I'm behind. Very behind, and I apologize for that. I'm trying to think of the best way to use this blog to help kids and parents find books. Right now, my only solution is to post about one book at a time and use the labels to identify the age group I think the book is appropriate for.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY BETTER IDEAS FOR HOW TO ORGANIZE THESE BOOK IDEAS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!
In the meantime, I'm hearing lots of snippets from parents about the struggles they're having getting their kids to read over the summer. Many of them are complaining about getting their kids to read real books, more difficult books, not just picture books.
I'm all about reading for real. By that I mean, reading books that fill you up, that go further than just entertain, but teach and inspire and help a person grow.
But those sorts of books are not dictated by format. A novel can be just as silly, as light, as stupid as a picture book.
Picture books are not the problem. Often picture books have far richer, more difficult language than early readers or novels for young children. Because they are not designated easy readers, they have more freedom to use words like simulate and weightlessness and civilian as this book does:
DAREDEVIL: THE DARING LIFE OF BETTY SKELTON by Meghan McCarthy
In the 1930s most girls were happy playing with dolls. But one girl, Betty Skelton, liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside, and even flying airplanes herself! She lived for an adventure—in the air, the water, and on land—and nothing could stop her, especially not being a girl.
When Betty Skelton was young there weren’t many women flying airplanes or racing cars, but she wouldn’t let that stop her. She was always ready to take on a challenge, and she loved to have fun. Beetty rode motorcycles, raced cars, jumped out of planes, and flew jets, helicoptors, gliders, and blimps. And by the time she was an adult, Betty was known in the press as the “First Lady of Firsts!”
This vibrantly illustrated picture book biography reveals the exciting life of a brave pioneer who followed her dreams and showed the world that women can do anything!