Random Review 4: The Princess and the Hound by Mette IvieHarrison

This is an occasional column where I take the opportunity to highlight a "new favorite" book. This was a quick read, in part, because I took it everywhere I went, including the pediatrician’s office. I just didn’t want to put it down! The Princess and the HoundAuthor: Mette Ivie HarrisonCover:  Larry RostantPublisher: EOS, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2008 Audience: Read together 10 and up; read yourself: 11 and up The Princess and the Hound called to me the minute I pulled it from the envelope. The cover catches your eye, and I found myself setting it face out on a very full bookshelf, glancing (okay, staring at it) as though it were a painting. I am happy to report that the … Read more

Reading Round-Up, 22 September

Happy Autumn! It was a glorious weekend here, and the blue skies and crisp mornings just begged us to go apple picking. So we did! In full disclosure, the lure was also hot-out-of-the-fryer apple cider donuts, too!  Mark Your Calendar Put Me In Coach! In Reading Today Daily (International Reading Association blog), John Micklos has a post about a Literacy Coaching Summit in the US. This is the first time such an event has been held, and it is planned for April 3-4, 2009 at Texas A&M (Corpus Christi). One topic bound to be mentioned is the results of a Rand Corporation study about the value of reading coaches in Florida middle schools. These coaches are intended to be school-based “master … Read more

By all accounts, Book Blogger Appreciation Week was a rousing success … bloggers and their readers are energized and refreshed. This was the brainchild of Amy of the My Friend Amy blog. Just because it’s virtual doesn’t make it any easier, and this was an incredible undertaking. Over at the Literate Housewife Review, Jennier is organizing a “blogwide” thank you to Amy. Feel free to add this image to your blog or post your thanks on Amy’s blog for a more personal note. In case you missed all of the 2008 BBAW award winners, you can go to OCD, Vampires, and Amusing Rants, Oh My! or My Friend Amy’s blog when you visit to post your THANKS! This work by … Read more