Write On! is the brainchild of Dallas Woodburn, a junior at USC. Every year, Write On! sponsors a holiday book drive to collect books for kids who would not otherwise have something to read! The Write On Holiday Book Drive is in full swing. Here is the note I received from Dallas yesterday … Writer Andrea Accinelli is starting a book drive in her town of Unionville, Canada. Mike George in Oxnard has placed a change jar in his office to start collecting money to purchase books when December rolls around. And Cynthia Brian, radio host and founder of the nonprofit organization “Be The Star You Are” has already donated $600 worth of new books! Books and monetary donations can … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 0 to 4, November/December 2007

This year, we have spent lots of time culling through our kids toys checking for recall notices. So for the coming holidays, why not pick a gift that isn’t likely to be sent back to the manufacturer? Farmyard Jamboree by Margaret Read MacDonald. This book is inspired by a Chilean folktale. A young boy sings and dances his way from one family member to another, receiving new pets from each family member he meets. This is a cumulative story, in the vein of The House that Jack Built. “Kids have fun learning the names of adult and baby animals; the repetition through the song helps reinforce the learning. The Music CD is a real plus.” (Barefoot Books, 2006) The Little … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8, November/December 2007

Okay, so I’ve already mentioned “toy recall.” Well, what about the OTHER definition of recall …. to remember! This year, pick the gift that kids will recall most fondly: spending time, sharing a book with you! Trust us, it will be their favorite memory! Bubba Begonia, You’ll Be Sorry! by Gerry O’Brien. The author takes one of Mom’s perennial warnings — “Your finger will get stuck if you keep putting it up your nose” — and builds it into a story about a boy who wants to make a good first impression at school. “This is a fun, fast read … the character names alone will have you laughing. The short sentences make it a perfect selection for reluctant readers.” … Read more