Book Recommendations

RECOMMENDED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

 

AGES 4-8

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal)

Let’s Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Lulu Is a Rhinoceros by Jason Flom

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete by James Dean

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Word Collector by Peter H Reynolds

Drawn Together by Minh Le

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

 

AGES 8-12

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (winner of the 2018 Newbury Medal)

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Bob by Wendy Mass

Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Clearly

Guinness World Records 2019

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Prince Martin Wins His Sword by Martin Hale

 

 

AGES 10-14

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (2019 Newbury Honor Book)

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (2019 Newbury Honor Book)

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riodan

New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin

The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo

Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

 

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LiteracyPlus Tidbits: Literature

THE VALUE OF LITERATURE

 

The very word ‘Literature’ brings to mind dusty, difficult books stacked in a rarely frequented corner of the library, or long hours spent dissecting Hemingway, Conrad, or the sonnets and plays of Shakespeare.

But Literature does not have to be boring, or stuffy, or ‘only for the bright kids’. It is for everyone.

 

Literature opens up new worlds to children. It teaches them about people and places, both real and imaginary. It teaches them to empathise, feel and explore emotions. It teaches them values and what it is to be human.

 

Literature can be used to illustrate the many forms writing can take—personal narrative, exposition, poetry, fantasy, and so on. Hence, it is greatly encouraged for a child to read widely to gain that exposure.

 

Literature provides children with a variety of narrative structures that can help them become better writers. Children can borrow from these models as they shape their own pieces, adapting story structures to their own needs and imitating patterns other writers have created. Through such modelling and adaptation, children will start picking up writing styles, vocabulary and plot ideas, and begin developing their own writing styles.

 

Building a child’s interest in Literature can be done in a myriad of interesting ways: through reading aloud, dramatisation, choral reading, games, journal response, the TV/movie connection, and art & craft activities. The possibilities are endless.

 

Book Recommendations

RECOMMENDED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

 

BEGINNING READERS (5-7 YEARS OLD)

Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy? by Jason Alexander

The Dog Who Cried Wolf  by Keiko Kasza

The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett

 

YOUNG READERS (8-10 YEARS OLD)

The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters by Judy Sierra

Mallory vs. Max by Laurie Friedman

Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut by Denys Cazet

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley

Police Dogs by Frances E. Ruffin and Wilma Melville

Walter the Giant Storyteller’s Giant Book of Giant Stories by Walter M. Mayes

Walter, the Story of a Rat by Barbara Wersba

 

ADVANCED READERS (11-13 YEARS OLD)

Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child

Dale Earnhardt, Jr: Born to Race by Ken Garfield

Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure by Georgia Byng

The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow by Kaye Umansky

Spy Force Mission: In Search of the Time and Space Machine by Deborah Abela

Three of Diamonds: Three Diamond Brothers Mysteries by Anthony Horowitz

 

LiteracyPlus Tidbits: Short Stories

THE VALUE OF SHORT STORIES

 

Short stories incorporate many basic literary elements.

Main character, setting, conflict, plot, symbols and theme are examples of story elements which appear not only in novels and chapter books, but also in short stories. However, determining these elements in a short story takes less time, for the reading experience is shorter.

 

Input and feedback are immediate.

As a parent, your child’s questions about and reactions to the short story can be dealt with on the spot because of the length of the story. You can immediately assess your child’s oral reading and literary, discussion and comprehension skills.

 

The short story form gives children a realistic writing model.

By sharing and analysing language and literary elements as they appear in short stories, children can find examples which they can use as models for their own compositions.

 

Collections worth collecting…

The short story genre can include fairy tales, folktales, fables and even picture books. Famous traditional authors include Aesop, Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. For Upper Primary pupils, Newbery Award-winner Avi has two well-received collections: Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformation and Best Shorts: Favorite Short Stories for Sharing selected by Avi with Carolyn Shute. As Katherine Paterson writes in her afterward, “Do read these stories with your family, your friends or your classmates. Try reading one aloud, your ears catching details that your eyes skipped over.”

