Dr. Seuss, Easy Readers and more: I Can Read MEME for March

Welcome to the March I Can Read! Feast for celebrating new readers. From beginning to end, March is filled with events to commemorate and celebrate reading. There is Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2; World Read Aloud Day on March 7; and of course Share a Story – Shape a Future, our annual blog tour! It is also National March Into Literacy month. As a way to celebrate this event, MAT@USC (Master of Arts in Teaching Delivered Online) created this infographic of the Most Loved Children’s Books. It’s worth clicking through to enlarge! There are probably a few books you recognize … including one that Dr. Seuss intended to be an easy reader: The Cat in the Hat. This month … Read more

Reaching a Reader: Guest Post by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Today’s Share a Story. Today’s topic is A Reader’s Universe. All day we will be exploring the different ways we read. Sarah Stevenson’s Reach a Reader project is just that kind of effort: a way to connect kids with books and get books to kids. I was so thrilled when Sarah said “yes” to participating in Share a Story … and as you’ll see, Sarah is pretty excited about sharing the story of how Reach a Reader began. Sharing the Story Behind Reach a Reader by Sarah Jamila Stevenson On a fundamental level, the appeal of reading—the love of books—is something that transcends format and aims straight for the heart of the human love for story. When I see book … Read more

Books & the Fourth Grader: Discovering a Reader

It was a typical Wednesday evening … dinner dishes were cleared and the only homework to be done was the required 20 minutes/night of independent reading. Reading is always the last homework job. Fourth grader (age 10): “Mom, I did my reading. I read more than 20 minutes.” Mom (checking the timer): Yes, it was more than 20 minutes. 20 minutes and .1 seconds to be exact! Seriously. Not even a full second more. I understand why teachers set a time frame for students to practice reading, and my daughter is probably no different than the majority of her elementary school peers. What I see is someone who does “just enough” to meet the requirement, and then move on. Fourth … Read more