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Best Books: Who Was Charles Darwin

We recently discovered a new to us series, the “Who Was” series. We love to read about history and learn about new people and places. My kids love when they can read a book by themselves and not need me, and with non-fiction that can sometimes be difficult because the language used is often lofty and advanced. The “Who Was” series is great because their target audience is early readers. The language is simple and straight-forward and they are meant to act as a beginners guide to early learners.

There are so many different books available in this incredible series. Biographies range from Jane Goodall to Martin Luther King, and include others such as George Washington, Genghis Khan, and William Shakespeare. Each book allows the reader to get an introductory look in to an historical figure.

This month we chose Charles Darwin because our kids are interested in exploration, animals, and how the animals change. This book gives a great introduction to Survival of the Fittest, looks at Darwin’s expedition to the Galapagos Islands, and gives some details in to his personal life. If you have a child that is interested in learning about adaptation and how species change or disappear this is a great book to start with. Many schools will even give extra credit at the beginning of the school year for students that read and log their reading or create book reports during the holidays. This is an excellent book for a book report, so check it out.

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!

Read Across America: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrations

Read Across America is an annual event that celebrates the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodore Geisel, or as he is more famously known as — Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd and for the past 21 years it has been celebrated in cooperation with the National Education Association, NEA, with the nation-wide event Read Across America.

Read Across America tries to bring awareness to literacy and helps to promote reading in schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. Some organizations get really involved and have dress up days, parties, and contests to celebrate the weeklong event. Dr. Seuss’ favorite characters make appearances at many schools. Some students participate in reading contests with fantastic prizes. Many classrooms even decorate specifically for the event.

K12Reader has many different amazing activities and crafts for Dr. Seuss week. So head on over to K12Reader for some fun free printables that will help you celebrate Read Across America in your home or classroom. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!