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Read20 Book Club Archive - 2012

June

Frindle

By: Andrew Clements

Nick Allen, a fifth grader with a gift for creative ideas and a taste for troublemaking, coins a new word for pen -- frindle. All he wanted to do was play a little trick on Mrs. Granger, a legendary language arts teacher with a passion for proper vocabulary. After all, she told him that ordinary, people determine which words end up in the dictionary. But when his new word sweeps the nation, Nick fears that he might have created a Monster.

Activities

  1. Like Nick create your own new word as a family for a common object in your house. Count how many times you use it in a day!
  2. Mrs. Granger teaches Nick that you can expand your vocabulary by studying word lists. As a family, have a family game night and play a game based on words - like Scrabble or Boggle!
  3. Nick was scared to start fifth grade with Mrs. Granger. Make a family list of who your favorite 5th grade teacher is, your parents', grandparents', aunts', uncles', and cousins' favorite.
  4. Nick created a new word used by many. Make a healthy snack like a bowl of fruit. As a family, as you each take a piece of the snack, list one new word to you. For example, ask your mother if she ever used the word "Facebook" when she was your age!

July

Judy Moody Declares Independence

By: Megan McDonald

Hear ye! Hear ye! Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and now a family trip to Boston to learn about the American Revolution has put Judy in a revolutionary frame of mind. When Judy meets an English girl named Tori while touring a Boston Tea Party ship, she is astounded to learn how many liberties her British friend enjoys--her very own phone, private loo, and pounds of allowance. Upon returning home, Judy Moody is inspired to embark on a quest for liberty. She composes her own Declaration of Independence, including freedoms such as "freedom from brushing hair" and "freedom from homework." Judy decides to impress her parents with how responsible she is in order to earn more independence . . . but will it work?

Activities

  1. On Independence Day, we commemorate the adoption of our Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Judy Moody writes her own declaration of independence - you and your family can write one, too! What things would you declare yourself independent of if you could? What freedoms do you already have that you are most grateful for? Submit your declaration of independence to Crissy.Haslam@tn.gov - I will feature the most creative entries on my facebook page!
  2. Judy Moody becomes pen pals with her new friend Tori, who lives "across the pond" in England. The month of July is a great time to remember our Service Members who work to preserve our Nation's freedom. As a family, write a letter to a deployed soldier to thank them for their service. Operation Gratitude will walk your family through the process! Visit their website to learn more: http://www.operationgratitude.com.
  3. Judy Moody is a third grader full of ambition and spunk! After your family reads Judy Moody Declares Independence, take a trip to your local public library to check out other books in the Judy Moody series. Visit this website to search for a library near you: http://www.tn.gov/tsla/pld
  4. Judy Moody wants to be just like Sybil Ludington - responsible and independent. As a family, discuss what it means to be responsible. What things does Judy do to prove to her parents that she is responsible? List some ways that you can show that you are responsible, too!

August

Charlotte's Web

By: E. B. White

Sixty years ago on October 15, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It has gone on to become one of the most beloved children's novels of all time.

Charlotte's Web tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer who owned him, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never does anything for anybody unless there is something in it for him, and by a clever plan of her own, Charlotte does everything she can to save Wilbur's life.

Activities

  1. Wilbur wins his owner Mr. Zuckerman a special prize for being a radiant, terrific and humble pig. You and your family can take a trip to the fair, too! There are many county fairs taking place in Tennessee this month. Visit this website to find the county fair closest to you: http://www.picktnproducts.org/fairs/index.html.
  2. Charlotte shows that Wilbur is no ordinary pig by spinning special words into her web. What words would you use to describe your family and friends to let them know how they are special? As a family, write down the words you chose and talk about what each word means.
  3. Charlotte gives her full name as "Charlotte A. Cavatica," revealing herself as a barn spider, with the scientific name Araneus cavaticus. The scientific names of some of our most common insects are listed below. See if you can match each insect's scientific name with its common name. You can post your answers on my Facebook page or wait for me to email you the answers!
    • Coccinella septempunctata - Monarch butterfly
    • Stagmomantis carolina - Firefly
    • Melanoplus differentialis - Ladybug
    • Danaus plexippus - Grasshopper
    • Photinus pyralis - Praying mantus
  4. Wilbur and Charlotte have a special and unusual friendship. Think about a friend of yours and answer these questions with your family: When did you meet? What things do you and your friend have in common? What does your friendship with this person mean to you? What things can you do to be a good friend? I am interested to hear your answers, so be sure to let me know what you think on my Facebook page.
  5. Do you like to play games on the computer? Visit Scholastic's interactive website based on the story of Charlotte's Web: http://www.scholastic.com/charlottesweb/perfectword.htm. If you do not have a computer in your home, stop by your local library to use one of theirs! This website will help you find the library closest to you: http://www.publiclibraries.com/tennessee.htm.

September

Flat Stanley

By: Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley is a nice, ordinary boy until he suddenly becomes "flat" one day when his bulletin board falls on him. Stanley realizes that there are several advantages to being flat, such as the ability to slide under doors, through bars and mailed in an envelope for long trips. The best part of Stanley's being flat is when he is able to catch some thieves in the local museum. Stanley is flat, but he's a hero-and he's off on all kinds of adventures!

