Ask friends what they're reading. Word-of mouth is one of the best ways to discover favorite books.
Look for a series and try one book. If you like it you automatically have several more to read.
Read the descriptions below and follow the links for some great titles.
Keep trying and keep reading. With all the books out there you WILL find something you like.
The Newbery Medal The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Click here for Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present
The Caldecott Medal The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Click here for Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938-Present
SUNSHINE STATE BOOKS The Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. The program, cosponsored by the School Library Media Services Office of the Department of Education and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), began in 1983. The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for personal satisfaction, based on interest rather than reading level.
Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to read books that are above, on, and below their tested reading level in order to improve their reading fluency.
Statewide any student who reads at least three Sunshine State books can participate in voting for their favorite book in the spring. Here at PACA, to verify books are read, 3rd-5th grade students must pass the AR quizzes and 6th-8th grade students must have a note from a teacher or parent. Students who read at least five books will receive a special reward and any student who reads all 15 books in their grade category will recieve a $5 gift card to the local business of their choice. Click here for Sunshine State Books and information
* Please note that the views found in the books on these sites are not necessarily those of Park Avenue Christian Academy.
Understanding Accelerated Reader (AR)
Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz also has an assigned book level, interest level, and point value. Book level indicates the readability of the text while interest level relates to content.
Color-coded stickers are found on the spines of all AR books. Each grade level has a different color. This enables students to quickly identify appropriate books.
On the first page or inside front cover of each AR book is a sticker with the book's grade level and maximum point value. Books within each grade level vary in difficulty. For example: a book with a 4.7 book level will be more difficult than a book with a 4.1 book level.
Students can take quizzes in their classrooms or the library. Points are awarded according to the quiz scores.
At the end of each nine weeks students visit the AR store to "buy" things with their points. Points may be saved and carried over until the end of the year. No points can carry over to the next grade.
Most teachers in 1st-5th grade require a certain number of AR books o be read during the year. Ask your child's teacher for any special instructions.
AR point goals are assigned each nine weeks. Goals are based on: the average number of points that can be earned per book in each grade level, thnumber of AR books required by teachers, the number of AR books read in library, and previous individual performance. Students achieving 100% of their goals will receive an extra reward along with being able to spend their points in the AR store.
Check our AR quiz list for titles before heading to the public library or book tore to enhance your child's AR experience.
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