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Picture Book of the Day

How to Hug
by Maryann MacDonald (Author) and Jana Christy (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Hugs can be tricky! But you can learn how to hug. Follow the directions in this book…

Neve hug anyone who’s angry.
It can take time to get over it,
so just be patient.


Chapter Book of the Day

The Poisoned House
by Michael Ford (Author)
328 pages

Booktalk: Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled hoursehold. As an otherworldly presence makes itself known, a deadly secret is revealed–a secret that will shatter everything Abi Knows.
gat will shatter everytihg that Abi knows.

Snippet: The struts and beams of the new station at Charing Cross rose in the darkeness behind. I ran across a square. It was New Year’s Day in the year of Our Lord 1855 and on the ground lay the remnants of the previous night’s celebration: bunting, bones of fish and fowl and rotting fruit aplenty.

My Book of the Week

Face-Off by Anastasia Suen (writing as Jake Maddox)
A hockey novel

Kyle wants to be a great hockey player, just like his brother, Caleb. Unfortunately, Kyle spends a lot of time sitting on the bench. The only way he’ll ever catch up to his brother’s goal total is if the coach lets him play more, and if his teammates begin to accept him. If Kyle can get his head in the game when he is on the ice, he might have a chance at scoring some major points for the team.

  • Copyright: 2007
  • Guided Reading level: M
  • Lexile Level: 470L
  • ATOS Level: 3.2
  • AR Quiz Number: 109966
  • Library Binding / Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Arch Books

Book Activities:

Explore the Science of Hockey.

Find the words in this hockey word search.

Make your own Hockey Word Search.


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The NEW Children’s Chapter Books Workshop is Jan 4-Feb 22, 2012.


Literary Links

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