Best Books Of 2008 For Kids
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Representing the best science trade books published for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the books featured on the list include captivating stories, compelling characters, and beautiful illustrations.
Sometimes a good scare is just the thing. These horror stories are deliciously spooky without being too terrifying -- perfect for a fall night by the fire! But it doesn't need to be Halloween time for kids and teens to enjoy these picks. These gripping tales full of zombies, haunted houses, and other supernatural scares will keep kids turning pages late into the night. And unlike horror movies that often rely on jump scares and gore, these well-written scary books provide all the creepiness without those concerns. So try out one of our favorite horror books, and for more spooky stories, try our Best Ghost Stories for Kids and Teens.
Stephenie Meyer (/ˈmaɪ.ər/; née Morgan; born December 24, 1973) is an American novelist and film producer. She is best known for writing the vampire romance series Twilight, which has sold over 100 million copies, with translations into 37 different languages. Meyer was the bestselling author of 2008 and 2009 in the U.S., having sold over 29 million books in 2008, and 26.5 million in 2009. Meyer received the 2009 Children's Book of the Year award from the British Book Awards for Breaking Dawn, the Twilight series finale.
Upon publishing Twilight, Meyer had already outlined a story for a sequel. However, her publisher insisted that she follow Twilight with two sequels following Bella and Edward in college. Consequently, Meyer expanded the story into a series with three more books: New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007), and Breaking Dawn (2008). The original story she pitched for the sequel would later be published in Breaking Dawn. Meanwhile, Meyer wrote a short story \"Hell on Earth\", about demons at prom night which was published in April 2007 in Prom Nights from Hell, a collection of stories about bad prom nights with supernatural effects. Meyer's fans urged her to expand \"Hell on Earth\" into a full novel, but Meyer was occupied finishing Eclipse.
The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide in 37 languages. In 2008, the four Twilight books were in the top four spots on USA Today's year-end bestseller list. Meyer was the bestselling author of 2008, and the first author to have books in all four of the top-selling spots. The Twilight novels held the top four spots on USA Today's year-end list again in 2009. The success of the Twilight series has been attributed to the Internet which allowed Meyer to directly reach out to her fans, leading the series to be called \"the first social networking bestseller.\" According to scholar Lykke Guanio-Uluru, the Twilight series \"popularized and helped redefine, the paranormal romance subgenre\".
In August 2009, USA Today revealed that Meyer broke J. K. Rowling's record on their bestseller list; the four Twilight books had spent 52 straight weeks in the top 10. In all, the books have spent more than 235 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. Upon the completion of the fourth entry in the series, Meyer indicated that Breaking Dawn would be the final novel to be told from Bella Swan's perspective. In 2015, she published a new book in honor of the 10th anniversary of the best-selling franchise, titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, with the genders of the original protagonists switched.
In May 2008, Meyer's adult sci-fi novel The Host was released by the adult division of Little, Brown and Company. It follows the story of Melanie Stryder and Wanderer, a young woman and an invading alien \"soul\", who are forced to work as one. The Host debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the list for 26 weeks. Despite having expressed intention to write a trilogy, with the second and third books being called The Soul and The Seeker, respectively, Meyer has not published any follow-up novels to The Host as of 2022[update].
Meyer was named one of MSN Lifestyle's \"Most Influential Women of 2008\" where she was described as a \"literary luminary\". She was also ranked No. 49 on Time magazine's list of the \"100 Most Influential People in 2008\", and was included in their list of \"People Who Mattered\", with author Lev Grossman noting, \"Maybe Americans aren't ready for a Mormon presidential nominee yet. But they're more than ready to anoint a Mormon as the best-selling novelist of the year.\"
Meyer is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and does not drink alcohol, drink coffee, smoke, or watch R-rated movies. Similarly, there is no drinking and smoking in the novels (with the exception of her 2008 The Host, which contains drinking). Despite pressure to include a major sex scene, Meyer was adamant against including graphic sex in her series. According to Lev Grossman of Time, some of the series' appeal is due to its lack of sex and its eroticizing of abstinence. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Meyer acknowledges that her faith has influenced her work. In particular, she says that her characters \"tend to think more about where they came from, and where they are going, than might be typical.\" Meyer says that she does not consciously intend her novels to be influenced by her religion, or to promote the virtues of sexual abstinence and spiritual purity, but admits that her writing is shaped by her values, saying, \"I don't think my books are going to be really graphic or dark, because of who I am. There's always going to be a lot of light in my stories.\"
I love this list! If I get that reference question again- What are the essential books that I should have in my library, all I have to do is point. Maybe I will ask the kids if they agree or disagree.Lisa
Below are our picks for the best books for teaching money availableon Amazon.com. And, we're always looking for new books, soif we have left your favorite books off, please let us know! Also,please note that if you purchase an item from Amazon, they give us asmall referral fee. This helps pay for site hosting costs.
One other important thing about teaching money... Moneylessons are thetype of lessons that, once internalized, can impact a child's wholefuture. What an important topic to teach children. Although we don't have anystudies to reference, conventional wisdom holds that childrenwho are exposed to financial education often in their younger years aremore apt to make wise financial decisions when they are adults. And,since kids learn best through stories and example (as opposedto lecturing), these books can be a great resource!
Joey Pigza was one of the first characters to show me that middle-grade books didn't need to be about easy topics. Sometimes, they could be about misunderstood kids with dark and messy family dynamics. Joey Pigza's life with ADHD and journey to finding the right treatment, spanning five books, is something that can inspire readers of all ages. It's no surprise that the books were award-winning.
What was it about book covers with normal kids morphing into random animals that made us want to read I don't know, but Scholastic ran with it. They've even started adapting the books into graphic novels as recently as last year. Despite the silly covers, the Animorphs series did teach readers a lot about adolescence: friendship and first crushes; and tougher issues, like losing your parents (and in one case, finding them again).
My mom loved Ramona Quimby before I did, and I'll love her before my future kids do. While lots of my favorite first chapter books were about annoying younger siblings, the Ramona books eventually centered around that younger sibling, shifting the perspective. And Ramona Quimby was easy to love, despite her messy shenanigans, like making shampoo out of egg yolks.
Something about these covers made me feel so grown up. The subject matter was pretty grown up, to be fair. This series spinoff of The Baby-Sitters Club followed Dawn back to California, where we meet her old best friend Sunny, as well as other students we hadn't met before. All of the books are first-person journals that grapple with real issues like anorexia, losing a parent to cancer, abusive relationships, and depression.
We can read books with alliteration to young writers and middle school writers alike. While we may use over-the-top examples to introduce it, we also want to show our students more subtle examples; after all, the best uses of alliteration are subtle, yet powerful.
This section consists of picture books and other simple stories designed to introduce very young children to the world of fantasy. From talking animals to raining spaghetti, these books are sure to elicit delighted giggles from kids aged 2-5. 1e1e36bf2d