Activities

  1. In the story, the big Scotch pine tree is very disappointed that he is not chosen by a family to be their Christmas tree. Knowing how sad the tree felt, his forest animal friends brought special gifts from the woods to decorate his branches. Discuss with your family ways that you can make your friends feel special this holiday season.
  2. The families in A Wish to be a Christmas tree have a tradition of visiting the tree farm to choose their Christmas tree. During this holiday season, you and your family can begin a tradition of spending quality reading time together. Your local library can be a wonderful place to find books to enjoy together.
  3. It seems like everything is going wrong when Stanley Longchamp is "flattened" by his bulletin board; however, Stanley quickly learns that there are advantages to being flat. Stanley is able to slide under doors, through bars-he can fight crime and be mailed in an envelope for long trips. As a family, discuss what things have seemed to go wrong that ended up having a happy ending. Sometimes thinking positively can make difficult things seem easier.
  4. If you enjoy playing games on the computer, check out this interactive website with Flat Stanley games, activities and adventures: http://www.flatstanleybooks.com/kids/games-for-kids/. If you do not have a computer in your home, stop by your local library to use one of theirs!

October

Darwen Arkwright

By: A. J. Hartley

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different - but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imagination!

Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet-a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and mystery that involves the safety of his entire school. They soon realize that the creatures are after something in our world-something that only human children possess.

Activities

  1. Darwen Arkwright is forced to move from Northern England to live with his Aunt Honoria in Atlanta, Georgia. Moving away from his home and attending a new school is certainly not easy for Darwen. Have you ever missed home or been afraid to go to a new place? As a family discuss a situation when you were afraid to start something new and how you overcame your fears.
  2. Authors from around the world are coming to Nashville to participate in the Southern Festival of Books October 12-14. A.J. Hartley, the author of Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, and Crissy are hosting at a special READ20 Family Book Club event at the festival on Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. If you cannot attend the event in Nashville, be sure to visit Crissy's facebook page to see photos from the festival! Visit the Southern Festival of Books website for information about the schedule of events and participating authors.
  3. Darwen encounters all kinds of strange beasts in the world of Silbrica. He meets Dellfey, Flittercrake, Scrobbler, Gnashers, Shade and more. You can use your imagination to draw what these creatures might look like. If you send your creations to the First Lady's Office, Crissy will share the most creative drawings on her facebook page!
  4. If you like to play games on the computer, you can visit this website for interactive games based on Darwen Arkright's adventures in Silbrica.

November

Winnie-the-Pooh

By: A. A. Milne

Christopher Robin loves his stuffed bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. The two of them, plus a cast of colorful characters-Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo- go on all sorts of adventures in the 100 Acre Woods. Pooh and friends hunt for a Woozle, meet a Heffalump, lose and find a tail, lead an expedition to the North Pole, and more. You and your family will love reading about Pooh and his Forrest Friends!

Activities

  1. Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and friends have all kinds of adventures in the 100 Acre Wood. As a family, talk about an adventure that you would go on if you lived in the 100 Acre Wood. Who would you take with you? Who would you meet along the way? And what might you accomplish from your adventure?
  2. Christopher Robin shows his appreciation for Winnie-the-Pooh, by throwing him a Pooh Party. At the party, they give Winnie-the-Pooh a gift-a Special Pencil Case with pencils marked for "Bear," "Brave Bear," and "Helping Bear." You can have your own party to show a friend or relative that they are special. There are some great Pooh Party ideas on this website: Penguin Group
  3. You and your family can play Winnie-the-Pooh games, watch videos, and color and create Winnie-the Pooh characters by visiting this website: Winnie-The-Pooh
  4. This week, we are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, and Winnie-the-Pooh is very grateful for all of his friends-Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo. They are loyal to each other and they help each other out of sticky situations. Discuss with your family, friends, and relatives about ways you can show them that you are a loyal and caring friend.
  5. There are several sequel books to Winnie-the-Pooh that continue the stories of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. After your family has finished reading the book of the month, visit your local library to read The House on Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne or Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, by David Benedictus. You will enjoy reading about the new adventures and friends Pooh meets in these books!

December

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree

By: Colleen Monroe

A tall, lonely tree waits at the edge of the Christmas tree farm. Every year, families come and go, as he grows taller and taller, until he's sure that his days of being someone's Christmas tree are over.

This charming story will remind you of the power of friendship as a squirrel, birds, deer, and other woodland creatures help to make an overgrown tree's Christmas wish finally come true.

Activities

  1. The big Scotch Pine tree is very disappointed that he is not chosen by a family to be their Christmas tree. Knowing how sad the tree felt, his forest animal friends brought special gifts from the woods to decorate his branches. Discuss with your family ways that you can make your friends feel special this holiday season.
  2. The families in A Wish to be a Christmas Tree have a tradition of visiting the tree farm to choose their Christmas tree. During this holiday season, you and your family can begin a tradition of spending quality reading time together. Your local library can be a wonderful place to find books to enjoy together. This website will help you find the library closest to you: http://www.publiclibraries.com/tennessee.htm.
  3. At the beginning of the book the big Scotch pine tree is sad, because he did not know how much his friends cared for him. His friends learned that they needed to tell him the many ways that he was special to them. This holiday season, you can be sure that your friends and family know you love and care for them by telling them, writing to them, or by spending quality time with them.
  4. The holidays are special, because they provide an opportunity to slow down and spend family time together. I want to know how you and your family spent time together this holiday season. You can visit my facebook page to share something special that you did together with friends or family.

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