Book Talk: Dragon Wishes by Stacy Nyikos and The Last Dragon by C. A. Rainfield

For the last several months my middle-grade reading has been all about dragons. I didn’t set out to read Dragon Wishes by Stacy Nyikos and The Last Dragon (Dragon Speaker, book 1) by Cheryl Rainfield as companion books, but I am glad I did. The Last Dragon is a fantasy adventure and Dragon Wishes is more realistic. Still, the title characters are both fantastic and real in both books.  Rainfield and Nyikos have artfully woven in legends about a dragon’s magic powers into the stories but also made them very real to their protagonists. In both books, the pivotal characters are pre-teens, though they live in different times. Jacob’s story is set in the early 12th Century (The Last Dragon); Alexandra … Read more

Tuesday Blurb: Tweaking the New Year’s Resolutions

To help kids discover People of Color in books, Color Online created the POC Reading Challenge. The Reading Tub is participating and this post has links to the challenge and booklists. Read more

Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – 25 January

Jen Robinson and Terry Doherty co-author a weekly roundup news articles and blog posts related to children’s literacy, reading, and 21st century literacies. Read more