The Bookbag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, July/August 2007

Given that it’s back to school time, in addition to the usual bookbags, we added a short post with some great get-ready-for-school stories! (Look for the posting called School is in the Bag!) Here are some of our favorites from those lazy days of summer. There have been lots to choose from … with nearly 50 reviews these past two months! 1001 Things to Do in Fairyland by Gillian Doherty. There are 14 themed pages filled with the things that little girls love … and plenty of fairies and princess paraphernalia, too. This is a seek-and-find book for discerning objects and counting. “This is I Spy in pink! and perfectly suited for the Kindergarten set.” (Usborne, 2005) Courage the Monkey … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for ages 8 to 12 July/August 2007

Among this collection you will find some great fantasies that, now that you are finished with Harry Potter, will satisfy that “great fantasy book” craving you have. The Azura Stones by Helen Bailie. Hayley, Alex, and Spence – who are best friends – decide to spend their first summer weekend hiking and camping at Silvertop Mountain, high in the Cascades. With a treasure map left by her archaeologist grandfather, Hayley and friends are determined to find the mysterious and powerful Azura Stones. They don’t know it, but they’re situation is truly ominous. They are being followed by criminals who intend to do whatever it takes to find and steal the stones. “The author has written an engaging story that will … Read more

The ABCs of Helping a Shy Child

The Reading Tub, Inc. is all about literacy … helping kids learn to read and giving families the tools to nurture this critical skill. There are many facets to literacy, and much of it starts with a child’s own perceptions. At lunch today, I read a Washington Post article about Seung-Hei Cho, the student who killed fellow students, faculty members, and himself at Virginia Tech in April 2007. [“Uknown to VA Tech, Cho Had a Disorder,” Washington Post, 8/27/2007] We have heard or read lots about Cho’s psychological profile, but I learned something new. He suffered from a condition called selective mutism, a symptom of an anxiety disorder. Here is a vignette from a student in one of Cho’s high … Read more