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Are you looking for books that provide fun ideas for working Games into your students' days? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching with and about Games.



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by Judy Sierra
"Schoolyard rhymes are catchy and fun. They are easy to remember. In fact, they stick in the mind like bubble gum to a shoe." writes Judy Sierra in her introduction to this lively collection of traditional playground chants. Included are more than 50 verses ranging from familiar jump rope rhymes to less familiar counting-out ones; from funny rhymes for ball-bouncing and hand-clapping games to "Liar, liar, pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire" and other choice insults of children. Melissa Sweet includes bright, colorful fabric swatches in her watercolor-and-pencil collages to perfectly capture the spirit of these funky, street-smart verses that children love to recite and chant.

by Michael A. DiSpezio
Top science author Michael DiSpezio devises some bright fun to show kids exactly how their brain, nerves, and senses work. Entertaining, informative, and all in color, this varied collection of great brain tricks, experiments, puzzles, quizzes, and activities provides a cool road map to exploring the most awesome part of the body. Every point is made in a wonderfully clear and clever way, whether DiSpezio has children create a simple model of the brain by cupping both hands, or suggests easy-to-understand comparisons (a thinking human brain uses about the same amount of power as a glowing 60-watt bulb). From an outline of the brain's major regions and a look at animal brains to creativity rules and memory tests, every detail is illuminating.

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by Adrian Harrison
The games in this new book from the folks at The Responsive Classroom are designed to maximize fun and challenge while minimizing the risk of emotional and physical harm. Most appropriate for grades K-4, all the games are easy for teachers to teach and children to learn. Many of the games can be played either indoors or outdoors. Each game description includes clear, straightforward instructions and "helpful hints" for making the game run smoothly.

by Murray Chandler, Helen Milligan
Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Although chess is often thought to be a rather complex and mysterious game, the rules themselves are straightforward. It doesn't take long to learn how the pieces move. With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess. All the rules are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess.

by Robert Mandelberg
Dazzle friends, family, and acquaintances with a series of mind-blowing psychic feats that will have them demanding an encore. Robert Mandelberg -- comedian, magician, puzzle master, and author of Mind Reading Card Tricks and Mystifying Mind-Reading Tricks -- presents the topic as no one else can. With a distinctively wild and wacky humor, he reveals the secrets to 17 blockbuster mind-reading demonstrations, all with presentation tips and techniques, plus ratings to help would-be mind readers determine which ones are right for them. He also shows how to build an entertaining repertoire -- and finish the show with an "earth-shattering, mind-blowing trick."

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