Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Another cute story by children’s author Doreen Cronin. Children get to move with this book and explore the creative ways in which we can stretch. My pre-k students love Stretch, Wiggle, and Bounce.
Jamie Lee Curtis created a fun story about growing up and becoming a big kid versus still being a baby. Sometime it is hard but it also rewarding. Kindergarten and first grade students like this. Some of the words are beyond my pre-k groups.
Louella Mae, She’s Run Away by Karen Beaumont Alarcón
- Students love this rhyming book and are very surprised to find out where Louella Mae has hidden and why. Very fun! Read with PK through 1st and they all got a giggle out of it!
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
- My students love the lyrical side of this story. A little boy who promises his mommy that he isn’t going to paint the walls and furniture any more discovers a new outlet for his craft. Very fun!
Another dystopian story but intended for a younger audience. Two tweens, Dak and Sera, discover a secret experiment, their world falls apart. Missing parents, time travel, historical figures and events. The past is not as we know it and they must travel back in time, all the while hiding from and evil group who has risen to power through influencing the past. Good historical references, moderate action, and a bit of humour. Intended for the Pre-teen crowd. Can’t wait to introduce the series to my third and fourth graders.
Young Adult (YA)
- Dystopian view of the US, very popular today. At 16, kids are required to choose a faction in which they will spend the rest of their lives. They will leave friends and family if they choose a faction other than the one in which they were raised. As in all dystopian stories, the system is broken and these kids must figure out how to fix it. Similar to the Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) in that children are put in harm’s way over and over to survive. Some make it and get stronger, some crumble and turn, some do not make it out. I am concerned that the movie version of this series will be like Hunger Games and use actors much older than the book characters and change the “feel” of the story. The who idea is that children are put into situations even adults cannot bear. I did not like the ending to the series. I understand why the author wrote it the way she did, I personally wanted a different outcome.
- 14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen (lifeofafictionista.wordpress.com)