The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

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The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

by Cynthia Rylant

illustrated by Preston McDaniels

Age: 4+ (read to); 6+ (independent reading)

Interests: animals, cats, dogs, mice, ocean, boats, weather More

Tales from Silver Lands

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1925

Tales from Silver Lands

by Charles J. Finger

illustrated by Paul Honoré

Age: 7+

Interests: folk tales, fairy tales, South America, animals, magic

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Black Dog

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2013

Black Dog

by Levi Pinfold

Age: 3+

Interests: dogs, animals, courage, family, strong girls More

The Radium Woman

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The Radium Woman

by Eleanor Doorly

illustrated by Robert Gibbings

Age: 10

Interests: science, scientists, biography, history, strong girls, Paris, Poland

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The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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The Tale of Despereaux

released: 2008

rated: G

length: 93 min.

age: 6+

interests: mice, rats, castles, princesses, cooking, updated fairy tales, adventure

Next: read the book!

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Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2004

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver

retold by Martin Jenkins

illustrated by Chris Riddell

Age: 8+ (read to); 10+ (independent reading)

Interests: travel, ships, strange lands and customs, satire, adventure, humour, politics, philosophy

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Call it Courage

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Call It Courage

by Armstrong Sperry

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, boats, ocean, sea creatures, storms, Polynesia, islands

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As the New Year Begins, Ambitious Plans are Hatched

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Hello everyone! Welcome to a brand new year!

I hope all your holidays were safe and warm and full of treats. Mine was a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m pretty sure it was fun…

Amid many other projects for the year, I’ve got a few goals for this blog, my labour of love Rarest Kind of Best. For one thing I will continue reading my way down the Newbery and Carnegie lists of medal winning books. I’ve already stumbled across a couple buried treasures and anticipate finding many more to share with you!

I’m growing ever more convinced of the need to get our kids reading older novels, to give them a wider experience of language and writing styles, but also historical perspective and context. I also think older books give them a terrific challenge in vocabulary, comprehension and basic stick-to-it-iveness: classic novels move at a slower pace than modern books, and can be oh-so-very LONG!

The other goal I’ve set myself is to mold my RKOB writing into a different format: a monthly online magazine, featuring author profiles, reading lists and links, book and movie recommendations organized by age, and much more. More on that as it progresses, but it seems like an exciting next step for me, if I can find the time and energy to make it happen!

I hope you will keep visiting and exploring and sharing your thoughts!

Best wishes for the new year, and happy reading!
Kim

All writings posted here are © Kim Thompson, unless otherwise indicated. For all artwork on this site, copyright is retained by the artist.