Category Archives: reading

Best Books: Flat Stanley

Have you ever read the Flat Stanley books? Flat Stanley has been around for over 50 years. The endearing boy who was flattened by a bulletin board that fell on him while he slept has been sharing silly and fantastic adventures for over 5 decades. Multiple generations of families have enjoyed the one-dimensional, but never dull stories of Stanley Lambchop. Stanley goes on incredible journeys using the postal service to travel the country and world. He saves the Famous Museum from sneak thieves, he finds jewelry lost in places we thought never to see again. But perhaps the most important thing about Stanley is he teaches us the lesson of inclusion, of how we are all different, yet we are all the same.

We may not all be as different as Stanley is, but we are all definitely unique in ways that to us at least, seem to isolate us and make us the obvious choice to bully. Flat Stanley is a great story for kids who think they are different, or for kids who may not want to interact with someone who is different. It is an excellent tool for teaching diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and making someone understand the pain that is left behind when someone is bullied.

While the books help to bridge the gap between this major issues they do so in such a fun and simple way that readers do not feel they are being forced to read a book that will make them learn. The journey that readers experience with Stanley is organic. It changes and grows with the reader and allows them to follow along unobtrusively. Check out the Flat Stanley series now if you haven’t read it before. We highly suggest starting with Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! You will not be disappointed!

Best Books: Humphrey the Hamster Books

Are you and your kids looking for a new book to read? How about a a whole series? If you haven’t heard about The World According to Humphrey then you need to listen up and pay attention. The World According to Humphrey is the first book in a series lovingly known as the Humphrey Hamster books. The Humphrey books are written by Betty G. Birney, and they follow a sweet and lovable class pet named Humphrey through his life in classroom 26. The books are great for ages 8-12. The books follow Humphrey as he navigates his way through interactions with the children, teacher, and lessons that are in classroom 26. Humphrey has all the same fears, likes, and interactions as the kids in his class. It allows the reader to understand and experience all of the realities of being a kid in school and dealing with relationships, homework, and life all through the safe and knowing point of view of the classroom pet.

This first book introduces Humphrey and some of the kids in the classroom. It even introduces the teacher Mrs. Brisbane, who Humphrey swears hates him and is out to get him. Kids will love this book because it is so easy to relate to. Humphrey gives them a wonderful proxy to experience the harsh world of growing up without being faced with actually being the center of the story. Parents will love that the books will keep bringing kids back for more.

Best Books: Trapped In a Video Game

Do you have a kid that loves video games but isn’t very interested at reading? We may have found the perfect book series for them! Trapped in a Video Game is an incredible series that follows the young Jesse Rigsby as he navigates his way through the harsh years of adolescence with one major complication — a video game character is trying to kill him.

Jesse and his best friend Eric have discovered a new game, Full Blast, and cannot wait to try it. However, they find themselves sucked directly in to the game and find they have to play to survive when a mysterious figure begins to follow them and kill them.

The series contains 5 books and each book contains an interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) section at the end that allows readers to learn and understand binary coding and algorithms. Now they can understand how their favorite games function and start learning how to create their own video games. One series is helping them to not only nurture a love for reading but also give them the opportunity to learn and practice STEM activities at home for fun!