Happy Halloween

While things have been quiet here, Scrub-a-Dub-Tub has been rocking all week.  The new edition of the Wash Rag is up, we posted a list of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Winners for the categories where we reviewed books, I wrote my post for Blog the Vote (very important!), and last but not least, I wrote my first poem for Poetry Friday (yeah me!). How did Friday get here so fast?  Both blogs will be a little quieter next week, as today marks the beginning of a series of "national holidays" in our house! Halloween speaks for itself: I have very specific instructions on exactly how  Vampiress makeup should be applied, there are 20 scarecrows and 20 masks to create at school, then there’s … Read more

Poetry Friday – Ouch! An Original Poem

My first Poetry Friday! Literacy note: Poetry is a great way to engage kids in reading. Like full-length stories, poems for children often have that sing-song cadence that helps them practice words and sounds, stretch their imagination, and helps them see that language (and ultimately reading) isn’t stuffy. Because poetry lines are generally short, there is a lot of “white space” (and sometimes illustrations) on a page … an endearing trait for resistant readers! Now to my poem. It has been a very long time since my brain has wandered down this path, but this one came to me as I was leaving the office yesterday, dodging a mosaic of books. OUCH! Do not sneakinto the officewhen the world is … Read more

2008 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winners

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards recognize “books that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream.” This year, the judges read 1,085 entries … an average of 36 books/category. Here is the list of the winners in all 33 categories, as published on the Independent Publisher website. I’ve bookmarked the list so I can seek out some of the new titles, particularly for independent readers. The Reading Tub received and reviewed many of the books for younger audiences. I have included all winners in a category and linked to any titles we have reviewed. Board Book / Cloth Book Gold: My First Hike, written and illustrated by Catherine Maria Woolf (Dawn Publications) Silver: Kisses Kisses Baby-O! by Sheree … Read more