Book Buddies: Summer Reading Possibilities

Many of us are familiar with book buddies, buddy-reading programs that are in many of our schools. For whatever reason, I have looked at book buddies as more of a “school thing.” But they aren’t! Book Buddies can be a great tool for summer, too. Whether it is siblings reading with one another, a reading play date, or even a neighbor’s child interested in spending a little time with younger kids … book buddies can help ward off the Summer Slide. As we continue through the summer, I will be pulling a number of posts I wrote for the Big Universe Learning blog to add to the Family Bookshelf. Here is the next post in our summer series. Book Buddies: … Read more

Summer is Here … and we (Mostly) Are Not

Let’s just put it out there: Life gets really crazy in the summer! I love sleeping in. I relish the time with the family. Swimming takes over our lives. I cannot balance it all. So things will mostly be quiet on the Family Bookshelf. I’ll be hit-or-miss on Twitter and Google+. We’re going to take a vacation from the Literacy Roundups – but Jen, Carol, and I will post things on Twitter. Look for #litRdUp for the round-up-worthy items we share. What WILL I be doing? Reading! I have a goal to read and review 150 books this summer. I’ve finished three books so far (have my fourth going), and have two reviews just about done. The Literacy Lalapalooza will … Read more

Are eReaders the Answer for Dormant Readers?

That was one of the Literacy 2.0 questions that came up this week on, a forum for parenting in a tech-based world. I knew I’d written about the topic of ereaders before, but couldn’t find THE post I was looking for here on the Bookshelf. This morning I found it … a post I had written on the Big Universe Learning blog last fall. With summer reading now upon us, I’m re-sharing here and would love your thoughts, too! eReaders: The Ubiquitous Frontier Before I go one sentence further let me say this – eReaders are fabulous. I love our Nook … it is a family reader. I love being able to read Kindle books on my phone. We’ve … Read more