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#Teachers: Cereal Box Book Report Idea (Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish for ages 6-10) #books


As so much of the plot of Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish centers around a box of cereal, I thought this clever and fun idea to build a book report around a cereal box was the perfect class or home school activity to feature here on the Katie & Kimble Blog. The activity comes from the book 24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports by Susan Ludwig (Scholastic) and was adapted for the Katie & Kimble Blog by Mrs. Barbara Day, a 4th grade teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.

 

24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports: Engaging Activities with Reproducibles, Rubrics, and Everything You Need to Help Students Get the Most Out of Their Independent Reading

 

My students read fiction, and created a Cereal Box Book Report. Students were to invent a cereal based on a fictional book that they had read during the month. They were to think of a name and shape for the cereal that was somehow connected to the book they had read. We covered real cereal boxes with paper, and each side of the box was to follow a specific guideline:

 

 

* Front: the name of the cereal and picture to go with it.
* Back: A game based on the story, which must include information from the story.
* Right Side: Ingredients—the characters and story setting. (Some of the kids got confused on this one and just listed food ingredients.)
* Left Side: A summary of the book, including the main conflict and resolution.
* Top: The title and author of the book, and the student’s name.

 

 

The last step was for students to plan and present a commercial for their cereal to the class. I was very pleased with the results. We had 100% completion of this project, and the kids seemed enthusiastic.
Thank you to Mrs. Day for sharing your classroom experience with us, and to Ms. Ludwig for allowing us to reproduce such an exciting classroom activity from her creative book. We appreciate it!

 



 

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Winner: Juvenile Books Series.



Now you can read the first 6 chapters of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for free. Click here to download the PDF. All the pictures are included!

c) 2015

Katie & Kimble Go Green! (Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish for ages 6-10) #EarthDay #IARTG

You might not notice how “green” the Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story chapter book series is until you get to the second book, Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish.

 

In the second Katie & Kimble book, we discover that the Russell family is trying to eat healthier foods. Can you think of an example? That’s right—they only have pizza on special occasions and they don’t eat much red meat anymore.

 

Katie’s family also cares about the earth and about all living things, like trees. For example, when Katie’s dad does the grocery shopping, he takes cloth bags with him. No paper or plastic for him! And when he puts up a swing on the old oak tree in the backyard, he’s very careful not to harm the tree and he doesn’t use any nails at all.

 

Mr. Russell also shows how much he cares about the earth when he sings one of his favorite songs in Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish. It’s called “For the Beauty of the Earth.” It’s a beautiful old hymn.



 


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Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media,
products and services.

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 






Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!

 


© 2009-2015 by Linda Thieman


Can Characters in a Kids’ Book Series Grow? Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10 #IARTG



After I’d written Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, I attended a workshop for writers of children’s literature. When the workshop leader found out I was writing a children’s book series, she made an odd comment. She said that when writing a series for children, the characters always have to be the same age. This means that they can’t learn and grow.

 

 

To say the least, I disagreed. One thing I make sure happens in each Katie & Kimble book is that both Katie and Kimble find some measure of healing and growth. Nine-year-old Katie is coming into her own in every way. She is learning to make her own decisions and discovering that she has the power to help people. Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl, becomes less and less a victim. She is no longer trapped in time because Katie helps her discover what happened to her mother. Katie also helps Kimble say goodbye to her mother. This provides Kimble with some healing and closure.

 

 

Read the original interview from Hope’s Bookshelf here.




Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 





Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!

 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]


Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.



Please visit us here (http://katieandkimbleblog.com) for updates.




© 2010-2015 by Linda Thieman


Six MORE Moms Review Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, for ages 6-10 #IARTG



Here you can read reviews of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10) written by some wonderful mom bloggers. See what moms are thinking about this new chapter book series by children’s book author Linda Thieman!

 

 

[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



1) The Homeschool Messenger (Susieqtpie’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…It is 106 pages of pure fictional fun! Don’t let the Ghost Story title keep your young ones from reading the book. It isn’t a scary book! Katie moves to a new town with her family and discovers a kindred spirit! She goes on a quest that is engaging and heartfelt!”

 

 

2) Moomette’s Magnificents Reviews (Cindi’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…make sure to add this charming mystery book to your child’s reading list this summer!”

 

 

3) The Post-it Place (Jyl’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…a book that will keep children engaged and wanting to know more. It isn’t frightening at all, so no worries that your child won’t be able to sleep at night; it is just fun, excitement and a little suspense.”

 

 

4) From Melissa’s Desk (Melissa’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I recommend this fabulously written book to all children ages 6-10!”

 

 

5) ‘Deal’ectible Mommies (Candace’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Not only is Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story a fun read, it allows Milla and me to have some precious time together every night before bed. She makes a point every night to bring me the book and curiously awaits the next adventure!”

 

 

6) Homeschool Buzz Reviews (Kathy’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Kimble is so pleasant you quickly forget she’s really a ghost!… Another spunky character is Katie’s dog, Twinkle; her ever present, playful English sheepdog is very appealing.”

 

 



Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

 

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!




 


©2009-2015 by Linda Thieman

 

 

Six Moms Review Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10 #IARTG



Here you can read reviews of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10) written by some wonderful mom bloggers. See what moms are thinking about this new chapter book series by children’s book author Linda Thieman!

 

[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]

 

 

Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.
1) Café of Dreams (April’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“a magical feeling”

 

 

2) The Book Connection (Cheryl’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“An excellent start to a new series of chapter books for young readers”

 

 

3) Mom of 2 Dancers Reviews (Ginny’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story is the first book in this wonderful new series.”

 

 

4) The Book Faery (Farrah’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I would recommend this book, and look forward to the other chapter books Thieman has coming out for my daughter to read.”

 

 

5) Posey Sessions (Megan’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I ended up really enjoying the story and the idea of friendship between Katie, a little girl, and Kimble, a ghost.”

 

 

6) Bookfoolery and Bable (Nancy’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“a very positive book”

 

 

 


 


Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!





 


©2009-2015 by Linda Thieman

 

 

Watch the Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story Video Here (for ages 6-10) #IARTG



Here’s something fun to do! Watch the video for Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story! The video tells the story of how Katie and Kimble meet, shows lots of colored pictures, and uses the Kimble, Kimble chant. You can find the words to the Kimble, Kimble chant over
on the sidebar of this blog and chant along.

 

You can click here to watch the video on You Tube, or you can watch the video below.

 

 







Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 


 

©2010-2015 by Linda Thieman