Soapbox Series: Thank You Rite Aid (Soapbox Series #9)

The Soapbox Series is a periodic post that allows me to vent, share, or comment on ideas, experiences, and topics that go beyond the literacy and reading mission of the blog. As regular readers know, this has been a November to Remember around here. My grandmother passed away in early November, followed by my Dad on November 12 … and a certain little girl turned 10 on the day of my grandmother’s funeral. One of the blessings that has emerged from this is that we Kellers spent Thanksgiving together. We haven’t had the three of us (with our families) together in one place in more than a decade. So to have everyone at our house for the weekend was just … Read more

Find Us at Today

Today over at, Marisa Kaplan was kind enough to share a post that I wrote about easy ways to engage kids in literacy-building activities as a family. I hope you’ll stop by to say “hi” to Marisa and check out, it is a wonderful resource on very simple, practical ways to connect kids with learning and reading. I’ve also pasted in a copy of the article here. Enjoy! If I say the word “literacy,” what do you see? A book? a teacher? a notebook? a cereal box? your kids’ drawings? toys? What would you say if I told you all of those things play a role in your child’s literacy development. It is true! Long before your child … Read more

Guest Post: Please Welcome Marisa Kaplan of

The Reading Tub remains in hibernation – it is almost time for a long winter’s nap, after all!! But we didn’t want the Solstice to pass without wishing you a Season filled with with lots of cuddling, laughter, good times, great food, and (of course) lots of books! In the blink after Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa comes 2012, and lots of shiny new goals and ideas. Forget the champagne at midnight … this Bookworm will be awaiting the announcement of the Cybils finalists!! Bookmark this link … subscribe to the blog … and be one of the first to shout “huzzah” when you see the shortlists on January 1, 2012. And speaking of resolutions … I would like to introduce Marisa Kaplan of … Read more