- Recommended Reading
- An Exciting Contest for
Spring begins March 21, and I am more than ready for spring here
in the frozen north.
Publishers are presenting many new children's and teen books that
make great reading.
Think fuzzy critters and fantasy.
by Stephen J. Brooks
Illustrated byLinda Crockett
A story every child is sure to love. Young Abigail wakes
each night, dons her princess crown, and travels to a magical
glade to oversee the great unicorn race. Brilliant illustrations
bring this beautiful story that is written in rhyming verse
by Nathaniel Hobbie
Illustrated by Jocelyn Hobbie
In this third adventure starring Priscilla, she sees the
glamorous Princess Rollerina perform up on stage, and has
dreams of herself in the spotlight. Who will be the star of
The Rolleret School show? Jocelyn Hobbie and Nathaniel Hobbie
are a dazzling duo whose text and art illuminate this enchanting
It's Not Easy Being Mean
by Lisi Harrison
Massie Block is up to her usual tricks as the uncontested
ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian
Country Day. Claire Lyons: Has finally arrived! She's in the
Clique and adored by super-cute Briarwood boy Cam. Alicia
Rivera is as sneaky as she is beautiful and would love to
take Massie's throne one day. Maybe she will make it. The
Clique... The only thing harder than getting in is staying
Septimus Heap, Book 3
by Angie Sage
Illustrated by Mark Zug
With heart-stopping action and a dash of humor, Angie Sage
continues the fantastical journey of Septimus Heap. The wacky,
exciting characters that made Magyk and Flyte so memorable
are back and Silas Heap unSeals a forgotten room in the Palace.
That action releases the ghost of a Queen who lived five hundred
years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she
was in life, and she's still up to no good. Her plan to give
herself everlasting life requires Jenna's compliance, Septimus's
disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye,
a famous Alchemist and Physician. Fantasy at it's best!
by Shelley Mickle
A wonderful nonfiction book about the Kentucky Derby winner
who won the hearts of America, this book is sure to please
all the animal lovers.
April is National Poetry Month.
Many of the younger children's stories are written in rhyming poetry
and are so much fun to read aloud to the little ones. When my children
were small, we read Ogden Nash's poems aloud until we all had some
of them memorized. My personal favorite was The
Tale of Custard the Dragon. Check it out....you will love it
Here are some other links for poetry for kids sites that your family
of Poetry for Children
for Kids - Funny Poems for Children by Poet Kenn Nesbitt
Poetry in the The Poetry Zone
Teen writers - here is a contest that is open to students grades
nine through twelve. The challenge is to write a chapter book for
tweeners (ages 8 through 12) with a minimum of 15,000 words. The
first place prize is a $20,000 scholarship over 4 years - 2nd and
3rd place winners each win a $10,000 scholarship over 4 years, and
4th and 5th place winners will receive a $6,000 scholarship over
4 years. Baker Trittin Press will publish the winning manuscript
and will provide a $1,000 advance royalty. The teacher of the winning
student will receive a 7-day educational tour of Paris as a gift
from Joshua Expeditions. Here is a link to the complete details:
Get busy teens, this one is worth the effort!
N. Budd from Bridgewater,
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