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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.
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Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones
Wild Boy, covered in hair from head to toe, becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and abused by the cruel master who bought him, Wild Boy becomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes-like deductive skills. ... When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself?
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The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Linus, a teenage runaway is kidnapped and locked in a nuclear bunker. Initally alone, he's soon joined by several others, also kidnapped against their will. Forced to co-exist in order to survive, the group finds themselves at the mercy of some particulary nasty mind games, and tensions soon begin to pull them apart. Can they survive? First person recount.
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Reader Levels and Interests

Read Aloud Videos - Mr. Tim from The Magic Crayons reading his favourite books for your child or class
Chapter Book - A story book intended for intermediate readers, generally age 7-10
Early Reader - The first books that children will be able to read independently
Graphic Novels - A novel in comic-strip format. Synonyms: comic, comic book, cartoon; manga
Picture Books - A book containing many illustrations, especially one for children
Realistic Fiction -
High School - For readers of that age
Middle School - For readers of that age
Read Aloud Books - Great to a large class. ESL / EFL Dispatch Teacher Essentials
Jolly Phonics - Highly recommended for those learning to read

The Sakura Medal Book Awards

Sakura Medal Winners

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Sakura Medal Nominees

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How to Read Books Aloud

• Ensure all students / your children can see the book
• Allow students to settle before you begin reading. Turn of nearby computers or TVs to avoid distractions
• Allow time for students to absorb the illustrations on each page before reading the text
• Different voices for each character are engaging for students and fun for you if you are reading the story multiple times - if you can keep track of voices of the characters
• Inform your audience of the author and illustrator so they may ask for the story again and foster an interest in writers and drawing
• Take your time
• There is no need to be shy. Children will delight in listening to you

How often should you read with your child?
• Everyday
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