A Big Week for Awards

I have to laugh when I read the newspaper articles about the Writer’s Guild strike and it’s impact on the “big” media awards. The show can’t go on, so to speak, because there is no one to write cue cards so someone can READ about what we watch (vs. read). Why not just read some award-winners instead? This week the American Library Association presented its slate of award-winning books for the year. These are the most recognized awards in kid lit circles, but they aren’t the only awards. In the Tub, our goal is to encourage reading. For kid lit fans (parents, librarians, teachers) the Caldecott or Newberry or Prinze winners are likely books we’ve already read! But what about … Read more

A New Year Begins!

It’s January, and it seems like the word “resolution” is everywhere. Here in the tub, we tend to frame our resolutions in terms of what we want to do: Give parents, teachers, librarians, tutors, grandparents, et al, the tools they need to “grow a reader.” Still, January is as good a time as any to grab a cup of cocoa and think about where we’ve been and what lies ahead. When I started the Reading Tub, I focused on the “learning” aspect of literacy. That’s where “Turning a page … Opening the World”® comes from. My thought was, get a child to love (or even just like) reading and you will expand his natural curiosity and imagination … and along … Read more