Winter Reading

What is it about winter that seems to make it more conducive to reading with our kids ? Maybe it’s the shorter days, or the so-called cold weather. It’s going to be 70 degrees here in the Virginia Piedmont today! One of the favorite things in our house is cocoa picnics. While I’m making cocoa, my daughter picks out a book (or two) and grabs a blanket. Great memories, wonderful fun, and a terrific way to keep that frightful weather at bay. Have a favorite reading activity? Tell us about it … Want to create a new favorite activity. Check out The Reading Party Author L.J.Davis (A Simple Brown Leaf) has created a web site for anyone who wants to … Read more

The Bookbag: Books for Ages 4 to 8, November/December 2006

Happy Holidays one and all … Recently I was driving somewhere (probably the mall) and listening to an “update” on Charlottesville’s annual Toy Lift. Toy lift is a campaign not unlike the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots that collects gifts for children. Toy Lift has two, parallel campaigns: toys and clothing, and books. The host was interviewing the spokeswoman for the local store of a national bookseller at thet ime. She mentioned something that I think is worth repeating. She essentially said Toys are presents for now, books are a present for a lifetime. So with that in mind, here are some of our favorite memory-makers, with a seasonal story or two tossed in. Cranium Funfolio Family: Volume 1 by … Read more

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, November/December 2006

Happy Chanukkah to those who begin celebrating the festival of lights this evening. And Merry Christmas to those who are getting ready to celebrate Christ’s birth and/or Santa. If you’re searching for a great gift for a middle reader/teenager, we’ve got some titles they may enjoy. Many of these have been “road tested” with their target audience. The Teen STAR Review Team at Be the Star You Are!(tm) has sent us their reviews. Crine through Time: Iced by Bill Doyle. Nick Fitzmorgan is going through his paces at the Private Detective Agency. Right in the middle of a field exercise, he’s pulled away and sent home. Except that when Nick gets home, his Dad is missing. Using his expert detective … Read more