Tag Archives: reading

Picture Book Month: Books

12 Nov

12“I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories…” And so starts the journey of a little girl who travels through the pages of books using her imagination on the way. If you to are a child of books, you’ll thoroughly enjoy pouring over these pages as the author and illustrator used text for classic literature throughout the book as part of the illustrations. I don’t want to give too much away, but this book is a delight to read and one that I need to add to my personal collection!  Continue reading

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Today Is… Books with Barbers Day!

25 Oct

15253383_1250095665042921_7785180883599152827_n.jpgIf you haven’t heard about this awesome way to share literacy with kids, check it out! Books with Barbers works “works with barber shops to close the literacy gap for young African American males. Our goal is to fully equip local barbershops with reading libraries that attract the interest of school-aged boys and to positively impact local neighborhoods and the families who live there.”

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#ClassroomBookaDay

21 Sep

jillian1.jpgI just recently heard a podcast on Books Between about Classroom Book a Day with it’s creator, Jillian Heise. I love the idea of reading a book every day kids are in school and not only that, but reading picture books to middle grade students. Jillian was inspired by Donalyn Miller and her summer vacation Book a Day challenge – and up-ed the ante to include her students.

I love the idea of teaching about a global perspective, theme, character development and so much more in a very short amount of time and then getting the chance to compare these ideas across a wide array of texts. This idea also promotes visual literacy which is becoming more and more integrated into students’ lives.

As I was listening to the podcast, I thought of a really interesting blog project – Blog Book a Day, if teacher’s can find five minutes to read a picture book during the school day, I should be able to do the same during my day. And it’s perfect in that I have access to a TON of picture books at the library, so I’ll never really have an excuse. So, I’m thinking about hashing out these details to start in January. It sounds like a great project!

Reader’s Choice

8 Jul

Summer Reading is in full swing and without a doubt we’ve had parents requesting classics, literary books, and titles that will challenge their kids, rather than picking up the Diary of a Wimpy Kid title for the 100th time.  And while classics, literary fiction and challenging works have their place, I strongly believe that kids need to learn to read for fun rather than what’s required of them. As an adult, when was the last time you read something that was required of you (outside of work)? Or that you read something that challenged you?

I just spent the last three days reading a Nora Roberts trilogy – sappy, romantic, happy endings, the works. Nora Roberts tends to be my guilty pleasure books, I know everything is going to work out in the end, they don’t take much thought process, but I love them. If kids only read things picked out for them by teachers, parents and adults – how will they learn how great reading can be? When kids read the same title over and over again, it’s because they like it, the book makes them feel confident in their skills and isn’t that what we’re looking for? Confident readers that enjoy reading?

So the next time you stop by the local library or bookstore, allow your kids to peruse those titles that make them want to read and maybe slip in a few read-alike titles that a librarian or bookseller can suggest, maybe they’ll pick up those new titles right away and if not, when they’re ready, they will! Happy Reading!

Summer Camp Titles for Middle Grade Readers

7 Jul

summer camp

Although I didn’t spend my summers as a child at summer camp, many of my friends did and it always sounded like so much fun. Here’s a great list of titles for middle grade readers that are set in summer camp – Enjoy!

  1. Camp Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
  2. Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg
  3. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett Krosoczka
  4. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
  5. Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  6. How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders
  7. Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
  8. Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  9. Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
  10. A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff
  11. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  12. Sports Camp by Rich Wallace
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