Celebrate the Culture of Reading: Read Widely

In celebration of today’s theme about books being a passport to other worlds, I am reprising the panel discussion that I did with Tanita Davis, of Fiction Instead of Lies and Finding Wonderland; Hannah Ehrlich of Lee & Low Books; and Mitali Perkins, who writes at Mitali’s Fire Escape. The introduction is updated, but the conversation is untouched. Long-time followers of Scrub-a-Dub-Tub (now Family Bookshelf) know that Mitali Perkins had me with “mirrors and windows.” For those of you who weren’t around then, first, let me welcome you! We’re glad you’re here and hope you jump into the discussion. OK. In her presentation at the Children’s Authors Breakfast at BookExpo America 2010, Mitali talked about literature being windows and mirrors and drew on her own experiences as a … Read more

Literacy this Week: The Share a Story Blog Tour, Year 4

Four years? Can it really be? Wow! What started as a random idea in 2009 as an “excuse” to bring together librarians, teachers, parents, authors, and passionistas to chat about literacy and books has become an annual literacy blog tour. As you know from the end-of-the-month literacy roundups at Rasco from RIF, Jen Robinson’s Book Page, and our own Family Bookshelf, March pretty much boils down to two “Bs”: books and basketball. [Well, it’s three things for Jen … spring training for her beloved Boston Red Sox.] We went into the weekend celebrating Dr. Seuss‘ birthday, and arrived today with the kickoff of Share a Story – Shape a Future, our annual literacy blog tour. If you haven’t been by … Read more

Reading News and Children’s Literacy Roundup – February Recap

Happy Read Across America day! When I cloned the January Recap I thought “wow, there’s a lot going on.” My partners in crime for the Reading News and Children’s Literacy Roundup – Carol Rasco of Rasco from RIF and Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page – always find great stuff.   You would think I’d know by now that Carol Rasco & Jen would out-do themselves in February, too! Enjoy this Suess-pendous collection of literacy and reading news.   The one-and-only Dr. Seuss deserves a day of celebration, and it is TODAY! Read Across America is an annual event that reminds us all of just how special – and fun – Green Eggs and Ham, a certain Cat can … Read more