Monday, November 19, 2012
Make the most of pre-game time and halftime by reading and talking about these great books!
Are you enjoying the football and basketball seasons? Kids across the country sure are! You can be an ALL-STAR parent without missing even one of the season’s big games! And we don’t just mean you’ll be playing and watching and cheering, but you’ll be reading the best books about sports out there. PatchReads and ReadKiddoRead want to get you and your kids talking about some great sports books with the Tailgate Book Club. Follow these steps to make the most of pre-game time, halftime, and all the days in between. Step 1: Pick a book each week based on the ReadKiddoRead Tailgate Book Club List, and have all your friends and their kids read it before game day. Step 2: Gather everyone together for the game. During half-time, put the TV on mute…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
If your child hasn't picked up the books on his or her class reading list, now is the time to do so—school starts in about one month.
School starts for Needham students in just over one month, on Sept. 5, and that means that summer reading assigments will be due before you know it. If you're planning an August vacation, now is a good time to double check your child's summer reading list and make sure they've got and read the books they need. Missing a title? Check out the summary below and link back to the grade-by-grade list so you can grab the book you still need and encourage your kid to read it on the plane or car ride, at the beach, or before bed every night. And if you're looking for some reading material for yourself, check out our summer reading guide for a variety of options, including recommendations from Patch editors, the Massachusetts Book Awards and best-…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Massachusetts Book Awards list for 2012 includes some of the year's best-selling titles.
Thanks to the hustle and bustle of the school year and our busy work weeks, we don't always have time to pick up a book and read. But now that summer is here and in full swing, we have some extra time and we're taking advantage! As part of our Woburn Patch summer reading guide, we look at the Massachusetts Book Awards Lists for 2012, as determined by the Mass Center for the Book. Must-Read Fiction Must-Read Nonfiction Must-Read Poetry Must-Read Children's or Young Adult Literature
Friday, July 20, 2012
Looking for some enjoyable summer reading? Check out what Patch editors from around the region say are some of their favorite reads.
In Patch's ongoing committment to summer reading, Needham Patch Editor Becca Manning and other editors from around the region decided to team up and offer readers a list of some of our favorite books. So take a look at the "Patch Bookshelf." You might find your next favorite book on it!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Will you join us? The Black, White & Read All Over Gala will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, from 7-11 p.m. at the Needham Sheraton. Do you belong to a book club or just like to read? You won’t want to miss the opportunity to mingle with Gregory Maguire. Best known for "Wicked," Maguire is also a renowned author of children’s books including several elaborately reimagined takes on classic fairy tales. Gather your friends and join us for the evening—enjoy a buffet dinner, dancing and delightful distractions, as well as silent and (always exciting) live auction. You could win a tour of the White House with Congressman Stephen Lynch, sports tickets and lots of other fun stuff! The Library Foundation of Needham provides funding for Needham …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A quick guide to required reading for incoming sixth graders.
Needham students entering sixth grade at High Rock School this fall are being asked to read two books from the school's summer reading list in the next few months. The list includes titles such as "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick, "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau, "The London Eye Mystery" by Siobhan Dowd and "Tangerine" by Edward Bloor. See the complete approved reading list as a PDF at right or on the school website, highrock.needham.k12.ma.us. Students don't need to complete a formal written assignment about the books, but they need to come to school in September ready to participate in assignments and activities based on the books. Students should bring one of the books with them to school in September. Outgoing High…
Local educators offer a list of great books for elementary schoolers to read while school is out.
While summer reading is not required for Needham elementary school students, local educators recommend that parents encourage their children to continue reading over the summer. A great way to do this is to have the kids sign up for the Summer Reading Clubs at the Needham Free Public Library, where they can track their reading and even earn prizes for every few hours completed. Suggested titles range from picture books such as "The Little Red Pen" by Janet Stevens to beginning reader books such as the Fly Guy series or "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen to early chapter and young reader books such as the Big Nate, Dragonbreath, Ivy and Bean and Penderwicks series. See the full list of suggsested titles as a PDF at right. Other …
A quick guide to required reading for students entering seventh and eighth grade in the fall.
School's out at the end of the day today, but that doesn't mean homework is at an end. Over the summer, Pollard Middle School students—those entering seventh and eighth grade in 2012-13—must read at least two books from an approved list of titles. Suggested titles include a few classics such as "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton, "Call of the Wild" by Jack London, "Dracula" by Bram Stoker and "Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne, as well as modern favorites such as "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The full list of approved titles can be found as a PDF at right (by genre or author) or on the school website, pollard.needham.k12.ma.us. Note: …
Here's a quick look at required reading for Needham students going into grades 9-12.
Needham Public Schools are out for the summer on Tuesday, June 19, but that doesn't mean the students are completely off the hook. Like most schools these days, Needham High School requires students to pick up a book or two over the summer to keep their minds sharp and prepare them for the next grade level when they return to school in the fall. Below is a look at the books Needham High School students should be reading this summer, 2012, courtesy of the school website, nhs.needham.k12.ma.us. With the exception of the AP English students, all students must read one required book for their grade level as well as two others from an approved list of titles (see the PDF at right or download the list from the NHS Summer Reading Web page). …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Patch has teamed up with James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD program to bring you reading lists for every age.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Looking for an escape? This list of books recommendations for ages 11 and up from James Patterson has something for every taste—fantasy, adventure and, of course, love. What more is there? Read one, or read 'em all—post your thoughts in the comments. Or, if we missed your favorite book, tell us in the comments! Great Advanced Reads for Tweens and Teens "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs A thrilling reading experience which combines fantasy with haunting vintage photography. Find out what happens when 16-year-old Jacob discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. "The Lost Hero" (Heroes of Olympus series) by Rick Riordan After rebuilding Camp Half-Blood, Kronos, Percy and their friends …