12 Days of Christmas – A Literacy Feast

The 12 Days of Christmas begin today. We are “off the grid” for the rest of the year. Like you we are enjoying time with family and friends. Our gift to you is a collection of 12 Days of Christmas. Literacy style. Enjoy some of our favorite literacy finds this year. Our 12 Days offers some new research,  creative literacy ideas, and a few book list suggestions. This is the only 12 Days of Christmas that give you the guilt-free answer to “I’m bored” during Winter Break. Grab a cup of eggnog (or your favorite holiday beverage), sit back, and enjoy the feast! 12 Days of Christmas for Literacy Curators Create ONE own family cookbook – Read it or Scoop.it from … Read more

Family Matters: An interview with children’s author Susan Fayad

When you read the back cover of Susan Daniel Fayad’s debut picture book, there is no doubt: family matters. In My Grandfather’s Masbaha Susan draws on and weaves her family and cultural experiences into a universal story. Family matters all year long, but during the holiday season, we tend to place a little more emphasis on spending time together and showing our appreciation for one another. Susan is a Lebanese American born and raised in the United States. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Special Education at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. After graduating, she taught primary grades at an international charter school. Recently I had the chance to interview Susan to talk about her new picture book and what … Read more

Crossing Generations: An Interview with Kathleen Cherry

Call it Crossing Generations or the Sandwich Generation. The idea is the same.With our parents living longer, there is more of a chance that our children will have longer, hopefully deeper, relationships with our parents. They will also likely be old enough to remember the experience the aging and loss of their grandparents. Grief, crossing generations with us in the middle. Kathleen Cherry is passionate about helping kids (and their parents) with a gentle, positive hand. As a school counselor, Kathleen Cherry deals with “hard” stuff everyday. It seems only natural that her first book tackles a tough subject for kids, too. In her debut title, Kathleen has created a family story centered around an aging patriarch. Her first book, Blowing … Read more