Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 7, 2017.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! was one of the funniest books that I read as a child. Follow the adventures of the Herdman family as they navigate the Christmas season. The Herdmans are children who lie, cheat, and steal. They are the least likely children to be cast as the lead in the church Christmas play. Students will love this as a read aloud during December. A fun project to do would be to break up in groups, pick a scene from the book, and create a complete puppet show. Students would be responsible for creating the bag puppets, writing the skits, and performing for the class. This would be appropriate for grades 3-5.
Top ten books I wish were tv shows
I did something like this only recently, but I love the idea, so I'll do it again, this time more thoroughly.
1. Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci series, Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy. Howl's Moving Castle and House of Many Ways, A Tale of Time City, Power of Three. (And several others by DWJ).
2. The Earthsea series by Ursula K LeGuin.
3. Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
4. Dreams Underfoot and The Blue Girl by Charles DeLint.
5. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
6. Eliot Pattison's mysteries set in Tibet
7. Barbara Nadel's mysteries about Inspector Ikmen, set in Turkey
8. The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams.
9. Jean-François Parot's mysteries set in pre-revolutionary France. Actually, they're already a tv show, but I haven't seen it yet.
10. LOTR. Yes, I know, they've already been made into movies, but I'd like to see them as a tv series.