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Save a Teacher, Plant a Library: Master List of all School Supplies to be Donated

The following supplies are what we hope to raise through our book and supply drive. The items will be divided evenly between our 5 classrooms. If you would like to donate any items please email readanythingonce {at} gmail {dot} com for more information. Make some great teacher’s and student’s new years a little brighter!!

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Books as Gifts: Recommendations for Kids Ages 4-8

Tis the season for gifting amazing books.

With the overwhelming selection you find in most store’s children’s sections it can be difficult to know what books are good and what are, well, really not. Here are some ideas for 4-8 year olds. This may seem like a large age range in terms of skill level. Keep in mind that the great books that children enjoy hearing read to them at 4 can be the very ones that are amazing for them to read to you (or whoever) at 7 and 8.

Level One character books (you’ve seen these, a lot of cartoons like Dora and Blue’s Clues are featured, with very simple language. They can be called level one, beginning reader, or ‘I can read’ books, depending on the publisher) are great for K-1st children learning to read full sentences and comprehend what they’ve read. You can get a whole set here and they really are very useful. They help children learn sentence structure and basic words, they go up several levels, it’s all very special. The truth is, you should buy some when your child is learning to read. The other truth is, they’re typically not that quality in terms of storytelling. Let’s be honest, they’re a very small step up from ‘See Spot Run’. Most children are going to tire of them quickly, the stories, while great for learning to read, just aren’t all that engaging. (Not all of them are bad, but a lot are.)

So, by all means buy a handful of Level 1’s (and 2’s, after that abandon all levels). But if you’re going to invest more than $10 in your child’s book collection (and I hope you are) please buy them some quality reads. Dynamic storytelling and engaging illustrations go a long way toward making children enjoy books.

My recommendations (with a small attempt at ordering them by difficulty):

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