By Mary Hoffman
Reading Response for this story: Dreams and Wishes 4 page PDF Graphics licensed through the Graphics Factory.
Grace wants to play Peter Pan in the play at school, and she does so even though other children tell her a girl can’t play Peter Pan. Nana takes Grace to see a famous black ballerina which helps to empower Grace, along with the love of her family.
April 20 Link to free lesson activities: Celebrate author Mary Hoffman’s birthday. Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students. (For grades 1-9)
The author of Junie B. Jones has a birthday tomorrow. Junie B. Jones is a naughty and funny child who does things that make some young readers uncomfortable. Other children enjoy these stories. Moderation in all things; maybe read one of these books and discuss with your child why a steady diet of such books would not be the best. Probably children who like this type of book will be motivated to read them independently, which is appropriate for first chapter books. (Ditto on Captain Underpants, if at all!)
April 21: Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born. Students write their own “Junie B.” stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they’ve experienced during the school year. (For grades 1-6)