.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/3yGMpmT

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780486841854

https://store.doverpublications.com/0486841855.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patrick Merrell is a professional puzzlemaker, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. He’s one of MAD magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.” He’s created over 250 books, including 75 puzzle books, and written 81 crosswords for The New York Times (including 19 Sundays). Six of his Times crosswords appear in Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles, the most of any constructor. From 2009 to 2011, he wrote for Wordplay, the daily online crossword column for The New York Times. He’s also created puzzles for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, People, Sports Illustrated, MAD, National Wildlife Foundation, Crayola, Scholastic, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the World Puzzle Championship, and many, many others.

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK

IT’S A PUZZLEMENT…

Game On! USA! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

Designed by Patrick Merrell

This is book three in the Game on series targeted for students in grades three to six or ages eight through twelve. It contains 144 pages of puzzles accompanied by coloring illustrations that cover a wide variety of subjects. While the focus is placed on the USA, the book’s puzzles develop visual acuity skills, math skills, vocabulary, and fine motor development.

I would use it as a go to on those rainy days when the children are bored or as a learning resource while traveling across country in the car or on the airplane. Some of the puzzles are easier and will appeal to younger children, while the coding and crosswords could be a shared activity among younger and older siblings.

Only a pencil and a good imagination are required. Ditch the electronics and go back to paper and pencil brain enrichment.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a set of three Game On! Awesome Activities for Kids books!

Three (3) winners receive:

  • A copy of Game On! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids
  • A copy of Game On! MORE Awesome Activities for Clever Kids
  • A copy of Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

The giveaway begins May 31, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway

https://gleam.io/QY9g5/game-on-usa-book-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, May 31, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Wednesday, June 2, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA review ofGame On! USA
Thursday, June 3, 2021BookshelfMommaA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Friday, June 4, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA review ofGame On! USA
Sunday, June 6, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA review ofGame On! USA
Monday, June 7, 2021The Fairview ReviewA review ofGame On! USA
Tuesday, June 8, 2021The Momma SpotA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Wednesday, June 9, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Thursday, June 10, 2021Heart to HeartA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Friday, June 11, 2021Shooting Stars MagazineA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Wednesday, June 16, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA review ofGame On! USA
Thursday, June 17, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
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