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The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf

NPR posted this list today, which is a helpful tool to choose books:

100 Must-Read Books for Kids 9 – 14

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This is a great list of good Young Adult novels: 

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels

A book and a garden
Have you wanted to read books from the School Library over the summer? Come to the school library on Wednesdays, July 24 – Aug. 14, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, and you may check out books for two weeks. Books can be returned at the next check out time or to the Public Library. This service is available for all community members who have a Public Library card, even a nonresident version. Contact Mrs. Doss at 376-3382 with any questions.
Book Club at the School Library for 7 – 10 year olds 
Wednesdays, 1 – 2 PM, July 24 – Aug. 14.
We’ll be reading one book, Melonhead by Katy Kelly, over the course of the month. Books will be available to participants at the Public Library at the beginning of July.  Read chapters 1 – 6 by our first meeting.  Snacks provided! Contact Mrs. Doss at 376-3382 with any questions.
Gardening and Story Time at the School Garden
Join together with Chelsea to work in the school garden this summer, every Friday, July 5 – Aug. 24, 9:30 – 2:30. Every-other week Mrs. Doss will read garden stories in the garden. The dates for story time are July 12, 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23rd from 1:30 – 2:30. Come listen to garden-themed stories and drink tea. Contact Chelsea at 376-3031 regarding gardening or Mrs. Doss at 376-3382 regarding story time.
Summer Library Check Out at the Public School
Have you wanted to read books from the School Library over the summer? Come to the school library on Wednesdays, July 24 – Aug. 14, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, and you may check out books for two weeks. Books can be returned at the next check out time or to the Public Library. This service is available for all community members who have a Public Library card, even a nonresident version. Contact Mrs. Doss at 376-3382 with any questions.

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In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery, adventure and small-town intrigue as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother. – ala.org

Every year, the American Library Association announces winning book titles in several categories. Lists of these books can be accessed at this website:

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia

Resources on evaluating websites from Kathy Schrock.

Research: Beyond Google

For general research, here are good places to start:

Sweet Search (Browser with results suited to students/education).

Encyclopedia.com

Encyclopedia Britannica

Brain Pop

Discovery Kids

National Geographic Kids

Science for Kids

Social Studies for Kids

Homework Help from Discovery Kids

Homework Help from Time for Kids

LuAnn Schindler complied a list of classic literature for middle school students for Life 123.  As she says, “This list introduces new characters and alien worlds to the middle school set. Several of these books are commonly taught in middle school English classes, so adding them to a summer reading list can give your child an advantage when they come up during the school year.”

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – In the mid-nineteenth century, a French professor and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above (Classic Reader).
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean old miser, is given a second chance to do right after being haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve (Learn Out Loud).
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck – A semi-autobiographical tale of a boy’s struggle with adolescence and the responsibility of manhood (SparkNotes).
  • A Stranger Came Ashore by Mollie Hunter – Twelve-year-old Robbie becomes convinced that the stranger befriended by his family is one of the Selkie Folk and tries to get help against his magical powers from the local wizard (goodreads).
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – A tale of an immigrant family. It’s been characterized as a “coming-of-age” novel (About.com). View full article »

Citing Sources – MLA

Everything in the information world has an address. What has that got to do with citing sources? Citations are the addresses where the information resources reside. At our school, we use the MLA format for writing citations and putting them together to make a bibliography of your research. There are several cites that will help you write a citation:

Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue

Easybib

Citation machine

Bibme

Knightcite