Literacy Lava: The Heat is On

#kidlit [Cue Kenny Loggins song …] As I mentioned last week, the second edition of Literacy Lava (aka Literacy Lava 2) was on its way. Now it’s here! Once again, Susan (The Book Chook) Stephenson  has crafted a wonderful, handy resource for anyone interested in connecting kids with books. As you’ll see, the list of contributors has grown, with more articles and ideas for you. I am honored to be columnists with … Children’s author, Dee White of the Tips 4 Young Writers’ Blog. Children’s author, photographer and fiber artist Kim Chatel. Dawn Morris of Mom’s Inspire Learning. Valerie Baartz of The Almost Librarian blog. Children’s Author, Sandy Fussell of The Reading Stack blog. Teacher, writer, editor, and blogger Susan Stephenson. Take … Read more

Monday Reading & Literacy News

This week Jen and I have moved the weekly Literacy and Reading News Roundup to September 1. We’re going to make a few tweaks and we thought the first day of a new month would be a great way to share the new ideas. So fear not, Jen will have the Roundup at Jen Robinson’s Book Page tomorrow morning … in time for that second cup of coffee! In the meantime … here are a couple of items to get your week started off right. Have you stopped by the Cybils blog lately? Isn’t that image just SO-O-O cool? Uber-kudos to the creator (Sarah Stevenson). If you’d like to learn more – or want to be a panelist or judge … Read more

Book Review: Sikulu & Harambe By the Zambezi River

Sikulu & Harabe by the Zambezi River; An African Version of the Good Samaritan Story written by Kunle Oguneye Illustrated by Bruce McCorkindale Published by Blue Brush Media, 2008 Audience (Reading Level): 3 to 8 (3.8 Flesch Kincaid) Late Saturday afternoon, I stopped by the Mom’s Choice Awards booth at Book Expo America to see who was around. There were a few authors milling about, including Kunle Oguneye, who had been signing books earlier in the afternoon. We started talking about children’s books and reading meaningful stories. Near the end of our conversation, he reached in his bag, pulled out a book, signed it, and gave it to me. Kunle told me earlier in the conversation that he had signed … Read more