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Picture Book Month: Fathers

14 Nov

14If you’re looking for a different story about fathers, then this is it! I loved this adorable story of love told by a father to his child about the significant events in his life that led him to get the tattoos he has. The child asks about in a familiar way and the reader understands that this is a popular bedtime routine for the family. This is truly a sweet book and depicts a character in children’s literature you don’t often see – a person with tattoos. So hurry and pick up this story for the tattooed dad you’re close with – it’d be the perfect gift for him and his family!
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Middle Grade Dads (or at least they try really hard)

13 Jun

father's day

After my Mother’s Day post, I didn’t feel it was right to neglect the dads – so here’s a post just for them. On a related side note – I had a really difficult time finding high-quality dads in middle grade fiction. More often than not, 2-parent households don’t have strong parents or the family has a single mom household, albeit often a very strong single mom.

Every once in a while, you’ll find a single dad household, but more often as a widower or divorced parent, not from having mom walk out on the family. You’ll notice that some of my choices aren’t even dads – they’re grandfathers or other stand-in father figures – but ones that I couldn’t leave off my list. If you’ve got any really strong and sensitive dads in middle grade fiction, please let me know! Bonus points to you for a diverse novel as well! Continue reading

The Reading Promise

1 Mar

I cannot say enough about the book The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma.  Let me start by giving you a little bit of the background, Alice Ozma was named for two very famous literary characters – Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Ozma a ruler in the land of Oz, that’s right as in the The Wizard of Oz

In this well-written autobiography/memoir Alice tells the story of how her father read aloud to her every night for eight straight years, only stopping the night Alice moved away to attend college.  Now, her father was/is an elementary school librarian and knows the importance of reading aloud, so he would practice using different voices, adding in pauses, and adding emphasis.  Reading aloud doesn’t have to be that difficult, sitting down and sharing a story is all that is required.

I may be biased because my parents (both of them) read aloud to all three of my siblings and I for as long as I can remember.  As we got much older (into middle school and high school) my mom would take 15-20 minutes before we ran out the door to school to read aloud to us.  Yep, that’s right we had enough time in the morning with the four of us in our teenage years to get up, eat breakfast, all get ready in one bathroom, and my mom still had time to read aloud to us.  She read us everything Harry Potter, the classics, mysteries, short stories, Christmas picture books, pretty much anything we could agree on was fair game.

The Reading Promise is an inspiring true story about the importance of sharing books and reading aloud to children of all ages.

Title: The Reading Promise
Author: Alice Ozma
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Page Number: 320 pgs.

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