 

Book Recommendations

RECOMMENDED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

 

Title: Little Brown Bear Won’t Go to School

Author: Jane Dyer

Range: Ages 3 – 7

Synopsis: What’s the point of attending school? Little Brown Bear decides to forego an education and go to work like his Mama and Papa, but none of his jobs pan out. No one at the diner can read the orders he takes, his construction work doesn’t hold together, he gets tangled in a scarf he tries to knit, and the buzz cut he gives a lion makes the beast roar his displeasure! Now he knows why he needs to go to school – he’s got a lot to learn! Dyer’s sunny water colours are filled with lush detail and subtle humour. Kids will love exploring every illustration.

 

Title: Niagara Falls, or Does it?

Author: Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

Range: Ages 8 -12

Synopsis: Hank Zipzer’s journals, “The Mostly True Confessions of the World’s Best Underachiever,” chronicle how a smart, well-intentioned, wise-cracking fourth grader survives his worst enemy – himself. Everything is a challenge for Hank, from punctuality to punctuation. In this first book of the series, Hank missteps on the very first day of school. The first-person perspective brings Hank sharply into focus. He’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of kid. The text reflects his cheeky approach to life and the dialogue rings true. Hank’s not perfect, not by a long shot, but his honesty and self-deprecating attitude will garner him hero status and lots of fans that identify with him.

 

Title: The Cheat

Author: Amy Goldman Koss

Range: Ages 10 – 14

Synopsis: A cheating scandal embroils an eighth-grade class after the class geek tries to impress the beauty queen by giving her the answers to a geography exam before the test. When the popular clique shares the inside information, the test results play havoc with the lives of everyone involved. Dramatically revealed in alternating first-person accounts, this inside look at middle-grade mores packs a powerful punch because the six students divulge all the conscience-wracking details. Told with irreverence and humour, it is an adolescent exposé that explores the values of trust and honour and the repercussions of deceit. Integrity may be deemed a cliché by some teens, but it is obvious from the fallout of this experience that cheating is not worth the self-destruction it inevitably causes.

Source: Reading Today’s “Children’s Book Review” by Lynne T. Burke

 

Book Recommendations

RECOMMENDED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

 

Title: Wemberly Worried

Author: Kevin Henkes

Range: Ages 5 – 8

Synopsis: In this delightful picture book, Wemberly joins other memorable mouse characters who deal successfully with realistic problems. As school begins, Wemberly, whose many worries range from playground safety to wondering if she’ll shrink in the bath, begins to worry about school. Happily, her concerns are put aside on the first day as she meets another child much like herself.

Note for Parents: Parents will find this book useful to show that we all have worries when facing new situations.

 

 

Title: Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster

Author: Debra Frasier

Range: Ages 8 -11

Synopsis: Sage, a fifth grader home with the flu, gets her vocabulary homework over the phone and misinterprets one of the words. She thinks it is Miss Alaineus. She invents a definition and draws a picture to go with it. She’s mortified when she realizes her mistake in class but overcomes her embarrassment in the annual vocabulary parade. The eye-catching illustrations were created from supplies the author found in her daughter’s school desk.

Note for Parents: The book contains clever ideas for teaching vocabulary and models good use of alliteration and word play. The humour makes it a great read-aloud for 8 to 11 year-olds.

 

 

Title: Kid’s Almanac of Geography

Author: Alice Siegel and Margo Mcloone

Range: Ages 11 – 14

Synopsis: This innovative geographical resource is filled with full-colour photos, maps, charts and graphs. The table of contents is easy to follow, and the facts are presented in a manner that encourages browsing just for fun. Chapters include information on unique animals, money, food, biomes, religions, languages and celebrations around the world.

Note for Parents: This book gives instant access for geographic questions. The special fact boxes and map-based entries reinforce geography concepts and map-reading skills.

 

 

2017 Year-end Holiday Programmes

Our year-end holiday programme schedule is out! Check out the different holiday programmes we are running for N2 to P5 students by clicking the images below.

