Lists and Links and Links to More Lists

My kid and I are heading for my hometown, the Old Country, New York City, for a week, and I am running around, like a frantic person running around getting ready to get on a plane. Last time my kid packed her own bags she ended up with 17 stuffed animals and no underwear, but that was a while ago, so I'm hoping for a minimum of complications.

For now, a few links:

1. 100 Top Picture Books: You know that list of my ten favorite picture books that I was agonizing about last week? Well, Ms. Bird of Fuse #8 has compiled all the lists people sent in and is releasing the results, with annotations, deliciously slowly, at the rate of five or ten titles per day. Here are her first two entries:

A couple of books from my list have shown up on the big list so far, as well as a few--like A Hole is to Dig and The Gardener--that I'm now kicking myself for omitting. (But what would I have left off to make room for those two? That's the trouble, isn't it...), and a couple of real surprises.

2. Battle of the Books: The first ever Battle of the (Kids') Books is kicking off next Monday. School Library Journal is hosting and has picked 16 contenders, including Scholastic titles The Hunger Games, Here Lies Arthur, and Ways to Live Forever. The contenders will be squared off against each other in a series of rounds to be judged by a dazzling array of  judges. Naturally, the battle will be blogged. And I was happy to read that there will be a peanut gallery.

3. It's spring, it's spring, the bird is on the wing! If you’re looking for a picture book to help express that thrill that comes with sunshine and birdsong (or to help you anticipate it, if you are bogged in rain and mud) the Scholastic website has a sunny list of spring read-alouds.

More after the plane trip and jet-lag recovery. And maybe after I have a knish or two.

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New York City, eh? Well, if you find yourself with a spare moment or two, please by sure to stop by my library to say howdy! I love me my guests, after all.

How does a parent get a copy of potential quiz questions for reading counts? My son is reading the Dear America books, he is in the 3rd grade and the books are 4+. He recently read two books over Easter break but did not pass the quiz. I know he read these books and yes these books are beyond his reading level. How do I help him study the book w/o reading each book myself? There must be some support reading counts provides w/o giving away the answers. Please advise

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