A Fun Time with Grade Five Kids!


I was recently invited to my daughter’s and another teacher’s fifth grade classrooms (50 students in all) to read to their kids from my Davey & Derek Junior Detective Series! I think I had as much fun or maybe more than the boys and girls. I read a chapter from books 1 & 2, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone and The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat. 

After reading and taking questions I played an interactive sentence game with them. In this game each student had to write a word on a piece of paper (parts of speech) and raise their hands to come up to the front of the class to form a sentence. I was the article (the). The class would tell the participating students where to move in order to make a sentence.

It was a good time for all and the students learned how much fun it is to write. The boys and girls were eager to play and a few said afterwards they wanted to become writers and authors. That was music to my ears!

I hope to visit again next year! Of course I left two of each book with the teachers to share with their classrooms.

It is important to read to children of all ages and let them read to you! It is a wonderful  and rewarding experience that enriches all involved.

Please read this summer and encourage your children to read too!

I would love to hear from you in the form of a review. I will post reviews here. Help your children to write reviews. They will love to see their words in print here and on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or other places where you purchase. If you wish take a photo of your children reading Jemsbooks or even yourself. Email me at jjspina@myfairpoint.net with your photos and reviews.

I look forward to hearing from you. All Jemsbooks are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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6 Responses to A Fun Time with Grade Five Kids!

  1. Sounds an exciting time. My little heart fluttered when you mentioned the word game and the little ones professing to wanting to be writers. Oh my. ❤ ❤ ❤

    • jjspina says:

      I was thrilled with the response. There was one child who normally doesn’t participate per my daughter. I got him to come up with some words and help make sentences. 😆

  2. Must have been a great time. I could see it in front of me, you and the kids having fun.

  3. Wonderful you gave them wings for the day 😊

  4. macjam47 says:

    Nurturing an interest in books and reading to children can never begin too early.

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