Summer film releases can be a great indicator of popular series for children. For instance, on June 10th, a character named Judy Moody is making her way to the big screen to share the stories that have entertained young readers for years.
The books are embraced the same way that young readers, a generation ago, followed the exploits of Ramona Quimby. Megan McDonald began the books in 2000 and has created an impressive list of books about the third grade girl who has been everything from a girl detective to a doctor. Perhaps if the film is successful, there will be more films about Judy Moody.
Besides a lovable character as the focal point of the series, Judy Moody novels also have nice illustrations. They are great books for young elementary students.
Not only can you recommend the books and the film (if it turns out to be any good) to your students, but you can also use the books in classroom activities:
- Candlewick Press has a teacher's guide with everything from creative writing suggestions, history and science lesson ideas, an author study, etc.
- They also have a guide for math activities based on the books. This would be a great way to integrate literature with your math lesson!
- One magazine recommends turning the "No-Talk Rocky vs. Judy Snooty" scene from Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days (Book #7) into a reader's theater script for students to perform for the class. Are there other chapters that can be given the reader's theater treatment? Ask your class about their favorite scenes in the books.
What's more, for a limited time, you can enter The Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Sweepstakes. Teachers and librarians may enter to win free tickets to see the film, Judy Moody books, and much more. The deadline is June 20. Good luck!