Written by: Tania Jordan, YCIS Pudong Teacher Librarian
January 1 is quickly approaching, bringing with it the opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions for 2020. What better resolution than to read more often with your child and if your child is older, to encourage your child to read more often by themselves?
Online Reading: Tumblebooklibrary.com
Travelling during the holiday brings with it the challenge of finding a book to either enjoy again and again or finding one book that will last the whole break. Online reading is another way to tackle the challenge of reading while away on holidays.
Take a look at tumblebooklibrary.com by either accessing the website version or downloading the app on your phone or iPad. The database has tabs to choose from, such as Story Books (these are animated picture books), Read Alongs (chapter books for developing readers) and E-books (full length chapter books for Year 5 and up).
For younger readers, do a Tumblesearch at the site/app using these titles to look for these seasonal picture books:
- Mia’s Nutcracker Ballet
- Olive the Other Reindeer
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Tumble Book Login details
E-book recommendations on the Tumble Book Library database
Edward is a stuffed toy that travels through generations of owners, sometimes loved and sometimes neglected. His difficult journey teaches him important lessons and eventually he travels full-circle.
Kathleen Cherry’s Everyday Hero and Robin Stevenson’s Impossible Things
(Year 6 and up)
Both these books feature main characters who are struggling with friendships at school. In Everyday Hero, the main character has Asperger’s syndrome and she is used to finding it difficult to fit in. In Impossible Things, the main character is so desperate for a friend that she is willing to believe the impossible.
Print books in the libraries
For those not travelling, take a look at these reading recommendations to start your child’s year of reading in 2020:
From the ECE Librarian:
- Can I tell you a secret? by Anna Kang
The endearing secret of a frog (spoiler alert) who can’t swim!
- A Creature was Stirring, by Clement Moore
The classic Christmas poem in rhyming couplets.
From the Primary Teacher Librarian:
- The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt (Year 1-3)
The hilarious sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit, which parents should enjoy just as much as kids.
- Ada Lace, by Emily Calandrelli and S.W.I.T.C.H, by Ali Sparkes (Year 3-4)
Fast-paced chapter books that will have young readers glued to the page.
- Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden (Year 5 and up)
Wishing all families a happy (reading) holiday!