Wednesday Blurb: Tripping over Boys and Reading

If you saw today’s Washington Post, you know that Valerie Tripp is creating a new series for boys called Boys Camp. We know Valerie Tripp “well” in our house, as she authored many of the American Girl books we have. Truth be told, visiting the American Girl booth at BookExpo America is always fun and I look forward to seeing Ms. Tripp each year. But I digress … I hope you will read Monica Hesse’s full article,  but for those short on time, here are some wonderful  soundbites: The scaretistics are quoted a lot, and at first glance, they don’t look good: Boys can’t read. Boys can read but won’t. Boys would read, if they thought there was anything out … Read more

Tools for Reading and Literacy – October 2011

For a multitude of reasons, the Reading Tools Roundup has shifted to periodic publication rather than a monthly column. I will stick with this schedule for the foreseeable future. Welcome to the October edition of the Tools for Reading and Literacy. This is a periodic annex to the Literacy and Reading News Roundup, a collaborative effort  with Jen Robinson (Jen Robinson’s Book Page), Carol Rasco (Rasco from RIF), and me. I couldn’t do this Tools Roundup without the significant contributions – and incredible research skills – of Susan Stephenson of The Book Chook blog! In each issue you will find links to articles, websites, and online tools that facilitate the processes of reading and learning. Whether the information is recently … Read more

Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – mid-October 2011

As you HOPEFULLY have seen, Jen Robinson is hosting the mid-October Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup! This twice-monthly shapshot of all things literacy is brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Rasco from RIF, and me. Oy vey! My blogging partners are going to fire me if I don’t get my act together … and as excuses go, I think the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards is a pretty good one. We had a flurry of new nominees late  last week  just before the  nomination period on Saturday. I am thrilled to report that my Easy Reader / Early Chapter Book panel is now settling in to read 35 Easy Readers and 38 Early Chapter books … … Read more