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Best Books: Magic Tree House Pirates Past Noon

We love to read at our house, and our kids bring home a new book from school every week to do their AR practice for class (Accelerated Reader Levels). Recently our oldest has become obsessed (and that is putting it mildly) with the Magic Tree House books.

If you have never heard of the Magic Tree House books let me explain, the series is written by Mary Pope Osborne, and each book follows Jack and Annie a brother and sister that discover a magic tree house filled with books. The tree house is owned by a magical enchantress, Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur’s half-sister. Morgan sends Annie and Jack on amazing adventures through time where they meet famous people, experience historical events, cultures, and interact with historical and legendary animals and creatures.

The books follow Jack and Annie on their adventures around the world and each book is different. Currently my oldest is reading Pirates Past Noon and is adventuring the high seas, finding mysterious maps, and searching deserted islands. The books each give insight in to the incredible time periods in which the story takes place. It is a great historical fiction adventure that teaches as the kids delve further and further in to the imaginary world of Jack and Annie.

The books are great for beginning readers, my oldest is a first grader reading 10-16 chapters in each book. However, there are also Merlin Missions that are for more advanced readers that can read longer books with a more extensive vocabulary. The Magic Tree House books also have a Fact Trackers line of books that allows your child to read the Non-Fiction facts used in the novels. it is an excellent way to connect the real world with their imaginary adventure.

If you have a young reader you should definitely check out one of the magic Tree House books, they truly are a world of imagination filled with increible real-life connections!!

Books that Teach

February is Black History Month. This is a very important part of our nation’s history. Many important people in history are sidelined for being a minority, but their contributions to this nation and society should never be ignored. Black History month is supposed to be a way to give light to those that have been hidden in our history. In today’s world especially we want our sons and our daughters to know that ANYONE is capable of making an impact on this world. That we are all equal in our abilities to make a difference. For decades psychologists have said how important it is to show our young girls strong female role models, but it is just as important to show our sons strong female role models. It is also important to break down barriers and show them that there is no difference between a man, a woman, and someone who may come from a different culture, or background. books that teach So this month let’s highlight a book that will do just that. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History highlights many women of color that have made an impact on the world today. These women have been sidelined in history, but they will not be in the here and now.   Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History highlights 40 women and the amazing thing they have accomplished. From women like Abolitionist Sojourner Truth who fought barriers and helped the fight to free slaves, to women like politician Shirley Chisholm who broke down barriers in politics serving her community in a very strong and life-changing way. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History also highlights women in everyday life and how they have accomplished amazing things and shattered people’s expectations. This book is meant for children ages 8-11, but it carries an impact that could be felt by readers of all ages. Be sure to check it out, it is a book that should be read by everyone.

Best Books: Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty has been an icon to the American people for centuries. We all know her history, she was a gift from the French and she stands tall in New York City. But do we know her story?

Dave Eggers introduces the story of the Statue of Liberty in this tongue-in-cheek tale, Her Right Foot. Eggers brings the Statue to life and with pieces from her history shapes a story of her background giving us all a little taste of what it truly means to be American.

Her Right Foot

Lady Liberty has been a symbol to American’s for centuries. She has greeted immigrants from the sea. American’s and other visitors from around the world have traveled to visit this distinguished lady in her home on the small island near New York. She has been there to greet everyone since she was placed there so long ago. But now we can hear her own story, how she came to be here, who she is, and why she is there to greet all who come to see her.

Her right foot is a poignant tale that will open up a world of topics to your kids. Why did our country form? Why is America so unique and so special? Where do we come from? When did our family come to America? Use this fun story to teach a little about the history of America, Lady Liberty, and your own family.