Sunday, May 19, 2013
Great reads for kids of all ages.
From James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead Foundation: Great Advanced Reads (For tweens and teens, ages 12 and up) The Diviners By Libba Bray For ages 12 and up A series of occult-based murders in 1920s New York City put Evie O’Neill and her uncle, curator of what’s known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies,” center stage in investigating the crimes. The tightly woven plot and palpable setting combine with supernatural elements, rich themes, and terrific storytelling to make for a compelling read. On the Day I Died By Candace Fleming For ages 11 and up Scary is always in season, and summer is an especially good time to welcome a shivery chill. On appropriately dark and moonless nights, kids will find themselves scaring friends with the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Tell us what you're reading right now using this nifty form on Patch!
As part of our ongoing Patch Reads program, we are actively seeking input from you on what you are reading right now. Fill out this form and tell us what you and your book clubs are reading and why. Then we'll share it with others so that we can all benefit from your book club recommendations.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Harrowing plane crashes, a true Bronx tale and more.
Nothing is as satisfying to me as reading a well-written, compelling true story. Which is why I love narrative nonfiction. The genre reads like fiction — it has plot, character development, scene-setting, conflict — but it's all true. Sometimes the best stories are not the ones we make up, but the ones that make up our lives. Below, in no particular order, is a list of five of my favorite narrative nonfiction books — old and new. If you're looking for a good read, I encourage you to check out any on this list. You just may have a hard time putting these titles down. 1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand At times, the tale of Olympic runner and World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini seems ripped from the set of an adventure or war …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Patriots player will read to as many as 850 kids from Somerville and Medford.
New England Patriots offensive lineman Ryan Wendell is scheduled to visit Tufts University Sunday to read to children and sign some autographs, according to an announcement from the university. Wendell is visiting as part of the "Read by the River" carnival, sponsored by Tufts Hillel. This year marks the 13th annual "Read by the River" event. About 850 elementary school kids from Somerville and Medford and their families are expected to attend, and there will be face painting, arts and crafts and performances for kids. The carnival promotes literacy. It takes place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gantcher Center, 161 College Ave., Medford.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
James Patterson's cover girl looks like Mandy Moore, to me, and Dan Brown has another book coming out.
Thursday, February 21
For all your voracious readers out there, here's a look at some of the hottest books of February, according Barnes & Noble: "Inferno" by Dan Brown: This book doesn't even hit the shelves for three more months, but pre-orders make it one of the hottest books right now. Brown of "Da Vinci Code" fame, will likely have another movie deal on his hands: About the book: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces…Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Bestselling authors Sue Grafton, Jodi Picoult and more are releasing books this winter.
It might be chilly out, but book publishing is red hot right now. Several favorite bestselling authors are releasing books early in 2013. What are some of the most anticipated?
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A list of the best children's books of 2012, from James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead Foundation.
Courtesy of the ReadKiddoRead Foundation Maurice Sendak once said that one of the best things about being a maker of children’s books was that his audience kept being born. It’s true, of course: The great books from years past are brand new to today’s children and teens. But let’s take a moment at year’s end to recognize the books being published now for our young people. Here’s a quick roundup of a dozen highlights of 2012. (For more, visit ReadKiddoRead.com and check out our reviews.) Great Illustrated Books (Ages 2-5) Llama Llama Time to Share By Anna Dewdney For ages 2-5 When the doorbell rings, Mama Llama welcomes the neighbors – the Gnus. While Mama and Nelly have tea, their two toddlers are left with a boxful of toys to play with …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Books make great holiday gifts. Give your loved ones these books as stocking stuffers this holiday season.
When you give a child or a teen a book, you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. What’s more, reading offers so many options. Are you trying to find a book for an early reader? Choose a picture book or a Great Beginner Read from the list below. Does your grandchild love nonfiction? Take a look at the Great Family Reads section. Has your niece read every book known to man? There are some brand new books on this list that she may not have seen yet. Do you struggle to find just the right book to entice your child to read? These selections are sure kid-pleasers that will meet any interest. The ReadKiddoRead holiday gift list has something for everyone: realistic fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction; animal stories, mythology …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Celebrate next week's holiday by reading some of these Thanksgiving-themed books.
Although it's not as famous as Halloween or Christmas, the Thanksgiving holiday does have it's fair share of literature dedicated to it. Whether you're young and still reading picture books, or an adult, we have a little something for everyone in our Patch Reads book list. So grab your turkey and enjoy some books as side dishes! Younger readers: 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving—In a switch on the classic Clement Moore poem, some boys and girls have an eventful Thanksgiving eve. If You Lived In Colonial Times—This book outlines what the lives were like for the Pilgrims and Colonists from 1565 to 1776. The First Thanksgiving—Geared toward beginner readers, this book tells the story of the first Thanksgiving with lots of illustrations. …