Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Several Lives of Orphan Jack

The Several Lives of Orphan Jack by Sarah Ellis, Illustrated by Bruno St.-Aubin Groundwood Books 2003 Historical Fiction
This delightful tale for middle readers is a great read from start to finish. Written in a last century style with rich language about the adventures of twelve year old Jack who is trying to stay out of trouble, but trouble always seems to find him.
Author Sarah Ellis has also written a very interesting and helpful guide for parents and educators called "From Reader to Writer", a guideline for what books to introduce to children to teach them specific writing skills.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Kids, Books and Me

This blog is being created to share with my friends and family members the joys of children's literature. Some of my earliest fondest memories include the books that were read to me and the books I read when I was in school. Authors like Lucy M. Montgomery, Lois Lensky and Louisa May Alcott were all favourites. Then there were the books I read to my children, the books I read with students at school and now the journey begins again with introducing books to my grandchildren! In the last year I have become even more familiar with local, national, newly published and some forgotten, but newly reacquainted authors. My personal preferences are books for children that are inspirational, provide positive character building examples and are edifying. I will be exploring various genres, books for a variety of age and developmental levels, and make suggestions for books for struggling and gifted readers. If you have any questions or suggestions for me, please let me know and I will address those issues as they arise. I am also interested in seeing posts of what your favorite kids books were and what your current favorite books are. I will also be doing book reviews of books I read, so check in from time to time to see what is new!