 

N2-K2 Fun With Ice Cream

This workshop for preschoolers is not to be missed. Centered around the theme of ice cream, there will be storytelling, speech and drama activities, arts and crafts, as well as a hands-on activity where children learn how to make their own ice cream!

 

P1&P2 Speech & Drama: Speak Right!

Equip your child early with all the necessary skills to be an effective speaker in a fun and nurturing environment. Combining teaching and practical exercises, the workshop culminates with students applying what they have learnt in a poetry reading and a Readers’ Theatre piece.

 

P2 to P5 Holiday Camps

Looking to give your child a head start for next year? Our intensive camps have a variety of English and Maths components that you can choose to give your child practice on – creative writing, oral presentation, English paper 2 preparation and Maths problem-solving heuristics.

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

LiteracyPlus Centre’s 10th Anniversary

We would like to express our deep appreciation to all our customers, teachers and friends as LiteracyPlus Enrichment Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary this month! Thank you for your loyalty and support this past decade.

 

To our former and current customers, a very special thank you. We would not have made it this far without you and we will continue to strive to improve our service and your child’s learning experience at LiteracyPlus.

 

Here’s to another decade of raising confident readers, writers and thinkers, and helping students discover worlds beyond the classroom!

 

2016 Year-end Holiday Programmes

Our year-end holiday programme schedule is out! Check out the different holiday programmes we are running for N2 to P5 students by clicking the images below.

 

N2-P1 Storytelling & Craft Session

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Come and enjoy a one-hour storytelling and craft session on the book Hop, Hop, Kangaroo – a story about a young kangaroo on a journey to look for his ‘hop’. Admission is free!

 

K2-P1 Superheroes Writing Programme

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Does your child have difficulty expressing himself/herself in writing? Taught in a safe and encouraging environment, pupils will learn how to write creatively on the theme of Superheroes. They will learn how to brainstorm descriptive words and phrases before putting their ideas into writing.  Using interactive activities such as storytelling, dramatisation and kinaesthetic games , pupils will have fun as they unleash their creative juices and expand their vocabulary.

 

P2 Junior Detective Writing Workshop

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Want your child to learn how to create suspense in their writing? Pupils will have fun making use of their imagination and applying detective skills to solve a variety of mysterious scenarios. Using role play, effective writing techniques and descriptive details, pupils will learn to imbue suspense in their writing and create endings with a twist.

 

P3 to P5 Holiday Camps

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An intensive English and Maths camp designed to give your child a head start for next year, the camp focuses on writing, oral and Maths problem-solving heuristics. Pupils may chose to come for any combination of these 3 components of the camp.

 

Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!

2015 Year-end Holiday Programmes

Want your child to do something fun and enriching over the year-end holidays? Check out the different holiday programmes we are running for N2 to P6 students by clicking the images below.

 

N2-K2 Tea with The Big Hungry Bear

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P1 & 2 Wild About Bugs!

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P3 to P5 Holiday Camps

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Programmes include:

MATHS: PROBLEM-SOLVING HEURISTICS This engaging holiday workshop focuses on teaching heuristics skills and strategies to solve higher-order, non-routine problem sums. Your child will be equipped with simple yet effective strategies to develop his/her mathematical reasoning and thinking skills. He/she will leave this short course with tips and tricks that will make solving complicated word problems a cinch.

ENGLISH: WRITING WITH DRAMA Many pupils struggle with writing and produce uninteresting compositions with dry content and flat characters. This programme will expand your child’s imaginative capacity through drama activities such as role play, skits and charades, enabling him or her to visualise and describe characters and scenes more vividly. Your child will also be taught writing fundamentals such as effective planning and description using sensory details.

ENGLISH: EFFECTIVE ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS In this programme, your child will first learn the basics of voice projection, eye contact, proper posture, facial expression and body language, then practise these delivery skills by giving an oral presentation. Lastly, he/she will be taught strategies to tackle Stimulusbased Conversation, increasing his/her confidence in taking the new PSLE-format Oral exam.

 

P6 Literature Appreciation: The World of Macbeth

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Spaces are limited, so call 6777 2468 or SIGN UP ONLINE today!