Monday, August 29, 2016

Family Reading Time

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As working parents, one of our bonding activities with our children is to read. We read aloud for them when they were younger, and then we read aloud with them when they turned about 5 years old - taking turn to read aloud. Some time ago, we started to have silent reading time together. Yes, we, the parents, read hard copy books together with our children, not reading from our tablet or computer!

There was once I wanted to check my emails, so I took out my tablet during our silent reading time. Guess what, my children scolded me and told me to put away my tablet! I felt that I was a bad role model! But I was glad that my children identified my wrongdoing!

Our children are currently reading some of the interesting titles from Scholastic, some of which received Asian Book Award!

Grimmtastic Girls #7: Snowflake Freezes Up

Author: Suzanne Williams
ISBN: 9780545945349
Ages: 8 - 12
About this book:
Snowflake isn't sure which fairy tale character she is. But with her magical powers causing lots of trouble, she's definitely on thin ice! So just in case she might be a villain, Snowflake is chilly to her classmates. Can she keep her cool until she knows her whole story, or will her social life at Grimm Academy be permanently frozen?

Race The Wild #5: Outback All-Stars 

Author: Kristin Earhart
ISBN: 9780545940641
Ages: 7 to 10
About this book:
Does Team Red have what it takes to beat the best of the best?  G'day mate! It's an all-star race through the Australian Outback. But each team is a champion. So Sage knows the red team is going to have to be smarter and tougher than the competition if they want to win. If not, they'll be going down on their trip down under!  Each chapter in this action-packed adventure series is bursting with totally true facts about wild and wonderful creatures, dangerous habitats, maps, and more!

What Things Mean  

Author: Sophia Lee
ISBN: 9789810940546
Ages: 9 and above
About this book:
What does it mean to be different? Fourteen-year-old Olive is struggling to find out. Everything about her is so different from the rest of her family. She is big-haired, brown-skinned, and clumsy in a family of cream-coloured beauties who are all popular and ‘good at sports’. It must be she closely resembles her father, whom she has never known, and about whom her mother never speaks. Olive turns to books and other things to find answers, and as a way to cope with her loneliness. When she learns the truth about her father, she must decide whether or not she will let the differences in her life define her forever.

Sula's Voyage

Author: Catherine Torres
IBSN: 9789810940539
Ages:  9 and above
About this book:
Fifteen-year-old Sula has always known she is different. Even though her parents have shown her nothing but love and acceptance, she sees her dark skin as a reminder of how she doesn’t fit in with the rest of her family. What’s worse is she also feels that her parents are hiding something from her. After getting expelled from school, Sula reluctantly goes to stay with her mother’s friends.


Author: Shi Min Xie
ISBN: 9789810940553
Ages: 9 and above
About this book:
Xin Long is like any ordinary ten-year-old girl. She prefers Wushu to studying, likes hanging out with her friends, and loves listening to her Ah Ma's stories. But when these stories tell of an ancient mythical beast that threatens to destroy the world, Xin Long realises that she is the only one who can stop it. Can she destroy this evil? As time flies by, Xin Long and her friends –  Shu Ping, Four Eyes, and dragon guardian Xiao Lan – must unlock the secrets of ancient Chinese mythology to find a way to stop the end of the world.

Mensa Train Your Brain for Beginner Puzzlers Book 

Authors: Carolyn Skitt, Harold Gale & Robert Allen
IBSN: 9789810980122
Ages: 7 and above
About this set of books:
Build strong minds with a variety of engaging activities through fun illustrations! Amaze your friends with your awesome brainpower as you work your way through these mind-twisting challenges. Packed with tricky logic problems these brain-busting puzzles will keep you entertained for hours!

LEGO NEXO Knights: The Power of the Fortrex 

Author: Rebecca L. Schmidt
IBSN: 9780545933384
Ages: 6 to 8
About this book:
Set in the futuristic, high-tech world of the Kingdom of Knighton, LEGO(R) NEXO KNIGHTS(TM) follows five young knights in their quest to battle Jestro, his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, and their Lava Monster Army.

The New Kid from Planet Glorf 

Author: Arie Kaplan
ISBN: 9789814729017
Ages: 5 to 10
About this book:
These cute, funny illustrations will surely get you hooked! Funny, simple and engaging, perfect for anyway, anytime!

Dinosaurs for Breakfast

Author: Amy J. Lemke
ISBN: 9789814729000
Ages: 5 to 10
About this book:
These cute, funny illustrations will surely get you hooked! Funny, simple and engaging, perfect for anyway, anytime!

Henry and Amy

Author: Stephen Michael King
ISBN: 9789810950354
Ages: 4 and above
About this book:
Any child who has ever experienced a moment of self-doubt will be both reassured and delighted by this heartwarming tale of two very different friends and their ability to help one another feel more complete.

Pig the Pug

Author: Aaron Blabey
ISBN: 9789810980078
Ages: 4 and above
About this book:
Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is bad-tempered, rude and he never, ever shares. Friendly sausage dog Trevor is always trying to persuade Pig to play with him, but without success. When Pig is asked to share his toys, his greed finally backfires and something unexpected happens to him. Will Pig the Pug learn his lesson at last? A hilarious picture book about learning to share.

Disclaimer: We received the books from Scholastic Asia for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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