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Realistic Fiction – Children’s Literature Genres

Children’s Literature Genres: Realistic Fiction There are so many types of books for children to read today.  Often children tend to gravitate to one or two specific types.  You may have a child who only wants to read mysteries, another child may only read comic books, or another may choose only books about cars and trucks.  While you want your child to enjoy reading,

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Drop Everything and Read

Drop Everything and Read Well, it’s May and Spring is finally on its way!  While that may mean more outside fun, it’s also a great month to start a new and exciting reading program at home.  Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) was a reading program invented by children’s author Beverly Cleary.  In her series of books about a young girl named Ramona, Ramona’s teacher

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Make Connections While Reading a Story

Make Connections While Reading a Story A good reader can usually make connections while reading a story.  This means that he will be able to relate the story to either his own ideas, other stories he has read, or events that have happened to him.  You can help your child make connections by encouraging him to not just read words, but to also think

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How to Start a Family Book Club

Have you ever wondered what your older children are reading in their free time?  Maybe you want to be able to talk about the books they are reading, but don’t know what to ask them?  Have you ever considered starting a Family Book Club? We often think of book clubs as an excuse for adults to get together for adult conversation, but a family

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Identify the Setting of a Story

Identify the Setting of a Story Where and when did this story take place?  The answer is the setting of a book or story.  It’s a simple enough question, and yet it can be tricky for children to figure out (especially young children).  You can help your child learn to identify the setting of a story by asking them some simple questions about what

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Teaching Your Child about the Parts of a Book

Five Parts of a Book There are five parts of a book that every child should know how to identify and use.  You can help your children learn about these important tools while you read with them. Title Page The title page is the page directly inside the front cover that lists the title, author, illustrator, and publishing company. When reading a book, it

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Choosing Books Based on the Three Purposes of Writing

Three Purposes of Writing Every author writes with one of three purposes of writing in mind.  He either writes to persuade, to inform, or to entertain.  Most children tend to choose books that entertain – novels, comic books, etc.  However, it is helpful to at least introduce your child to reading materials that can inform or persuade as well.  But how do you do

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Classic Rabbit Tales – Hipity Hopity Easter’s on its Way!

As Easter and spring approaches,, it is a great time to read books with the theme of rabbits.  Younger children would enjoy the classics including The Tales of Peter Rabbit, while older children might be interested in reading chapter books where the main character is a rabbit. The Tales of Peter Rabbit The Tales of Peter Rabbit has an extensive website that presents the

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Spring has Sprung – Spring Reading Activities

Spring Reading Activities The first day of spring is celebrated on March 20th and is also referred to as the vernal equinox.  On this day, both daylight and night are approximately equal.  This is because the Earths’ relative tilt toward the sun is zero.  Many areas around the country will also be experiencing their first signs of spring like birds migrating, flowers beginning to

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Make Reading Enjoyable for your Child

How many times have you heard your child complain about having to read? Do you hear things like – “Reading is boring,” “I just don’t like to read,” or “I don’t want to read”?  It can be hard to get your child interested in reading, but it can be done. Here are some tips to show your child that reading can be more than

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