Read Around the World Summer Reading Series from Multicultural Kid Blogs!

read around the world summer series a book long enough

School's out! School's out! This summer you can not only keep your kids reading, you can make sure they get some exposure to varying cultures, as well! Multicultural Kid Blogs has just launched their second annual Read Around the World Summer Reading Series, in which books for kids ages baby to teen will be featured on weekdays in June, July, and August. Today is my turn, and I've chosen a chapter book perfect for kids 8 to 12. It was just published last winter and I know it is going to reap some major awards for 2015, because it is so beautifully written and so vert readable! It would make a perfect read aloud, too, if you're looking for a book to share with your kids as a group, or to listen to in the car on a long trip. Enjoy!

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (ages 8-12)

I'm thrilled that Sharon Draper has published a new chapter book! She's a phenomenal writer who has garnered several much-deserved awards. This time she uses her own family history as inspiration for the tale of a young African-American girl growing up in Depression-era North Carolina. Stella is 10 years old when she and her brother witness a Klan meeting that takes place very close to her home. Stella lives in a close-knit community that strives to overcome oppression and economic hardship with dignity and determination. Stella hopes to become a journalist when she grows up, and much of the novel consists of her journal entries. Her own journey is paralleled with an effort in the community to get three registered African-American voters to the polls.

There are several qualities that make Stella by Starlight a beautiful and engaging novel. First, Sharon Draper is a fine writer. She knows how to tell a story that is difficult to put down. Second, she's created a character that is extraordinarily brave, yet immensely humble and likable. Modern kids will find Stella, who is based on Draper's grandmother, a wonderful role model for creativity, courage, and strength of character. They'll also rip through Draper's storytelling, unable to put this novel down.

Find discussion questions, activities, and writing prompts based on this outstanding chapter book here

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Best of 2014: Chapter Books the Girls Tore Through

2014 chapter books a book long enough

I've been keeping a Pinterest board of all the chapter books the girls read this past year that were published either in hardcover or paperback in 2014. This is list of the books that one or the other of my 9 and 11 year old tweens said they really enjoyed. They read like gonzos, which is nice for me. And they're pretty good about letting me know what they enjoy and what they think is meh. 

Everything below is appropriate for kids ages eight-ish to 12, unless I've noted otherwise. I've divided the books up by genre so that you can match them to your young reader's interest. If you see an asterisk by the title, that means there are books in the series that come before the one I've listed, which kids will probably want to read before tackling these.

And later this year (which is quickly coming to a close!), I'll feature my top ten picks for new chapter books published in 2014!

Fantasy

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

*The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West

*Janitors: Strike of the Sweepers by Tyler Whitesiders

*The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

*Ever After High: A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

*The Bravest Princess by E. D. Baker

*Once Upon the End by James Riley

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

*The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen (ages 10 and up)

Mysteries

*The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

*Poached by Stuart Gibbs

Realistic Fiction

Nest by Esther Ehrlich (ages 10 and up)

Rain Reign by Ann Martin

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (ages 11 and up)

Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Ava and Pip by Carol Weston

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

Multicultural Fiction

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney (ages 11 and up)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Historical Fiction

*The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis (ages 10 and up)

The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Graphic Novels

The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Kate the Great, Except When She's Not by Suzy Becker

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

*Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

You can take a look at all the beautiful covers here, (no Pinterest account required):

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